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ROME – Intense traffic snarls are expected in the last weekend of July as Italian holiday-makers make their way to summer destinations.

 Traffic police have designated Saturday and Sunday as red-stamp days, meaning motorists can expect intense traffic with the possibility of long delays. 

 Saturday Aug. 3 has already been declared a black-stamp day on roads and highways given drivers are certain to expect long delays.

23 Jul 2019
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ROCCELLA IONICA – Two Russians suspected of people smuggling have been arrested for allegedly landing 42 Iranian and Iraqi migrants at Roccella Ionica, on the east coast of Reggio Calabria in southern Italy, police sources said on Tuesday.

 An allegedly stolen 15-metre sailboat flying the German flag is believed to have left from Turkey a week ago carrying 42 migrants – 32 men, four women and six minors. The boat had managed get within a few meters from the coast of Roccella Ionica on Monday, where it became stranded but blended in with the boats moored in the bay. 

23 Jul 2019
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Rome – All charges relating to allegations of sexual assault made against footballer Cristiano Ronaldo will be dropped, according to US prosecutors.

 Five-time winner of the Ballon d’Or, Ronaldo, who currently plays for Juventus, was accused by Kathryn Mayorga, 34, of raping her at a hotel in Las Vegas in 2009. The pair initially reached an out-of-court settlement in 2010, but Ms Mayorga asked police to reopen the case in 2018.

 However, police were not able to gather enough evidence to prove the case “beyond reasonable doubt” and have therefore closed the investigation.

23 Jul 2019
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ROME – A number of diplomats and Embassies in the Eternal City including newly arived US Ambassador to the FAO Kip Tom are turning a deaf ear to requests to pay the Italian Insider diplomatic subscription rate while others have paid the correct amount for access to specialized articles on the UN Food agencies and other exclusive material on the digital newspaper, Insider sources say.

23 Jul 2019
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ROME – Unicredit, a major Italian bank which has its headquarters in Milan, will lay off 10,000 employees from December according to leaks reported by Bloomberg News. This follows more than a decade of cutbacks since  2008 in which employee numbers have halved.

 The four-year strategic plan as reported would see thousands of employees laid off from Italy and around the world in an effort to reduce operating costs by up to ten per cent. The numbers have not been finalised and Unicredit has not yet either confirmed or denied the rumours.

23 Jul 2019
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COSENZA – Two men were shot dead in their car in the countryside of Corigiliano Rossano in what may have been a double murder organised by local criminal groups, according to Il Fatto Quotidiano.

 Special guard Pietro Greco, 39, and entrepreneur Francesco Romano, 44, were shot with pistol in what seems to have been an ambush. Their bodies were discovered in the Apollinara hamlet in Corigliano-Rossano near a gas station.

23 Jul 2019
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ROME – Amongst the personified state-characters of international relations analysts, everyone is “interested” in Africa. The reasons for the interest appear clear to many, whether they are in reality or not, but the tone of the story depends greatly on who you ask.

 The world’s “youngest” continent looks vibrant and intoxicating and, above all, promises future affluence. China and the US, at the top of the international food chain, get first-pick. Beijing invests unimaginable sums in infrastructure and the American dollar reigns supreme.

23 Jul 2019
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ROME – As Romans prepare for the mass holiday exodus, a two-day general transport strike has been scheduled for all modes of public transport on Wednesday, while on Friday, only those flying will be affected.

 With ailing Italian airline Alitalia also scheduling a 24-hour strike on Friday, the transport ministry has called for trade unions on Tuesday to tackle the problems of air transport and prevent the day from turning into a black Friday.

22 Jul 2019
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MILAN – Francesco Saverio Borrelli, who was Milan’s chief prosecutor in the so-called Mani Pulite anti-corruption campaigns of the 1990s, died Saturday aged 89. Borrelli, from Naples, was instrumental in unearthing the so-called Tangentopoli, a corrupt and criminal system of bribery between Italy’s ruling political class and the business world.

22 Jul 2019

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