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ROME – Italy’s finance minister Giovanni Tria is facing pressure from members of his own cabinet over expensive election promises in light of Italy’s fragile financial situation, official sources said on Friday.

 Italy’s economic growth and deficit indicators were revised up, giving Tria more space for manoeuvre. Italy’s deputy prime ministers Luigi Di Maio and Matteo Salvini are eager in getting their key campaign promises though paying little attention to European Union debt and deficit rules.

21 Sep 2018
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ROME – Antitrust has opened an inquiry into Ryanair’s new policy of charging people to take hand luggage onto the plane.

 According to the watchdog, hand luggage is “an essential element of transport” and should therefore be included in the price of a ticket.

 Ryanair’s policy, taking effect on Nov. 1, will see customers charged to take a 10kg bag on the plane, a cost of €9 if purchased during the initial flight booking.

21 Sep 2018
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MONZA – A 23 year-old woman, “kidnapped” by her Pakistani family who didn’t approve of her Italian boyfriend, has returned to Italy after sending an SOS to her former high school, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said on Friday.

 Monza resident Menoona Safdar’s family tricked her into going to Pakistan then confiscated her documents, leaving her stranded.

 In a letter to her former high school the young woman wrote, “Please help me, I want to go back to Italy.

21 Sep 2018
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ROME – As Britain prepares to leave the European Union, four out of five Italians residing in the UK talk positively about their experience regardless of Brexit, a polling agency said on Wednesday.

 According to a survey conducted by Swg commissioned by the British Embassy, half of all Italians have travelled to the United Kingdom at least once in a lifetime, and 86 per cent said they would go back. 47 per cent of Italians oppose Britain’s exit from the bloc compared to a 37 per cent who endorse it.

20 Sep 2018
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ROME – German photographer and publisher Inge Feltrinelli has died at age 87, official sources said on Thursday.

 A naturalized Italian born in Germany to Jewish parents, she started her career as photographer, later marrying left-wing publisher Giangiacomo Feltrinelli. She took over management of the publishing giant Feltrinelli after her husband’s death in 1972.

 CEO of Feltrinelli group Roberto Ravellino, the board of directors and all staff have expressed their condolences to the family.

20 Sep 2018