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VATICAN CITY – For the Angelus from St Peter’s Square, Pope Francis urged the international community to strive to restore peace in Libya, and said that he hoped a path would be forged towards peace, stability, and unity. “I am following with great concern the dramatic situation in Libya. It has been present in my prayers for the last few days.”

  “I invite the international community, please,” reiterated Francis on his Sunday address, “to take their condition to heart, and to identify paths and provide means to ensure the protection they need.”

15 Jun 2020
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ROME – Seven people have been arrested on charges of terrorism, having been alleged responsible for the bomb attack on the San Giovanni Carabinieri Station in Dec 2017, according to police sources. Although there were 10 people inside the station at the time, nobody was injured by the early morning explosion, claimed at the time by a cell from the 'Informal Anarchist Federation' (FAI) and the 'International Revolutionary Front' (FRI), reports Il Globo.

12 Jun 2020
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VATICAN CITY – Gianluigi Torzi was arrested on June 6 after an investigation uncovered that the Vatican middleman had been part of a property deal in London which allegedly involved financial crimes such as fraud, embezzlement, and money laundering, announced by the Holy See in a press statement. “The order was issued in relation to the events connected with the sale of the London property on Sloane Avenue, which involved a network of companies in which some officials of the Secretariat of State were present,” read the statement, as quoted from Vatican News.

12 Jun 2020
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BENGHAZI – A Greek frigate called the ‘Spetsai’, under Italian command, tried to intercept a merchant ship bound for Libya, but a military vessel sent from Ankara intervened as tensions spiked in the Mediterranean on Wednesday, reports La Repubblica.

11 Jun 2020
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COSENZA – The Guardia di Finanza of Cosenza have arrested 52 people in connection with 14 seized farms where illegally employed foreign workers were subject to mistreatment, 12 of which were in the forrest region of Basilicata, and two of which were in the province of Cosenza, according to judicial sources. An operation on Wednesday morning involving over 300 officers occured after the request of the prosecutor Flavio Serracchiani, on the basis of alleged crimes aimed at worker exploitation and the facilitation of illegal immigration. 

10 Jun 2020
Mariana Somensi

SÃO PAULO – While Europe slowly recovers from the most devastating pandemic of the century, for Brazil recovery is still but a distant concept. Ranking second in number of Covid-19 cases, behind only the US, with about 742,000 people infected and a fast-increasing death toll of 38,000 as of Thursday, Brazil has yet to acknowledge that the danger of the new coronavirus is real.

10 Jun 2020
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ROME – Hundreds of Italian young people added their voice to the thousands upon thousands protesting the murder of George Floyd and to all those who have lost their lives as a result of police racism and brutality. The death of George Floyd on May. 25 at the hands of police in Minnesota marks a turning point in race relations, and the two hour protest in Rome showed how the young people of Italy are ready to stand in solidarity with all those who have suffered from racism.

9 Jun 2020
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ROME – The Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Luigi Di Maio, has said that assessments are being made on the agreed sale of two frigates, the ‘Spartaco Schergat’ and the ‘Emilio Bianchi’, to be sold to Egypt as part of a nine billion euro contract, according to diplomatic sources. Eight frigates have already been sold to Egypt by Italy, for an estimated total value of over one billion euros as part of an even wider military contract worth up to 11 billion euros, reports Il Fatto Quotidiano.

9 Jun 2020
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VALLETTA – A private vessels stranded outside Maltese territorial waters devolved into chaos as migrants armed with knives from the kitchens threatened to detonate a gas cylinder and kidnap crew members, the Maltese Prime Minister Robert Abela revealed on live broadcast. The authorities received a request for help on Saturday, and were given "half an hour to act or they would kidnap the crew," said PM Abela.

8 Jun 2020

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