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IL MATTINO (Italy)

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ROME - With some quick thinking, she might have found a good response when the Carabinieri officers pulled her over.

Here's my seeing-eye dog's license...

It's a Google expand=1] car...

Oh, am I in the car? I thought this was the elevator...

Apparently the 66-year-old woman from the central Italian town of Ariccia wasn't quite as quick on her feet as she'd been sly with the state. Busted! Authorities caught it all on videotape (see below): the woman who'd been claiming blindness since 2005 in order to collect a monthly 800-euro check was merrily driving her car around town, the daily Il Mattino reports.

It's certainly not the first time someone in Italy thought that faking a disability was a short cut to easy money. Legendary Italian comic actor Roberto Benigni puts on his best moves in the film Johnny Stecchino when an insurance company auditor comes to check on his unusual (invented) malady.

In real life, it's no joke. Police, who had first videotaped her crossing the street alone and signing paperwork, estimate that the woman had accumulated some 65,000 euros over the years. She was arrested on fraud charges.

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In Uganda, Having A "Rolex" Is About Not Going Hungry

Experts fear the higher food prices resulting from the conflict in Ukraine could jeopardize the health of many Ugandans. Take a look at this ritzy-named simple dish.

Zziwa Fred, a street vendor who runs two fast-food businesses in central Uganda, rolls a freshly prepared chapati known as a Rolex.

Nakisanze Segawa

WAKISO — Godfrey Kizito takes a break from his busy shoe repair shop every day so he can enjoy his favorite snack, a vegetable and egg omelet rolled in a freshly prepared chapati known as a Rolex. But for the past few weeks, this daily ritual has given him neither the satisfaction nor the sustenance he is used to consuming. Kizito says this much-needed staple has shrunk in size.

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Most streets and markets in Uganda have at least one vendor firing up a hot plate ready to cook the Rolex, short for rolled eggs — which usually comes with tomatoes, cabbage and onion and is priced anywhere from 1,000 to 2,000 Ugandan shillings (28 to 57 cents). Street vendor Farouk Kiyaga says many of his customers share Kizito’s disappointment over the dwindling size of Uganda’s most popular street food, but Kiyaga is struggling with the rising cost of wheat and cooking oil.

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has halted exports out of the two countries, which account for about 26% of wheat exports globally and about 80% of the world’s exports of sunflower oil, pushing prices to an all-time high, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization, a United Nations agency. Not only oil and wheat are affected. Prices of the most consumed foods worldwide, such as meat, grains and dairy products, hit their highest levels ever in March, making a nutritious meal even harder to buy for those who already struggle to feed themselves and their families. The U.N. organization warns the conflict could lead to as many as 13.1 million more people going hungry between 2022 and 2026.

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