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Jul 15, 2015
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Decaying modern Rome “needs a miracle” before Holy Year pilgrim influx

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Dirty and disorganised, Rome is once more in decline.

City hall is paralysed by allegations of Mafia infiltration, basic services are in tatters, the main airport is partially closed, and wild cat strikes have frayed an already ropey public transport network.

(A man tries to put rubbish in a full garbage bin in front of the Arch of Constantine in Rome, Italy July 12, 2015. REUTERS/Tony Gentile)

Jul 15, 2015

Its glory faded, decaying modern Rome “needs a miracle”

ROME, July 15 (Reuters) – Dirty and disorganised, Rome is
once more in decline.

City hall is paralysed by allegations of Mafia infiltration,
basic services are in tatters, the main airport is partially
closed, and wild cat strikes have frayed an already ropey public
transport network.

Jul 11, 2015

Former Vatican ambassador hospitalized ahead of child abuse trial

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – A former archbishop and papal ambassador to the Dominican Republic fell ill and was taken to hospital ahead of the opening of his trial on Saturday for alleged child sex offences, a Vatican official said.

Jozef Wesolowski, a former archbishop and “apostolic nuncio”, or Vatican ambassador, in Santo Domingo, is accused of paying boys to perform sexual acts, of downloading and buying paedophile material, and offending Christian morality.

Jul 10, 2015

Former Vatican ambassador goes on trial in child abuse case

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Jozef Wesolowski, a former archbishop and papal ambassador to the Dominican Republic, will go on trial on Saturday accused of child sex offences in a case seen as a test of Pope Francis’s drive to clean up the church.

It will be the first trial held under rules drawn up by the Argentinian pontiff in an effort to make the clergy accountable for their actions around the world and show that the Vatican is sensitive to widespread anger over repeated abuse scandals.

Mar 16, 2015

Merkel invites Greek PM to Berlin as tensions simmer

ATHENS (Reuters) – Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras will take his anti-austerity drive to Berlin next week, hoping to persuade German Chancellor Angela Merkel to accept his reform plans and renegotiate Greece’s huge bailout.

Following a telephone call between the two leaders on Monday, Tsipras’s office said Merkel had invited the newly elected Greek prime minister to Germany for talks on March 23.

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      "Crispian Balmer is bureau chief for Israel and the Palestinian Territories. In 20 years with Reuters he has reported from more than 20 countries, covering everything from Hurricane Katrina to the Tsunami and the Balkans conflict. Previous assignments included lengthy spells as chief correspondent in Paris and Rome."
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