ROME - A Palestinian man has been arrested in Macomer, a town in Sardinia, on suspicion of planning to carry out a chemical attack on army barracks. According to reports, Alaji Aminun had been intending to contaminate drinking water with rat poison. The 38-year-old man, suspected to have ties with Islamic State, had left his house and entered his van when he was suddenly stopped by Italian State Police.
ROME – Yet another defeat in AS Roma’s shambolic opening to the season left fans fuming at the Stadio Olimpico, even though other results guaranteed the Italian side’s place in the last 16 of the Champions League.
ROME - As many as 42 employees of the Sicilian regional health agency are under investigation for absenteeism, a figure equating to one in five of their members of staff. According to investigators at the Palermo Public Prosecutor's Office, employees “worked together to attest false presence at work.”
The Italian Financial Police have placed 11 people under house arrest, and ordered another 11 to sign in regularly with the police. A further 20 people have been cited, and face charges of aggravated fraud as well as abusive access to computerised systems and false statements.
ROME – The Finance Police executed an order on Wednesday to seize the assets of Sampdoria chairman Massimo Ferrero in an investigation into financial misconduct, Il Fatto Quotidiano reports.
ROME - Pope Francis will tackle the issue of global hunger at the opening ceremony of the 42nd Governing Council of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD). He will be joined by several world leaders at the event, which is set to take place on Feb. 14, 2019.
The Governing Council will provide an opportunity for heads of state and government to address some of the world's most intractable challenges around poverty and hunger in developing countries. All 176 of IFAD’s member states will attend the ceremony, which takes place every year.
ROME - Antonio Orlando, leader of the Italian Mafia-type crime syndicate Camorra, was arrested Tuesday morning after 15 years at large in Italy. The 60-year-old criminal, among the 15 most wanted Italians, was found hiding in an apartment in Mugnano, a Neapolitan municipality.
BOLZANO – A 25-year partnership between the South Tyrol People’s Party (SVP) and the centre-left has come to an end after party leadership gave the all clear to enter into discussions with Matteo Salvini’s League over the formation of Alto Adige’s next government, Il Fatto Quotidiano reported on Tuesday.
ROME – Deputy Prime Minister Luigi Di Maio was left to regret his previous “mud-slinging” towards the family of Democratic Party member Maria Elena Boschi on Tuesday after a scandal over his father’s business emerged, La Repubblica reports.
“I’d like to look Mr Antonio Di Maio, father of Luigi, in the face and say that I hope he doesn’t go through what his son and his friends put my father and my family through,” Boschi said in an emotive video posted on her Twitter in response to reports of ‘black work’ in a construction company owned by the Di Maio family.
MILAN – Former X Factor winner Michele Bravi could be imprisoned for up to seven years for killing a 58-year-old woman in a road incident, Il Messaggero reported on Monday.
Recent tests carried out by police indicate that Bravi, 23, was not under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time of the incident, in which he hit a woman on a BMW motorbike on Thursday evening in Milan, while he was driving a rental car, according to police sources.