Patrick Middleton

ROME – A Gervinho-inspired comeback against champions Juventus gave Parma a well-earned draw and opened the door for Napoli to reduce the deficit at the top of the table.

 After a relatively sedate first half in Turin, in which Cristiano Ronaldo found an opener, five goals in the last 30 minutes brought the fixture to life. Daniele Rugani gave Juve a 2-0 lead, Antonio Barillá pulled one back for Parma, before Ronaldo scored his second to reinstate the hosts’ two goal advantage, all in the space of four minutes.

4 Feb 2019
Patrick Middleton

ROME – Scotland’s Blair Kinghorn scored a hattrick as a toothless Italian side were beaten comfortably on the opening weekend of the 2019 Six Nations.

 The gulf in class between the two sides was somewhat masked by the 33-20 scoreline, as Scotland’s sloppiness in the final minutes of the game allowed Italy to score three consolation tries.

4 Feb 2019
Isabella Ferrari

ROME - Volunteers of the Community of Sant'Egidio gathered hundreds of the Eternal City’s homeless in Basilica Santa Maria in Trastevere on Sunday to commemorate those have who died on the streets.

 The 12 deaths on the streets of Rome since the beginning of winter are a real scandal for the capital, continually challenging authorities. Numerous volunteers who assist those living on the streets therefore gathered the homeless to stand in solidarity and participate in a ceremony promoted by the Community of Sant'Egidio.

3 Feb 2019
Patrick Middleton

ROME – The Italian Insider chief editor has strongly defended the newspaper’s coverage of UN agencies at a court hearing during his trial for alleged criminal libel, insisting that reporting on staff-management disputes and questionable hiring practices at the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) was accurate and in the public interest.

2 Feb 2019
Isabella Ferrari

ROME - More than 4,000 people from all over the world have written to urge Italy to keep its embassy in Syria closed after Italian Foreign Minister Enzo Moavero Milanesi said that the government was considering reopening it. https://act.thesyriacampaign.org/letter/italy-normalisation.

 Oppositions to this decision have argued that the embassy must remain closed to avoid the normalisation of a diplomatic relationship with a government accused of war crimes.

1 Feb 2019
Patrick Middleton

ROME – There are no plans to introduce a relegation system into the Six Nations Championship, tournament chief Ben Morel confirmed on Friday in the lead up to the 2019 competition.

 Italy have not won a game in the annual tournament since 2015 and are now two places in the Rugby World Rankings below Georgia, who are pushing for inclusion in the competition.

 15th ranked Italy joined the old Five Nations in 2000 and have taken part every year since then.

1 Feb 2019
Patrick Middleton

ROME – Italy’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) has dropped for the second consecutive quarter, sending the economy into a “technical recession,” according to provisional figures released by state-run agency ISTAT.

 A 0.2 percent downturn in the final quarter of 2018 was preceded by a drop of 0.1 percent between July and September, causing Italy’s first recession since 2013.

1 Feb 2019
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CARACAS - Juan Guaidó, president of the Venezuelan National Assembly and self-proclaimed head of government appealed to Italy to support Venezuelans seeking change in their country. “We invite Italy to do the right thing because the days here are counted by lives that are lost,” he said.

1 Feb 2019
Patrick Middleton

ROME – Inter Milan crashed out of the Coppa Italia at the quarter final stage after being beaten 4-3 on penalties by Lazio.

 Lucas Leiva sent Lazio into the semi finals with his winning penalty, after Inter midfielder Radja Nainggolan had seen his effort saved by Thomas Strakosha.

 Neither side found the net in the opening 90 minutes, thanks to some excellent saves by both keepers. Lazio striker Ciro Immobile opened the scoring after 108 minutes, but Mauro Icardi's 125th-minute spot-kick took the game to penalties.

1 Feb 2019

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