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Street food Palermo: A melting pot in the Mediterranean

Al Jazeera

Palermo, the capital of the Italian island of Sicily, at the heart of the Mediterranean, has been a crossroads between cultures for centuries and continues to do so today. Sicily is one of the southern-most points of Europe and the different conquerors and cultures which reigned there have all left a mark - not least on the food. "I think every culture, every people that has come here and that has conquered Sicily has left its imprint - not only on the architecture but also on the cooking," says food historian Mary Taylor. Back in 827CE, the Arabs sailed across the Mediterranean from the shores of present-day Tunisia, and after four years they conquered Palermo. "When the Arabs arrived, Palermo was abandoned ... previously there were many invasions and conflicts.

In a Pandemic, Religion Can Be a Balm and a Risk

NYT > Middle East

India has so far refused to call off an annual festival that starts Wednesday in honor of the god Ram, also known as Rama. In normal times, it draws as many as a million people to Ayodha, which some believe to be the birthplace of Ram, in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh. The state has asked devotees to celebrate at home this year. Organizers, however, are carrying on. "People are getting the opportunity to have glimpses of Lord Rama," said Vinod Bansal, a national spokesman for the group, Vishva Hindu Parishad.

Tennis player tests positive for virus at Palermo Open; Marketa Vondrousova is event's main draw

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Fox News Flash top headlines are here. Check out what's clicking on A tennis player entered for the Palermo Ladies Open tested positive for the coronavirus and has withdrawn from the tournament, organizers announced Saturday. While noting that the player is asymptomatic, the WTA Tour said in a statement that she will remain in isolation "until cleared by a physician per the established protocols. "In addition, all those who may have been in close contact with the individual are undergoing testing per WTA protocols," the women's tour added.

Italy's PM Expects Libyan Commander Haftar to Join Palermo Conference

U.S. News

Italian officials were scrambling at the weekend to secure Haftar's attendance at the conference organized by Rome. If he shows up, it will be his first meeting with the Tripoli-based Prime Minister Fayez al-Serraj since a Paris summit in May, analysts said.