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(ANSA) - Vatican City, August 28 - Pope Francis will donate an olive tree for the Interreligious Match for Peace Monday at Rome's Stadio Olimpico, the Argentine organisation that will get the proceeds of the keenly awaited encounter between old and new glories said Thursday. Roberto Dabusti of...
(ANSA) Rome, August 28 - Italy's contingent within the EU peacekeeping mission to the Central African Republic (EUFOR RCA) has been deployed, spearheaded by 50 airborne sappers from the crack Folgore paratroop regiment, defence ministry sources said Thursday. The 50 have joined the EU contingent's...
(ANSA) - Genoa, August 28 - Work to demolish the wreckage of the Costa Concordia crusie liner that partially sunk after hitting rocks off the Tuscan island of Giglio in January 2012 will get underway within 10 days, the president of Cantieri Mariotti, one of the Genoese shipyards involved in the...
(ANSA) - Rome, August 28 - The anti-establishment 5-Star Movement (M5S) will hold its national festival in a Rome public park, with or without the mayor's permission, leader Beppe Grillo said Thursday. The ex-comic on his popular blog blasted city authorities who have yet to issue or deny him a...
(ANSA) - Florence, August 28 - Police on Thursday arrested three teenagers after they were found practicing in a home-made firing range in the countryside near Florence. The boys aged 19, 18 and 17 were practicing with a kalashnikov assault rifle and a pistol. They were taken into custody on...
(see related) (ANSA) - Paris, August 28 - French group Vivendi on Thursday announced that it had entered into exclusive negotiations with Spanish telecommunications company Telefonica for the sale of its wholly owned Brazilian fixed network and broadband service provider GVT. The decision came...
(ANSA) Rome, August 28 - Italian entrepreneurs must wait on average more than three years for civil court cases to be heard, waiting more than double the average time required in other European countries, a study published Thursday shows. Only Greece has a slower judicial system with an average of...
(ANSA) - Rome, August 28 - Premier Matteo Renzi, Economy Minister Pier Carlo Padoan and Infrastructure Minister Maurizio Lupi are holding a summit, sources at the premier's office said Thursday. On the agenda are ways to fund the government's Unblock Italy packet of measures ahead of a cabinet...
(ANSA) Rome, August 28 - The Italian NGO 'Emergency' has opened a new health centre for refugees in Iraqi Kurdistan living in makeshift camps without access to basic services, Emergency said Thursday. The Emergency team consisting of national and international staff is treating as many as 50...
(ANSA) - Venice, August 28 - The 71st annual Venice Film Festival opened with strong applause for Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's black comedy Birdman, starring Michael Keaton in a picture that is already generating Academy Award buzz. Birdman, in which Keaton plays a washed-up actor struggling to...

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