Insider reporters

LAMPEDUSA, Sicily – A British Royal Navy vessel, HMS Protector, and a Finance Guard motor boat rescued 450 migrants Saturday from a fishing boat off this tiny Italian island after Malta refused to respond to an appeal for help, shipping sources said.

 In all 176 people were taken aboard the Protector, patrolling as part of the Frontex EU border control mission, and 266 others aboard the GDF Monte Sperone. Eight women and children were taken to Lampedusa on a Coast Guard motorboat to receive medical treatment.

14 Jul 2018
Caitlin Bodfish
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ROME – MPs from the Five Star Movement cracked open the champagne after parliament finally approved a bill to slash the sky-high pensions in the Chamber of Deputies and the Senate, political officials said on Friday.

 It’s a good bye to the “Vitalizi”, or Italy’s huge pensions that previous members of the Chamber of Deputies and the Senate had voted in for themselves. The speaker of the Chamber, Roberto Fico, approved the new act which will recalculate the allowance from Jan. 1, 2019.

13 Jul 2018
Insider reporters

 ROME – Opposition politicians called on Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini to resign Friday after President Sergio Mattarella ordered Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte to overrule the League leader and allow 67 shipwreck survivors to disembark from an Italian coast guard vessel at the Sicilian port of Trapani.

13 Jul 2018
MARGARET STENHOUSE
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 L'AQUILA -- Nine years have gone by since the violent earthquake that razed much of the capital of the Abruzzo region to the ground. After the initial flurry of activity on the part of the Italian government and the world press, a tomb-like silence seemed to fall on the city, doomed, it appeared, to languish among the ruins of its once proud and monumental historic centre. Recovery was held up by endless obstacles, debates, bureaucratic difficulties and the sheer staggering complexity of the work that needed to be done.

9 Jul 2018
INSIDER NEWSDESK

 ROME -- A wooden fishing boat carrying 450 illegal migrants is heading for Sicily after leaving Maltese waters but will not be allowed into Italian ports, Italian interior minister Matteo Salvini said Friday. The boat was spotted by Italian fishing boats passing the islands of Lampedusa and Linosa en route for Sicily Friday night after Malta refused to take responsibility for rescuing the people aboard, shipping sources said.

13 Jul 2018