Lily Begg

 ROME - The Italian government has announced that it will cut annual EU contributions if the Sherpas migration summit does not resolve the relocation of persons aboard the Diciotti ship, warns the Vice President, Luigi Di Maio. 

24 Aug 2018
INSIDER NEWSDESK

ROME - The French satirical paper Charlie Hebdo has lashed out again, managing this time to connect Italy’s Morandi bridge tragedy to the immigration crisis.

 This week’s front cover cartoon depicts the ruins of the Morandi bridge against a yellow background, crashed cars and crumbling pillars. In the foreground of the image is a black man sweeping away the debris: the caption reads “Built by Italians… cleaned up by migrants”.

 The migrant character, with his large lips, smile and vapid look, is reminiscent of characters featured in cartoon minstrel shows of the 1920s.

24 Aug 2018
INSIDER NEWSDESK

 ALLEGHE - British mountaineer Ted Atkins has died in an accident in the Civetta mountains near his home in Alleghe this week, mountain rescue officials said.

 An expert mountaineer, 60-year-old Atkins had led a life of climbing - Mount Everest was just one of his achievements. 

23 Aug 2018
JAN FILIPOWICZ

ROME – When FAO director general José Graziano da Silva first took office he made a big stink about his predecessor Jacques Diouf appointing high-ranking figures at the UN agency just a few months before the new DG was elected.

 Graziano therefore changed the rules so that this could not, in theory, happen again. Unsurprisingly as the bearded Brazilian agronomist enjoys his own swan song at the end of his second term, he has evidently gone against his own rule by appointing a new ADG for Corporate Services, a Turkish female lawyer previously with the EBRD, from June 1.

23 Aug 2018
Caitlin Bodfish

ROME - A total of 200 British professors have written to the Guardian protesting against the planned collaboration between universities in Great Britain and Cairo, quoting the tragic unresolved murder of Cambridge student Giulio Regeni two years ago, officials said on Thursday.

 “They have put profit before human rights. Employees and managers seem to have forgotten that only two years ago a Cambridge Student was kidnapped, tortured and killed whilst doing research there,” the professors wrote in response to the plan to pursue academic activity and open campuses in Egypt.

23 Aug 2018
INSIDER NEWSDESK

ROME – Residents of Kruščica have once again prevented the development of two planned hydropower plants after around 200 villagers blocked the passage to the bridge, local sources said on Thursday.

 This new attempt by the investor to start construction works comes almost exactly one year after after the women were subjected to considerable violence by the police; on Aug. 24, 2017, Bosnian riot police forces forcibly cleared the bridge driveway and many women, peacefully standing guard, were injured, arrested and fined.

23 Aug 2018
Lily Begg

ROME - Interior Minister, Matteo Salvini, has fired two heads of Italian secret services in one fell swoop, leaving the question of leadership of Italy's intelligence community unanswered.

 Alessandro Pansa, the general director of the DIS (Department of Information Security) and Alberto Manenti, who led the AISE (Italian Foreign Intelligence Service) have been let go unexpectedly by Italian Interior Minister, Matteo Salvini.

23 Aug 2018
Caitlin Bodfish

ROME – These are the stories of the victims killed in the tragic flash floods in Raganello in the southern region of Calabria; 23 others were saved and 11 have been injured.

 Antonio Santopaolo and his wife Camela Tammaro have died; both from Naples, they are the parents of Chiara, an 8-year-old girl who was saved by the rescue team and is currently recovering in hospital. The photo of Chiara’s hand on the back of a rescuer has become the symbol of this tragedy.

22 Aug 2018
Caitlin Bodfish

ROME - Asia Argento has said to be ‘shocked and hurt’ by the New York Times’ ‘fake news’ which accuses her of having a sexual relationship with underage actor Jimmy Bennett; the Italian ‘#MeToo’ campaigner describes how she was ‘persecuted’, however confirms that Bennett was paid, celebrity sources said on Wednesday.

22 Aug 2018

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