BERGAMO – In pole position, Juventus watched on as challengers Inter Milan drew and dark horse Lazio lost on Wednesday, with Lazio falling short against Atalanta in a breath-taking 3-2 defeat in their first game after the lengthy pause in the Serie A due to the coronavirus lockdown.
VATICAN CITY – Sister Maria Laura Mainetti of the congregation of the Daughters of the Cross, who was brutally murdered by three girls during a satanic ritual in 2000, has been determined to have been martyred because of her faith, according to Holy See sources. On June 19, Pope Francis authorized Cardinal Angelo Becciu, prefect for the Causes of Saints, to look into a decree for her beatification, recognizing the martyrdom, and stated that she was killed out of "hatred for the faith."
TRIPOLI – To protect Italy’s interests and work to ensure the Libyan conflict doesn't escalate as the competing powers of Turkey, Egypt, and Russia all vie for control, the Italian Foreign Minister, Luigi Di Maio, flew to Libya on Wednesday morning to meet with the head of the Presidential Council of the Government of National Agreement (GNA), Fayez al Sarraj, and other government ministers. Di Maio’s schedule also includes a trip in Misurata, east of Tripoli, where there is a field hospital in the city with 300 Italian soldiers who are offering assistance and support missions in Libya.
ROME -- The International Fund for Agricultural Development IFAD has defended a decision by President Gilbert Houngbo to recall to the Eternal City employees who had left Italy to work remotely from their home countries because of the Coronavirus epidemic, noting that the crisis has eased on the peninsula.
ROME – Carlo Bonomi, President of the General Confederation of Italian Industry (Confindustria), expressed his disappointment with Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte’s State General summit held at the Villa Pamphili, in what was his first virtual meeting with foreign press since becoming Confindustria president.
During the press conference on June 13, Bonomi criticized Conte’s lack of plans for Italy’s ‘restart’ post-Covid-19 lockdown, and said he expected a detailed plan with a timescale and the expected effects on GDP, however “none was in sight.”
LAMEZIA – EasyJet airlines were forced to issue an apology over their ‘Inspire Me’ section of their website for potential holiday-makers, which describes Calabria as suffering from an absence of tourists due to its history of “mafia activity and earthquakes.” EasyJet issued the apology to Calabria on Tuesday morning, stating that their intent had been to promote the region as an underestimated one by tourists.
PORTO EMPEDOCLE – Between June 17 and June 18, 211 migrants were rescued by Sea Watch 3, and have since been quarantined on the Moby Zazà, a ferry hired by the Italian government as an anti-Covid procedure, as on Saturday the health authorities and the police boarded the the vessel after "a symptomatic case had been identified at the time of the boarding", said Giorgia Linardi, spokesperson for the NGO Sea Watch. The test result came back negative on Sunday.
SIENA – Alex Zanardi, the Italian paralympic champion and ex professional race car driver, has spent a third night in hospital in a medically induced coma after a devastating accident in Pienza for which he required neurosurgery, reports Il Fatto Quotidiano. An investigation into the collision is underway, and disconfirms the hypothesis that Zanardi had been on his phone at the time of the accident. Zanardi’s helmet is said to have slipped off in the collision, and he beat his head violently against the metal over the mudguard and then the asphalt, reports Il Messaggero.
MILAN - In the garden of via Palestro, the statue of the famous Italian journalist, Indro Montanelli, sits on a pile of newspapers with a typewriter on his lap. On the evening of June 13, approximately four cans of red paint were dunked on the statue's head, and the words “Racist, Rapist” appeared in black spray on the pedestal.