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Italy restricts asylum rules for migrants from ‘safe countries’

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Italy restricts asylum rules for migrants from ‘safe countries’

Italy is going to make it harder for migrants from so-called “safe countries” to win asylum rights, two government ministers on Friday said.


The list of “safe countries” includes 13 nations which represent one third of migrant arrivals to Italy, Foreign Minister Luigi Di-Maio said in a news conference.

He listed them as Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia, Albania, Bosnia, Cape Verde, Ghana, Kosovo, North Macedonia, Montenegro, Senegal, Serbia and Ukraine.

Justice Minister Alfredo Bonafede said a ministerial decree was approved to reverse “the burden of proof” for asylum applicants from these countries.

They will be judged non-eligible for protection and given repatriation orders, unless they can offer evidence of their endangered status back home, Bonafede said.

The change in regulation will speed up the processing of asylum claims from these countries, “from about two years to four months,” Di-Maio added.

He described the move as a “first step,” to be followed by more repatriation of failed asylum seekers, also thanks to new deals to be negotiated with the migrants’ countries of origin.


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Murray says players need assurance on quarantine issues before United States Open

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Players need assurance that they would not face mandatory quarantine upon returning to Europe from the United States Open before travelling to New York amid the COVID-19 pandemic.


Former world number one Andy Murray made this disclosure in an interview granted in London.

Organisers United States Tennis Association (USTA) will set up a strict bio-security “bubble’’ to minimise the risk of contracting the novel coronavirus during the Grand Slam.

The competition is due to be played from Aug. 31 to Sept. 13.

The Western & Southern Open, which was relocated from Cincinnati this year because of COVID-19, will also be held in New York from Aug. 20 to 28.

It will serve as a tune-up for the hard court Grand Slam.

Mandatory quarantine would rule out players’ participation in other ATP and WTA claycourt events scheduled in Europe before the French Open from the end of September.

The two major clay court events in the lead up to Roland Garros are in Madrid (Sept. 13 to Sept. 20) and Rome (Sept. 20 to Sept. 27).

While Spain does not require mandatory quarantine, Italy will need travelers to quarantine for 14 days if coming from the United States

The USTA has said the organisers are working with relevant authorities to resolve issues.

“My understanding is that it would be sorted before we go to the United States But things can change in the next 10 to 12 days,” Murray said.

“Hopefully before we leave, the players will have the assurances that, when they come back from the United States, they won’t have to quarantine for two weeks.

“If that is the case, and if you do well in the United States Open, you can’t just arrive on the Sunday before the French Open starts on the Monday. That’s not going to work.”

The United States has over 4.68 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 with more than 155,000 deaths.

Murray, a three-times Grand Slam winner, has not played competitively since November due to hip problems.

But he took part in some exhibition events recently with the professional circuit shut.

The 33-year-old said he was willing to take the travel “risk” as he missed playing in big events.

“(With)  the situation I’ve been in the last few years, I’ve not had opportunity to play in many Slams. I don’t know how many I’ll have left,” Murray said.

“So, while I’m feeling relatively decent … obviously there is a risk there. But I want to try and play in them and enjoy the biggest events again.”

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German state premier to support town affected by United States troop withdrawal

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The premier of the German state of Rhineland-Palatinate has pledged support to one of the regions affected by the withdrawal of United States troops from Germany.


“Whatever happens (at the military base) in Spangdahlem in the end – and we hope it will be very little – the state will of course support the local council and municipalities with the necessary measures,” Malu Dreyer said on Monday during talks with local officials.

The main aim was to maintain the United States military base in Spangdahlem and for the United States announcement to be reversed, the minister said.

“We are fighting for the site,” Dreyer added.

In the past week, the United States announced it would transfer F-16 fighter jets stationed in the town in the west of Germany to Italy, affecting around half of the 4,000 soldiers living at the air base.

The United States airforce said the base in Spangdahlem would continue to operate despite the troop withdrawal, though plans are not final yet.

Around 11,000 people live at the air base, including relatives.

United States President Donald Trump has announced the United States would withdraw about 12,000 troops stationed in Germany.

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Study finds people can transmit coronavirus to cats, dogs

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A study by Italian scientists has found that people can transmit the coronavirus SARSCOV-2 to cats and dogs.


The study tested 540 dogs and 277 cats living in households in northern Italy, particularly in Lombardy, where someone was infected with the virus or in areas where there were many cases.

The study, which has not been peer-reviewed yet, found coronavirus antibodies in 3.4 per cent of dogs and 3.9 per cent of cats, indicating they were infected with the virus.

Swab tests for active virus infections were negative in all animals, as the virus shedding period ended after two weeks.

The tests were conducted between March and May of this year.

Thomas Mettenleiter, leader of the German Federal Research Institute for Animal Health (FLI), said the results showed that the virus could be transmitted between humans and animals.

“This confirms what we already know,” Mettenleiter said, adding that the large scale of the study was unprecedented as it was difficult to get samples.

According to Mettenleiter, most animals in the study came from households affected by the coronavirus, indicating that infection is generally transmitted from humans to animals.

He added that this confirmed the FLI’s assumption that cats and dogs don’t play a significant role in the spread of COVID-19, and that healthy people needed not limit their contact with their pets.

People, who are infected with the virus, however, should limit their contact with their pets, although there are no indications so far that animals can die of the coronavirus, according to Mettenleiter.

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Genoa survive again, Lecce relegated on Serie A season’s final day

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Three players were sent off as Genoa, Italy’s oldest professional club, beat Hellas Verona 3-0 to guarantee their Serie A survival on Sunday.


However, Lecce became the final team to be relegated after losing 3-4 at home to Parma.

Genoa, whose coach Davide Nicola pulled off one of Serie A’s great escapes with Crotone three years ago, finished 17th in the 20-team competition with 39 points.

It means he has ensured their survival on the last day of the season for the second year running.

Lecce, who had the worst defence in the league with 85 goals conceded in 38 matches, were relegated for the ninth time since their Serie A debut in 1985/1986.

They will join Brescia, who like Lecce were promoted last season, and SPAL in Serie B.

Lecce needed to win and hope that Verona could take at least a point at Genoa, but their hopes were effectively over after half an hour.

Antonio Sanabria put Genoa in front with a diving header in the 13th minute and the Paraguayan struck again 12 minutes later after being sent clear by Goran Pandev’s pass.

Cristian Romero headed the third one minute before the break.

Although the game was effectively settled, tempers flared in the second half.

Romero was sent off for a second bookable offence just after the hour.

Genoa’s Francesco Cassata and Verona’s Sofyan Amrabat followed for scuffling by the corner-kick flag in the last minute.

Meanwhile, Lecce’s defensive failings were again evident as they fell 0-2 behind against Parma.

They had a terrible start when Fabio Lucioni put through his own goal after 11 minutes, the ball rebounding off him and into the net after Hernani’s shot hit the post.

Gianluca Caprari then doubled Parma’s lead in the 24th minute from a breakaway which began with a Lecce corner-kick.

Lecce gallantly fought back and levelled with headed goals by Antonin Barak and Biagio Meccariello in five minutes before half-time.

However, second half goals from Andreas Cornelius and Roberto Inglese restored Parma’s two-goal lead before Gianluca Lapadula pulled another back for Lecce.

In other matches, Fiorentina completed their campaign with a 3-1 win at SPAL while Udinese won 1-0 at Sassuolo and Torino held Bologna 1-1.

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