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ROME- Early morning raids were carried out in several provinces as Italian police rounded up individuals suspected of being members of the Chinese mafia, police sources say Thursday. The culmination of a seven year investigation, known as operation "China Truck," the police arrested 33 people and are continuing to examine the evidence that may lead to the arrests of another 21 suspects.

18 Jan 2018
KONRAD VAN HALEWYN
ROME - The Cambridge University Vice-Chancellor, Stephen Toope, has written an open letter denouncing what he calls the “seemingly concerted efforts to implicate [Dr Maha Abdelrahman] directly in Giulio Regeni’s death.”  Regeni was a student at the university who was tortured and killed in Cairo while conducting academic research.
18 Jan 2018
INSIDER NEWSDESK

ROME - Geologists at the University of Camerino have announced a new discovery in Selinunte Archaeological Park, a site containing the remains of an ancient Greek city in southwestern Sicily.

 Using a drone with a high sensitivity thermal camera the team from the University detected a series of buried structures, dating from around 2,700 years ago, surrounding the so-called "Temple M" site.

17 Jan 2018
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ROME - Halfway through the current Serie A season, referees and managers met in Milan to discuss the future of the controversial Video Assistant Referee (VAR) system, agreeing to continue with its implementation and vowing that improvements would be made.

 VAR was introduced into the league at the beginning of this season and has proved a point of contention between fans, managers and players. The system involves an assistant referee assessing the decisions of the on-field officials with the benefit of video replays.

17 Jan 2018
HELENA LESLIE

ROME - American loud and eccentric art of the 1950s to 80s defined a generation. Revellers enjoyed the post-war boom with materialistic glee. But what happened when the shiny bubble of pop crashed onto the elegant art scene of Classical Rome?

16 Jan 2018
Tim Wade

ROME - Pietro Grasso, the former anti-mafia magistrate and founder of the left-wing party Liberi e Uguali (LeU), has pledged to scrap university fees in Italy, triggering a heated debate over who would benefit from the policy.

 Grasso hopes to capitalise on the growing discontent amongst Italy's youth with traditional parties. In particular, the pledge to make university education free is an effort to steal a march on the Five Star Movement (M5S), with voters between 25 and 34 considered the most likely to vote for the anti-establishment party.    

16 Jan 2018
KONRAD VAN HALEWYN

ROME - The Italian Insider spoke to Abel Ferrara, one of the most controversial filmmakers of the era, near Piazza Vittorio, his home of several years in the Eternal City. The "shocking" filmmaker was formerly known to critics for what they saw as his troubling subject matter, gritty urban environments, and decadence with films such as Bad Lieutenant and King of New York. He is now a family man with a wife and a young daughter, nearly anonymous on the Roman streets. Catching up with Abel we spoke about his past, his opinions on Rome, and his shift to documentary filmmaking:

16 Jan 2018
INSIDER NEWSDESK

ROME - Former Prime Minster Silvio Berlusconi is back in the news as the sale of AC Milan, through his holding company Fininvest, is being viewed with suspicion.

 A 2007 law requires all anomalous financial transactions, transactions that contain the possible risk of money laundering or fraud, to be reported to the Financial Information Unit (UIF).

16 Jan 2018
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ROME - Italy should reopen its state brothels, the ‘case chiuse,’ and tax prostitution, the leader of the far-right Northern League, Matteo Salvini, has urged again on Twitter. “Regulating and taxing prostitution like in civilised countries, reopening brothels - I’m increasingly convinced about it.”

16 Jan 2018

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