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European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said Friday he had been misunderstood on the outcome of the Italian general election and he was not worried about Italy. "I was misunderstood, I'm not worried" about Italy, he said.

Priest nabbed for sexual violence in exorcism rites

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A 42-year-old priest was arrested Friday on suspicion of carrying out "brutal and medieval exorcism rites" on many women, including a minor and a young woman, in ways that constituted aggravated sexual violence, sources said.
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Taroni gets 30 yrs for hospital deaths

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Laura Taroni, an ER nurse from Saronno near Varese, on Friday got 30 years in jail for murdering her husband Massimo Guerra and mother Maria Rita Clerici, helping her alleged lover, doctor Leonardo Cazzaniga.
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M5S southern soccer club owner probed

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The president of the lower-tier Potenza Calcio soccer club, a general-election candidate for the anti-establishment 5-Star Movement (M5S), has been placed under investigation in a Siena probe into suspected money laundering, three Italian dailies reported Friday.
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Soccer: Batshuayi says racially abused at Atalanta

TopNews.Michy Batshuayi, Borussia Dortmund's Belgian striker of Congolese origin, says he was racially abused during the 1-1 draw at Atalanta that put the German team into the last 16 of the European League.


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Olympics: Kostner 5th in figure skating

TopNews. Italy's Carolina Kostner failed to add to her career medal tally when she came fifth in the women's figure skating at the Winter Olympics Friday. Fifteen-year-old Alina Zagitova got Russia's first gold of the Games with a score of 239.

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F1: Ferrari unveil new race car

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Ferrari on Thursday unveiled its 2018 Formula One racing car, the SF71H. The car, which has a sort of cage in front of the seat to comply with new rules, was unveiled in the presence of Ferrari President Sergio Marchionne and Piero Ferrari.


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Olympics: Goggia wins downhill

TopNews. Italy's Sofia Goggia won the women's downhill at the Winter Olympics Wednesday, making history with the first Olympic downhill gold for an Italian woman. It was Italy's third gold and ninth medal overall in PyeongChang.


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Election 2018

PoliticsM5S going right, single leftwing party, don't scrap Fornero law

Political violence must be stopped, Grasso tells ANSA forum

Political violence must be stopped, leftwing Free and Equal (LeU) party leader Pietro Grasso told a Facebook-ANSA live forum Thursday.


Facebook-ANSA live forum'Determined, constant, obdurate, not seesawing, impassioned'

Our pro-European stance stronger than PD's - Bonino

+Europa leader Emma Bonino told a Facebook-ANSA live forum Tuesday that her party's pro-European stance was stronger than that of her centre-left coalition ally the Democratic Party (PD).


PoliticsMinister talks election, health issues at Facebook-ANSA forum

Never in govt with centre right says Lorenzin

Popular Civic (CP) leader and Health Minister Beatrice Lorenzin told a Facebook-ANSA live forum Monday that her centre-left alliance, led by the Democratic Party (PD), would never govern with the centre right.

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Election 2018Leftwing party aiming to roll back pension, Jobs Act reforms

Free and Equal (LeU) manifesto

Free and Equal (LeU) is a new political group formed late in 2017 via the merger of parties featuring several prominent leftwing figures.


Election 2018Basic income, scrapping 400 laws inc Fornero and Good School

Election 2018: M5S manifesto

The election manifesto of the anti-establishment 5-Star Movement, recently presented with a solemn pledge by leader Luigi Di Maio, vows to scrap 400 "useless" laws to free up the Italian economy as well as pleasing voters by reforming an unpopular 2011 pen...


Election 2018Flat tax, migrant hard line, but differences on deficit,pensions

Election 2018: Centre-right manifesto

The centre-right coalition is the political bloc seen as mostly likely to come first in Italy's March 4 general election on the basis of the opinion polls, although there is uncertainly about whether the alliance will have a working majority in parliament,...

Berlusconi with Salvini and Meloni

Election 2018Tax breaks, cuts in family and business-friendly programme

Election 2018:Democratic Party manifesto

The Democratic Party's (PD) 100-point manifesto, recently presented by leader and ex-premier Matteo Renzi, is a wide-ranging, family-friendly programme of tax breaks and cuts aimed at wooing the middle classes and lower-income voters while pleasing the bus...


Election 2018Outcome under controversial system may be inconclusive

Election 2018: the election law

The election law that will be used when Italy goes to the polls on March 4 is a mix of the proportional representation and first-past-the-post systems.


Vatican

Five days of prayer and meditation

Pope back in Rome after spiritual exercises in Ariccia

Pope Francis returned to the Vatican Friday after five days of spiritual exercises at Ariccia south of the Italian capital.


Message for World Youth Day

Give young people important Church roles - pope

Pope Francis said Thursday that young people should be given important responsibilities in the Catholic Church.

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Pontiff receives Maronite College

Pope Francis tells Maronite students to be light for region's people

Pope Francis on Friday received staff and students from the Pontifical Maronite College here in Rome, telling them that these years of training were the foundation stone of their future as pastors in Lebanon and the whole of the Middle East.


Pontiff meets groups, individuals in private - spokesman

Pope Francis often meets sex-abuse victims - Burke

Pontiff meets groups, individuals in private - spokesman.


Pontiff has audience with members of the Greek-Melkite Synod

Pope Francis says no to 'low-flying pastors' attached to cash

Pope Francis said Monday that the Church needs preachers who are ambitious about spreading their message rather than those who make do with material comforts.


Francis meets alliance against human trafficking, slavery

Society tolerates, encourages sex trade - Pope

Pope Francis said Friday that society must reflect on how it encourages sexual exploitation in an audience with the Santa Marta Group, an international alliance to combat human trafficking and modern forms of slavery.


On world anti-trafficking day

Receive those who flee war, hunger, Pope tweets

Pope Francis tweeted Thursday "with a spirit of mercy, let us receive the victims of trafficking and those who flee from war and hunger". Thursday is world day against human trafficking.