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PADUA – ‘Il Messaggero di Sant’Antonio’, a monthly publication read by millions across the world, has been forced to close after “unscrupulous management” from monks, Italy’s National Press Federation (FNSI) reports on Friday.

 The FNSI heavily criticised the “unacceptable … conduct” of the magazine, run by the monks of the Basilica of Padua, “even before the closure was announced,” detailing “contractual violations” and a “refusal to show balance sheets.”

7 Dec 2018
Francesca Halliwell

ROME - In light of recent reports indicating an increase in terrorist attacks on European soil, discussions about how to combat extremism and radicalisation could not be more timely. The NATO Defence College Foundation’s high-level conference ‘Targeting the De-Materialised “Caliphate” – Extremism, radicalisation and illegal trafficking’ provided a framework for this dialogue. From world-renowned researchers to esteemed global strategy directors, a great many individuals with expertise on the matter were invited to speak at the event, which opened Thursday.  

6 Dec 2018
Francesca Halliwell

ROME - An amendment establishing a bonus-malus system on car registration, that is dependent on CO2 emissions, has been approved by the Italian Budget Committee. It is reportedly a major cause for concern for car manufacturers and dealers alike.

 The amendment, which will be valid until 2021, foresees a registration tax on new cars that varies between 150 and 3,000 euros, and an incentive for hybrid electric cars that varies between 1,500 to 6,000 euros.

6 Dec 2018
Francesca Halliwell

ROME - An enormous explosion at a petrol station in Rieti has killed two people and injured 17. According to reports, a fuel tanker containing vast amounts of flammable liquid was offloading fuel when it caught fire. Witnesses claimed the explosion, which occurred less than half an hour after the initial blaze began, was akin to an earthquake.

6 Dec 2018
Francesca Halliwell

ROME - A mass operation against the 'Ndrangheta mafia took place Wednesday, on an international scale. A total of 90 people with connections to the Calabrian mafia network were arrested across the globe, in countries ranging from Italy to Costa Rica. The first arrests took place in Locride, where the Pelle-Vottaris clan are believed to be at large.  

5 Dec 2018
Francesca Halliwell

ROME - To mark the 15 year anniversary of America's Iraq invasion, a project illustrating the crippling impact the conflict has produced on women's lives has been launched by journalist Sara Manisera. Entitled ‘Donne fuori dal buio’, it consists of four powerful documentary videos that relay the struggles encountered by four different women in the war-torn country. EGIC held a screening of the documentaries and a discussion with Sara Manisera on Tuesday, followed by a short question-and-answer session.

5 Dec 2018
Francesca Halliwell

ROME - The opening peformance of Teatro Carlo Felice’s winter season was nothing short of spectacular, as 15 asylum seekers took to the stage to perform Giuseppe Verdi’s acclaimed opera, Aida. Directed by Alfonso Antoniozzi, the production fused the cultures of traditional Italian opera and modern cinema to magnificent effect. Applause rang out as performers took their bows in front of the sold-out Genovese audience.

4 Dec 2018
Gianfranco Nitti

ROME - Absolute poverty in 2017 is almost as high in the South of Italy as it is in Romania, the European country that holds this sad record. This was stated by the director of SVIMEZ (Associazione per lo sviluppo dell'industria nel Mezzogiorno) Luca Bianchi, speaking at the Foreign Press Association in Italy in a meeting with foreign media correspondents.

4 Dec 2018
Patrick Middleton

ROME – Luka Modric has been crowned 2018 Ballon d'Or winner as Juventus striker and five-time winner Cristiano Ronaldo had to settle for second behind his former Real Madrid teammate.

 Modric won a third successive Champions League title alongside Juve’s record signing in May, before captaining his country to a World Cup final in Russia in the summer, where Croatia lost out to France in a six-goal thriller. The midfielder’s performances at the tournament won him the Golden Ball, the award for the best player at the World Cup.

4 Dec 2018

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