Edwin Audland

ROME - Napoli punished a poor Roma side as both Milan rivals faltered, consolidating their grip on second place and all but guaranteeing themselves a spot in next year’s Champions League.  

 Napoli had only won one of their previous three matches coming into the game at the Stadio Olimpico, but were quick to shake off any cobwebs as in-form Akradiusz Milik slotted a wonderful volley past Robin Olsen in the Roma net less than two minutes in.

1 Apr 2019
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VERONA - Tiziana Drago, a member of the 5 Star Movement (M5S), Friday broke ranks with the official party line to appear at the much criticised right-wing World Congress of Families in Verona.

 Drago’s decision to attend the event directly undermines the M5S whose leader, Luigi DI Maio, has repeatedly decried the event. Di Maio this week stated that the issues the convention stood for fought for “a vision of a medieval world.”

29 Mar 2019
Edwin Audland

ROME - Italy’s Senate Thursday approved a reform to the contentious law on self-defence by an overwhelming majority in what will be seen as a victory for Matteo Salvini’s League.

 The reform to the law, passed with 201 votes in favour and only 38 against with six abstentions, gives individuals greater agency to defend themselves from situations of imminent danger when authorities cannot be reached in time.

29 Mar 2019
Edwin Audland

ROME - Female MPs occupied the Italian Chamber of Deputies Thursday in protest against the defeat of an amendment aimed at tackling ‘revenge porn’ on Thursday.

 MPs had convened to discuss a bill on gender rights and violence, named Code Red (Codice Rosso), which aims to give increased protection to women.

 However, an amendment put forward by Laura Boldrini of the Liberi e Uguali party to include in the bill the persecution of revenge porn perpetrators was defeated by 14 votes after the League and 5 Star Movement voted against it.

29 Mar 2019
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VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis revealed that his decision to repeatedly pull away his hand to avoid pilgrims in Loreto from kissing his ring was due to a fear of spreading germs.

 Vatican spokesperson Alessandro Gisotti addressed press Thursday attempting to set the record straight.

29 Mar 2019
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VERONA - The League’s amorous leader Matteo Salvini and other fun-loving Italian right-wing politicians and public figures who supported a controversial conservative conference on the family championing what are seen as traditional Catholic values have found their chequered love lives under scrutiny from Italy’s press who decried their hypocrisy.

28 Mar 2019
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VALLETTA – Maltese armed forces boarded the Turkish ship hijacked Wednesday by migrants, returning control to the captain and escorting the vessel to the port of the Maltese capital, Italian media reported on Thursday.

 At least four men were arrested – their wrists tied with plastic straps – and loaded into the back of a gray police van. Others migrants disembarked freely, boarding small buses.

 Maltese authorities established contact with the captain of the merchant ship El Hiblu 1 when it was around 30 nautical miles from the coast. 

28 Mar 2019
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CATANIA – A young American woman, allegedly raped by three men in the Sicilian port city of Catania, had sent numerous messages to a friend asking for help during her ordeal but the messages went ignored, police sources said on Wednesday.

 The young woman, who had been working as an au pair for three months, is furious with her friend for not coming to her aid, Italian newspaper La Repubblica reported.

27 Mar 2019
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LAMPEDUSA - Scores of so-called ghost migrant ships have landed in Lampedusa and not been recorded by the Interior Ministry since the start of 2019, Il Fatto Quotidiano has revealed.

 Deputy prime minister Matteo Salvini has repeatedly affirmed that Italy’s ports are closed to ships carrying migrants, and that those aboard will not be allowed to disembark onto Italian soil.

27 Mar 2019

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