PALERMO -- Centre-right candidate Nello Musumeci won weathervane elections to become Sicilian regional president Monday, garnering 40 percent of the vote compared with 34.6 percent for the radical Five Star Movement (M5S) party candidate Giancarlo Cancellieri, electoral officials said.
ROME - Orvieto councillor, Massimo Gnagnarini, resigned on Thursday following a facebook post in which he joked that the Nazi genocide of the Roma people couldn’t stop them begging at the local train station.
Understandably people were offended by the councillor’s comment that "Uncle Adolf also tried to make some remedies, politically very incorrect, but even he didn't succeed."
CATANIA - Former Prime Minister and Forza Italia (FI) leader, Silvio Berlusconi, has announced that an alliance pact has been agreed with the Northern League and Brothers of Italy (FDI) for next year’s general election.
ROME - Investigators are concluding their initial investigation into the stampede in Turin in June. The tragedy occured during the screening of the Champion League final between Juventus and Real Madrid. 20 notices have been issues including city councillors, managers, and organisers of the event.
Maria Paolini, a student present at the event, recounted the events of the night. “A bright light went off in the second half and someone shouted bomb … everyone ran to the closest exit, probably 500 people trying to go through a single one way exit.”
ROME - Giulio Regeni, the Cambridge student tortured to death in Cairo, was likely gathering information to “complete dossiers to be used by British intelligence,” according to Italian former general Dino Tricarico. The general is a former security advisor to Palazzo Chigi and president of the Icsa Foundation, a respected think tank on security issues and intelligence.
MOSTA - The funeral for Maltese journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia, killed last month by a car bomb, is being held Friday at 14:00pm in Malta's largest church. Mass will be celebrated by Archbishop Charles Scicluna at the Rotunda Parish Church in Mosta.
ROME - A total of 1,300 Libyan migrants were found by naval services in the Mediterranean on Thursday alone, having fled from the war-torn country on flimsy dinghies. Seven bodies were also recovered from an inflatable boat, but the causes of death are still unknown.
GIOIA TAURO - A hoard of drugs, weighing 37 tonnes and believed to be a shipment of an ISIS-operated narcotics smuggling ring, were seized by Italian finance police and customs officials Friday.
Over 24 million pills of the “fighter-drug” were found at the southern port of Gioia Tauro, on their way to Libya. The sale of the drugs in the Middle East and North Africa would have fetched around 50 million euros, with each drug sold for about 2 euros.