#AceWorldNews – ITALY:Jan.02: The Italian air force has sent a crew to take control of the ship carrying some 450 migrants to the coasts of Italy, the Italian air force said.

Greece Migrant Ship


A helicopter carrying officers and doctors was dispatched to Ezadeen, a Sierra Leone-flagged ship to tend to the passengers as the cargo ship was set on auto-pilot.

The renege vessel was spotted by a coast guard plane shortly after nightfall.

The latest incident comes just two days after Italian sailors intercepted a Moldovan-flagged freighter carrying more than 700 migrants, mostly from Syria.


#airforce, #italian, #migrants

ROME: ‘ Pope Francis Presides Over 20 Couples Marriages Including Cohabitee’s ‘

#AceWorldNews – ROME – September 14 – Pope Francis has presided over marriages for 20 Italian couples, including those who already have lived together and had children.

Pope Francis performs marriage ceremonies for cohabiting couples, parents

“The people getting married on Sunday are couples like many others,”the diocese of Rome said in a statement.

“Some already live together, some already have children.” The ages of the brides and grooms ranged from the youngest being 25 to the oldest being 56.

This is his first wedding ceremony performed by Pope Francis.

The Church under the leadership of Pope Francis has welcomed and embraced us,” said Gabriella, one of the brides who had a grown-up daughter.


#couples, #italian, #pope-francis, #rome

` Three Foreign Journalist’s were Temporarily Detained by Pro-Russia Insurgents in Eastern Ukraine ‘

#AceWorldNews – UKRAINE – April 21 – Three foreign journalists were temporarily detained by pro-Russia insurgents in city in eastern Ukraine.

One Belarusian and two Italian journalists were stopped Monday by gunmen as they reported in the city of Slovyansk, which has been occupied by pro-Russia forces for more than a week.

Slovyansk is one of many cities in Ukraine’s Russian-speaking eastern region where insurgents are demanding greater ties with Russia.

By Philippa Stewart (ALJ)

#ans2014, #russia, #belarusian, #italian, #russian, #slovyansk, #ukraine, #ukraines

` Italian Navy has Rescued 18,000 Migrants since Launching Operation ` Mare Nostrum ‘

#AceWorldNews -ITALY – April 10 – (RT) – The Italian Navy said Thursday it has rescued over 18,000 migrants since launching a Mediterranean operation called Mare Nostrum (Our Sea), following two deadly shipwrecks in October 2013.

Five warships are usually deployed with more than 900 military personal at a cost of 9 million euros ($12 million) a month.

Navy chief Giuseppe De Giorgi said that after the twin tragedies last October which left more than 400 people dead, a total of 18,546 migrants had been rescued off Italy’s shores.

De Giorgi rejected claims by right-wing parties in Italy than the operation had led to an increase in migrants.


#italian, #italy, #navy, #operation-mare-nostrum-our-sea, #warships

` Police in the `Philippines ‘ have Filed a Complaint of `Child Trafficking and Abuse ‘ against Italian Diplomat ‘

#AceNewsServices – MANILLA – April 07 – Police in the Philippines have filed a complaint for child trafficking and child abuse against a holidaying Italian diplomat arrested at a resort south of the capital Manila in the company of three boys.

Senior Supterintendent Romulo Sapitula of the Philippine National Police told the Associated Press on Monday that Daniele Bosio was arrested on Saturday at a resort in Laguna province.

The arrest came after members of the child rights group Bahay Tuluyan alerted the police.

The 46-year-old Bosio is the Italian ambassador to Turkmenistan.

Bosio is accused of violating child trafficking and child abuse laws in the Philippines, Lily Flordelis, executive director of Bahay Tuluyan Foundation, told Al Jazeera.

Flordelis and her deputy, Catherine Scerri, saw Bosio at the resort with the three children, and reported him to the police on Saturday evening.

“We were concerned, because it was obvious that he was not related to the children,” Flordelis said. “We only found out later that he is a diplomat.”

The arrest was confirmed by the Italian foreign ministry, according to the Agence France Presse news agency.

According to a 1992 child protection law in the Philippines, any adult who is seen in public with an unrelated child with an age gap of at least 10 years can be reported to police, Flordelis said.

Section 2. Declaration of State Policy and Principles. – It is hereby declared to be the policy of the State to provide special protection to children from all firms of abuse, neglect, cruelty exploitation and discrimination and other conditions, prejudicial their development; provide sanctions for their commission and carry out a program for prevention and deterrence of and crisis intervention in situations of child abuse, exploitation and discrimination. The State shall intervene on behalf of the child when the parent, guardian, teacher or person having care or custody of the child fails or is unable to protect the child against abuse, exploitation and discrimination or when such acts against the child are committed by the said parent, guardian, teacher or person having care and custody of the same.

Bosio is also accused of violating a separate law on child trafficking. The 2003 law prohibits the “recruitment, transportation, transfer or harbouring, or receipt of persons with, or without the victim’s consent or knowledge, within or across national borders” by means of coercion, fraud and deception.

Section 2. Declaration of Policy. – It is hereby declared that the State values the dignity of every human person and guarantees the respect of individual rights. In pursuit of this policy, the State shall give highest priority to the enactment of measures and development of programs that will promote human dignity, protect the people from any threat of violence and exploitation, eliminate trafficking in persons, and mitigate pressures for involuntary migration and servitude of persons, not only to support trafficked persons but more importantly, to ensure their recovery, rehabilitation and reintegration into the mainstream of society.


AP – Al Jazeera – Contributions from Child Safety Group’s – ANS2014

#abuse, #child-trafficking, #italian, #manila, #philippines

` Pompeii suffers heavy rains falls causing stones and wall to collapse at the `Temple of Venus’ – Reports’

#AceWorldNews says that ROME (AP) has stated that top Italian culture officials are calling for swift action to save Pompeii, the ancient Roman city encased in volcanic ash, from further ruin after heavy rains reportedly caused part of a wall to collapse.

Giancarlo Galan, the head of a parliamentary culture commission, on Sunday lamented the latest collapse at the archaeological site near Naples.

Italian media reported that Saturday’s rainstorm provoked the partial collapse of a wall around a necropolis and caused some stones to fall at The Temple of Venus.

Despite the damage, Pompeii remained open to tourists Sunday. But its offices were closed and further details were not immediately available.

Last year, the Italian government appointed a special official to ensure that European Union and Italian funds were properly spent to repair and protect Pompeii.


#ap, #european-union, #italian, #naples, #pompeii, #rome, #temple-of-venus

`Italian Premier Matteo Renzi wins confidence vote in Senate’

#AceWorldNews says Italian Premier Matteo Renzi won a confidence vote in the Senate early on Tuesday, giving a boost to his new government.

The Italian Senate voted 169 to 139 to confirm Renzi’s broad coalition, from his centre-left Democrats to center-right factions that supported ex-premier Silvio Berlusconi.

The Chamber of Deputies – where Democrats have a sizeable majority – is expected to vote later Tuesday. Renzi had to overcome animosity among some members of his party in the Senate who openly criticized his use of aggressive tactics in ascending to the premiership over fellow Democrat Enrico Letta. Rezni, 39, was sworn into office on Saturday, becoming the youngest-ever Italian premier.

#italian, #matteo-renzi, #silvio-berlusconi

” India drops plan to prosecute two `Italian Marines’ accused of killing two `Indian Fishermen’ under Anti-Piracy Laws”

#AceWorldNews says India has dropped a plan to prosecute two Italian marines accused of killing two Indian fishermen under an anti-piracy law, Reuters reported.

The sailors said they mistook the fishermen for pirates and fired warning shots into the water in February 2012, off the coast of Kerala state. Indian attorney general Ghoolam Vahanvati told the Supreme Court on Monday that the prosecution did not intend to proceed against them under the anti-piracy section of the Suppression of Unlawful Acts.

The men can still be tried under India’s criminal laws.

#anti-piracy-law, #criminal, #india, #italian, #laws, #reuters, #suppression-of-unlawful-acts

#Italy : “President Giorgio Napolitano asks Leader of Democratic Party to try and form a Government”

#AceWorldNews says Italian President Giorgio Napolitano asked the leader of the Democratic Party, Matteo Renzi, to try to form a government Monday.

The centre-left leader said he would begin talks in the next 24 hours, Reuters reported. Renzi needs to seal a formal coalition deal with the small centre-right NCD party to secure a majority and to name his cabinet before seeking a formal vote of confidence in parliament.

The 39-year-old mayor of Florence engineered the removal of his party rival Enrico Letta as prime minister at a meeting of the Democratic Party leadership last week over growing impatience with the slow pace of economic reforms.

#democratic-party, #florence, #giorgio-napolitano, #italian, #matteo-renzi, #ncd, #reuters

“Italian Marines won’t `Face Death Penalty’ over `Fishermen Killing’ as India will not invoke the Anti-Piracy Law”

#AceWorldNews says India acceded to Italy’s request, saying on Friday it won’t invoke an anti-piracy law carrying the death penalty in the trial of two Italian marines accused of killing two Indian fishermen.

The government decided against invoking the law against the marines, who are awaiting trial in India, AP reported, citing a Home Ministry official.

The Italians were on anti-pirate duty aboard a cargo ship in 2012, when they fired at the fishermen on an Indian boat.

The marines said they mistook the fishermen for pirates.

#anti-piracy-law, #ap, #fishermen, #india, #italian

” Italian Navy Rescues 1,100 Migrants in Rafts South of Sicily”

#AceWorldNews says the Italian navy has rescued more than 1,100 migrants from nine large rafts in the waters south of Sicily.
Patrol helicopters identified the overcrowded rafts with the latest arrivals from North Africa on Wednesday and four navy vessels participated in the rescue which ended early on Thursday, Reuters reported.

The navy gave no details about the nationalities of the migrants.

#africa, #helicopters, #italian, #migrants, #navy, #north-africa, #reuters, #sicily

Italy: “Mayor of Italy’s Gioia Tauro Protests Against Choice of Town’s Port as Place for Reloading #Syria’s Chemical Weapon’s”

#AceWorldNews says Renato Bellofiore, the mayor of Italy’s Gioia Tauro, is protesting against the choice of the town’s port as a place for reloading Syria’s chemical weapons. If something happens, the people “will destroy us,” Itar-Tass quoted the mayor as saying. Bellofiore accused the Italian Foreign Ministry of not knowing “what democracy is.” The operation to reload the chemical weapons from a Danish ship to a US one has yet to be officially announced by the Italian parliament’s commissions on foreign affairs and defense.

#affairs, #chemical-weapons, #defense, #democracy, #foreign, #italian, #mayor, #syrias, #us