Archie Farquharson

ROME – Italy came from behind to grab a 1-1 draw against England as the Azzurri finally found the back of the net, but the winless streak continues. A VAR decision gifted Lorenzo Insigne the chance to cancel out Jamie Vardy’s opener.

 This certainly wasn’t a creative masterclass from either side; nor was it a lesson in cultured defence. In fact, most clear-cut chances were presented from a lapse in concentration or careless defensive errors.

28 Mar 2018
Tim Wade

ROME – Relations between the Five Star Movement and the right-wing coalition had turned sour on Wednesday morning after a bruising day of rhetoric appeared to set plans for a new government back considerably.

 Matteo Salvini weighed in on the claims of Five Star’s leader, Luigi Di Maio, with the latter insisting on Tuesday that only he could become prime minister in Italy’s next government.

28 Mar 2018
INSIDER NEWSDESK

ROME – The Milan Prosecutor’s Office has accused five police officers in the city of elevating the fees necessary for the issue of residence permits, pocketing the cash themselves to buy grandiose property and accepting gifts to speed up the process of their issue.

28 Mar 2018
Archie Farquharson

VATICAN CITY – Pope Francis has accepted John McAreavey’s decision to resign from his position as Bishop of Dromore, following a request submitted at the beginning of the month. Former Bishop of Raphoe, Philip Boyce, has stepped in to act as an administrator for the role in Norther Ireland.

 Pressure had intensified on the pontiff to come to a decision after a television programme revealed the Bishop’s attempts to conceal the case of Fr Malachy Finnegan, accused by 12 people of sexual abuse, and whose funeral McAreavey celebrated in 2002.

27 Mar 2018
Tim Wade

ROME – Matteo Salvini has opened the door to a joint programme of government with the Five Star Movement (M5S) by arguing that there could be room for a deal on key policy issues like the citizens’ wage, however, M5S officials argued on Tuesday that any deal would have to ensure that Luigi Di Maio became prime minister.

 Salvini spoke about M5S’s headline proposal to reporters on Monday arguing that “if the citizens’ wage is paid to people to stay at home I say no, but if it is an instrument to reintroduce into the world of work, those who today don’t go out, well yes.”

27 Mar 2018
Archie Farquharson

ROME – The Armament Inspectorate of the Polish Ministry of Defence has signed a contract worth more than 115 million euros with Leonardo for the purchase of four new aircraft. The M-346 Advanced Jet Trainers will be added to Poland’s existing fleet of eight aircraft by 2020.

 Leonardo's latest multi-million-euro contract follows a series of high-profile deals with countries throughout the world, totalling 72 aircraft spread across Italy, Poland, Singapore and Israel. Tied into the purchase is the opportunity to add a further four aircraft and support package to the current deal.

27 Mar 2018
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ROME – An Egyptian man has been arrested in the Apulian city of Foggia and accused of being an associate for the Islamist terrorist group ISIS, after having made comments online in support of the group, in a case that is likely to be seized upon by Italy’s right-wing populists, with accusations that he indoctrinated children.

 Abdel Rahman, 58,  was married to an Italian national and had naturalised as a citizen of the country.

27 Mar 2018
Tim Wade

ROME – Italy has joined countries across the European Union, Canada and the United States, by expelling two Russian diplomats from its shores in solidarity with the United Kingdom, despite clear signs that centre-right leaders, Matteo Salvini and Giorgia Meloni, will seek a closer relationship with Vladimir Putin.

 The action follows the case of the former Russian spy, Sergei Skripal, who was poisoned along with his daughter in the sleepy cathedral town of Salisbury by a nerve agent.

27 Mar 2018
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ROME – A vigil of ecumenical prayer was to take place on Tuesday 27th March at the Basilica of Santa Maria in Trastevere. The service was to remember the names and stories of persecuted Christians, many of whom were killed on account of their loyalty to the Gospel.

 The Service touches upon how peaceful prayer is often taken for granted, highlighting the persecution, discrimination, deprivation of religious freedom across the globe, whilst focussing around the words of Pope Francis: “Today, in the 21st century, our Church is a Church of martyrs”.

26 Mar 2018

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