21 Sep 2021

Europol Breaks Open Extensive Mafia Cybercrime Ring

International law enforcement efforts have led to the takedown of an extensive cybercrime operation run by a gang with ties to the Italian Mafia. According to Europol, the gang utilized violence and intimidation as tactics and collected $12 million in online fraud profits. The group used phishing attacks to defraud

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06 Jul 2021

Medecins Sans Frontieres says Mediterranean rescue mission blocked after ship seizure in Italy

According to Medecins Sans Frontieres, a Mediterranean rescue mission was blocked by Italian authorities. The ship utilized for more than 400 migrant rescues at sea over the past few weeks has been seized by Italian forces, a move that Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) warned could endanger the lives of migrants

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25 May 2021

Italy Investigates Cause of Cable Car Crash in Mottarone

Italy has opened an investigation into a deadly cable car incident that occurred Sunday in northern Italy. The accident left 14 dead and many others injured after the cable car derailed and plunged more than 65ft, crashing into the Mottarone mountain. A two-year-old child was among the victims, alongside a

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25 May 2021

Italy Investigates Cause of Mottarone Cable Car Crash

Italy has opened an investigation into the cause of a cable car accident on Sunday that left 14 people died. The cable car derailed and dropped roughly 65ft into the side of the Mottarone mountain in northern Italy. Thirteen of the victims died at the scene, including a two year

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31 Mar 2021

Italian officer ‘caught selling secrets to Russia’

An Italian navy officer has been accused of espionage after details emerged about a scheme in which the Italian officer handed secret documents to Russian military officials. The men were stopped by military police on suspicion of serious crimes relating to state security. The Italian navy officer has been arrested

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05 Mar 2021

EU and Italy Block Export of AstraZeneca Covid-19 Vaccine to Australia

Italy has blocked the export of the Covid-19 vaccine created by AstraZeneca to Australia in coordination with the European Union. The move reflects growing frustration in Europe over vaccine shortages and slow deliveries. Australia is now considered a nonvulnerable country in terms of the Covid-19 pandemic and therefore the EU

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25 Feb 2021

Italian ambassador killed in DR Congo attack, says Italy’s foreign ministry

According to the Italian Foreign Ministry, the country’s ambassador to the Democratic Republic of Congo has been killed in Goma. The ambassador, Luca Attanasio, died while traveling in a UN convoy in the eastern part of the country when the convoy was attacked by unknown forces. An Italian soldier named

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22 Jan 2021

Vatican bank’s former chief found guilty of money laundering, sentenced to nearly 9 years in prison

Angelo Caloia, the former head of the Vatican bank, was recently sentenced to 8 years and 11 months in jail on counts of money laundering and aggravated embezzlement. Caloia is the highest-ranking official to be convicted of a financial crime, although his lawyer is planning to appeal his sentence. Caloia

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19 Jan 2021

Italy PM Conte faces crucial Senate vote to stay in power

Giuseppe Conte, Italy’s Prime Minister, is facing a crucial Senate vote amid struggles with the Covid-19 pandemic. The Senate vote will occur after the vote in the Chamber of Deputies, which Mr. Conte already won by 321 to 259. Last week, former PM Matteo Renzi withdrew his party from the

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13 Jan 2021

Italy ‘Ndrangheta group: Biggest mafia trial in decades opens

Italy’s biggest organised crime trial in decades will see 355 alleged mobsters and corrupt officials tried. These 355 people were charged after investigation into the ‘Ndrangheta group. 900 or more witnesses are expected to give evidence. The charge list includes murder, drug trafficking, extortion and money laundering. The trial begins

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