INSIDER NEWSDESK

LUCCA – Four students between the ages of 15 and 16 have been placed under criminal investigation by police as video footage of them threatening and insulting a teacher goes viral, officials say.

 One of the four minors, enrolled at the technical institute of ‘Carrara’ in Lucca, was videoed heavily threatening a professor after being given a bad grade.

 "Don’t piss me off, don’t piss me off! You’ve given me a six; you don’t understand anything! Who’s the boss around here? Who’s the boss? Get on your knees!"

19 Apr 2018
MARCO ZOPPAS

ROME - Leonard Cohen was probably one of the few artists who never felt intimidated by Bob Dylan. The New Yorker interview – “Leonard Cohen Makes It Darker”, published on 17 October 2016 – shows the extent of the mutual respect that existed between Cohen and Dylan. Before and after the Nobel Prize announcement they were both exchanging heartfelt pleasantries about the quality of their respective work.

19 Apr 2018
INSIDER NEWSDESK

TRAPANI – The Cosa Nostra Sicilian mafia network, spearheaded by the highly sought-after Matteo Messina Denaro, was hit hard on Thursday morning, suffering a further setback after authorities confirmed the arrest of 22 alleged members of the group.

 Police, Carabinieri and Anti-Mafia Investigation Directorate (DIA) have ramped up the hunt for the fugitive head of the Sicilian Mafia. The raid in the province of Trapani intensifies the police grip on mafia affairs as they look to stamp out the illegal activity, particularly prominent throughout Sicily.

19 Apr 2018
Flavia Cresswell-Turner

ROME – Marymount International School of Rome are set to launch a pre-school in September 2018. It will be the first in the institution’s history.

 Marymount is a private, Roman Catholic, English-speaking, non-profit, co-educational institution that aims to further the mission of the Religious of the Sacred Heart of Mary (RSHM). 

 The addition of this pre-school, which will be a programme tailored for 2-year-olds, will create the opportunity for even younger students to learn through play.

18 Apr 2018
Eleanor Hartland

ROME - David Campbell Bannerman encouraged the audience of the Monday conference to “wake up to the reality” of the Iranian influence in the Middle East, accusing Iran of having a “record of destabilization” and a pattern of “sponsorship of terror.”

17 Apr 2018
INSIDER NEWSDESK

RAGUSA – A judge in Sicily has ordered the release of Spanish NGO Proactiva Open Arms following a lengthy detention in Catania under suspicion of assisting illegal migration, officials said on Tuesday.

 The rescue vessel came into conflict with the Libyan Coast Guard last month having successfully saved over 200 migrants, who they refused hand over to the Libyans. A fierce, drawn out clash between the pair eventually resulted in the delivery of the migrants on board to Sicily, where the boat was impounded for investigation.

17 Apr 2018
Flavia Cresswell-Turner

ROME - Northern-League leader, Matteo Salvini, took to Instagram with a photo of his “quiet dinner” at McDonald’s late on Sunday, after taking part at the Vinitaly event in Verona.

 The irony lies in the fact that he’d been strongly defending Italian food and wine throughout the day, until he reached the airport and settled for a hamburger at the American fast-food chain.

 Vinitaly is considered to be one of the most important food and wine fairs in Italy and around the world. Salvini featured as one of the protagonists at the inaugural day of its 52nd edition.

16 Apr 2018
Daisy Raichura

FLORENCE – The first showing of Director  Annemarie Jacir's powerful movie "Wajib" about a Palestinian family in Nazareth spearheaded this year's edition of the Middle East film festival in the Tuscan capital.

16 Apr 2018
Flavia Cresswell-Turner

ROME – Tuscan-born director and screenwriter, Vittorio Taviani, died aged 88 on Sunday, his family said. Along with his brother, Paolo, (86), he was renowned for being one of the most beloved and admired champions of Italian cinema and culture. 

16 Apr 2018

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