INSIDER NEWSDESK

BARI – The Carabinieri Special Operations Group were carrying out 104 precautionary mafia-associated arrests on Monday throughout Italy, primarily focussed around the province of Bari, officials said.

 The alleged clan members under investigation, forming over a hundred suspects, are believed to be affiliated to the “Mercante-Diomede” and “Capriati” criminal groups.

18 Jun 2018
Flavia Cresswell-Turner

VATICAN CITY – Cardinal Leonard Burke has asked for the Italian bishops’ daily, the Avvenire, to issue a public apology for publishing an article that deeply offended him, officials say.

 The American Cardinal, who is one of the main conservative critics of Pope Francis, said: "I want to ask you to rectify, by means of public correction, the article, and at the same time issue a public apology regarding the real object and tenor of my reflections, very different from the false ones attributed to me by your newspaper".

15 Jun 2018
Flavia Cresswell-Turner

ROME - The corruption scandal concerning the construction of a new football stadium in the Eternal City has widened to include the governing League party and anti-establishment Five Star Movement. Magistrates have disclosed that new Cabinet Undersecreatary Giancarlo Giorgetti had a private dinner with Luca Parnasi, the businessman arrested on charges of corrupting politicians to obtain the contract for building the huge sports facility at Tor di Valle in Rome’s southern outskirts. 

15 Jun 2018
Lily Begg

ROME - On Thursday, Pope Francis spoke out against the Italian government’s decision to close Italy’s ports to migrants, appealing to the Italian people to not stand by in this violation of basic human rights.

14 Jun 2018
INSIDER NEWSDESK

ROME – The court case against British editor John Phillips, accused of defaming the Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO), has been adjourned once again until Jan 15, 2019.

 This announcement was made by ruling judge Chiara Riva on Thursday at the Rome Tribunal. It was reportedly adjourned because of lawyers’ overloaded schedules.

14 Jun 2018
Lily Begg

ROME – On Thursday, 12 dead bodies were thrown overboard an American Navy ship off the coast of Libya, in lack of a safe port to dock at after Italy closed its borders to migrants.

 On Tuesday morning a US Navy ship, the Trenton, rescued a rubber dingy carrying 52 migrants 20 miles off the Libyan coast. The boat proceeded to request aid from the NGO Sea Watch which duly arrived with food and blankets for those who had survived; unfortunately, 12 lives had already been lost by the time the dingy was rescued.

14 Jun 2018
Lily Begg

ROME - Salvini has responded staunchily to the French government’s criticism of his decision to close Italy’s ports to the Aquarius rescue boat on Sunday, causing tension between the two countries. 

 Emmanuel Macron denounced Italy’s position on migrants as “nauseating” and “irresponsible” during a Cabinet meeting on Tuesday: “It’s totally unacceptable to play petty politics with human lives as is happening now.”

13 Jun 2018
Flavia Cresswell-Turner

ROME – Reporters Without Borders (RSF) released a statement on Wednesday about the upcoming Italian Insider court case, condemning the “disproportionate” measures taken by FAO officials to silence British editor John Phillips.

 RSF issued this statement ahead of the trial hearing scheduled for Thursday at the Rome Tribunal.

13 Jun 2018
Flavia Cresswell-Turner

MATTINATA – Police have launched an investigation into rapper Eazy Padrino’s latest music video, in which a gun is fired twice and the word “mafia” is repeatedly mentioned.  The song itself is also called “Mafia”.

 They want to locate the weapon to verify if it was real, after recovering the bullet casings in the property were it was filmed, and discern whether the lyrics of the song pay homage to organized crime. Since it is sung in Franco-Algerian, the text has to be translated by an interpreter.

12 Jun 2018

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