ROME – A report by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) presented Friday at Peking University argues that specific, effective policies and investments are urgently needed to offer young people in rural areas of Asian and Pacific countries “a future,” said IFAD in a press release Friday.
VENICE – Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte has promised that the MOSE flood defence system will be finished as questions are raised over why La Serenissima is still so vulnerable to rising water in the wake of Tuesday's catastrophic floods.
ROME – The 56th Nuova Consonanza festival began Wednesday night in the Testaccio area of the capital with In Piena Luce, an evening of music and readings dedicated to female journalists and campaigners killed in their work.
Seamlessly interwoven with pieces composed and performed by women were readings from the diaries and letters of women such as murdered journalists Marie Colvin, Shifa Gardi and Ilaria Alpi.
MILAN – Ex-member of the EU parliament, Lara Comi of the Forza Italia party, has been placed under house arrest on charges of alleged corruption, judicial sources reported Thursday.
The warrant for the arrest, signed by preliminary investigations judge Raffaella Mascarino, noted that
"Despite her young age, Lara Comi has shown in fact an uncommon experience in resorting to the different, proven criminal schemes aimed at providing a legal semblance to the payment of bribes, the fraudulent misappropriation of public resources and the confiscation of illicit financing.”
VATICAN – In one of the strongest attacks yet on Pope Francis, 100 conservative Catholics have issued a letter demanding he repent of idolatry, say Holy See sources.
The letter, quoted in Il Messaggero, accuses Francis of idolatry and says that he risks “eternal damnation.” It also demands that he “repent publicly and without ambiguity.”
VENICE – The worst flood since 1966 is wreaking havoc on La Serenissima, local authorities report. Alarm sirens sounded at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday as a new red alert was declared.
The city was preparing for new damage as the flood waters were expected to rise further with the incoming tide. A man has been killed on the island of Pellestrina, the area worst hit by the acqua alta floods, Veneto newspaper Il Gazzettino said. According to the first reports, the man, 78, was electrocuted as he tried to start a pump in his home.
MONTE SANT ANGELO – A man thought to be significant in a Gargano mafia gang was shot and killed Monday outside his home near Monte Sant’Angelo, police sources said
At least nine shots were fired by hitmen, Il Fatto Quotidiano reported.
ROME – German chancellor Angela Merkel was in Rome Monday for talks with Italian prime minister Giuseppe Conte. As well as discussing the future of the steel industry in Italy, the leaders focussed on issues relating to migration and finance, political sources said.
In light of the problems Italy is currently facing with the possible closure of the ArcelorMittal (formerly ILVA) steel plant at Taranto, Conte said “We will work for a solution that balances the protection of health and the safeguard of jobs… It is the challenge of the government.”
ROME – Twenty people have been arrested in a police operation against a drugs gang in the Tor Bella Monaca area of the capital, said police sources.
Among those arrested were three women and the head of the group, Vincenzo Nastasi, at dawn Monday.
The sophisticated drug-dealing organisation was focussed around via dell’Archeologia. Nastasi, 29, was known in the local area as “Bambo” or “o’ principe” after the character in the hit television series Gomorrah, about the Neapolitan camorra.