Elisabetta Belloni to hold key foreign ministry post. (Photo Credit- AFP)

  • Belloni will now lead Italy's Security Intelligence Department (DIS)
  • Belloni led the foreign ministry's crises until between 2004 and 2008
  • Belloni first entered the foreign ministry in 1985 and took position in Vienna

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Germany is battling to ramp up its vaccination campaign. (Photo Credit: AP/PTI)

  • Angela Merkel's endorsement came after EMA cleared the AstraZeneca vaccine for use
  • The use of the vaccine was suspended for several days over fears of blood clots
  • France on Friday recommended it should be given only to people aged 55 and over 

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The fear of new COVID-19 variants has spread concern amongst the people of Italy (Photo Credit: Representational Image/Unsplash)

  • The figures were recorded just over a year after the country started its struggle with the virus
  • Italian PM Mario Draghi released a video message for the country
  • So far, a total of 1.65 million people have been fully vaccinated in Italy

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Mario Draghi will be sworn-in as Italy's new prime minister on Saturday. (Photo Credit: AFP)

  • Mario Draghi is known for saving the euro during the financial crisis in Italy
  • His cabinet will comprise a mix of technocrats, veteran politicians and existing ministers
  • Draghi was director-general of the Italian Treasury during the turbulent early 1990s