Cesira Colleluori

 ROME – Drug counterfeiting could be the next pandemic challenge once a safe and effective vaccine against COVID-19 begins production and distribution, a senior foreign ministry official warned on Tuesday.

 Giovanni Tartaglia Polcini, legal advisor to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, fears organized crime may counterfeit Covid vaccines and put them on the market in Italy.

17 Nov 2020
Cesira Colleluori

 ROME – For the fist time in its 700-year history, Sapienza University of Rome has appointed a female rector.

 Antonella Polimeni, 58, surpassed her rivals winning 60.7 per cent of the vote in the rector election, conducted online Nov. 10 to 13 due to the pandemic.

 A professor of Odontostomatological Diseases, Polimeni takes over from Dr Eugenio Gaudio, who led Sapienza from 2014 to 2020.

 Currently the dean of Sapienza’s Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry (2018-2021), Polimeni is also the first woman elected to that role.

16 Nov 2020
INSIDER NEWSDESK

 LAMPEDUSA – A small boat carrying 31 migrants capsized four miles off the coast of Lampedusa during a rescue operation, the Italian police said.

 The Finance Police spotted the small boat Saturday night from a helicopter and sent a patrol vessel to assist.

 But the boat overturned when the migrants shifted to one side as the Italian Coast Guard approached. 

 Of the 31 people plucked to safety by the coast guard, two were transferred to hospital in a non life-threatening condition. 

16 Nov 2020
INSIDER NEWSDESK

 ROME — A judge at the Rome Tribunal Friday ordered the archiving of a second case brought against Italian Insider chief editor John Phillips by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), accepting an investigating magistrate’s recommendation that there was no defamation of the UN agency. The judge ordered that that a second allegation by the FAO of the newspaper being a ‘clandestine publication’ also be shelved since it was baseless and in any case a question that would have been irrelevant to the FAO even if it had been true.

14 Nov 2020
Gianfranco Nitti

 ROME – Speaking at an online press conference reserved for correspondents of the foreign press in Italy, and moderated by Romanian journalist Julia Sandra Virsta, the president of FNOMCeO, the association of Italian physicians, the Apulian Mr.

12 Nov 2020
Insider reporters
Transcript as delivered of remarks by UN World Food Programme (WFP) Executive Director David Beasley during today’s UN Security Council consultation on the humanitarian crisis in Yemen.
 
 NEW YORK – “I honestly wish I had some good news. It seems like a repeat performance of what we have done in 2018, 2019. I would literally like to be pretty clear and pretty blunt about the situation because I don’t want a single person to leave here with any doubt about the scale of the humanitarian disaster that we’re now confronting in Yemen.
12 Nov 2020
Gianfranco Nitti

 ROME – Speaking at an online press conference reserved for correspondents of the foreign press in Italy, and moderated by Romanian journalist Julia Sandra Virsta, the president of FNOMCeO, the association of Italian physicians, the Apulian Mr.

12 Nov 2020
INSIDER NEWSDESK

 VATICAN CITY – After 160 years, Holy See newspaper L’Osservatore Romano has relocated its editorial office outside the Vatican walls, religious sources said on Thursday.

 Founded in 1861, the newspaper's office had been located in a 19th century building a stone’s throw from Pharmacy and the IOR, commonly known as the “Vatican Bank.”

12 Nov 2020
INSIDER NEWSDESK

 LIBYA – Six migrants are dead and some 110 have been rescued after an overcrowded dinghy bound for Europe capsized in the Mediterranean Sea off the Libyan coast, humanitarian sources said on Wednesday.

 Two minors were among the migrants pulled from the water after a Frontex aircraft spotted the boat in the Libyan SAR zone and notified the Open Arms migrant rescue ship.

 The NGO contacted the Rome Coast Guard to request an urgent medical evacuation for two minors, a pregnant woman and a young man.

11 Nov 2020

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