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Shadow are cast on a memorial plaque at platform 17, during a ceremony to commemorate Jewish citizens deported during WWII in Berlin, Thursday, Oct. 18, 2012. October 18, 1941 marks the start of the systematic deportation of Berlin's Jewish people. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)

Outrage After Plaques Honoring Rome’s Deported Jews Stolen

ROME — Rome’s mayor, Catholic groups and politicians of every stripe joined Italy’s Jewish community on Monday in denouncing the theft of 20 small bronze plaques honoring a Jewish family deported during the Holocaust.

Rome's Mayor, Virginia Raggi, casts her vote Sunday in Italian referendum.

Populists Primed to Govern Italy After Stinging Renzi Defeat

Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi kept his promise to resign from office after losing a constitutional referendum tied to his administration Sunday, opening the door for the growing populist Five Star Movement (M5S) to move into Italy’s political driver’s seat.

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Populist Mayor Virginia Raggi Meets with Pope Francis

Rome’s new populist mayor, Virginia Raggi, had a half-hour meeting with Pope Francis on Friday, after which she said she had been “deeply impressed” by the pontiff. During their meeting, Raggi played the Pope a video on her tablet, comprising

Italian Virginia Raggi, Five Star Movement (M5S) candidate for the election of Rome's mayor attends a campaign meeting on June 3, 2016 at Piazza del Popolo in Rome. The first round of the Municipal elections will be held on June 5. / AFP / Filippo MONTEFORTE (Photo credit should read …

Rome’s New Populist Mayor: ‘Just Call Me Virginia’

After taking Rome by storm in a resounding landslide victory in last Sunday’s mayoral race, Virginia Raggi has been unofficially dubbed “Her Majesty the Pope” on greeting her adoring fans with a wave reminiscent of a papal blessing.

Turin's newly elected mayor Chiara Appendino, candidate of the Five Star Movment (M5S) delivers a speech at the city hall of Turin, on June 20, 2016 a day after her victory in the mayoral election.

Not Just Rome: Populist, Eurosceptic Party Takes Italy by Storm

Virginia Raggi’s landslide victory in Rome’s mayoral race Sunday was just the tip of the iceberg for Italy’s populist, Eurosceptic Five Star Movement, as the party swept an astonishing 19 of 20 such races in the Italian towns and cities in which its candidates were running for mayor.

Virginia Raggi, Five Star Movement (M5S) candidate for the mayoral elections in Rome, speaks during her last campaign meeting on June 17, 2016 at Ostia Lido, Rome's seashore, before the second round of the election.

Populist Woman Mayor Wins Rome by Landslide: ‘New Era’ Begins

Virginia Raggi, the telegenic populist candidate from Italy’s 5-Star Movement (M5S), has won a landslide victory to become the first female mayor of Rome, defeating the Democratic Party candidate Roberto Giachetti by more than thirty points in Sunday’s runoff election.

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Populist Surge Puts First Woman Virginia Raggi in Charge of Rome

Rome (AFP) – Virginia Raggi was elected Sunday as Rome’s first female mayor, exit polls showed, in an electoral triumph for the populist Five Star Movement that represents a major setback for Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi.

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‘Elegant Brunette’ Leads Populist Revolt in Rome Mayoral Race

After decades of corruption, scandal and chronic incompetence have left the reputation of Rome’s city hall in tatters, citizens are rebelling by abandoning traditional political parties in favor of the populist ‘Five Star Movement’, led by a 37-year-old lawyer named