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Italian deputy PM threatens ‘polluting’ press with ad boycott

M5Ss Luigi Di Maio could ask state-run companies to stop placing adverts in newspapers Italys deputy prime minister has threatened to pull advertising by state-run companies in newspapers as he accused them of polluting the political debate every day. The intervention by Luigi Di Maio, who leads the Five Star Movement (M5S), was the latest in a long-running series of attacks by the party on the media, and echoed tirades by Donald Trump, who has called American journalists enemies of the people. Di Maio said the government was preparing a…

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‘It saved our business’: Italy’s farmers turn low into high with cannabis

Hemp cultivation for non-pharmaceutical could help revert desiccation of farm land Italian farmers are in crisis as low prices of wheat, desiccated land and big companies importing grain take their toll. But some have found a solution: growing cannabis. Hemp cultivation has been legal in Italy since 2016, and over the last few years the amount of land dedicated to the plant has increased from 400 hectares (1,000 acres) in 2013 to 4,000 hectares today. The law which allows cultivation for non-pharmaceutical use of plants with up to 0.2% of…

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Gas Truck Explodes on Italian Highway; 2 Dead, Scores Hurt

Milan (AP) — A tanker truck carrying a highly flammable gas exploded Monday after rear-ending a stopped truck on a crowded highway near the northern Italian city of Bologna. At least two people were killed, up to 70 injured and part of the raised expressway collapsed in the fireball. Police said the accident and subsequent fire and explosion injured between 60 and 70 people, some with severe burns. It also shut down a highway north of the city that is a key route between northern Italy and the Adriatic Coast…

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Italian minister declares victory as Spain accepts rescue boat

Matteo Salvini, who refused to let ship carrying 629 refugees and migrants to dock, says: We have opened a front in Brussels Matteo Salvini, Italys far-right interior minister, has declared victory after a standoff over the fate of 629 people on a humanitarian rescue boat prompted Spain to agree to accept them. The impasse, after the populist and far-right government in Italy refused to allow the MS Aquarius to dock over the weekend, suggested that Europe could face a humanitarian crisis this summer as it comes to grips with the…

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Pope Francis tells gay man: ‘God made you like this’

Juan Carlos Cruz, who was sexually abused, says pontiff told him God did not mind that he was gay A survivor of clerical sexual abuse has said Pope Francis told him that God had made him gay and loved him, in arguably the most strikingly accepting comments about homosexuality to be uttered by the leader of the Roman Catholic church. Juan Carlos Cruz, who spoke privately with the pope two weeks ago about the abuse he suffered at the hands of one of Chiles most notorious paedophiles, said the issue…

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Carousel in Bergamo, Italy Catches Fire and Looks Metal AF

Photograph via Satan_is_my_Username on reddit In the city of Bergamo, Italy a carousel recently caught fire and the scene looked utterly apocalyptic. A reddit user, fittingly called Satan_is_my_Username, uploaded the photo that one of his friends took and shared with him. In the comment section, another user, the2belo, said it best: THE END IS NEIGH via Satan_is_my_Username on reddit Read more: http://twistedsifter.com/2017/11/carousel-on-fire-in-italy/

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The Earth Pyramids of Italy: Where Boulders Perch Atop Pillars of Clay

One of the strangest landscape elements of the Alps are the so-called Earth Pyramids of South Tyrol. Especially during foggy conditions these pillars appear like from another world. Photographer Kilian Schönberger spent several hours on-location to capture the change of colors and light from dawn till noon. On Behance, Schönberger adds: These strange so-called earth pyramids were shaped by erosion. They remind a bit of hoodos in the SW of the U.S., but their origin is a bit different. Normally the pillars consist of deposited clay with a boulder on…

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Number of migrants arriving in Italy from Libya falls by half in July

More forceful action by Libyan navy and EU-funded boats credited with reducing migration to Italy to 11,500 last month The Italian government has hailed a fall of more than 50% in the number of migrants from Libya reaching its coastline in July as a potential turning point made possible by tougher actions against smugglers operating in the Mediterranean. The number of migrants reaching Italy fell to 11,459 in July from 23,524 in June and 23,522 in July last year. Over the past few years the summer months have been the…

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Imagine living with this crap: tempers in Venice boil over in tourist high season

As residents leave and visitor numbers soar, the citys quality of life is being eroded. This summer, irate locals have taken to the streets Emotions run high in Venice, the Italian island city that fascinates visitors even as it exasperates the dwindling band of local inhabitants. Venice is still known as La Serenissima, the most serene, and was once a place where the population rubbed gracefully along with visitors made up mostly of intellectuals, writers and artists. It is difficult now to imagine that happy coexistence, when you wander through…

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Gluten-free bread for Holy Communion is toast, says Vatican

Unleavened bread used for communion during Catholic masses can be genetically modified but not entirely gluten-free, church rules The unleavened bread used to celebrate the holy communion during Catholic masses can be made with genetically modified organisms, the Vatican said Saturday, but they cannot be entirely gluten-free. Low-gluten bread is allowed but there must be enough protein in the wheat to make it without additives. Cardinal Robert Sarah of the Vaticans Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments said the guidance was needed now that Eucharistic bread…

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Qatar rejects deadline demands, saying it does not fear military action

Foreign minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani rejects demands from Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Bahrain and United Arab Emirates Qatar said on Saturday it does not fear any military retaliation for refusing to meet a Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates cut diplomatic ties with Qatar last month and shut down land, sea and air links. They issued a 13-point list of demands, including curbing diplomatic ties to Iran, severing ties with the Muslim Brotherhood and

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Why has Italy been spared mass terror attacks in recent years?

Experts say Italy has learned harsh lessons from anti-mafia policing, understands dangers of radicalisation in jail, and also relies on surveillance and deportation Each time Youssef Zaghba landed in Bologna, there was someone waiting for him as he got off the plane. It was no secret in Italy that the 22-year-old Moroccan-born Italian, identified as one of three terrorists behind the MI5 subject of interest. Italy has suffered from its share of political violence in recent decades, including the murder of two prominent anti-mafia judges in the 1990s. But unlike…

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Trevi levy: Rome imposes fines for frolicking at famous fountains

The eternal city is engaged in a constant battle to prevent tourists from damaging its ancient monuments Rome is cracking down on anyone hoping to recreate Anita Ekbergs dip in the Trevi fountain in the film La Dolce Vita, imposing fines for bad behaviour in and around the citys watery wonders. One of Italys most visited cities, Rome has long struggled to protect treasures such as the Colosseum and prevent tourists paddling in its sculpted fountains. Angry headlines in Italian newspapers as temperatures have risen in recent weeks have included…

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Five people seriously injured as Juventus fans in Turin panic over firecrackers

False alarm leads to stampede with reports of 400 people injured, five of those seriously, including 7-year-old boy Juventus fans watching the Champions League final stampeded in a Turin piazza in panic after mistaking firecrackers for an explosion or gunshots. About 400 people were being treated for injuries, Italian media reported. About five people were seriously hurt, including a 7-year-old boy who was trampled, Sky TG24 reported. Thousands of fans had gathered to watch the Champions League final in front of a giant screen in San Carlo Square. During the…

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