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PALERMO - A former League consultant and Forza Italia member of parliament has been arrested, along with his son, for alleged corruption, bribes, money laundering, and links to notorious Cosa Nostra boss Matteo Messina Denaro.

 Paolo Arata, who was formerly Matteo Salvini’s leading energy consultant, and his son Francesco have been arrested by local Sicilian officials following months of investigations into the two. Inquiries found that they are purportedly responsible for bribes of between 11,000 and 115,000 euros to local wind energy companies in exchange for political favours.

12 Jun 2019
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TURIN - Marco Verratti’s decisive strike four minutes from time saw Italy claim a hard-fought win over Bosnia and Herzegovina to move comfortably clear at the top of their Euro 2020 qualifying group.

 Despite the vocal support a home crowd at Juventus’ Allianz Stadium, Italy had to do it the hard way after they fell behind to a clinical finish by AS Roma star-striker Edin Dzeko in the 32nd minute. In fact, despite over 60 per cent possession in the first half, Roberto Mancini’s men were unable to get a goal of their own and went into the break with it all to do.

12 Jun 2019
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ROME - One year on from Italy’s decision to close its ports to humanitarian vessels and the first political stand-off over the fate of people rescued in the Central Mediterranean Sea, at least 1,151 vulnerable men, women and children have died, and over 10,000 more forcibly returned to Libya, exposed to additional unnecessary suffering. These avoidable deaths expose the human cost of reckless European migration policies, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) and SOS MEDITERRANEE said Wednesday.

12 Jun 2019
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MESSINA  - A number of magistrates, including two ex-prosecutors, are under investigation for a cover up in the inquiry and trials of the 1992 murder of anti-mafia judge Paolo Borsellino, reported Adnkronos.

 Carmelo Petralia and Annamaria Palma may face charges of complicity in aggravated calumny and having favoured Cosa Nostra during the anti-mafia investigations of 27 years ago.

12 Jun 2019
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ROME – Palermo’s international documentary film festival Sole Luna Doc Film Festival presents in its 14th edition the world premiere of “Freedom Women”, a series of six documentaries by director Giancarlo Bocchi that brings to the audience the battle of women for human rights, freedom, equality and civil coexistence in some of the most dangerous areas in the world.

11 Jun 2019
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ROME - A gas explosion at a building housing the town hall of Rocca di Papa, 25 kilometres southeast of Rome, left at least nine people injured, including mayor Emanuele Crestini, who has extensive burns to the face and arms, ANSA reported Monday.

 The explosion also affected nearby nursery school Leonida Montanari, leaving three children injured. One of them was taken to a hospital with severe injuries, but his life is not in danger, health commissioner Alessio D'Amato said in a statement.

11 Jun 2019
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ROME - The European Union has been warned that the proposed introduction of a parallel currency in Italy, so called ‘mini-BOTs’, might be a Trojan horse for the nation’s exit from the euro, a move that could subsequently trigger a eurozone existential crisis.

 Writing for the Financial Times, columnist Wolfgang Münchau warned of the dangers that such a currency could pose if the Italian Chamber of Deputies were to follow through on the outcome of a non-binding vote on the mini-BOTs which saw the plan unanimously supported by all those present.

11 Jun 2019
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ROME - Fabio Fognini has become the first Italian men’s tennis player in almost forty years to rank in the world top-10 as he moved above John Isner and Juan Martin del Potro to reach his highest ever career ranking.

 Fognini, who moved up the rankings two places in June and sits in tenth spot, also became the oldest ever player to rank in the top ten for the first time in their career.

11 Jun 2019
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ROME – Italy has witnessed a substantial growth of the right after local elections run-offs results indicated the victory of the centre-right coalition in major cities of Emilia-Romagna, a region traditionally controlled by the left.

 Ferrara has elected the anti-immigration League party after 69 years of centre-left administration while Forli broke away from 50 years under ‘red’ control. Deputy Prime Minister and Interior Minister Matteo Salvini described the victory as “extraordinary”.

10 Jun 2019

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