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 VENICE – Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte has promised that the MOSE flood defence system will be finished, political sources reported, as questions are raised over why La Serenissima is still so vulnerable to rising water in the wake of Tuesday's catastrophic floods.

14 Nov 2019
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 MILAN – Ex-member of the EU parliament, Lara Comi of the Forza Italia party, has been placed under house arrest on charges of corruption, judicial sources reported Thursday.

 The warrant for the arrest, signed by preliminary investigations judge Raffaella Mascarino, noted that

 "Despite her young age, Lara Comi has shown in fact an uncommon experience in resorting to the different, proven criminal schemes aimed at providing a legal semblance to the payment of bribes, the fraudulent misappropriation of public resources and the confiscation of illicit financing.”

14 Nov 2019
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 VENICE – The worst flood since 1966 is wreaking havoc on La Serenissima, local authorities report.  Alarm sirens sounded at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday as a new red alert was declared. 

 The city was preparing for new damage as the flood waters were expected to rise further with the incoming tide.  A man has been killed on the island of Pellestrina, the area worst hit by the acqua alta floods,  Veneto newspaper Il Gazzettino said. According to the first reports, the man, 78, was electrocuted as he tried to start a pump in his home.

13 Nov 2019
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 MEXICO CITY – An Italian ship was attacked Wednesday night by pirates in the Gulf of Mexico, say Italian foreign ministry sources.

 The Foreign Ministry’s crisis unit says it is following the incident with maximum attention and cooperating with the Italian ambassador in Mexico.

 Two Italian sailors have been wounded, but not seriously, said La Repubblica.

 The ship, the “Remas,” is the property of the Micoperi company, based in Ravenna.

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12 Nov 2019
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 BAGHDAD – Three of the five Italian soldiers wounded in Iraq following an explosion on Monday remain in a serious condition, said defence sources.  The attack has sparked concerns of a resurgence of activity by the so-called Islamic State, say military sources.

 The rudimentary explosive device went off at approximately 11 a.m. on Sunday, near to the contested city of Kirkuk.  The area which has apparently seen a recent resurgence of activity by ISIS.  In the last 15 days, 30 incidents of fire or rudimentary devices have been noted, reported Il Fatto Quotidiano.

11 Nov 2019