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River runs in Rome

Clues to the Champion Hurdle are as likely to be found in Rome as at Newcastle or Newbury this weekend when River North takes part in the Premio Roma Vecchia on Sunday. Trained by Lady Herries, the gelding has yet to jump a hurdle in public but has the task of wresting the hurdling championship from another smart Flat performer, Alderbrook, as his target.

Crying statue's woe

IT SEEMS nothing will daunt the good citizens of Civitavecchia in their efforts to turn their city into another Lourdes, writes Andrew Gumbel in Rome. Ever since a plaster statue of the Madonna was sighted weeping tears of blood in an electrician's garden two months ago, the mayor's office and the local church have been working overtime to claim a modern miracle.

Bunhill: Classified Frascati

PLOP, a document from the Cabinet Office lands on my desk. It is The Annual Review of Government Funded Research & Development.

Racing: Home Life

MY PATRIARCH and Mashaallah finished third and fourth as Strong Life ensured that the final Group race of the European season, the Premio Roma Vecchia, stayed at home yesterday. On very heavy ground, Lester Piggott attempted to make all on Charles O'Brien's Portrait Gallery, but his mount faded to finish fifth.

Murders shock Rome's gays

Rome (AFP) - The murders of five homosexuals within a few months in Rome have sent shock waves through Italy's gay community, sparking fears that a serial killer might be responsible.

Back in the fold

ROME (Reuter) - The Pope is expected to rehabilitate Galileo, who was condemned by the Inquisition for his view that the Earth revolved around the Sun. The Vatican said that the Pope would address a session of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences tomorrow to end the work of a commission he set up 13 years ago to study the Galileo case.

Long rest

ROME (Reuter) - The Pope, recovering from an operation to remove a benign intestinal tumour, cancelled all private and public audiences until further notice. Vatican sources said the decision was an attempt to give the Pope, who is 72, the time to have a real rest.
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