Flavia Cresswell-Turner
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ROME – The Italian Coast Guard vessel Diciotti, carrying 519 migrants and one corpse on board, is on its way to the port of Pozzallo (Ragusa), officials confirmed on Tuesday.

 The ship is scheduled to dock on Tuesday evening, although the migrants might be made to disembark on Wednesday morning to ensure a smooth operation and the greatest security. 

 The 519 migrants were saved in seven operations at sea by commercial ships off the coast of Libya.

 Three women and one man who needed urgent medical treatment were transferred to Lampedusa.

19 Jun 2018
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ROME – Roberto Spada, a clan member who head-butted a journalist in the seaside town of Ostia, received a six-year jail term for his brutal attack in November, officials said. Ruben Nelson Alvez del Puerto, Spada’s Uruguayan bodyguard, was dealt the same verdict for participation in the assault on two crew members of the State broadcaster RAI.

 The Rome court ruled that the pair, accused of private violence, had also used mafia methods in the beating of RAI reporter Daniele Piervincenzi and cameraman Edoardo Anselmi on Nov 7.

19 Jun 2018
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ROME – Interior Minister Matteo Salvini’s census proposal triggered outrage amongst opposition politicians on Tuesday and drew severe criticism from the Italian Jewish community, saying his plans amount to ethnic cleansing.

 Salvini, leader of the anti-migrant League party, called for a Rom census on Monday, stressing that he would shut down and bulldoze illegal camps across Italy, expelling all undocumented foreigners.

19 Jun 2018
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VATICAN CITY – During a mass at Santa Marta, Pope Francis spoke about the root of dictatorships, a reflection that some observers felt was directed at the Trump administration.

 In his Monday address, which Italian media have hailed a strong homily, the pontiff recalled the “destructive power of slanderous communication.”

 He also said: “Just think of the persecution of the Jews in the last century. A horror that still happens today.”

19 Jun 2018
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BARI – The Carabinieri Special Operations Group were carrying out 104 precautionary mafia-associated arrests on Monday throughout Italy, primarily focussed around the province of Bari, officials said.

 The alleged clan members under investigation, forming over a hundred suspects, are believed to be affiliated to the “Mercante-Diomede” and “Capriati” criminal groups.

18 Jun 2018