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Italy

2019

18

Apr

Salvini ‘crossed red line’ with refugee boat policy, says military

Italian military officials have accused Matteo Salvini of “unprecedented interference” as tension mounts over the far-right interior minister’s policy of closing ports to rescued migrants. Salvini, who is also Italy’s deputy prime minister, sent a letter to the heads of the navy and coastguard reportedly ordering them to maintain the policy by paying close attention to […]

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Country: Italy
Source: TRT Haber , The Guardian

11

Apr

A migrant girl was fed crackers and canned tuna in school

A millionaire Italian footballer has stepped in to pay for a migrant girl’s school lunches after she was fed crackers and canned tuna because her parents could not afford meal vouchers. Antonio Candreva, who plays for Inter Milan and Italy, phoned the mayor of Minerbe, near Verona, where the eight-year-old girl goes to school after […]

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Country: Italy
Source: Euro News , The Times

08

Apr

Migrant rescue vessel Alan Kurdi claims food shortage aboard stranded ship

The NGO vessel Alan Kurdi is carrying 64 people it rescued last Wednesday and is still stranded in international waters outside Malta, with its crew warning that food shortages and bad weather are taking their toll. Sea-Eye have released a video on Twitter and a statement made by spokesperson Carlotta Weibl, outlining the situation on the migrant […]

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Country: Italy
Source: BBC , Malta Today

05

Apr

Migrant ship with 64 people denied safe port by Italy and Malta

A humanitarian aid ship carrying 64 rescued migrants was holding position in the Mediterranean Sea on Thursday as both Italy and Malta refused it safe harbour, leaving the migrants sleeping in cramped conditions on deck as a storm approached. Their refusal sets the stage for another Mediterranean migrant standoff that can only be resolved if some European […]

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Country: Italy
Source: TRT Haber , The Guardian

25

Mar

More local election success for Italy’s right wing in Basilicata

A candidate from Silvio Berlusconi’s Forza Italia party, supported by the League as part of a right wing bloc, won local elections in Italy’s Basilicata region. A right-wing alliance including Matteo Salvini’s far-right League party won local elections in the Basilicata region on Monday, ending 24 years of centre-left power in a poll seen as the last […]

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Country: Italy
Source: Sputnik , The Local

19

Mar

Italian charity ship defies Rome to rescue 50 off Libyan coast

An Italian charity ship has rescued about 50 people at sea off Libya, prompting Rome to warn it was ready to “stop once and for all” such private vessels from bringing rescued migrants to Italy. Italy’s hardline interior minister, Matteo Salvini, has repeatedly declared Italian waters closed to NGO rescue vessels and has left several […]

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Country: Italy
Source: The Guardian , Haberler

12

Mar

Woman “too masculine” to be rape victim according to Italian court

Protesters gathered outside an appeals court in Ancona, Italy, after a 2017 ruling was unsealed, which revealed that two men were cleared of rape charges because the judges thought the victim was “too masculine” to be desirable. Women’s groups organized a rally of some 200 people who were outraged by the judges’ belief that rapists […]

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Country: Italy
Source: BBC , New York Post

20

Feb

Italy’s pro-refugee mayor of Riace faces charges

An Italian mayor once hailed for welcoming immigrants is awaiting trial on charges of ‘aiding illegal immigration’. Riace was once a model of integration in Italy. But the small town came under attack last year when Italy’s far-right interior minister, Matteo Salvini, ordered hundreds of refugees to be moved out. The suspended mayor is now […]

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Country: Italy
Source: Aljazeera

18

Feb

Unholy row in Italy after education ministry offers teachers exorcism courses

Italy’s education ministry caused an outcry by offering teachers the chance to take exorcism courses. The ministry added an intensive, 40-hour course in “exorcisms and prayers of liberation” to its offering of training courses which Italy’s teachers can choose to take voluntarily, local media reports. Teachers, especially those who teach religion, can learn how exorcism […]

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Country: Italy
Source: BBC , Telegraph

12

Feb

Populists angry as Italian-Egyptian becomes Italy’s Eurovision entry

An Italian singer has become the latest target of Italy’s populist government after winning the Sanremo song festival. Italian “Morocco-pop” singer Mahmood was also questioned about his nationality after his surprise win at this year’s festival. Alessandro Mahmoud, who performs under the name Mahmood, took first place on Saturday night with votes from a jury […]

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Country: Italy
Source: BBC , The Local