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Woman raped in Rome’s Villa Borghese rescued by taxi driver

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 19:44:29 +0200

A 30-year-old taxi driver, with ten years’ experience in the job, came to the help of a German homeless woman who had been raped in the park. “She came under the glare of my headlights, naked, with her wrists tied. I helped free her. She was under shock and moaning with pain.”



Emigrating under-40s estimated to cost Italy 1% of GDP

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 17:42:45 +0200

Italian employers’ federation Confindustria raises growth estimates for 2017 to 1.5%, but Boccia warns of emigration crisis and loss of human resources. Padoan offers reassurances on Italy’s debt and deficit



Carabiniere in Florence rape case lays blame on superior

Thu, 14 Sep 2017 17:20:08 +0200

Both officers admit sexual intercourse, although they argue that “there was no violence; it was a moment of weakness. The students insisted on inviting us home”



Carabinieri accused of lying in Florence rape case

Tue, 12 Sep 2017 16:02:30 +0200

Officers investigated by military prosecutors for embezzlement and failure to submit reports. The officers are charged with having used a patrol car for private purposes and failing to report to HQ on their call to the nightclub



“She was sober; I’m not a rapist,” claims carabiniere

Mon, 11 Sep 2017 20:23:20 +0200

Patrol leader says he was dragged into the situation. His colleague may appear before prosecutors today



Top cardiologist puts career on hold to return to Naples

Thu, 7 Sep 2017 13:33:21 +0200

The doctor and his fiancée have great opportunities abroad, but have decided to get married and return to live in their home city, despite the many professional difficulties this entails.



Victim in Rimini gang rape case “pretended to be dead”

Wed, 6 Sep 2017 14:35:31 +0200

Investigators take statements from victims and the four rapists. Butungu, the gang leader, also identified by victim of a previous attack in Varese. Peruvian transsexual: “The Congolese hit me on the head with a bottle, and said he would kill me. He screamed to the others to cut my face”.



’Ndrangheta boss arrested after 23 years in hiding

Mon, 4 Sep 2017 15:21:06 +0200

Rocco Morabito, for years considered “Milan’s cocaine king”, has been captured in Uruguay, report local media sources in Montevideo. He is now facing a 30-year prison sentence for mafia association and drug trafficking. He had been in hiding since 1994



Rome in urgent need of change

Fri, 1 Sep 2017 16:06:21 +0200

Three-pronged rescue plan to halt degradation of the capital



Shanties in the shadow of St. Peter’s

Thu, 31 Aug 2017 14:42:50 +0200

From Piazza della Città Leonina to Via Pfeiffer, a shanty camp has sprung up in an area full of tourists, where a dozen homeless people have been sleeping out for weeks on the Vatican stretch of the Tiber’s banks



Italian risks jail in India for using satellite phone

Tue, 29 Aug 2017 17:56:40 +0200

The story of Gianluca Fidanza, deputy mayor of Comerio, stopped by police at New Delhi airport for being in possession of a satellite phone, illegal in a region with a high number of terrorist suspects



Heroic brothers rescued in aftermath of Ischia earthquake

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 15:31:47 +0200

Ciro, 11, and Matias, 8, pulled out alive after 16 hours. The elder brother dragged his sibling under the bed to protect him



Shopkeeper helps stranger, who turns out to be US Chargé d’Affaires

Thu, 24 Aug 2017 15:40:26 +0200

The generous gesture of a Tuscan butcher on bank holiday. “When I saw the police escort, it was a real shock”



Ischia earthquake leaves two dead and 39 injured

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 12:52:51 +0200

Magnitude 4.0 quake struck the island at 8.57pm yesterday. In the hardest-hit area, Casamicciola, families were left buried under the rubble



How Naples dispelled Valeria’s prejudices

Sun, 13 Aug 2017 16:29:49 +0200

Valeria Genova, 31, from Treviso, came to Campania because of her husband’s job. “When my grandmother said goodbye, she warned me to ‘look out for stray bullets’. I thought it was the Far West, but now I don’t want to leave”



Kidnapped English model Chloe Ayling ‘feared for her life’

Wed, 9 Aug 2017 09:38:29 +0200

Model put up for auction online. Her abductor told her he had made $15m in five years selling girls as sex slaves on the dark web



Loredana fights cancer and sends money for her mother’s rent

Thu, 3 Aug 2017 18:31:27 +0200

From Naples to New York for medical research. At just 32, she has won the Conquer Cancer Foundation’s Merit Award 2017. “I work on prostate cancer with a specific drug that distinguishes malignant cells from benign ones and kills them”



“I’m German, I don’t pay”. Serial scrounger expelled

Thu, 3 Aug 2017 11:24:32 +0200

Despite being an EU citizen, the offender has been banned from Italy for two years and two months. He targeted famous bars and restaurants, drinking and eating without paying a cent. One of his victims was the historic Caffè Giacosa



David Ancelotti talks about the father he adores

Tue, 1 Aug 2017 18:22:39 +0200

Carlo’s 28-year-old son is also his assistant at Bayern Munich. “One day in the fourth year of high school I was rude to my Latin teacher. The same evening dad called him at home to apologize. And I did too”



Government ready to send ships to Libyan waters

Mon, 31 Jul 2017 17:13:51 +0200

Italian government ready to send ships to Libya. Decision also regards rules of engagement and protective measures for the armed forces involved in the operation



15-year-old girl raped on beach in Naples

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 14:18:43 +0200

Attack at Marechiaro. The girl, who lives in Via Petrarca, confided in a friend before reporting the crime to carabinieri. Three juvenile suspects under investigation after being tracked down on Facebook



Underage Nigerian immigrants forced into prostitution

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 18:28:28 +0200

Girls taken from Libya to the coast between Lazio and Campania, forced to work as prostitutes to pay off the cost of their journey to Italy. “The age of Nigerian girls on the street is falling fast. Criminal organizations want them young: they are highly sought after on the sex market”



Poverty among Italy’s young has tripled over last 11 years

Fri, 14 Jul 2017 15:38:39 +0200

According to official figures, 4.7 million Italians live in absolute poverty. The number is 144,000 up on 2015



Fires on Vesuvius "all caused by arson"

Wed, 12 Jul 2017 13:01:06 +0200

General Costa: "I don't want to hear talk of spontaneous combustion; such attempts to explain away these fires make me sick"



Milan: Mystery death of nanny in luxury home

Tue, 11 Jul 2017 16:47:11 +0200

On Sunday evening, the body of 35-year-old Romanian, Mariana Odica, was found in the apartment where she had only recently started working as a nanny. She was lying on a knife, which had been used to stab her five times



Milan: immigrants accused of robbery narrowly avoid lynching

Mon, 10 Jul 2017 16:16:03 +0200

Three Africans in their twenties, suspected of being drug pushers, were circled at dawn by 50 local nightclubbers, looking for revenge after a series of robberies. Incident could well have ended in tragedy



Morrissey “terrorized by policeman in Rome”

Thu, 6 Jul 2017 16:53:10 +0200

The singer, in Italy to record an album, was allegedly stopped by a policeman asking him for his papers in a city centre street and threatened with a gun for 35 minutes. “I believed he was about to shoot me”



Palio di Siena: Tornasol, the horse that refused to run

Tue, 4 Jul 2017 17:54:42 +0200

“Tornasol” was one of the favourites but was too agitated to run, forcing the Tartuca “contrada” to pull out. The horse has already become an idol on social media



“Ours is the only centre-right: moderate and liberal”

Fri, 30 Jun 2017 17:19:32 +0200

The leader of Forza Italia: “I’m back, and will lead the election campaign. I have no heir; this is not a monarchy. We are Italy’s leading party and driving force



Flatmate confesses to murder of Italian in London

Thu, 29 Jun 2017 15:59:19 +0200

Bengali girl with English citizenship told investigators that she killed Pietro Sanna in his house in Canning Town



Supreme Court confirms conviction of Stasi for murder

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 15:10:05 +0200

Court fails to overturn sentence imposed on Alberto Stasi for the killing of Chiara Poggi



Nadia, jilted at the altar: “I can’t forgive him”

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 22:40:07 +0200

Would-be bride Nadia Murineddu, talking in her parents’ house in Sorso, tells of her decision to go ahead with her wedding reception, despite the fact that her fiancé had a last-minute attack of cold feet: “I have to go back to the barracks”



Diele: “Try and forgive me; I’m a heroin addict”

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 19:27:20 +0200

Actor who crashed into 48-year-old woman: “I was distracted by my phone. It was an accident, not murder. I would kneel in front of her father and ask forgiveness if I could.”



Vaccines: leukaemia child dies after catching measles

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 15:43:57 +0200

Announcement by regional councillor for Welfare, Giulio Gallera: “The episode reminds us how herd immunity is essential to safeguard the vulnerable”



Navigli to reopen with plans for new tunnel

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 18:55:17 +0200

The plans are ready, and also envisage an underground tunnel, although traffic concerns remain



Mystery resignation amid fears of new Vatileaks scandal

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 17:15:10 +0200

Libero Milone, the first Auditor General of the Vatican accounts, has unexpectedly resigned, possibly due to friction with the Vatican’s economic affairs commission APSA. Indiscretions from sources close to the Pope suggest he was considered the “wrong man for the job”



Family of Emanuela Orlandi asks Vatican for secret dossier

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 17:08:32 +0200

Orlandi family has asked for case to be reopened and to meet Secretary of State Pietro Parolin to find out “who is dealing with the case and what is being done”



Thief seeks out victims after 36 years to “say sorry”

Wed, 14 Jun 2017 18:33:32 +0200

In the letters he wrote to victims he also enclosed a cheque as compensation for the theft of a car radio. “I was a teen drug addict and serial burglar. But now I am honest and want to bury the past, so please don’t put my picture in the paper”



Patient at Naples Hospital Overrun by Ants as She Slept

Tue, 13 Jun 2017 18:29:32 +0200

Shocking incident in Naples’ San Paolo hospital, where complaints had already been made in the past. This is however the first time that a hospital ward has been invaded by insects



Disappointing M5S Performance Fuels Discord within Party

Mon, 12 Jun 2017 16:46:29 +0200

Election results worsen split among leaders of 5 Star Movement (M5S)



Mass Layoffs as H&M Closes Two Stores in Milan

Mon, 12 Jun 2017 15:06:12 +0200

The Swedish brand decides to close four stores in Italy, two in Milan alone, in Piazza San Babila and at Porta Venezia. Unions call strike for Saturday. Court ruling meanwhile reinstates Blumarine employees



Baby Girl Dies after Being Left in Car by Mother

Thu, 8 Jun 2017 16:00:49 +0200

An 18-month-old baby girl dies in Arezzo, after being left for six hours in a hot car. Distraught mother: “I thought I’d taken her to nursery school”. The mother is a widely respected town council secretary



Seven-Year-Old Boy Trampled on by Crowd in Intensive Care

Tue, 6 Jun 2017 10:22:29 +0200

The father of the young boy in intensive care at Turin’s Regina Margherita hospital has been in Italy for 25 years. “The doctors told me that his recovery will be a slow process, but the important thing is that he is still alive.” An African gave help by protecting the boy from fleeing fans



Tunnel to France “Held Together with Spit” Sealed off

Thu, 1 Jun 2017 17:44:49 +0200

Work blocked on new carriageway in Col di Tenda road tunnel. Phone-tapped conversations under investigation by State Prosecutor’s Office in Cuneo: “We’ll keep at it until someone dies”



Florence City Centre Becomes a Picnic Area for Tourists

Thu, 1 Jun 2017 13:08:43 +0200

Via dei Neri, the Cathedral, Santo Spirito: the city centre has become an open-air canteen