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 ROME – The Euro-Gulf Information Centre (EGIC) was scheduled to host the launch of a new book about American foreign policy and counter-terrorism strategy under Donald Trump next week on Dec 6.

 Bluster: Donald Trump’s War on Terror, by Peter Neumann, “offers a comprehensive account of US foreign policy-making under the Donald Trump Administration and explores how American counterterrorism strategy has changed over the past two years,” EGIC said.

27 Nov 2019
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 ROME – President of Italy Sergio Mattarella labelled violence against women a “public emergency” on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women on Monday.

 A recent report from ISTAT on gender roles in Italy lists concerning statistics, for example 23.9 per cent of Italians think that women can provoke sexual violence by their way of dressing.

 “We have passed laws, unblocked funds… violence against women remains an emergency.  We are working for a cultural change, starting with young people,” prime minister Giuseppe Conte said on Twitter.

26 Nov 2019
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 POTENZA – An earthquake in Albania has killed at least 13 people and wounded at least 600, authorities reported.

 The quake, near the coastal city of Durres and only 34 kilometres from the capital, Tirana, struck at 3.54 a.m.  The National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology (INGV) recorded its magnitude as 6.5, with a focus 10 kilometres deep.  The quake was felt in Basilicata and Puglia.

26 Nov 2019
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 LA VALLETTA -- Konrad Mizzi and Keith Schembri resigned their positions as cabinet minister and prime minister's chief of staff respectively on Tuesday, as the arrest of key figures in the slaying of blogger Daphne Caruana Galizia rocked Malta's political establishment.

 Economy minister Chris Cardona has suspended himself until ongoing investigations were concluded, The Times of Malta said.

26 Nov 2019
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 ROME – Mayor of Rome Virginia Raggi’s latest attempt to deal with the Eternal City’s ongoing rubbish crisis is by transporting waste to Civitavecchia, sparking resistance from the town's own mayor, local authorities report.

 The Colleferro tip being recently closed, Raggi signed an order Monday to force Civitavecchia to take Rome’s refuse, Il Messaggero reported. 

26 Nov 2019
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 ROME – A business visit to Serbia for 27 Italian businesses, organised by Intesa Sanpaolo with the Confederation of Italian Industry (Confindustria) Trent, Confindustria Small Industry and Confindustria Serbia, began on Monday, the banking group announced.

25 Nov 2019
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 VENICE – A protest against big cruise ships, MOSE and the mayor took place ahead of Tuesday’s council meeting to deal with the fallout of historic flooding in La Serenissima, local media reported.

 A ministers’ meeting on Tuesday in Rome, overseen by prime minister Giuseppe Conte, will be discussing the completion of the MOSE flood defences in addition to flood damage and management, Il Fatto Quotidiano reported.

 Hundreds of people joined a protest to demand the mayor’s resignation and an end to MOSE and big cruise ships in the city.

25 Nov 2019
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 ROME – A viaduct on the Turin-Savona motorway collapsed after a landslide and a woman has drowned in Piedmont as the severe weather shows no sign of letting up, authorities report.

 The landslide hit the Madonna del Monte viaduct on the A6 near Savona shortly after 2 p.m. on Sunday. No injuries have been reported, although the authorities are searching for any cars that may have been swept away by the mud.  Il Messaggero reports that a witness said they saw a car buried.

25 Nov 2019
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 LAMPEDUSA – Five bodies have been recovered after a boat carrying migrants was shipwrecked a mile off Lampedusa, authorities report.

 Since the shipwreck Saturday, three bodies were recovered by the coastguard at sea, and two found by the guardia di finanza on land.  All were women.

 The coastguard was called out on Saturday afternoon by two fishermen who noticed the boat in difficulties and alerted the port authorities, the Corriere della Sera reported.

25 Nov 2019

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