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2,000-year-old Roman documents found in London mud. LONDON (AP) — They came, they saw, they got down to business. Get The Times of Israel's Daily Edition by email and never miss our top stories Free Sign up! Archaeologists announced Wednesday they have discovered hundreds of writing tablets from Roman London — including the oldest handwritten document ever found in Britain — in a trove that provides insight into the city’s earliest history as a busy commercial town. Researchers from Museum of London Archaeology uncovered more than 400 wooden tablets during excavations in London’s financial district for the new headquarters of media and data company Bloomberg. So far, 87 have been deciphered, including one addressed “in London, to Mogontius” and dated to A.D. 65-80 — the earliest written reference to the city, which the Romans called Londinium. Sophie Jackson, an archaeologist working on the site, said the find was “hugely significant.”

“It’s the first generation of Londoners speaking to us,” she said. Copyright 2016 The Associated Press. Rome calls on companies and the rich to adopt crumbling ancient sites. Rome has issued a €500m (£380m) SOS to companies, wealthy philanthropists and its own citizens to help restore many of the Italian capital’s historic sites and prevent others from falling into ruin. The Roman Forum, the Circus Maximus and the walls, aqueducts and sewerage system of what was once the most powerful city on Earth have all been earmarked as needing help ranging from a relatively minor clean up to full-blown structural works. Saddled with debts of some €12bn, Rome cannot afford to do it on its own.

But Claudio Parisi Presicce, the city cultural superintendent, said he believed the city could call in some of the reserves of goodwill given Rome’s central role in the construction of Western civilisation. “We need new strategic ideas. We have to create a link between the people living above the modern city and the ancient city that lies beneath them,” he said. In the wake of those projects, the city has drawn up a new to-do list which it has costed at nearly €500m. Thousands of idyllic Italian villages risk dying out. Civita di Bagnoreggio, Lazio, a town of 100 people which is trying to become a tourist attraction.

Photo: Angela Giuffrida/The Local Italy is famous for the small, picturesque towns which dot the landscape, but a recent report suggests almost 2,500 risk becoming ghost-towns. The data came from a dossier compiled by Italy's environmental agency, Legambiente, which was presented to the national councils agency, Anci, on Tuesday. The figures are stark: Italy is home to some 5,627 towns ,which each have less than 5,000 inhabitants, a massive 2,430 of which are facing a population crisis. Although small, the towns at risk are currently home to some three million Italians, meaning the issue of ghost towns directly affects more than five percent of Italy's total population. Over the past 25 years alone, one in seven small town inhabitants - some 675,000 people - have moved elsewhere. One birth in 28 years: Ostana, Piedmont. Trying to cheat death: Sellia.

Now a hotel: Santo Stefano di Sessanio. 'The dictator who failed to dictate': free-range architecture under Mussolini | Art and design. “After Jerry and Joe” was the cryptic subject line of the email from Jonathan Meades to promote his latest documentary. “The third and final piece on dictators’ architecture,” read the body of the message, followed succinctly by Meades’s address: Cité Radieuse le Corbusier, Marseille. A man who resides in Corb’s “machine for living in” understandably has some interest in the architecture of dictators. It’s a subject that has occupied Meades for the last 20 years. Having covered the architecture of Nazi Germany in Jerry-Building (1994), followed by the Stalinist heritage trail of Joe-Building (2006), the besuited, bespectacled critic is back with a documentary about his third and final tyrant, Benito Mussolini.

It’s a trickier pitch, if only because Mussolini, at least for his first decade in power, wasn’t quite as interested in architecture as his fellow dictators. While enthusiastically censoring film-makers, writers, academics and journalists, he let architects do as they please. A Banksy Art Show Opens in Rome. Photo ROME — For more than two decades, the British street artist Banksy has covertly — and often illicitly — stenciled his often politically tinged statements on the walls of structures worldwide, shielded by anonymity.

Now the tables have turned, perhaps, with the opening on Tuesday in Rome of “War Capitalism & Liberty,” a survey of Banksy’s art at the Palazzo Cipolla that its organizers describe as unauthorized by the artist. “Please note, the artist known as Banksy is not associated or involved in this museum show,” reads a note accompanying the exhibition, which was conceived and realized by the Fondazione Terzo Pilastro-Italia e Mediterraneo, a nonprofit organization that supports projects in the arts and other fields. The more than 100 artworks, not including 68 record and CD covers, in the show were lent by private collectors. “It’s lovely to actually see them all back again, because pretty much all of them once upon a time came from me, from my collection,” Mr. 'Salvini who?': Donald Trump snubs Italy's far-right leader.

Northern League leader Matteo Salvini (L) has been snubbed by Donald Trump. Photo: Giuseppe Cacace/Jewel Samad/AFP Matteo Salvini, the leader of Italy’s far-right Northern League, has for months trumpeted a flourishing friendship with Donald Trump, the man hoping to become the next US President. But Salvini has been snubbed by his American idol. The pair have met. Salvini soon tweeted the snap, telling his followers that, unlike the Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, he would choose the “legality and security” proposed by Trump in his presidential campaign over the “disastrous” policies of Obama and Merkel.

The meeting lasted 20 minutes, it was reported at the time, with Trump allegedly telling Salvini: “I hope you become prime minister of Italy soon”. But in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, published on Wednesday, Trump, who last week clinched the number of delegates needed to win the Republican party nomination for US president, declared: “I didn’t want to meet him. 'Italy has a big heart, but we can't take everyone in' Some 46,473 people have landed on Italy’s shores since the start of the year. Photo: Giovanni Isolino/AFP Interior Minister Angelino Alfano on Wednesday rejected a call to take in all migrants and refugees, saying that even though Italy has a big heart, “we can’t take them all” Alfano was speaking at an event in Ostia, near Rome, in response to criticism from Monsignor Nunzio Galantino, the general secretary of the Italian Bishops Conference, of Italy’s proposal to start fingerprinting migrants crossing the Mediterranean as soon as they are picked up by rescue boats.

The so-called ‘floating hotspots’ “are a bad copy of detention centres”, Galantino told La Repubblica, adding that while on a ship, the right for migrants to seek asylum would not be ensured. Italy and Greece have borne the brunt of Europe’s refugee crisis, with 46,473 people landing on Italy’s shores since the start of the year. “We’re the champions of the world when it comes to being humanitarian and welcoming. Over 700 migrants feared dead in Mediterranean this week - UN. More than 700 people are believed to have drowned in the Mediterranean last week, the deadliest seven days for Europe-bound asylum seekers in more than a year. The casualties happened in three separate incidents on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday after more than 13,000 people set sail from Libya for Italy in an eight-day period.

The full details of the disasters emerged slowly because of the chaotic nature of the situation. The UN refugee agency said it was now certain that this was the highest weekly death toll since April 2015, when more than 1,300 died in two separate incidents off Libya. “We are sure about this,” UNHCR spokeswoman Carlotta Sami told the Guardian. “We can say that most probably there were more than 700 dead.” Rescue teams on Sunday described the shocking scenes that confronted them as they responded to the shipwrecks. “There were already many dead bodies floating in the sea. “Whether they made it, we don’t know, because then we handed them to the Italian warship.” We can't take all migrants, Alfano tells Italian Bishops. (ANSAmed) - ROME, JUNE 1 - Interior Minister Angelino Alfano on Wednesday turned down a call from Italian Bishops' Conference (CEI) Secretary-General Msgr Nunzio Galatino for Italy to take in all refugees and migrants.

"We are world champions of humanity and welcome," Alfano said. "I understand Msgr Galantino's words, as a bishop, but I'm the interior minister and I have the duty to make sure people respect the law: we have a big heart but we can't take them all". Earlier Galantino, CEI No.2 behind its president, Cardinal Angelo Bagnasco, had said all migrants should be taken in and criticised the Italian government's proposal to the EU to have so-called "floating hotspots" in which migrants would be registered at sea, on ships in the Mediterranean. "(Floating) hotspots are a bad-copy remake of detention centres," Galantino told Italian daily La Repubblica, adding that on ships it would not be possible to ensure the right to seek asylum.

Pope condemns Europe's failure to help migrants in Easter message. The pontiff also called on people to remember the victims of terrorism, which he called “blind and brutal violence” which continues to shed innocent blood as seen in recent attacks in Belgium, Turkey, Nigeria, Chad, Cameroon, the Ivory Coast and Iraq. He added that daily news reports were full of brutal domestic crimes and large-scale armed conflicts that were causing “indescribable suffering” to entire countries and their people. “Before the spiritual and moral abysses of mankind, before the chasms that open up in hearts and provoke hatred and death, only an infinite mercy can bring us salvation,” he said.

The pontiff singled out the conflict in Syria for special attention and expressed hope that the latest round of negotiations could bring an end to the war’s “destruction, death, contempt for humanitarian law and breakdown of civil coexistence”. “We trust the talks now underway, that goodwill and the co-operation of all will bring peace,” he said. Motta and De Rossi get nod for Italy in Euro 2016. Daniele De Rossi has made the Italy squad for Euro 2016. Photo: Marcello Paternostro/AFP Midfielders Thiago Motta and Daniele De Rossi were on Tuesday given the all clear and included in Italy coach Antonio Conte's 23-man squad for Euro 2016.

With midfield stalwarts Claudio Marchisio and Marco Verratti both injured, Conte had feared for the fitness of Paris Saint-Germain's Motta and Roma's De Rossi, both struggling with a calf and thigh injuries respectively. "The choices are made, we reflected a great deal and picked the best at our disposal," said Conte as the announcement was made live on television. The pair have been given the all clear for the tournament which gets underway in France on June 10th, but AC Milan midfielder Ricardo Montolivo has failed to recover from his calf problem and will miss out again, as at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, because of a fractured foot. Italy host Finland in a pre-tournament friendly on June 6th in Verona. 23-man Italy squad for Euro 2016. Education abroad: How to find an international school. Moving abroad is a stressful process that involves many challenges, and one of them is finding the right school for expat children. Expats who move abroad with infants usually find themselves struggling to comprehend the education system in the country they have moved to.

Should you choose a local or an international school? How do you know? Choosing is a task that may require a great deal of exploration, planning, and discernment. Luckily there are a few tricks to make it easier. “As an expat myself, I know all too well how stressful things like finding a new school for your children can be. An international school often helps children to have a smoother transition, especially in a country with a different language.

“There are very limited tools available when it comes to finding schools abroad,” Arjan Toor says. The map allows users to search for different types of international schools anywhere in the world, and to narrow options by geographical area. Read more about expat healthcare: Seven wonderful things to do in Italy in June. Pisa's luminara is not to be missed this month. Photo: Marco Sox/Flickr June is jam-packed with all manner of fun things to keep you busy as summer rushes in: from discovering rose-based snacks to dancing at silent discos. Festa Della Repubblica, June 2nd – nationwide The Frecce Tricolari make their flypast. Photo Antony Majanlahti The month gets off to an excellent start as the majority of workers will be able to put their feet up and celebrate Italy's Republic Day.

The national holiday marks the day in 1946 when the government called a referendum to decide whether or not to oust the country's monarchy. The day is marked with displays of patriotism up and down the country, with military parades and marching bands being the order of the day. The best of the lot can be seen in Rome, where troops from all sectors of Italy's armed forces march through the Roman Forum before the Air Force's Frecce Tricolari perform a flyby, painting the colours of the Italian flag across the sky.