KONRAD VAN HALEWYN

ROME- Italian authorities have made arrests which may link to the assassination of Daphne Caruana Galizia. Darren Debono, a former footballer and Maltese national with business ties to Libya, has been arrested on the Italian Island of Lampedusa in connection with an ongoing investigation over the illegal smuggling of Libyan oil through Matla into Italy.

24 Oct 2017
INSIDER NEWSDESK

ROME - Italian Prime Minister, Paolo Gentiloni, has announced his support of talks with the pro-autonomy Northern League, following the overwhelming majority of devolution votes in the referendum last week. “I look with interest, respect, a willingness to open discussion on the referendum on the issue of autonomy. I am willing to take some steps forward.” He cited his readiness to speak as coming from a wish for “more efficient regions,” a goal which he views as “possible and likely.”

24 Oct 2017
KONRAD VAN HALEWYN

ROME - The former House of Fascio shines light on a problem deep in the national soul of Italy. Standing in Predappio, the hometown of Mussolini, this building was constructed in 1934 as the nation was gripped by fascism. Operating beyond its mere bureaucratic function, the building was a centre for propaganda and “education.” Its very architecture, with its square concrete columns and rectangular tower, was designed to imitate the municipal towers of the middle ages.

24 Oct 2017
INSIDER NEWSDESK

VENICE - Italian runner Eyob Faniel emerged victorious from the Venice marathon this weekend, as his competitors, the favoured team, became befuddled by a wrong turn.

23 Oct 2017
INSIDER NEWSDESK

ROME- Prosecutors in Trapani have ordered a search of a Save the Children boat, the Vos Hestia, for suspected aid of illegal immigration. The boat is now docked in the port of Catania.

 The NGO’s vessel has been operating off the Mediterranean coast in an effort to aid migrants. 

 The warrant came after the investigation of an undercover agent embedded in the ship's crew. The search was carried out by officers of the Central Operations Service, arranged by Trapanese authorities after investigating for an extended period.

23 Oct 2017
KONRAD VAN HALEWYN

ROME- Polls show that 98.1 percent have voted for autonomy in Veneto in a non-binding referendum. Reports indicated that, in Lombardy, 95.29 percent of those casting ballots voted yes. As many as 37 percent of the electorate voted for autonomy in Lombardy whilst Veneto had a 57.2 turnout.

 Supporters of Northern League Veneto leader, Governor Luca Zaia, celebrated victory Monday after 57.2 percent of eligible voters came out in near unanimous support of greater autonomy.

23 Oct 2017
VINCENZO PEZZILLI

NEW YORK - In just a short walk around Broadway, you will immediately notice a large number of spaces for rent. These are mostly restaurants. Restaurant owners are all remarking how much more difficult it is now to operate a restaurant.

 So what is really happening? Why have so many restaurants closed in the past two years and why are restauranteers investing in overseas venues in the Middle East and Asia? After all, many restaurants seem full.

23 Oct 2017
Desmond O'Grady

ROME - Newsreels of Hitler’s speeches are frightening, while those of Mussolini, with his jutting jaw and pouting mouth, are simply ridiculous, bringing to mind epithets for him such as the ‘Sawdust Cesar’ and ‘Signor Baloney.’ But Mussolini was a more complex, richer personality than Hitler, according to Richard Bosworth in his study of the dictator’s last lover Claretta, which shows him emotional, complaining of his isolation and even self-questioning.

23 Oct 2017
INSIDER NEWSDESK

ROME - A stone coat of arms weighing 10 kg (22 pounds) tumbled off the famed church of Domine Quo Vadis on the Appian Way, fueling fears about security for tourists and pilgrims after the death of a Spanish tourist, hit by falling masonry, in Florence.

23 Oct 2017

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