Isabella Ferrari
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ROME - Italy has pledged to finance the feasibility study of the planned railway line that will link the Ethiopian Capital, Addis Ababa with the Eritrean port of Massawa, Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte assured the Prime Minister of Ethiopia, Abiy Ahmed, on a visit to Rome Monday.

 Conte visited Asmara and Addis Ababa last October. A few weeks before, Eritrea and Ethiopia had signed a second peace treaty. The first peace agreement, signed July between the two countries’ leaders, specifies the restoration of transport and trade systems.

23 Jan 2019
Isabella Ferrari
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ROME – Italian Catholics and Protestants have launched a common appeal to show a spirit of humanity and solidarity towards migrants.

 On the International Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, Italian Christians have taken the opportunity to voice that it is our duty and moral obligation to work together to aid migrants.

22 Jan 2019
Isabella Ferrari
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ROME - A day of remembrance to show solidarity against the numerous neo-fascist threats made to journalists and reporters and to commemorate the tragedy of the Holocaust, an initiative together with the Jewish Community of Rome, is to be held Friday, the Roman Press Association reported.

 The event comes in response to recent incidents of anti-Semitic behaviour in Rome. The resurgence of intimidation, acts of vandalism and neo-fascist aggression that have targeted reporters and various members of the press, must remind everyone that “what happened can happen again.”

22 Jan 2019
INSIDER NEWSDESK
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MADRID – Juventus striker Cristiano Ronaldo appeared in court on Tuesday to finalise a plea deal with a Spanish court over tax evasion charges.

 The deal, agreed in advance with prosecutors, involves an 18.8 million euro fine and a 23-month jail sentence, which the former Real Madrid star is very unlikely to serve.

 In Spain, those sentenced for under two years in prison don’t normally serve time, particularly for non-violent offences such as Ronaldo’s.

22 Jan 2019
Patrick Middleton
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ROME – Interior Minister Matteo Salvini stood by fellow Deputy Prime Minister Luigi Di Maio’s comments about French policy in Africa on Tuesday, after the Italian ambassador was summoned to the foreign ministry in Paris.

 Salvini told Mediaset TV that his colleague’s comments were not unjustified, saying, “the migrant problem has lots of causes.” “France is among those who take away wealth from the people of Africa,” the League leader added.

22 Jan 2019