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ROME - Italy’s coalition government has been warned by an anti-Mafia magistrate that its divided position on the corruption allegations against transport secretary Armando Siri is likely to only encourage greater Mafia influence in Italian politics.

 In an interview with la Repubblica on Tuesday Nino Di Matteo, a high-ranking attorney at the National Anti-Mafia Directorate, said: “The mafia has in the last few days taken note of the different approaches of the two government parties, the Five Star Movement (M5S) and the League.

23 Apr 2019
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VALLETTA – Fugitive Antonio Ricci, who last year escaped a crackdown on an illegal gaming racket linked with ‘Ndrangheta – the Calabrian mafia – has been arrested in Malta, police authorities said on Tuesday.

 The 43-year-old fugitive from Bari, among 68 suspects receiving detention orders, has been accused of having direct links with the ‘Ndrangheta. 

 Among the charges are mafia association, illegal gaming and gambling practises, failure to declare income and aggravated fraud against the State for more than 60 million euros.

23 Apr 2019
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CAGLIARI – A French tourist has died after his boat capsized off the coast of Porto Corallo in the southeast of the island of Sardinia, emergency services said on Tuesday.

 Sardinia’s strong Sirocco winds overturned the sailboat on Easter Monday while it was returning to port, Italian media reported.

 The man, whose name has not yet been released, was thrown overboard and drowned but rescuers managed to save a woman and dog that were also on board.

 The Frenchman’s body was later recovered among rocks. 

23 Apr 2019
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ROME - Juventus were crowned champions of the Serie A for an eighth successive season after victory at home over Fiorentina saw them claim the scudetto with five games to spare.

 While they found themselves 1-0 down after just six minutes, Nikola Milenković burying a loose ball after Juventus failed to clear their lines, a deft near post header from Alex Sandro and an own goal from Germán Pezzella either side of half time were enough for the home side to overturn the deficit and take all three points.

23 Apr 2019
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ROME - “Thank you Gualtiero for transforming a mundane act into art.” Whether taken as a heart-warming biopic, an exploration into cuisine as art, a tour de force of culinary cinematography, or simply a homage to the founder of modern Italian cuisine, Gualtiero Marchesi: The Great Italian is a film that will leave you touched by the passion and ingenuity of one of Italy’s greatest ever chefs, and likely with a ravenous appetite.

23 Apr 2019