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Italy unveil new four-star logo ahead of 2018

ROME: The Italian Football Federation (FIGC) on Monday unveiled its new logo with four stars representing the country’s World Cup triumphs ahead of the 2018 finals in Russia. The Azzurri won the trophy in 1934, 1938, 1982 and 2006 and are second only to Brazil who lead the way with five titles. “The FIGC’s new…

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Supermodels gather in Milan to pay tribute to Versace

MILAN: Donatella Versace authored the defining moment of Milan fashion week on Friday with a blockbuster show honouring her late brother Gianni which closed with a surprise supermodel reunion that brought the cheering crowd to its feet. Security guards had to brush back the audience when it rushed the catwalk once a white curtain at…

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UNESCO signs agreement with Italian govt on safeguarding girls’ education in Pakistan

In the presence of the Minister for Federal Education and Professional Training, Mohammad Baligh-ur-Rehman, and Additional Secretary, Ministry of Information, Broadcasting and Natural Heritage, Syed Junaid Akhlaq, UNESCO and the Government of Italy signed an agreement of approximately USD 1.7 million to enable UNESCO to implement a two-year project titled “Support to girls’ right to…

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Italian firemen ‘started fires to receive bonuses’

ROME: Fifteen firefighters have been arrested in Sicily on suspicion of having started fires in order to receive bonus payments, police on the Italian island said Monday. The firemen are alleged to have faked distress calls as part of the plan to receive the payments of around 10 euros per hour handed out by the…

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Italy heatwave and drought spark killer wildfires

ROME: A heatwave that has left Italy sweltering in record temperatures sparked wildfires Thursday which claimed the life of one elderly woman and forced the closure of a major highway.

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Over 8,000 migrants rescued in Med in 48 hours

More than 8,000 migrants have been rescued in waters off Libya during the past 48 hours in difficult weather conditions, Italy’s coastguard said Tuesday. “On Monday, we rescued about 5,000 people from four large boats, one smaller one and 18 rubber dinghies,” a spokesman told AFP. People were pulled to safety by coastguard vessels, military…

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Terror in Turin as stampede leaves 1,500 injured

More than 1,500 people were injured, three seriously, after a bomb scare triggered a stampede among Juventus fans watching the Champions League final in Turin, local authorities said Sunday. In an update on Saturday’s dramatic events in a square packed with supporters watching the Cardiff match on a giant screen, the local prefecture said 1,527…

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G7 leaders make progress on trade, remain split on climate change

TAORMINA, ITALY: Leaders of the Group of Seven wealthy nations pledged on Saturday to fight protectionism, overcoming resistance from U.S. President Donald Trump, who was elected on an “America first” agenda, diplomatic sources said. However, the United States remained isolated from the other six G7 nations over climate change, demanding more time to decide whether…

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Macron, Trudeau ‘bromance’ fires up internet

TAORMINA: “A liberal fantasy dream sequence”, “a bromance,” “insanely romantic”. The Internet was abuzz Friday with pictures of French President Emmanuel Macron and his Canadian counterpart Justin Trudeau schmoozing at the G7 summit in Sicily, strolling through flowered walkways and chatting against the backdrop of a sparkling blue Mediterranean sea. “Apparently Justin Trudeau and Emmanuel…

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Another embarrassing moment for Donald Trump

ROME, ITALY: It was another embarrassing moment for United States President Donald Trump as First Lady Melania Trump refused to shake his hand upon their arrival in Italy, Samaa reported. As the duo got off their aircraft, Trump tried to hold his wife’s hand but she pulled away with quick reflexes. He then went on…

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Trump arrives in Italy to meet Pope Francis, Italian leaders

U.S. President Donald Trump arrived in Italy on Tuesday ahead of meetings with Pope Francis and Italian leaders, on the third leg of his first international trip since taking office.

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Pakistan desirous of peace, stability in region: President

President Mamnoon Hussain says the international community should join hands to combat terrorism as this menace has grown into a global problem. He was talking to Italian Army Chief General Danilo Errico in Islamabad today. The President said Pakistan is desirous of peace and stability in the region and will welcome positive role of international…

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Italy row over ‘fake news’ on cervical cancer vaccine

ROME: Italy’s health minister has taken the unusual step of criticising national broadcaster Rai’s coverage of a vaccine against a cancer-causing virus, sparking a row about media freedom and misinformation.

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China to gather friends for biggest summit of year on New Silk Road

BEIJING: China will gather its friends and allies together for its biggest diplomatic event of the year in May, a summit on its New Silk Road plan, with most Asian leaders due to attend but only one from a G7 nation, the Italian prime minister. President Xi Jinping has championed what China formally calls the…

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World’s oldest person, last one of 19th century, dies in Italy at 117

ROME: Emma Morano, who at 117 was believed to be the world’s oldest person and the last surviving child of the 19th century, died on Saturday, swearing to the end on her diet of two raw eggs a day.

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G7 backs Tillerson ahead of Syria talks in Moscow

MILAN: G7 foreign ministers warned against military escalation in Syria Tuesday, throwing their support behind US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson as he readies for crunch talks in Moscow, a key Damascus ally. As diplomats from the seven major advanced economies gathered for talks in the Italian city of Lucca, they were joined by their…

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Syria, Russia to top agenda as G7 ministers meet

LUCCA: G7 foreign ministers were on Monday to send a “clear and coordinated message” to Russia on Syria as Washington upped the pressure following a suspected chemical attack in the wartorn country. Top diplomats from the seven major advanced economies are in Italy for their annual two-day meeting which had initially been expected to focus…

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Fendi befriends millennials as fashion looks to future

MILAN: The world’s top fashion brands are doing some serious courting of social media-savvy youngsters, with Italy’s Fendi the latest to unveil a hip website designed for millennials. The Roman fashion house is one of many hoping to build up a loyal support base among the generation born after 1980, who came of age in…

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Italy Reads Pakistan Awards winner to be announced at KLF

Karachi: Dr. Gianluca Rubagotti, the Italian consul general announced at a press conference on Thursday at a local hotel that the winner of Italy Reads Pakistan Awards will be announced on Saturday. The awards were launched last year by the consulate of Italy in Karachi. Saturday is also the second day of the Karachi Literature…

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Fashion magazine giant Grazia to launch in Pakistan

KARACHI: Italy’s glossy style magazine Grazia will launch in Pakistan, publishers said Monday, as country’s growing fashion industry seeks a place on the world stage. The first issue of Grazia Pakistan will go on sale this month, Saif Publishing said, with plans to double the initial run of 20,000 copies within six months. “Pakistan’s middle…

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At least 7 killed in Italy bus crash, children on board: media

ROME: At least seven people are dead after a Hungarian bus carrying children crashed on a motorway in northern Italy, Italian media said Saturday. Dozens of injured were rushed to hospital following the accident in Verona on Friday night, which occurred when the vehicle struck a pylon and caught fire, according to emergency workers cited…

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