40 Nigerians Deported By Italian Government Arrive Lagos

40 Nigerians have been deported by the Italian government for committing various immigration offences in the country.

This brings to about 70 the number of Nigerians that have been sent back home from the European country since February this year.

The Nigerian Immigration Service said the deportees arrived at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport at about midnight aboard a chartered foreign-based airline.

It was gathered that one of the 40 Nigerians were deported alleged involvement in drug dealing.


Source: Channels TV

Italian traffic cops’ new weapon: A 200 mph Lamborghini Huracan

Italy’s speed freaks have a new nemesis — a brand-new, police-modified Lamborghini Huracan.

The keys were delivered to Interior Minister Marco Minniti in a ceremony Thursday, and the vehicle will soon enter service on the roads of northern Italy.

The supercar will be used for special assignments such as the urgent transport of blood and organs, but when its not required for ultra-quick deliveries, it will patrol the highways surrounding the Italian city of Bologna, according to the manufacturer. Its specialty, unsurprisingly, will be chasing down speeders.

In addition to the as-standard all-wheel drive and aluminum-carbon fiber hybrid chassis, the Huracan comes equipped with crime-fighting gadgets, including an on-board police tablet computer. It’s also decked out in police decals and comes in the official color of the Italian police — police medium blue.
The car also features the standard cop-issue gun holster, portable extinguisher, VHF police radio and even hooks to hold the “paletta,” the traditional hand-held red-and-white “stop” sign, in place.
But it’s what’s under the hood that is truly impressive. It’s aspirated V10 engine, capable of 610 horsepower, has a 0-62 speed of 3.2 seconds and a top speed of 201 mph (325 km/h).
It isn’t the first supercar pressed into the service of the law. Another Huracan has been operated by Rome’s traffic cops since 2015, and a Gallardo LP560-4, with its top speed of 230 mph (370 km/h), will be retired as the new vehicle comes into service.
And in Dubai, the capital of excess and glitz, the police force boasts a fleet of luxury cop cars, including a bespoke Aston Martin One-77, of which only 77 were ever built; a Bentley Continental GT; three hybrid Porsche Panameras and two BMW i8s.
But the jewel in the Dubai police department’s crown is undoubtedly its Bugatti Veyron, one of the fastest supercars on the planet, with a staggering top speed of 253 mph (407 km/h). Its 16-cylinder engine produces 1,000 horsepower, sending it from 0 to 60 mph in just two-and-a-half seconds.
Unlike Italy’s working Lamborghinis, however, Dubai police sportscars mostly cruise around the Dubai Mall area and Jumeirah Beach Residence in search of tourists and attention.

Deportation spree continues as 37 Nigerians land Lagos from Italy

The Italian government has deported another batch of Nigerians for committing immigration-related offences in the country, just two weeks after it deported 33 Nigerians.

The fresh 37 deportees arrived at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMlA) Lagos, on Tuesday night.

The deportees, who are all males, were brought back in a chartered aircraft with registration number OM-IEX, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.

Joseph Alabi, the spokesperson of the Lagos airport police command, confirmed the development.

The deportees were received by officers of the Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS), the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) and the police.

Also on ground to receive them were officials the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN).

The deportees were profiled by immigration authorities and were each given a stipend to facilitate their transportation to their respective states.

A total of 171 Nigerians, comprising 95 females, including 12 girls, and 76 males, also returned to the country from Libya on Tuesday.


Source: The Cable

43 Nigerians Deported from Europe

About 43 Nigerians were on Thursday deported from Italy, Germany and Belgium, for committing various offences.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the deportees arrived at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMlA), Lagos at about 8.40 p.m.

The deportees, who are all male, were brought back with a chartered Hifly aircraft with registration number CS-TQW, amidst tight security.

Alhaji Muhammad Sani Sidi, the Director-General, National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), confirmed the development to NAN.

He said 33 of the deportees were from Italy, while the other seven and another three were deported from Germany and Italy, respectively.

Sidi, represented by by Dr Onimode Bandele, the Deputy Director, Search and Rescue, NEMA, said NEMA and other sister agencies were at the airport to receive the deportees.

“They were deported for committing various offences in their host countries and as you can see, our agencies are here to do the needful.

“As a responsible government, we cannot just leave our citizens to enter the country without giving them a good welcome and assisting them to get back to their families,” he said.

Sidi advised Nigerians to stay in the country and develop it together.

He said some stipends would be given to the deportees to facilitate their transportation to their various destinations.

NAN reports that other agencies who were at the airport to receive the deportees included officials of the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons, the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, the Nigerian Police Force and the Nigeria Immigration Service. (NAN)



Italy sets up fund to help African countries stop migrants

Italy has set up a fund to help African countries better seal their borders to keep migrants from boarding flimsy and often deadly rubber boats bound for Europe, the foreign minister said on Wednesday.

Foreign Minister Angelino Alfano’s announcement of the 200 million Euro (216 million dollars) fund comes two days before European Union leaders meet in Malta to discuss their plan to stop African immigrants from arriving in Europe.

A record 181,000 migrants reached Italy over the Mediterranean in 2016, most of them leaving from Libya where smugglers operate with impunity.

More than 5,000 are believed to have died attempting crossing the Mediterranean in 2016, aid agencies estimate.

“The strategic objective is to help African countries control their external borders and to stop departures,” Alfano told reporters in Rome.

“African countries can request training and equipment to beef up border controls.

“At the moment, Libya, Tunisia and Niger are the three strategic partners for the fund,’’ Alfano said.

However, Nigeria, Senegal, Egypt and Ethiopia could be future partners.

Italy has repeatedly criticised the EU response to the migration crisis, in particular the failure to agree between EU states over how to share out those refugees and migrants, who make it into the bloc.

All 28 EU states agree, however, on the need to prevent them from coming in the first place and are increasingly offering money and other assistance to countries in the Middle East and North Africa to that end.

The bloc’s executive European Commission last week proposed mobilising a further 200 million Euros for projects such as training and equipping the Libyan coast guard and boosting voluntary returns.


Source: Reuters

Death toll in Italy’s avalanche disaster climbs to 14

The death toll in Italy’s avalanche disaster rose to 14 Tuesday as rescuers extracted the bodies of two women from a devastated hotel and continued their search for 15 people still missing, local authorities said.

Six other bodies were found between Monday afternoon and the early hours of Tuesday, the sixth day of what increasingly appears to be a forlorn search through the snow-covered wreckage of the Hotel Rigopiano.

Eleven staff and guests survived the disaster, two men who were outside when the avalanche struck on January 18 and nine people, including four children, who were found on Friday morning.

Rescuers have refused to give up hope of finding more people alive with morale amongst the exhausted firefighters and mountain police having been boosted on Monday when three live puppies were retrieved from under the rubble.

Italian authorities are meanwhile investigating the chain of events leading to the avalanche to see if the tragedy could or should have been avoided.

A preliminary manslaughter investigation has been opened with the prosecutor in charge looking into whether environmental risks were properly taken into account during the construction and subsequent renovation of the hotel.

Events on the day of the disaster itself, when guests were unable to leave because of snow-blocked access roads, are also in the spotlight.

– Tunnelling into wreckage –

The local council had only one functioning road-clearance vehicle and had deployed it to reach isolated hamlets with elderly residents rather than clearing the road to the hotel.

A second snow plough had broken down earlier in the month and staff were awaiting authorisation to get a 25,000-euro ($26,845) repair done.

The hotel, a four-star spa facility where George Clooney once stayed, was built into a hillside at 1,200 metres altitude on the eastern slopes of Monte Gran Sasso, a near 3,000-metre peak that dominates Central Italy.

The survivors pulled from the ruins described spending between 42 and 60 hours trapped in the darkness and freezing cold of the wreckage, eating snow to stave off thirst.

They were all treated for mild hypothermia, suggesting anyone still alive more than three days later will have had to have found some way of keeping warm.

Rescuers have not ruled that out because they believe some rooms they are trying to reach by tunnelling through thick stone walls may be almost intact.

New routes have been dug into the rubble but progress remained painfully slow with the first responders often digging with their bare hands because of fears of masonry or snow slides.

The avalanche followed exceptionally heavy snowfalls in the mountains of central Italy and occurred three hours after the last of four powerful earthquakes which shook the region on Wednesday.

Police have calculated the force of the impact on the three-storey stone and wood structure as being equivalent to it being as being hit by 4,000 fully-loaded trucks hurtling down the mountainside.

A large section of the building was moved over ten metres (30 feet) off its foundations.

Funerals for two of the victims were to take place Tuesday. Among the dead who have been identified were the parents of one of the boys who survived. Another couple whose son survived were among those unaccounted for.

The parents of the two other child survivors, a brother and sister, both survived. All of the survivors are being supported by trauma experts.

36,000 Nigerians crossed Mediterranean to Italy in 2016 – Italian Government

Illegal migrants from Nigeria account for 21 per cent of the total 171, 299 immigrants that braved the Mediterranean odds to arrive Italy in 2016.

Figures from the Italian Interior Ministry estimated the record of Nigerian arrivals at 36,000, with most of them claiming they were running away from Boko Haram insurgency or Niger Delta crisis.

The estimate was as at November 2016 and leads to an average 109 Nigerians daily arriving via the risky route

The Nigerian government was briefed by Italian authorities on this development late last year.

Sources said the Nigerian government regarded the high number of Nigerians seeking asylum abroad as ‘’mind boggling and embarrassing”.

Government is of the view that only a few of the migrants could genuinely claim they were fleeing from Boko Haram insurgency and Niger Delta crisis.

“Most Nigerian migrants pictured in this milieu, are motivated by economic and pecuniary interests”, said a spokesman for Babachir Lawal, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation.

From all indications, government may soon begin a campaign to dissuade the young Nigerian ‘‘opportunity seekers” from embarking on the “perilous Mediterranean crossings in their bid to emigrate to Europe”.

“The dangers and rigours of the expeditions entail extreme negative prospects compared to the vibrant opportunities that Nigeria as a nation is still blessed with”, said the statement, signed by U. Onwuanukwo, on behalf of Mr. Lawal.

According to Frontex, the European Union border agency, some 181,000 migrants eventually arrived in Italy last year from North Africa, the highest number ever recorded. It was 20 per cent more than last year.

The largest group of migrants arriving were Nigerians, Eritreans and Guineans, the agency added.

Nigerians, along with Guineans also formed the bulk of migrants rescued at sea, especially in November, said Frontex in a report published on December 9.

The flow of Nigerian immigrants to Italy via the Mediterranean backdoor began in 2008 and declined for five years. From 2013, the number jumped.

In sorting out the migrants, Italian and European authorities have been able to distinguish between migrants from war torn states such as Syria from the hordes of economic refugees from Africa.

“The flow from Syria and Iraq is somewhat contingent while that from Africa is structural.

“Some European citizens support welcoming refugees from Syria while support for African economic migrants among public opinion is extremely low,” Mattia Toaldo, senior policy fellow at the European Council on Foreign Relations said.

Italy meanwhile, has reopened its embassy in Libya to enable its officials work with Libyan government to stem the flow of immigrants, through the Libyan route, the most popularly used by Nigerian migrants.

The Italian Interior Minister, Marco Minniti, announced the decision on Monday.

The embassy was closed down in 2015, along with all other Western embassies as the North African country descended into violence.


Source: The Cable

Like Cameron, Italian Prime Minister steps down after ‘crushing’ referendum

Prime Minister Matteo Renzi of Italy announced his resignation on Monday, accepting full responsibility for the “extraordinarily clear defeat” of his package of constitutional reforms in Sunday’s referendum.


David Cameron, the immediate past British Prime Minister, took the same step after majority voted to exit the European Union (EU) in June.


In the Italian referendum, the “No” campaign led with almost 60 per cent of the vote to slightly over 40 per cent for “Yes”, on course to achieve the upper estimate predicted by exit polls.


The margin of the rejection– close to 20 percentage points – was much wider than expected. On a high turnout of 65.47%, 59.11% of voters chose no; 40.89% went for yes. Overseas voters bucked the trend, voting overwhelmingly (64.7%) for yes.


Renzi had conflated his centrist leadership with a “Yes” vote and promised to step down if he lost.


He called a news conference in Rome, capital of the country, as the result became clear.


Addressing the nation at the Palazzo Chigi, Renzi declared that his “experience of government finishes here”.


“We tried, we gave Italians a chance to change but we didn’t make it,” he said. “We wanted to win not to take part in the competition.


“I lost. I can admit it and I am sorry. I was not able to lead you to the victory. Good luck to us all.”


Financial markets reacted immediately to the referendum result, as the euro fell sharply in value against the dollar.


The vote prompted the euro to initially fall to a 20-month low against the dollar and then bounce back to its highest level since mid-November. But shares in Italian banks have tumbled.


Shares in the world’s oldest bank – Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena – fell sharply. Concerns about MPS were raised during the stress tests on the sector by the European Banking Authority in July.

27,500 Nigerians, Eritreans, others arrive Italy illegally in October.

About 27,500, mostly Nigerians and Eritreans, arrived Italy in October, the European Union’s border agency, Frontex, said.

The agency said nearly 27,500 migrants arrived in Italy in October, an all-time monthly record fuelled by favourable weather conditions.

It said on Wednesday in Rome that the figure was the highest monthly number ever recorded in the Central Mediterranean and more than twice as many as in the previous month.

The agency said that the arrivals surged because, after “relatively poor weather conditions in September, people smugglers loaded more people than usual on unseaworthy vessels before winter makes crossings impossible’’.

It said that it led to a very high number of deaths, reporting that 127 bodies were recovered on the sea stretch between Italy and North Africa and that it was likely that many more persons drowned.

“Tragedies were continuing in November as the Italian coastguard recovered one body and 580 migrants were rescued in Wednesday sea operations.

“This added to seven bodies recovered and almost 900 saved Monday and Tuesday,’’ it said.

Frontex said that most migrants who landed in Italy in October came from Nigeria and Eritrea.

It said that the year’s provisional tally of arrivals was nearly 159,500, up 13 per cent compared to the same period in 2015.

The agency noted that Italy became the main entry point for EU-bound migrants in the first half of 2016, after the so-called Balkan route via Greece was closed by an EU-Turkey repatriation deal and tighter border controls.

“Greece recorded 1,700 landings last month, compared to more than 170,000 in October, 2015.

“Migrants mostly came from Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iraq,’’ it said.

The thousands of Nigerians who seek to enter Europe through Italy via the Mediterranean has been a source of concern to both the Nigerian and European governments.

The Nigerians often travel the rough and risky road route via Niger to arrive in war-torn Libya where they join others to try to cross the Mediterranean.

On Tuesday, the Nigerian anti-trafficking agency, NAPTIP, said it intercepted 50 Nigerians who had embarked on the route.

“There are males and females as well as three minors in the group and they all fall within the ages of three and 45 years,” a NAPTIP official said.

Nigeria signs extradition treaty with Italy

The Federal Government has signed three Memoranda of Understanding (MoUs) bordering on mutual assistance in criminal matters, transfer of sentenced persons and an extradition treaty with the Government of the Republic of Italy.

Salihu Isah, the Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, revealed this in a press statement issued Wednesday in Abuja.

Mr. Isah disclosed in the release that the minister signed the pact in Rome, the Italian capital on behalf of the Federal Government while the Italian Minister of Justice, Andrea Orlando, signed on behalf of his home country.

He explained that the signing of the agreement was part of the outcome of the AGF’s official visit to Italy last week, going by the treaty document.

According to Mr. Malami’s spokesman, the pact was a demonstration of the determination “to improve the effectiveness of both countries in the prevention, investigation and prosecution of crime, including crimes related to terrorism and tracing.”

He stressed that other areas include “restraint, forfeiture or confiscation of assets for financing of terrorism and also the proceeds and instruments of crime, through cooperation and mutual legal assistance in criminal matters”.

On the Extradition Treaty, each of the participating nations, upon a request is expected to “extradite to the other, any person who is in his territory and is wanted by the Requesting State for the purpose of carrying out criminal proceedings or executing a final custodial sentence or any other measure restrictive of personal liberty issued against such person”

It added that, the two countries also reached another agreement to promote effective cooperation on the transfer of sentenced persons for the purpose of facilitating their rehabilitation and social reintegration.

To recall, the AGF had on August 4th, 2016 hosted a meeting of an Italian delegation led by the Honourable Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Paolo Gentlioni Silveri, in Abuja as part of preparatory steps towards enhancing cooperation on justice reforms between the two nations.

Mr. Malami, who is also the President of the 4th Assembly of State Parties of the International Anticorruption Academy, IACA, presided over the Assembly of State Parties, AoP, at the Vienna International Conference Centre, Vienna, Austria between November 10 and 11, 2016.

The AGF’s media aide concluded that while declaring the 5th Assembly of State Parties opened, the minister reiterated the determination of the Federal Government under President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration to fight corruption in all its ramifications.

He also pleaded for more support of all member states in coming out with creative and workable ideas in that direction.

Emir Sanusi Meets Pope Francis In Italy

The Emir of Kano His Highness M. Sanusi II, met with His Holiness Pope Francis yesterday in Assisi, Italy….The Pope Francis who took part in the final meeting of the World Day of Prayer for Peace on Tuesday, 20 September -was very excited to meet the Islamic leader.

The World Day of Prayer for Peace has concluded the 3-day event which saw the participation of over 450 religious leaders of different faiths who gathered to pray for peace and strengthen dialogue in the spirit of Assisi.

Italy Rescues 6,500 Migrants From Mediterranean

The Italian coast guard has saved 6,500 migrants most believed to be Africans, off the Libyan coast in 40 separate rescue missions.

It said on Tuesday in Rome that during the Monday rescue, the migrant’s one of the largest influxes of refugees in a single day so far this year, were packed on board scores of boats.

It disclosed that many of the boats were flimsy rubber dinghies that become dangerously unstable in high seas.

The guard noted that the migrants were packed on board scores of boats, many of them flimsy rubber dinghies that become dangerously unstable in high seas.

It said that available data from the International Organisation for Migration said that more than 105,000 migrants had reached Italy by boat so far in 2016, many of them setting sail from Libya.

“An estimated 2,726 men, women and children have died over the same period trying to make the journey.

The coast guard said that not less than 1,100 migrants were rescued from boats in the Strait of Sicily on Sunday as they tried to reach Europe.

“More refugees were expected to set sail this week because of favourable weather conditions.

Italy has been on the front line of Europe’s migrant crisis for three years, and more than 400,000 have successfully made the voyage to Italy from North Africa since the beginning of 2014, fleeing violence and poverty.

Credit: NAN

Italy Quake Death Toll Nears 250

The death toll from a powerful earthquake in central Italy rose to 247 on Thursday amid fears many more corpses would be found in the rubble of devastated mountain villages.

Rescuers sifted through collapsed masonry in the search for survivors, but their grim mission was clouded by uncertainty about exactly how many people had been staying in communities closest to the epicentre of Wednesday’s quake.

Hundreds of people spent the night sleeping in their cars, in hastily-assembled tents or as guests of families in nearby areas less affected by the quake.

Monica, a survivor from the tourist town of Amatrice, told of her numbed response when a 4.5-magnitude aftershock rattled the area just after 5.00 a.m. (0300 GMT).

“We are sleeping in the car and there were shocks all night. When the biggest one came, the car started moving and shaking.

“But what have we got to lose now? We have lost our house. So many friends and family are dead. We have lost everything, even our fear,” she told AGI news agency.

– Ghost villages –

The damage to smaller, more remote hamlets has left their very existence in doubt in an area that has suffered decades of depopulation and already has numerous “ghost” villages.

“If we don’t get help, l’Arquata is finished,” said Aleandro Petrucci, the mayor of Arquata del Tronto, which accounted for 57 of the confirmed deaths to date.

Petrucci said it was impossible to say exactly how many people were in the 13 hamlets comprising his community when the disaster struck.

“Here in the winter, the village is practically uninhabited but the population doubles or triples when people come back to their family houses in the summer,” he said.

In Pescara del Tronto, which was virtually razed by the quake, there only four permanently resident families.

But Petrucci said there could have been up to 300 people there on Wednesday.

Some may have fled back to Rome, the mayor said, appealing for them to get in touch. “Otherwise we could be trying to dig out ruins where there is no-one,” he said.

– Rebuild and start again –

Measuring 6.0-6.2 magnitude, the quake’s epicentre was near the towns of Accumoli and Amatrice, occurring at the shallow depth of four kilometres (2.5 miles), according to monitors.

But it was only the latest in a long string of killer quakes in the central Apennines, part of the mountainous “spine” that runs down Italy. Records dating back seven centuries attest to tens of thousands of deaths.

The Civil Protection agency which is coordinating the rescue effort said that in addition to the dead, 264 people had suffered injuries serious enough to be hospitalised. Several of them are in a critical state.

Although firemen and volunteers on the ground were pessimistic about the chance of finding any more survivors, several of them recalled that the last survivor of a 2009 in nearby L’Aquila was pulled from the rubble some 72 hours after it struck.

“The operation continued throughout the night and obviously there will be no let-up until it is absolutely clear that there is no possibility of finding any more people in the ruins,” said Immacolata Postiglione, the head of the Civil Protection agency’s emergency unit.

Prime Minister Matteo Renzi was chairing an emergency cabinet meeting which he said would put in place the first plans for reconstruction.

“The objective is to rebuild and start again,” he said.

An inquest was also underway into how such a thinly-populated area could have suffered such heavy casualties, given the lessons of recent history.

Seven years ago, the L’Aquila disaster, in which 300 people died, exposed how ill-equipped many of Italy’s centuries-old buildings are to cope with an earthquake.

– 13th-century tower intact –

“As geologists we have been saying for years that we are very far away in Italy from having a culture of prevention,” said Francesco Peduto, president of the Council of Italian Geologists.

After the L’Aquila quake, the Civil Protection agency made almost a billion euros available for upgrading buildings in seismically-vulnerable areas.

But the take-up of grants has been low, largely because of the cumbersome application process, according to critics.

One building which was supposed to have been quake-proofed was the Romolo Capranica school in Amatrice, which completely collapsed on Wednesday just four years after a 700,000-euro upgrade.

That was in sharp contrast to the oldest building in the town, the 13th-century Civic Tower, which was still standing Thursday, despite having been shaken sufficiently to detach its bell from its fastenings.

Heartbreaking Photos From Earthquake Scene That Occurred In Italy

At least 10 people have been killed including a young family of four after a devastating 6.2 magnitude earthquake hit Italy overnight.

Panicked residents were sent fleeing into the streets of numerous towns and cities as the powerful quake brought buildings – including a hospital – crashing to the ground earlier today.

Rescuers have been seen pulling bloodied victims to safety and frantically searching for survivors after voices were heard under the rubble. So sad. More photos below…


80% Of 3,600 Nigerian Women Enter Italy For Prostitution- UN

The United Nations’ International Organization for Migration (IOM) has said that about 3,600 Nigerian women arrived Italy by boat in the first half of 2016, almost double the figure in the same period last year.
More than 80% of these women, it said, were trafficked into prostitution in Italy and across Europe.  Traffickers use migrant reception centres as holding pens for women who are then collected and forced into prostitution, the UK Guardian quoted the UN agency as saying.

“What we have seen this year is a crisis, it is absolutely unprecedented and is the most significant increase in the number of Nigerian women arriving in Italy for 10 years,” said Simona Moscarelli, an anti-trafficking expert at the IOM.
She said majority of the women were being deliberately brought in for sexual exploitation purposes.  She added that the criminal gangs and trafficking networks engaging in the sexual exploitation of younger Nigerian girls had expanded.
Although a thriving a sex trafficking industry has been operating between Nigeria and Italy for over three decades, there has been a marked increase in the numbers of unaccompanied Nigerian women arriving in Italy on migrant boats from Libya, the report said.
Read More: DailyTrust

News Alert !! At Least 10 Killed In Italy Train Collision

At least 10 people were killed in a head-on collision of two trains Tuesday morning in southern Italy, a firefighter told CNN.

The crash happened at about 11:05 a.m. in the Puglia region, said Maria Rondenodnone, a volunteer firefighter.
Others were injured in the crash between the towns of Ruvo di Puglia and Corato, the Italian news agency ANSA reported.
An aerial picture from the scene, distributed by Italian firefighters, showed the smashed remains of train cars and a large area of scattered, twisted metal at the impact site.
A child was among those taken from the crash, and was sent to a hospital by helicopter, ANSA reported.

National police and carabinieri could not immediately give details about the extent of the crash.

News reports said rescue workers were pulling victims from the rubble, including a small child who was alive and taken to hospital by helicopter. Video images showed ambulances responding to the scene with other rescue workers.

The prime minister, Matteo Renzi, sent his condolences to the families of the victims. “We will not stop until we have clarified what happened,” he told reporters.

More details soon …

Nigeria, Italy Sign Agreement On Police Training, Intelligence Sharing, Logistics Supply

Nigeria and Italy Monday signed an agreement to assist each other on intelligence sharing, capacity building and provision of logistics to their respective armed forces especially the police.



The signing of agreement was witnessed by President Muhammadu Buhari and the Italian Prime Minister, Mr. Matteo Renzi, in the State House, Abuja.



Besides the agreement, the two countries also held bilateral talks on issues such as energy, security, agriculture, immigration, human and drug trafficking, infrastructure and education.



The agreement on enhancing cooperation between the Nigerian and Italian Police was signed by the Inspector General of Police, Solomon Arase and the Italian National Police Chief, Alessandro Pansa.



Speaking at a joint press briefing, President Buhari recalled the age long relationship with Italy, expressing satisfaction with the knowledge that Italian government had decided to partner Nigeria in the areas of security, construction, oil and gas and the exploration of solid minerals.



‘‘I am impressed by the resilience and commitment of the Italian business to Nigeria’s development shown by the Italian construction companies and companies in the oil sector.



‘‘I am happy to hear that an Italian oil company, Eni ltd, is investing 4 billion U S dollars in the coming three years in the economy inspite of the downward spiral of oil prices,’’ the President said.



In his remarks, the Italian Prime Minister said his country will support Nigeria in the ongoing fight against corruption, terrorism and also encourage Italian companies to invest more in sectors that will enable growth and create jobs for Nigerians like power, agriculture and solid minerals.



“We discussed a lot about cooperation, about security. We chose to sign important agreement to work together. We have also chosen to invest in energy and infrastructure”, Benzi said.



Credit : Vanguard

Man Sets Himself Ablaze In Front Of Silvio Berlusconi’s Mansion

An Italian set himself on fire Monday in front of the house of former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi and was rushed to hospital in a serious but stable condition, Italian media said.

According to AGI news agency, the Sardinian approached the gate of billionaire Berlusconi’s Villa San Martino residence near Milan before setting alight his clothes, which had been doused in a flammable liquid.

Police on duty in front of the villa rushed to his aid, putting out the flames and evacuating the man by helicopter to hospital. There was no immediate indication as to why the man, said to be in his thirties, had set himself on fire.

Italy’s President Giorgio Napolitano Resigns

Giorgio Napolitano, Italy’s longest-serving president, resigned today, creating a challenge for Prime Minister Matteo Renzi’s plans to overhaul the nation’s economy and political system.

The dilemma for Renzi is to find a successor to Napolitano, 89, who is willing to support his reform agenda and help him broker political compromises in a deeply fragmented parliament, as the president did over the past few months.

“The president of the Republic, Giorgio Napolitano, signed this morning, at 10:35, the resignation from his office,” according to a statement from the presidential palace.

The 40-year-old prime minister also needs a candidate willing to dissolve parliament at his request. Calling snap elections could be a weapon of last resort for Renzi, who’s trying to push through changes to the country’s electoral system and adopt measures to spur growth amid opposition even from some members of his own party.

“I think Renzi wants the presidential college to choose a low-profile president, someone who is not too independent like Napolitano, and who is willing to agree on early elections if the premier needs them,” Giovanni Orsina, a history professor at Luiss Guido Carli University in Rome, said in a telephone interview. “It remains to be seen if Renzi will succeed.”


Matteo Renzi, Italy’s Prime Minister.

Leaders of Renzi’s Democratic Party will meet this week to start discussing possible names of a candidate to propose to their political allies, party member Valentina Paris told reporters in Rome today.

Pirlo Gets Hat Trick Of Italy’s Best Player Award

Andrea Pirlo

Juventus midfielder Andrea Pirlo claimed Serie A’s player of the year award for the third consecutive year during a gala event on Monday organised by the Association of Italian Footballers.

The 34-year-old playmaker celebrated alongside former Juve handler Antonio Conte, who picked up the best coach of the year award after leading the Bianconeri to their third consecutive Serie A title last season before quitting to become Italy’s national team coach.

“It’s always a pleasure to win this award,” said Pirlo, one of several Juve stars to be named among the Serie A team of the year.

Juventus won their 30th league title last season with an unprecedented 102 points and reached the semi-finals of the Europa League.

Pirlo has scored only twice in seven games for the Italian champions but missed the first six weeks of the season due to injury.

However it has already been a remarkable season so far for Pirlo, who joined Juventus three seasons ago after spending a decade with fallen Serie A giants AC Milan.

After being sidelined for Juve’s opening five games of the campaign, Pirlo returned in time for a 3-2 win over title challengers Roma on what was his 100th appearance for the Old Lady of Turin.

On the day of the club’s 117th anniversary, Pirlo opened the scoring in a 2-0 win over Empoli. It was the Italian’s 26th goal from a free kick in Serie A, leaving him two short of all-time record holder, Sinisa Mihajlovic.

Pirlo marked another milestone, his 100th appearance in the Champions League, by scoring a trademark freekick in a 3-2 win over group A rivals Olympiakos to score his first goal in the competition with Juventus.

Source – Global news

Beyonce Crashes Wedding in Italy

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Currently on a vacation in Portofino, Italy, Beyonce, 33, and husband Jay Z, 44, decided to pop into a local church on Saturday.

The A-list couple claimed they didn’t know there was a wedding going on, but Beyonce more than made up for it by taking a picture with the ecstatic bride.

And despite being underdressed for the occasion in a pink floral bikini, a nude sarong skirt, black shades and a straw hat, Queen Bey still managed to look picture-perfect and obviously made the bride’s day.

Wonder if anyone notices the absence of their number 3. Where is Blue Ivy?


U.S Forming “Core Coalition” to Fight I.S

Isis fighters parade through Raqqa

The United States said on Friday it was forming a “core coalition” to battle Islamic State militants, calling for broad support from allies and partners but ruling out committing ground forces.

President Barack Obama sought to use a NATO summit in Wales to enlist allied support in fighting the Islamist militants, but it is unclear how many nations might join the United States in air strikes in Iraq.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel told foreign and defense ministers from 10 nations on the sidelines of the summit on ways they can help. Kerry said, “We need to attack them in ways that prevent them from taking over territory, to bolster the Iraqi security forces and others in the region who are prepared to take them on, without committing troops of our own. Obviously I think that’s a red line for everybody here: no boots on the ground.”

Hagel said, “This group here this morning is the core coalition,.. It is the core group that will form the larger and extended coalition that’s going to be required to deal with this challenge.”  And nations involved include, The United States, Britain, France, Germany, Canada, Italy, Turkey, Australia, Poland and Denmark, whose Ministers have met to discuss a strategy for addressing the Sunni militant group.

Kerry also said he hoped the allies could develop a comprehensive plan fighting IS in time for this month’s annual U.N. General Assembly session in New York.