Isabella Ferrari

ROME - French President Emmanuel Macron has decided to send France’s ambassador to Italy, Christian Masset, back to the Eternal City after having withdrawn him back to Paris for consultations following increasing tensions with Italy.

 The decision follows a phone call that Macron had with Italian President Sergio Mattarella, who has been carefully operating behind the scenes to diffuse Italy’s tensions with France without delegitimising Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte.

15 Feb 2019
Isabella Ferrari

ROME - Organised crime generated some 24.5 billion euros in business in the Italian agriculture sector in 2018, a rise of 12.4 per cent with respect to the previous year, according to the annual ‘agromafia’ report by Coldiretti, the institute for Political, Social and Economic Studies (Eurispes) and the Observatory on Crime in the Agro-Food Industry.

14 Feb 2019
Patrick Middleton

ROME – The state-controlled railway system Ferrovie dello Stato (FS) has announced it will enter negotiations with Easyjet and Delta Air Lines to work out a rescue plan for financially under pressure Alitalia, Il Fatto Quotidiano reports.

 The airline is seeking a buyer to rescue it for the third time in a decade after it was put in special administration in 2017. FS has consistently offered to enter a deal with the carrier, but on the condition that other industrial partners joined.

14 Feb 2019
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ABU DHABI - From Feb 14-21, the European Multi-Mission Frigate (FREMM) ITS Carlo Margottini will call at Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, third stopover of her naval campaign in Middle East and Arabian Sea, aimed at ensuring presence and surveillance for the protection of sea lines of communication of national interest.
14 Feb 2019
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NAPLES – Children under the age of 14 were used to hide cocaine and deliver it to customers as part of a “family company,” police sources have reported.

 Carabinieri in Naples have arrested 12 people allegedly involved in the trafficking and dealing of cocaine, unearthing a criminal organisation based predominantly out of a family home.

14 Feb 2019
Isabella Ferrari

ROME - Italian registry offices have recorded the disintegration of thousands of families over the last month, particularly in Southern cities. The sudden rise in the family separations, through divorce and changes of residence, has raised suspicion among mayors across Italy who do not view the situation as coincidental.

13 Feb 2019
Isabella Ferrari

ROME – The financing agreement for a 101 million dollar project that aims to improve the living conditions and climate resilience of rural populations in five provinces of Burundi was signed Wednesday in the Eternal City.

 The Agricultural Production Intensification and Vulnerability Reduction Project (PIPARV-B), which will benefit nearly 235,000 vulnerable households, was signed by Gilbert F. Houngbo, President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), and Domitien Ndihokubwayo, Minister of Finance, Budget and Economic Cooperation of the Republic of Burundi.

13 Feb 2019
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STRASBOURG – Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte has been branded a “puppet” by MEP Guy Verhofstadt in the European Parliament, drawing fierce rebuke from members of the Italian government.

 “I wonder how much longer you will be the puppet moved by [Matteo] Salvini and [Luigi] Di Maio,” Verhofstadt said in Strasbourg, after Conte had made a speech criticising the EU’s “unsustainable” immigration rules.

 “It hurts me to see the political denigration of Italy,” the MEP added, lamenting the shift in Italy’s approach to the EU since the Lega-M5S coalition was formed in June 2018.

13 Feb 2019
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Vatican City – Pope Francis’ decision to defrock ex-cardinal Theodore McCarrick is impending, according to Vatican sources. The verdict of reducing McCarrick to the lay state came after he faced multiple allegations of child abuse http://www.italianinsider.it/?q=node/7625.

13 Feb 2019

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