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COURMAYEUR - A Milanese married couple has died after they were hit by a landslide whilst driving through Val Ferret at the foot of Mont Blanc, local rescue workers said.

 The body of a 61-year-old man, Vincenzo Mattioli, was recovered from between the crushed bodywork of the car, which was wedged between the rocks under the torrent of water. The body of his wife was found the following morning underneath the car.

7 Aug 2018
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ROME – Spain has opened its port in Algeciras to the 87 migrants on board Open Arms’ charity ship, which had been stranded at sea with nowhere to disembark, coastal authorities said on Tuesday.

 The charity has been waiting since last Thursday for a port to disembark in after having rescued the migrants, of whom 8 are minors and are nearly all from Darfur in Sudan. Prior to the rescue they had been drifting in international waters for two days without water.

7 Aug 2018
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ROME – At least two people have died and more than 60 have been injured following a violent collision between a petrol tanker and a lorry, which sparked a fire before the first vehicle exploded, police said on Tuesday.
 The incident occurred around 2.p.m on Monday afternoon on the motorway junction in Bologna that connects the A1 to the A14, as a petrol tanker collided with the rear-end of a stopped lorry. A fire broke out before the petrol tanker exploded due to the intense heat.
7 Aug 2018
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ROME - Horror as metro ceiling comes crumbling down and causes grave injury to passenger.

 As passengers waited for a late-night metro on Monday at the Cornelia line A station, a marble slab on the ceiling came loose. It crashed down straight onto the head of a Tunisian man and hit him with all its force.

 By the time that aid arrived, the 25-year-old man had lost a dangerous amount of blood from his head and was unable to move. They transported him to the Aurelia Hospital emergency ward where he was registered as being in a critical condition.

7 Aug 2018
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LESINA - Illegal workers were killed in a road accident involving a labourers’ vehicle and a lorry in Apulia, local Carabinieri say.

 The violent collision happened on the Strada Statale 16 near Lesina on Monday. A lorry and a van collided head-on; the van had a Bulgarian license plate and was carrying passengers of African nationality, agricultural workers returning from work in the fields. The lorry was carrying flour-based products.  

 All 12 victims were illegal immigrants. Three passengers of the goods lorry were injured, but none of them are in a serious condition.

6 Aug 2018
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ZUNGRI - The Carabinieri brought a religious procession in Zungri to a halt to prevent a suspected ‘Ndrangheta boss from leading the celebrations.

 On Sunday, at the Madonna of the Snow procession taking place in the Calabrian town, the important decision about who should carry the effigy of the Madonna was being made. Giuseppe Accorinti, aged 59 and a suspected mafia boss, was among those who insisted on being in pride of place.

6 Aug 2018
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ROME - The NGO Baobab Experience has denounced Italy’s Interior Minister, Matteo Salvini, for spreading “racial hatred”.

 Baobab Experience is a Rome-based association which provides first-line volunteer aid to refugees in Rome. They provide sanitary and legal help as well as supporting the refugees with food and a safe place to sleep. Since its foundation in 2015, the association has grown to a network of over 5,000 volunteers, and they have helped over 70,000 refugees.

4 Aug 2018
Caitlin Bodfish

ROME - The three men who attacked Daisy Osakue last week, an Italian record-holder for under 23 discus throwing, have been identified as 19-year-old Italians coming from Vinovo, La Loggia and Moncalieri, police said on Friday.

3 Aug 2018
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ROME - Pope Francis has changed the catechism of the Catholic Church, insisting that the death penalty is “unjustifiable”, religious authorities said on Friday.

 The previous version of the religious teaching, approved by Pope Woityla in the nineties, stated that “traditional church teaching does not exclude the death penalty, assuming the identity and responsibility of the accused is certain, if this is the only feasible way to effectively defend human life from the attacker.”

3 Aug 2018

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