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Alessio Fratticcioli

Citizen based in Bangkok, Thailand. Joined on Dec 17, 2011
Expertise in Travel, Social media, Politics, Ethnic cultures



Thai junta leader Prayuth wants media blackout for ex PM Thaksin

Bangkok - Thailand’s military junta head Prayuth Chan-ocha has asked the national media to “stop reporting" about former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra.

Matteo 'The Scrapper' Renzi to become Italy's PM

Rom - Italian Democrat Party leader Matteo Renzi is set to be nominated Italy's youngest-ever prime minister after President Giorgio Napolitano formally asked him on Monday to try form a new government.

Thai Army ready to take action to 'solve' political conflict

Bangkok - The Royal Thai Army (RTA) is prepared to intervene if the political situation worsens, army chief Gen Prayuth Chan-ocha said Wednesday.

Thai protesters defy emergency law — Pro-government activist shot

Bangkok - Thai anti-government protesters today paraded through the capital city Bangkok, defying the state of emergency imposed by the government on Tuesday.

Australia's Catholic Church admits 620 child sex abuse cases

Melbourne - The Roman Catholic Church in Australia's state of Victoria has admitted that hundreds of children have been sexually abused since the 1930s.

Right retreats as a comic advances in Italian local polls

Rome - Berlusconi's party and Northern League lost badly as Grillo's 5-Star Movement advanced in local elections. Democratic Party held its ground while the Left gained.

Tough job ahead for new French President Hollande

Paris - François Hollande, 57, is the second socialist President in the history of France's Fifth Republic. He won promising a new paradigm based on less austerity and more growth.

Myanmar's Suu Kyi boycotts Parliament

Yangon - Myanmar democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi and 42 other members of the National League for Democracy (NLD) boycotted the parliament's opening session on Monday over a dispute regarding the constitutional oath of office.

Italy: Comic turned activist shakes political establishment

Rome - As Italians' faith in political parties declines, an allegedly populist movement led by a former comedian is set to become the third political force.

Top Italian Mafia boss arrested in Thailand thanks to Facebook

Bangkok - Vito Roberto Palazzolo, 64, sentenced in absentia by an Italian court in 2009 to nine years in jail for being the treasurer of godfathers Toto' Riina and Bernardo Provenzano, was arrested in Thailand on March 30.

Op-Ed: Myanmar prepares for historic vote

Rangoon - Myanmar is preparing to go to the polls Sunday in its third election in 50 years. Democracy champion Aung San Suu Kyi is running for one of 45 parliamentary seats.

Italian photographer killed by Thai govt officials, police say

Bangkok - Italian photographer Fabio Polenghi, 48, was killed in May 2010 by Thai government officials, Bangkok's Metropolitan Police Bureau concluded.

Timor: Two ex guerrilla fighters face off in 2nd round of voting

President Jose Ramos-Horta appears to have lost his bid for re-election as East Timor's President, with two ex guerrilla fighters to face off in another round of voting.

US soldier kills up to 16 Afghan civilians in shooting spree

Kabul - Up to 16 civilians, including nine children and three women, have been killed by a rogue American soldier in Kandahar province, Afghan and Nato sources say.

Iran: Lecturer faces death penalty for 'enmity towards God'

Teheran - Professor Abdolreza Ghanbari, a lecturer at Payame Nour University in Teheran, Islamic Republic of Iran, was charged with Moharebeh (enmity towards God) and he is waiting to be executed.

Berlusconi bribery trial ends with no verdict as time runs out

Rome - Former Italian Prime Minister evades punishment on charges of bribing British lawyer David Mills. The statute of limitations had run out and a verdict could not be reached.

Op-Ed: Former Italian President Scalfaro Dies

Rom - Oscar Luigi Scalfaro, 93, died in Rome on January 29. He had served in Parliament since 1946 and was President of the Italian Republic from 1992 to 1999.

Thailand backs Twitter censorship policy

Bangkok - Thai government becomes first to endorse Twitter's controversial decision to permit country-specific censorship of content.

'Miracle' in Russia: Putin's icon seeping myrrh

Moscow - "Miracle" in the village of Bol'šaja El'nja, Nižnyj Novgorod, Russia: icon of current Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said to shine and cry myrrh.

AP opens full news bureau in North Korea

Pyongyang - The Associated Press opened its newest bureau in North Korea's capital Pyongyang on Monday, becoming the first international news organization with a full-time presence in the hermit country.
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