Patrick Middleton

ROME – In a statement made on Thursday, German magazine ‘Der Spiegel’ said it has “no reason” to doubt the authenticity of documents published in its report of Cristiano Ronaldo’s alleged rape.

 The statement comes in response to comments from Ronaldo’s lawyer, Peter Christiansen, who claimed on Wednesday night that the documents in question had been “completely fabricated.” Christiansen went on to say that the documents are “pure invention,” and a result of a cyber attack that took place in 2015.

12 Oct 2018
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ROME - New research published by the Association of British Travel Agents (ABTA) has revealed that almost half of Brits are confused about how Brexit will affect their holidays. 54% of the population are concerned about the impact it will have on the cost, while 48% are worried about whether it will make travelling more difficult.

 The sharp increase in these figures from 2017 has been attributed to the five-month window until the UK leaves the EU.

12 Oct 2018
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TURIN – The trial of activists and anti-high velocity train sympathisers who clashed with police during protests in Susa Valley over the building of the high-speed rail link between Lyon and Turin, has resulted in 16 convictions and three acquittals, judicial sources said on Friday.

 Retired Greek teacher Nicoletta Dosio, 73, a longstanding TAV (High Velocity Train) protestor, was sentenced to one year, eight months and 10 days. While Marisa Meyer, another stalwart of the No TAV (No to the High Velocity Train) movement, was acquitted. 

12 Oct 2018
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ROME - The 4th Arab Lawyers Forum gathered 300 delegates at the Rome Cavalieri Waldorf Astoria Resort to discuss the impact of global trends and regional regulatory reform. Timed to take place alongside the International Bar Association (IBA) Annual Conference, the Forum has expanded in scope, having only previously been held in Morocco, Egypt and Bahrain.

11 Oct 2018
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ROME – ‘Constellation 2’, the second exhibition showcasing stories of German people in Rome, will launch on Nov. 10 and run until January 2019.

 The entire ‘Constellation’ project was initiated by Giuseppe Garrera and supported by Maria Gazzetti, director of the Casa di Goethe in Rome, the venue for the upcoming exhibition. It focuses on ‘German findings’ in Rome, sourced from homes of German families, scholars and travellers.

11 Oct 2018
Francesca Halliwell

ROME - Five Star Movement ministers met yesterday to discuss 1 billion euro cuts to departmental budgets. The Ministry of Defence is set to take the greatest hit, as talks confirmed that 500 million euros would be slashed from their budget. Although ministers have assured that the cuts “will not be applied to staff salaries or to Italy’s internal and external security systems,” various defence measures will allegedly be suspended.

11 Oct 2018
Patrick Middleton

ROME – Applause rang round Sampdoria’s stadium in the 43rd minute of Italy’s friendly against Ukraine last night, in tribute to the 43 people who had lost their lives in the Genoa tragedy in August.

 The Stadio Luigi Ferraris played host to a particularly emotional night, as the victims of the bridge collapse were remembered. During the national anthems, mascots wore t-shirts with the message “Genoa in the heart," while the same words were displayed on the big screen for the minute of applause.

11 Oct 2018
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CAGLIARI – Devastating torrential rain in Sardinia has claimed a victim: a 45-year-old woman from Assemini, missing overnight after being swept away by floodwaters has been found dead, police officials said on Thursday.

 A team of police, fire fighters and civil protection personnel found the body of Tamara Maccario 400 metres downstream from the point in Sa Tria where she and her family had been separated.

11 Oct 2018
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CAGLIARI – A bridge connecting Cagliari to Capoterra in the south of the island of Sardinia has collapsed following torrential rain, emergency services said on Wednesday.

 The bridge over the Santa Lucia River along state road 195 gave way when heavy rain caused the river to break its banks. Municipal police had already closed a stretch of the road a few kilometres away at the Scafa Bridge after a sinkhole opened. 

 Two couples left stranded after metre-high floodwaters filled their homes were rescued by firefighters.

10 Oct 2018

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