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(ANSA) - Rome, April 18 - Premier Matteo Renzi on Friday confirmed a 10-billion euro income-tax cut for lower-income earners, funded in part through permanent spending reductions to defence, while insisting that health-care budgets would not be touched. "I am happy because we have disproved the (ill-wishers) who have often wished that there would be no (financial) cover, and also because this in general begins a process of reorganization of the State," Renzi said after his cabinet approved a major financial decree that included large tax cuts as well as minor government reforms. The 10...
(ANSA) - Rome, April 18 - Reactions were mixed Friday after Interior Minister Angelino Alfano said he will ''forbid access (to) Rome's centre'' if demonstrations and riots continue to plague the capital. Alfano did not elaborate on his remark, made as an aside as he briefed the Lower House on illegal immigration to Italy. The government has come under mounting criticism recently due to incidents of alleged police brutality against demonstrators in an April 12 protest against housing shortages in the capital. An undercover police officer is facing an investigation after he admitted...
(ANSA) - Rome, April 18 - Pope Francis on Friday donated 200 food packages for low-income families living in the Tor Bella Monaca suburb of Rome. The packages contained bread, pasta, milk, oil, fruit, biscuits, jams, and many chocolate Easter eggs. They will be distributed by Medicina Solidale (Solidarity Medicine), an aid group providing free food and health care to low-income families, both Italians and immigrants. Last year, Medicina Solidale distributed 1,500 food packages and had doctors visit 10,000 people in Tor Bella Monaca alone. "Thanks to private donations, we have been...
Pisans march for slain Bangladeshi waiter
Friday, April 18TH, 2014 by admin
(ANSA) - Florence, April 18 - Shops lowered their shutters or turned off their lights in signs of mourning Friday as some 1,000 people marched through downtown Pisa in memory of Bangladeshi waiter Zakir Hossain, who was beaten to death on the street Sunday night. Police on Thursday released CCTV footage of the fatal attack, in which Hossain was hassled by a group of four men and then assaulted by one of them. The four suspects fled the scene aboard a car, and later attempted to attack two more people in two different central Pisa locations, police said. They have been identified as...
(see previous) (ANSA) - Perugia, April 18 - Raffaele Sollecito, who has been convicted with co-defendant Amanda Knox of murdering Meredith Kercher in 2007, on Friday explained why he took his current girlfriend to the scene of the crime while on a tour of Perugia. "I was just showing my girlfriend the places in Perugia where I spent three years of life. That's how we ended up on Via della Pergola," Sollecito told ANSA. Kercher shared a flat with Knox on Via della Pergola, and was raped and murdered in her bedroom there. "That place has no particular meaning for me, because I did not...
(By Erica Firpo). (ANSA) - Rome, April 18 - The Spoleto Festival opens on June 27 with a double billing of music and stage performance. Returning to the festival are blockbuster names, including Robert Wilson and Luca Ronconi, a new piece written and performed by Franca Valeri, special events from Luca Barbareschi and Edoardo Bennato as well as Isabelle Huppert and Gerard Depardieu, and a special concert conducted by Riccardo Muti. "We hope to have created a festival that is always more interpretive of our time in the belief that art can and must do its part", said Giorgio Ferrara...
(See related) (ANSA) - Vatican City, April 18 - It is "outrageous" that managers who earn salaries and benefits worth many times more than their employees do not offer to return some of the stipends, Father Raniero Cantalamessa said Friday. During Holy Friday Mass in the Vatican, Cantalamessa picked up on a theme of social justice often favoured by Pope Francis, and called for a narrower salary gap between high-income earners and average workers. "It is outrageous that some receive salaries and pensions a hundred times higher than those who work" in the same firm, he said. Cantalamessa...
Naples money launderer caught in Germany
Friday, April 18TH, 2014 by admin
(ANSA) - Caserta, April 18 - Italian and German police on Friday arrested a Naples man convicted of money laundering and receiving stolen goods in Dusseldorf. Renato Vista, 57, on the run since December 2012, was escorted back to Rome's Fiumicino Airport by Interpol.
Man gets almost 5 years for stalking ex
Friday, April 18TH, 2014 by admin
(ANSA) - Bologna, April 18 - A Palermo-born Bologna resident was sentenced to four years and eight months in jail Friday for stalking his ex-companion. The man, 45, was found guilty of threatening his ex in front of her teen daughter and tampering with the wheels of her car.
(ANSA) - Rome, April 18 - Low-income earners are set to get a bigger 2014 bonus than expected, up from 620 euros to 640 euros, as part of the government's planned 10-billion-euro cut in income taxes, sources said Friday during a cabinet meeting which is set to approve the tax measures. The bonus is estimated to be worth roughly 80 euros per month for those earning under 1,500 euros per month. The tax cuts are part of an ambitious plan to boost the weak recovery after Italy emerged from its longest postwar recession last year.

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