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.”
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.
ROME - Northern-League leader, Matteo Salvini, took to Instagram with a photo of his “quiet dinner” at McDonald’s late on Sunday, after taking part at the Vinitaly event in Verona.
The irony lies in the fact that he’d been strongly defending Italian food and wine throughout the day, until he reached the airport and settled for a hamburger at the American fast-food chain.
Vinitaly is considered to be one of the most important food and wine fairs in Italy and around the world. Salvini featured as one of the protagonists at the inaugural day of its 52nd edition.
FLORENCE – The first showing of Director Annemarie Jacir's powerful movie "Wajib" about a Palestinian family in Nazareth spearheaded this year's edition of the Middle East film festival in the Tuscan capital.
ROME – Tuscan-born director and screenwriter, Vittorio Taviani, died aged 88 on Sunday, his family said. Along with his brother, Paolo, (86), he was renowned for being one of the most beloved and admired champions of Italian cinema and culture.
ROME – Following on from Tuesday night’s drama, Roma will square up against Liverpool in the Champions League semi-final. Friday’s draw confirmed the return of in-form striker Mohamed Salah to the Italian capital whilst Real Madrid will collide with Bayern Munich.
Roma may be glad to have avoided the Spanish and German footballing giants, but their route to the final in Kiev will certainly be no pushover.
ROME – Italian President Sergio Mattarella acknowledged a second week of defeat in a closing statement to end another round of inconclusive government-formation consultations. Following meetings with institutional figures on Friday, Mattarella will take a few days to gauge a route out of the current stalemate, which was only solidified on Thursday as Silvio Berlusconi dramatically criticised the M5S’s credentials to uphold democracy.
ROME – Juventus fell just short against Real Madrid on Wednesday night, conceding a highly debatable penalty after an astonishing comeback. Gianluigi Buffon was sent off on his final Champions League appearance in a cruel goodbye as Cristiano Ronaldo’s 97th minute penalty clinched a dramatic 4-3 aggregate victory.
Lightning threatened to strike twice as Juventus came within millimetres of recreating Tuesday’s scenes at the Stadio Olimpico.
VATICAN CITY – During today’s General Audience at St. Peter’s Square, Pope Francis decided to focus on the topic of baptism.
His appeal was directed at Catholic parents, to whom he said, “Do not forget to baptise your children.”
This comes after internal statistics reveal that more and more newly born babies are not being baptised, as well as being conceived out of wedlock.