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The Chinese Roots of Italy’s Far-Right Rage

By Peter S. Goodman and Emma Bubola

The country’s new politics are often attributed to anger over migrants. But the story begins decades ago, when China first targeted small textile towns.

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New Jersey hospital gives kidney transplant to wrong patient, official says

By Talia Kaplan

A hospital in New Jersey is acknowledging a kidney transplant mix-up, according to a spokesman who said that both patients ultimately ended up receiving a kidney “and are doing well.”

Elizabeth Warren rally with Ayanna Pressley brought to brief halt by pro school-choice protesters

By Talia Kaplan

A rally in Atlanta featuring Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren devolved into chants from competing sides Thursday as protesters interrupted the senator -- and her supporters tried to drown out their message.

Netanyahu pushed US policy change on settlements for months, report says

By Talia Kaplan

Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has pushed for a United States policy change on settlements for months, according to a report, which was published shortly after Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s announcement on Monday that the U.S. government will ease its stance on Israeli settlements.

Jeffrey Epstein controversy: ABC News must explain why it spiked story, House Republicans say in letter

By Talia Kaplan

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy and two other top Republicans sent a letter to ABC News on Sunday demanding the network explain why it “quashed” ABC News anchor Amy Robach’s story that would have exposed allegations against the now-deceased sex offender Jeffrey Epstein three years ago.

Dueling Matteos Battle for the Future of Italy

By Jason Horowitz

Former Prime Minister Matteo Renzi and the popular anti-migrant leader Matteo Salvini may be out of power. But their sparring has come to dominate Italy’s political life.

Cease-fire reached with Israel to end Gaza fighting, Islamic Jihad says

By Talia Kaplan

The Islamic Jihad militant group early Thursday announced it had reached a cease-fire with Israel. The deal, brokered by Egyptian mediaries, took effect at 5:30 a.m. local time, Islamic Jihad spokesman Musab al-Berim said.

Israel blasts European Court of Justice ruling to label settlement products

By Talia Kaplan

Israeli officials are blasting the European Union’s announcement that goods from Jewish settlements in the country must be specifically labelled, with Israel’s ambassador to the United Nations saying, “Anti-Semitism in Europe now has legal cover.”

Rep. Katie Hill resigns amid ethics probe into reported affair with staffer

By Talia Kaplan

Rep. Katie Hill, D-Calif., announced her resignation Sunday after a string of reports shining a negative light on her personal life, including a reported affair with her legislative director that sparked a House Ethics Committee investigation.

Nigel Farage says anger over Brexit deal is 'unlike anything I have ever seen before'

By Talia Kaplan

Former United Kingdom Independence party leader Nigel Farage, who launched the Brexit campaign in the U.K., said Sunday that the anger among British voters regarding the latest developments with the Brexit deal is “unlike anything I have ever seen before.”

Illinois football team makes boy, 7, with cerebral palsy honorary captain for a day

By Talia Kaplan

A football team in Illinois made a 7-year-old boy with special needs an honorary captain for a day and even gave him the chance to score a touchdown, the boy’s mother told Fox News on Sunday.

Japanese pop star's 'avid fan' used pupil image reflections to stalk, assault her: police

By Talia Kaplan

 An “avid fan” was arrested on suspicion of stalking a female Japanese pop star after allegedly using the reflections of her pupils in photos she shared on social media, then using Google Street View to find where she lived, police said.

Netflix comes to Sky Italia this week

By Julian Clover

Netflix will be added for Sky Q customers on Wednesday, it has been confirmed.

The two-stage rollout will initially be made available to existing customers purchasing the Entertainment Plus package, before being opened up to new customers from December.

“With this partnership we want to offer our subscribers the chance to see the series and shows they love in a simple and immediate way,” said Francesco Calosso, chief marketing officer, Sky Italia.

In an offer reflecting what’s already available to UK households, the purchase of Entertainment Plus for €15.39 also includes the Netflix Standard plan (viewed both in HD and on 2 screens at the same time, worth €11.99).

Sky Q Platinum customers who can already see Sky on all TVs in the home will instead have the Netflix Premium plan (viewed in 4K and on 4 screens simultaneously, worth €15.99).

“We are very happy to work with Sky and make it easier for Sky customers and Italian families to access the complete Netflix experience,” said Filippo Zuffada, EMEA Partner Marketing Director for Netflix.

The Netflix app will also be added to the NOW TV Smart Stick and NOW TV Box in Italy.

Netflix titles will be listed both under the My Q section and in TV series.

Netflix comes to Sky Italia this week

By Julian Clover

Netflix will be added for Sky Q customers on Wednesday, it has been confirmed.

The two-stage rollout will initially be made available to existing customers purchasing the Entertainment Plus package, before being opened up to new customers from December.

“With this partnership we want to offer our subscribers the chance to see the series and shows they love in a simple and immediate way,” said Francesco Calosso, chief marketing officer, Sky Italia.

In an offer reflecting what’s already available to UK households, the purchase of Entertainment Plus for €15.39 also includes the Netflix Standard plan (viewed both in HD and on 2 screens at the same time, worth €11.99).

Sky Q Platinum customers who can already see Sky on all TVs in the home will instead have the Netflix Premium plan (viewed in 4K and on 4 screens simultaneously, worth €15.99).

“We are very happy to work with Sky and make it easier for Sky customers and Italian families to access the complete Netflix experience,” said Filippo Zuffada, EMEA Partner Marketing Director for Netflix.

The Netflix app will also be added to the NOW TV Smart Stick and NOW TV Box in Italy.

Netflix titles will be listed both under the My Q section and in TV series.

Fincons Group hosts next-gen video panel at Medientage MΓΌnchen 2019

By Broadband TV News Correspondent

Italian IT business consultancy Fincons Group will host a key panel session at German media conference Medientage München 2019 entitled Engage and Monetise in a competitive market: Experiences of Innovation Acceleration and Efficiency of Delivery.

In an evolving media environment, where competition is increasing and audiences are ever more discerning, interactivity, engagement and personalisation are critical to securing revenues. During the panel discussion, experts in the broadcasting and publishing markets aim to identify the key ingredients in the successful launch and management of video-centred services, focusing on business drivers as well as technology enablers and the efficiency of delivery and operations on a global scale.

The session, moderated by media journalist Dr Jörn Krieger, will particularly focus on the industry impact of artificial intelligence, machine learning, HbbTV, ATSC 3.0, big data and advanced analytics.

Riccardo Botta, Senior Director Production Broadcast and Creative Hub of Sky Italia, Dr Tanja Prinzessin zu Waldeck, COO of BurdaForward, Peter Fregelius, Head of TV & Entertainment of Swisscom TV and Andrea Conte, Head of Product Development and Data of Publitalia ’80, will be joining Francesco Moretti, deputy CEO of Fincons Group and CEO Fincons.US to share their experiences.

“We are delighted to host a panel on such an exciting, but also important topic for the industry,” said Moretti. “Our panel of speakers is unique in its breadth of businesses and depth of experience and we are confident that together we will be able to provide key insight and useful take-away messages for businesses looking at innovating their engagement and monetisation strategies.”

The English-language panel session Engage and Monetise in a competitive market: Experiences of Innovation Acceleration and Efficiency of Delivery will take place on Thursday, October 24, 2019, between 17.15 and 18.00 CET at Medientage München 2019 in Munich, Germany. More information can be found here.

Fincons Group hosts next-gen video panel at Medientage MΓΌnchen 2019

By Broadband TV News Correspondent

Italian IT business consultancy Fincons Group will host a key panel session at German media conference Medientage München 2019 entitled Engage and Monetise in a competitive market: Experiences of Innovation Acceleration and Efficiency of Delivery.

In an evolving media environment, where competition is increasing and audiences are ever more discerning, interactivity, engagement and personalisation are critical to securing revenues. During the panel discussion, experts in the broadcasting and publishing markets aim to identify the key ingredients in the successful launch and management of video-centred services, focusing on business drivers as well as technology enablers and the efficiency of delivery and operations on a global scale.

The session, moderated by media journalist Dr Jörn Krieger, will particularly focus on the industry impact of artificial intelligence, machine learning, HbbTV, ATSC 3.0, big data and advanced analytics.

Riccardo Botta, Senior Director Production Broadcast and Creative Hub of Sky Italia, Dr Tanja Prinzessin zu Waldeck, COO of BurdaForward, Peter Fregelius, Head of TV & Entertainment of Swisscom TV and Andrea Conte, Head of Product Development and Data of Publitalia ’80, will be joining Francesco Moretti, deputy CEO of Fincons Group and CEO Fincons.US to share their experiences.

“We are delighted to host a panel on such an exciting, but also important topic for the industry,” said Moretti. “Our panel of speakers is unique in its breadth of businesses and depth of experience and we are confident that together we will be able to provide key insight and useful take-away messages for businesses looking at innovating their engagement and monetisation strategies.”

The English-language panel session Engage and Monetise in a competitive market: Experiences of Innovation Acceleration and Efficiency of Delivery will take place on Thursday, October 24, 2019, between 17.15 and 18.00 CET at Medientage München 2019 in Munich, Germany. More information can be found here.

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