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 ROME – Support is growing for reform to the Dublin Regulation ahead of a meeting of EU leaders in Malta on Sept. 23, to discuss changes to the current system of distributing refugees and migrants between EU countries. 

 The German non-governmental organisation Mission Lifeline has said in a press statement that the Regulation, which requires migrants to stay in the countries where they arrive, must be “urgently revised.”

 The charity’s ship, the Eleonore, is still held by the Italian government following its docking in Sicily on September 2 in defiance of a ban.

20 Sep 2019
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 AVEZZANO – A priest in Abruzzo has found a novel way for parishioners to ‘pay’ for car parking – prayers. 

 No money or church offerings are required when leaving a vehicle in the large square behind the Madonna del Passo church in Avezzano’s Borgo Pineta district. 

 And while the parish parking metre presided over by Father Vincenzo De Mario may resemble the euro-guzzling municipal variety, it takes prayers instead of coins.

 The ‘price’ for a one-hour park? 10 Hail Marys.

20 Sep 2019
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 ROME – Italian universities have done well in the QS Graduate Employability Rankings. 

 Of the 16 Italian universities who chose to participate in the Quacquarelli Symonds Graduate Employability Rankings, the first-placed in Graduate Employability was the Polytechnic University of Milan, at 41st, having fallen from 36th last year.  It was also the first amongst the Italian universities in the general rankings, at 146th

20 Sep 2019
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 ROME – Three police officers are being investigated in relation to a Jet Ski joyride taken by the son of former Interior Minister and leader of the Northern League Matteo Salvini, police sources said on Friday.

 The episode occurred at Milano Marittima on July 30, when an officer took Salvini’s son for a spin on the police watercraft. 

 The three officers were formally identified following a request to the Interior Ministry after a journalist from daily newspaper La Repubblica tried to film the scene but was stopped by the officers.

20 Sep 2019
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 ROME – The Chamber of Deputies has voted by secret ballot not to place Forza Italia deputy Diego Sozzani under house arrest, in an early defeat for the new government.Sozzani is accused of illegally financing political parties.  The result of the secret vote to decide if he ought to be lose his parliamentary immunity was 309 votes against to 235 in favour.

19 Sep 2019