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Pope Francis’ anti-corruption stance agitating mafia – prosecutor

Pope Francis’ anti-corruption stance agitating mafia – prosecutor

The anti-corruption stance of Pope Francis has riled Italy’s powerful mafia groups, according to a prosecutor who specializes in mob cases. State prosecutor Nicola Gratteri – who works in the southern Italian region of Calabria, where the ‘Ndrangheta mafia is active – told the Italian daily Fatto Quotidiano that Francis’ statements on transparency and dismantling […]

G20 Syria divide: World’s largest nations speak out against US-led strike

G20 Syria divide: World’s largest nations speak out against US-led strike

As leaders of countries making up half of the world’s population firmly opposed military action against Syria without a UN mandate, the US kept pushing for a strike, claiming that many countries represented at the G20 summit were “comfortable” with it. Although discussion of the Syrian conflict was never officially on the G20 agenda, world […]

Berlusconi sentenced to seven years in prostitution case

Berlusconi sentenced to seven years in prostitution case

Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has been sentenced to seven years in prison for abuse of office in a sex-for hire case. Although the court banned him from holding office, the ruling cannot take effect until he has exhausted his appeals. The 76-year-old former prime minister was sentenced by a court in Milan for […]

Spam no more: ‘Biggest’ cyber-attack in history grips web

Spam no more: ‘Biggest’ cyber-attack in history grips web

The ‘biggest cyber-attack in history’ has caused a worldwide web slowdown as the battle between an anti-spam group and a Dutch web host continues to heat up. The largest known distributed-denial-of-service (DDoS) attack in history was sparked when the non-profit group Spamhaus placed CyberBunker on a real-time blacklist of sites to be blocked for spreading […]

Depardieu a role model: Belgium welcomes other French tax exiles

Depardieu a role model: Belgium welcomes other French tax exiles

The Belgian Foreign Minister has given carte blanche to anyone planning to follow in Gerard Depardieu’s footsteps and move to Belgium in an attempt to escape higher French taxes. “If other French people want to come to Belgium, I’m not at all opposed,” Didier Reynders said in an interview with Le Figaro. He emphasized that France […]