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Pope, for first time, says China’s Uighurs are ‘persecuted’

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VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – In a new book, Pope Francis for the first time calls China’s Muslim Uighurs a “persecuted” people, something human rights activists have been urging him to do for years. FILE PHOTO: Pope Francis looks on as he celebrates a Mass as part of World Youth Day,......

Italy’s COVID-19 death toll passes 50,000, with 630 new fatalities

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ROME (Reuters) – Italy reported 630 COVID 19-related deaths on Monday, rising from 562 the day before and taking the official toll since its outbreak began in February to 50,453, according to health ministry data. FILE PHOTO: A medical worker is seen, as patients suffering with the coronavirus disease (COVID-19)......

Ronaldo double lifts Juventus into second place

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(Reuters) – Cristiano Ronaldo’s first-half double allowed Juventus to climb to second in the Serie A standings with a 2-0 win over Cagliari at Juventus Stadium on Saturday. Soccer Football – Serie A – Juventus v Cagliari – Allianz Stadium, Turin, Italy – November 21, 2020 Juventus’ Cristiano Ronaldo REUTERS/Massimo......

Pompeii’s ruins yield scalded bodies of rich man and slave

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ROME (Reuters) – Archaeologists have discovered the exceptionally well-preserved remains of two men scalded to death by the volcanic eruption that destroyed the ancient Roman city of Pompeii in 79 AD, the Italian culture ministry said on Saturday. One was probably a man of high status, aged between 30 and......

Benettons consider hiring professor to help with Atlantia dispute

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FILE PHOTO: Enrico Laghi, when Alitalia special commissioner, attends a news conference at the Alitalia headquarters at Rome’s Leonardo da Vinci-Fiumicino Airport, Italy May 10, 2017. REUTERS/Remo Casilli/File Photo ROME (Reuters) – Italy’s Benetton family has asked well-connected business economics professor Enrico Laghi to help solve a dispute over the......

Breakingviews – Italian sovereign fund is a force to reckon with

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MILAN (Reuters Breakingviews) – When Cassa Depositi e Prestiti (CDP) was founded 170 years ago this week, Italy did not yet exist as a nation. The institution’s main task was to finance basic infrastructure like roads and waterworks for the King of Sardinia-Piedmont, Victor Emmanuel II, who later became Italy’s......

European shares supported by gains in retail, oil stocks

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The German share price index DAX graph is pictured at the stock exchange in Frankfurt, Germany, November 18, 2020. REUTERS/Staff (Reuters) – European stocks edged higher on Friday as gains in retail and oil shares offset worries about U.S. politics and an impasse over fresh stimulus measures to support a......

Mediaset denies having received letter from Vivendi – spokesman

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MILAN (Reuters) – Mediaset MS.MI on Thursday denied a media report saying the Italian broadcaster’s board had received a letter from the board of France’s Vivendi VIV.PA proposing a deal to settle a long-standing dispute between the two, its spokesman said. Daily MF reported that Vivendi, the broadcaster’s second-largest shareholder,......

Belgium, Italy Join France, Spain in Nations League Finals

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http://www.si.com/.image/c_limit%2Ccs_srgb%2Cfl_progressive%2Ch_1200%2Cq_auto:good%2Cw_1200/MTc2OTEzMjUzNTE4MDI2MzIz/lukaku-belgium-nations-league.jpg Associated Press LEUVEN, Belgium (AP) — Romelu Lukaku scored twice as Belgium beat Denmark 4-2 on Wednesday to book a spot in the Nations League’s finals. The world’s top-ranked team only needed a draw to qualify from the top tier’s Group 2. Belgium finished the group phase with a......

Biggest international shocks: Germany’s loss to Spain not even their worst

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Germany suffered their heaviest-ever defeat in a competitive match when they fell to a humiliating 6-0 loss against Spain in the UEFA Nations League on Tuesday (stream the replay on ESPN+ in the U.S.). Joachim Low, the longest-serving international coach in world football, oversaw his country’s worst defeat in 89......

Therapeutic effect: Musical medic plays to cancer patient, 10, during surgery

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ROME (Reuters) – During an operation to remove a double tumour in the spinal cord of a 10-year-old boy, doctors watching the brain activity of their patient saw a change when the music played on a piano next to him was interrupted. As the team led by doctor Roberto Trignani......

Mercedes aiming to start Hamilton contract talks in days

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LONDON (Reuters) – Mercedes expect to start contract talks with Lewis Hamilton in the next few days now the Briton has clinched a record-equalling seventh Formula One world championship, team boss Toto Wolff has said. FILE PHOTO: Formula One F1 – Turkish Grand Prix – Istanbul Park, Istanbul, Turkey –......

Researchers find coronavirus was circulating in Italy earlier than thought

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Healthcare & Pharmaceuticals Giselda Vagnoni ROME (Reuters) – The new coronavirus was circulating in Italy in September 2019, a study by the National Cancer Institute (INT) of the Italian city of Milan shows, signaling that it might have spread beyond China earlier than thought. FILE PHOTO: People wearing masks walk......

Saint Pope John Paul II – a hasty halo?

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VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – During his 27-year pontificate, Pope John Paul II canonised so many people that some dubbed the Vatican “the saint factory”. FILE PHOTO: Pope John Paul II and Archbishop of Washington, Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, give their blessing at the end of the weekly general audience at the......

Sinner claims maiden ATP title with victory at Sofia Open

Reuters
(Reuters) – Italy’s Jannik Sinner became the youngest first-time winner on the ATP Tour in 12 years on Saturday after edging Canadian Vasek Pospisil 6-4 3-6 7-6(3) to claim the Sofia Open. Sinner, contesting his first ATP Tour final, served notice of his intentions early on when he forced Pospisil......

Rain turns final Turkish GP practice into driving on ice

Reuters
ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Rain on a slippery track turned Saturday’s final practice for the Turkish Grand Prix into the equivalent of driving on an ice rink with cars sliding and spinning and lap times completely meaningless. The extremely challenging conditions, with the best drivers in the world struggling to keep......

Wall Street jumps, Treasury yield curve steepens after earnings, Biden assurances

Reuters
NEW YORK (Reuters) – U.S. stocks were sharply higher and the Treasury yield curve steepened on Friday as upbeat earnings and President-elect Joe Biden’s COVID advisory team helped reassure investors about the threat of new pandemic-related lockdowns to combat record spikes in coronavirus infections. FILE PHOTO: The front facade of......

U.S. stocks gain, Treasury yield curve steepens following earnings, Biden assurances

Reuters
NEW YORK (Reuters) – Wall Street advanced and the U.S. Treasury yield curve steepened on Friday as upbeat earnings and assurances from President-elect Joe Biden’s COVID advisory team helped investors look past the threat of new economic lockdowns to combat record spikes in coronavirus infections. FILE PHOTO: A street sign......

Asian stocks dip as virus spread tamps vaccine hopes

Reuters
BOSTON (Reuters) – Stocks in Asia were poised to pull back after markets in the United States and Europe sold off on concerns over rising coronavirus infections. FILE PHOTO: A monitor shows Nikkei stock index at a foreign exchange trading company in Tokyo, Japan November 4, 2020. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon Australian......

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