ROME - The defence production company Leonardo have announced that sales of their Linaps artillery have reached the 50 million euro target for this year. Over 150 units of the Lipas artillery pointing system, and 100 FIN 3120 inertial navigation units, have been exported to armies and governments across the world.
BAGHDAD - A project revealing one of the first sculptural representations of the human face, the Lady of Warka, was presented at the Iraq Museum Wednesday. The scientific and artistic venture was coordinated by Italian academics at the Ca’ Foscari University of Venice and the Italian Embassy, and the presentation dedicated to explaining the significance of the Mesopotamian art piece will be open until March 6. 2018.
ROME - A visually stunning new book, containing images of Rebibbia penitentiary inmates performing Shakespeare's Othello, was presented at the Foreign Press Association Monday.
ROME - A new player has entered the left-wing political scene, the Liberi e Uguali (LeU). Options for voters holding left-wing centrist beliefs are slim. There is the ruling Democratic Party (PD), led by former Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, which has not done well in the recent bellwether Ostian elections, and the populist Five Star Movement Party that has grown rapidly out of anti-corruption sentiment. The creation of this new coalition party may be enough to reassure voters frightened of demagogue movements, or of the neo-Fascist CasaPound group.
PALERMO - A raid on the Sicilian mafia has resulted in the arrests of 25 people suspected of mafia connections, extortion, and aiding and receiving stolen goods. Included in the mob detained by the police is the female head of the mafia clan Resuttana, Mariangela Di Trapani.
NAPLES – In an effort to propose stimulating discussion on plaguing issues, the top daily newspaper Il Mattino has announced the forum entitled “Avere 20 anni al Sud: le ragioni per restare e per tornare” (The implications of being 20 in the South of Italy: reasons to stay and to come back)” to be held at the Mercadante Theatre on Dec. 11.
FLORENCE - Italian fashion house Gucci have confirmed that police officers are investigating the company over suspected tax evasion. Gucci spokespeople announced that police have raided offices in Florence and Milan, and said that the company is “providing its full cooperation to the respective authorities.”
The prosecutor in Milan is seeking answers as to whether Gucci declared Italian sales in Switzerland rather than at home for several years, which would have saved them around 1.3 billion euros in domestic tax, according to La Stampa newspaper.
ROME - The Italian Foreign Ministry has sided with Berlin on the decision not to compensate victims in Roccaraso for atrocities committed by the Nazis in World War 2, according to news sources.
From Nov. 16 to 21 1943, under the orders of the SS federal marshal Albert Kesselring, the entire village, bar one child, of Roccaraso was killed in the Limmari woods. The residents of the town were tortured, shot and burned alive. Only one child survived, seven-year-old Virginia Macerelli, hidden behind her mother’s body.
VALLETTA - Three of the 10 suspects brought in by Maltese authorities for the assassination of Maltese journalist, Daphne Caruana Galicia, are going to trial. The remaining seven are currently out on police bail. The investigation utilised strong circumstantial evidence to tie the three to the murder while remaining unclear as to their motive.