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Rome red tape causes bodies to pile up

Rome - Funeral home operators staged a protest in Rome on Friday over a desperate situation they say has left almost two thousand coffins in the Italian capital waiting weeks or even months to be cremated.

Stolen ancient Roman statue found in Brussels antiques shop

Rome - An ancient Roman sculpture stolen more than a decade ago has been recovered after two off-duty officers spotted it in an antiques shop in Brussels, Italian police said Tuesday.

Pope celebrates mass of 'mercy' with prisoners, refugees

Rome - Pope Francis made a rare Sunday outing from Vatican grounds to celebrate a mass on "divine mercy" with prisoners, refugees and health workers.

Op-Ed: COVID — New spike and ‘endemic’ status is a serious threat

Sydney - It’s not over yet, or anything like over. Statistics are showing returning spikes worldwide. Worse, the dangerous situation of COVID becoming “endemic” is now credible for the foreseeable future.

Millions mark Easter under virus curbs as Pope urges jabs for poor

Rome - Millions of Christians around the world celebrated a second Easter under coronavirus restrictions on Sunday with Pope Francis calling for vaccines to be shared among the poorest nations as Covid-19 surges.

Millions face Easter under virus curbs as US logs 100 mn shots

Rome - Millions of Christians around the world were on Saturday facing another Easter weekend under restrictions because of coronavirus surges, but the hard-hit United States made good news as it crossed the milestone of 100 million vaccinations.

Italy expels Russians after spies 'caught red-handed'

Rome - Italy expelled two Russian officials on Wednesday after an Italian navy captain was caught red-handed by police selling secret documents to the Russians.

UN warns of risk of famine in Yemen, S.Sudan, Nigeria

Rome - Millions of people in conflict-hit Yemen, South Sudan and northern Nigeria are at risk of famine in the coming months or already facing it, two United Nations agencies warned Tuesday.

Energy giant Eni offers to pay $14m to settle Congo graft inquiry

Milan - Italian energy giant Eni said Thursday it had filed a request with a Milan court to pay 14 million dollars (11.8 million euros) to settle an investigation into corruption in Congo-Brazzaville levied at the company and one of its managers.

Chef's 'cry of despair' goes viral in lockdown Italy

Rome - A young Italian chef who has become a symbol of frustration with the never-ending coronavirus crisis said Thursday she wants Prime Minister Mario Draghi to listen to her "despair".

In Bergamo, memory of coffin-filled trucks still haunts

Bergamo - Images of army trucks transporting piled-up coffins out of the Italian town of Bergamo provided a shocking testament to the horrors of coronavirus and one year on, the memories are still raw.

With new Covid wave, most of Italy heads back into lockdown

Rome - Schools, restaurants, shops and museums were ordered Friday to close across most of Italy from next week, after Prime Minister Mario Draghi warned of a "new wave" of coronavirus infections.

Can Italy's Dante have justice, 700 years after his death?

Florence - Dante's "Divine Comedy," considered one of the world's greatest literary works, came to light after a miscarriage of justice which Italian legal experts now want to correct -- some seven centuries on.

Italy court urges more rights for children of gay couples

Rome - Italy's Constitutional Court on Tuesday said the country urgently needs a law on the rights of children of same-sex couples, in a step campaigners said did not go far enough.

Italy arrests 'forger' over links to 2015 Paris attack

Rome - Italian police said Monday they had arrested a 36-year-old Algerian on suspicion of belonging to the Islamic State group and helping the authors of the November 2015 Paris attacks.

Italy arrests 'forger' over links to 2015 Paris attack

Rome - Italian police said Monday they had arrested a 36-year-old Algerian on suspicion of belonging to the Islamic State group and helping the authors of the November 2015 Paris attacks."The investigations have made it possible to ascertain...

Italy blocks export of AstraZeneca doses to Australia

Rome - Italy said Thursday it has blocked a shipment to Australia of AstraZeneca's Covid-19 vaccine in the first such export ban under an EU vaccine monitoring scheme.

Forgotten mausoleum of Roman emperor Augustus reborn

Rome - A newly renovated colossal mausoleum for the founder of the Roman empire Augustus has reopened to the public in the Italian capital after centuries of neglect.

G20 finance chiefs meet on Covid recovery, aid to poor countries

Milan - G20 finance ministers and central bankers aim Friday to align plans to relaunch the global economy after the coronavirus pandemic and to limit the harm to the worst-off nations shut out of the race for vaccines.

Italy seeks UN probe into DRC envoy's killing

Rome - Italy said Wednesday it has asked the United Nations to launch an investigation into the killing of its ambassador to the Democratic Republic of Congo.
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