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Sylvia Poggioli

Sylvia Poggioli appears in the following:

Letter From Rome: The Hardest Exam Is The Driving Test

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Italians are notorious for crazy driving. But it's not for lack of rigor in their driving test, drawn from 7,000 possible questions. NPR's Sylvia Poggioli crammed by taking up to 80 mock tests a day.

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Pope Francis Speaks Of 'Genocide' In Armenia Visit

Friday, June 24, 2016

Pope Francis is in Armenia, a country with ancient roots to Christianity and the Pope seeks to encourage as it's buffeted by its huge neighbors, Turkey and Russia.

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In Armenia Visit, Pope Aims For Reconciliation In A Tense Region

Friday, June 24, 2016

Last year, Pope Francis called the Ottoman Empire's slaughter of Armenians "the first genocide of the 20th century," sparking a diplomatic spat with Turkey. He begins a 3-day visit to Armenia Friday.

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Rome Elects Youngest, First-Ever Female Mayor

Monday, June 20, 2016

Rome elected it's first-ever woman mayor and its youngest. 37-year old Virginia Raggi of the anti-establishment Five Star Movement promises to reform a corrupt and antiquated city government.

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Even As It Heads Home, Aircraft Carrier Plays Key Role Fighting ISIS

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Part of the U.S.-led coalition against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria is seaborne. The Navy's USS Truman has been in the Persian Gulf but now is in the Mediterranean, on its way home to Virginia.

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Seizing On Pope's Remarks, Women Meet In Rome To Discuss Female Priesthood

Saturday, June 04, 2016

Pope Francis broke a Catholic Church taboo last month when he said he would create a commission to study whether women can serve as deacons — as they did in early Christianity.

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Italy Pushes For Greater EU Cooperation In Combating Terrorism

Thursday, June 02, 2016

With the arrest this spring of six Moroccans suspected of planning terror attacks on Italy, the southern European nation believes it has become a target. It is pushing for greater continental cooperation and sharing of intelligence to combat extremists.

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Surge Of Migrants Cross Mediterranean Sea From North Africa

Monday, May 30, 2016

In the last week, Italy has rescued more than 10,000 people at sea. The spike appears tied to Africans making the trip from the continent's northern coast, taking advantage of improved weather. But there also are reports smugglers are moving westward from Turkey with the closure of borders in Europe.

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3 Shipwrecks In 3 Days: 700 People Die Trying To Cross Mediterranean

Monday, May 30, 2016

With warmer weather comes an influx of refugees and migrants trying to cross the Mediterranean Sea to Europe, and a shift in the route they're taking. Over the weekend, hundreds of people drowned.

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Chinese Cops In Italy? Joint Patrols Aim To Ease Chinese Tourists' Jitters

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

The hope is that Chinese tourists will feel safer after recent terrorist attacks. In the long run, greater cooperation could help break up illegal activities by Chinese and Italian organized crime.

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Italians Concerned By Austria's Plan To Add Border Controls

Monday, April 25, 2016

Migrants are again heading to Italy on a dangerous sea-crossing from Libya. The surge comes as Austria prepares to shut its border leaving Italy in crisis over what to do with the new arrivals.

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Pope Francis Meets Migrants In Lesbos, Returns To Rome With 12 On His Plane

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Pope Francis visited the Greek Island of Lesbos in order to draw attention to the plight of migrants there. The migrants are caught up in a controversial deal between the European Union and Turkey.

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Pope Francis To Show Solidarity With Migrants In Lesbos Visit

Friday, April 15, 2016

Pope Francis says he going to the Greek island of Lesbos to show solidarity and sympathy with migrants and those who have been welcoming them. He's also expected to sharply criticize the European Union for what he calls the "globalization of indifference" towards refugees and migrants.

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How Pope Francis Became A Foreign Policy Player

Thursday, April 14, 2016

The pontiff isn't content to remain in the Vatican or sit on the sidelines. His trip this weekend to the Greek island of Lesbos is just one part of his emerging world view.

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A Small Town In Italy Embraces Migrants And Is Reborn

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

The southern Italian village of Riace had an aging, dwindling population. That was before it was reborn as a global village following the arrival of thousands of migrants from more than 20 countries.

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Volunteers Offer Italian Language Lessons To Young Migrants

Tuesday, April 05, 2016

In Italy, volunteers are helping young migrants cope with their new reality through one-on-one language lessons.

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Catholic-Protestant Initiative Brings Refugees To Italy On Humanitarian Visas

Monday, February 15, 2016

A Catholic-Protestant initiative is bringing refugees from Lebanon and Morocco to Italy on humanitarian visas to spare them deadly sea crossings. Most are old, sick or women with young children.

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As Questions Swirl, Italy Mourns Death Of Italian Student In Cairo

Friday, February 12, 2016

A funeral is being held Friday in Italy for Giulio Regeni, a doctoral student allegedly tortured and killed in Egypt. Thousands have demanded an independent probe into Regeni's death.

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Pope Francis To Meet With Leader Of Russian Orthodox Church In Cuba

Friday, February 05, 2016

Pope Francis will meet in Cuba next week with the head of the Russian Orthodox Church in an effort to heal the 1,000-year-old schism that divided Christianity between East and West.

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Italian Lawmakers Debate Legalizing Same-Sex Civil Unions

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Legislation to legalize same-sex civil unions is fueling passions across Italy. Activist say they expect hundreds of thousands of anti-gay adoption supporters to protest against the bill on Saturday.

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