Philip Willan

ROME – A video of a teacher being bullied and humiliated by a 15-year-old pupil in front of his class has highlighted a crisis of authority in Italian schools.
 Police opened an investigation into the conduct of six students from the Carrara Technical Institute in Lucca after at least two videos of threatening behaviour were shared on social media. The offences under consideration include insults and "private violence".

20 Apr 2018

ROME - Leonard Cohen was probably one of the few artists who never felt intimidated by Bob Dylan. The New Yorker interview – “Leonard Cohen Makes It Darker”, published on 17 October 2016 – shows the extent of the mutual respect that existed between Cohen and Dylan. Before and after the Nobel Prize announcement they were both exchanging heartfelt pleasantries about the quality of their respective work.

19 Apr 2018

TRAPANI – The Cosa Nostra Sicilian mafia network, spearheaded by the highly sought-after Matteo Messina Denaro, was hit hard on Thursday morning, suffering a further setback after authorities confirmed the arrest of 22 alleged members of the group.

 Police, Carabinieri and Anti-Mafia Investigation Directorate (DIA) have ramped up the hunt for the fugitive head of the Sicilian Mafia. The raid in the province of Trapani intensifies the police grip on mafia affairs as they look to stamp out the illegal activity, particularly prominent throughout Sicily.

19 Apr 2018
Flavia Cresswell-Turner

ROME – Marymount International School of Rome are set to launch a pre-school in September 2018. It will be the first in the institution’s history.

 Marymount is a private, Roman Catholic, English-speaking, non-profit, co-educational institution that aims to further the mission of the Religious of the Sacred Heart of Mary (RSHM). 

 The addition of this pre-school, which will be a programme tailored for 2-year-olds, will create the opportunity for even younger students to learn through play.

18 Apr 2018
Archie Farquharson

ROME – Forza Italia’s Elisabetta Casellati is due to report to the Quirinale on Friday with regard to the ‘exploratory mandate’ Italian President Sergio Mattarella entrusted her with.

 On Wednesday, Casellati was given the task of finding common ground between the centre-right and Five Star Movement, in the hope of ending the political stalemate that has ensued since March’s inconclusive elections.

18 Apr 2018

NAPLES – Tension mounts over a nuclear submarine spotted in Naples roadstead prior to last week’s missile attack on Syria. Accused of being the very same vessel that launched offensive missiles directed towards destroying Syria’s chemical warfare, popular TV journalist Lilli Gruber questioned Five-star movement leader Luigi di Maio on prime-time television Monday.

17 Apr 2018
Eleanor Hartland

ROME - David Campbell Bannerman encouraged the audience of the Monday conference to “wake up to the reality” of the Iranian influence in the Middle East, accusing Iran of having a “record of destabilization” and a pattern of “sponsorship of terror.”

17 Apr 2018

RAGUSA – A judge in Sicily has ordered the release of Spanish NGO Proactiva Open Arms following a lengthy detention in Catania under suspicion of assisting illegal migration, officials said on Tuesday.

 The rescue vessel came into conflict with the Libyan Coast Guard last month having successfully saved over 200 migrants, who they refused hand over to the Libyans. A fierce, drawn out clash between the pair eventually resulted in the delivery of the migrants on board to Sicily, where the boat was impounded for investigation.

17 Apr 2018