FARINDOLA -- Rescue workers on skis found "many dead" holidaymakers, including small children, trapped in a hotel that was "swept away" at the ski resort of Gran Sasso that was hit by an avalanche triggered by the rash of earthquake tremors rocking central Italy, rescue workers said Thursday. Sniffer dogs that arrived at the scene were unable to find anyone immediately in the wreckage of the three storey spa hotel, civil defense sources said.
LIMA -- The former first lady of Peru will only be able to leave the country with prior judicial authorization, says the National Preparatory Investigation Court, and the ruling also refers to four other people close to Nadine.
The new rule may make it difficult for Nadine to return to Geneva to take up her controversial appointment at the FAO office there.
AQUILA -- Four strong earthquake tremors ripped through central Italy Wednesday at 10:25, 11:14, 11:26 a.m. and 2:30 p.m., measuring between magnitudes 5.1 and 5.5, the Italian Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology said.
The tremors' epicentre was in the Montereale zone in the province of Aquila at a depth of nine km, but was felt around Lazio, Abruzzo, the Marche region. Tremors were also felt strongly in Rome, where many metro stations were closed for two hours and various schools were evacuated as a precautionary measure following the second tremor.
ROME -- After the victory of the Italian MEP Antonio Tajani from the European People’s Party (EPP) in the European Parliament’s presidential election, the formal handover process began Wednesday.
The conservative Italian politician Antonio Tajani, a former spokesman for Silvio Berlusconi, was elected Tuesday to be president of the European Parliament with 351 votes. He defeated his rival Italian socialist candidate Gianni Pittella, who obtained 282 votes.
WASHINGTON – Donald Trump will not approve World Food Programme Executive Director’s Ertharin Cousin’s application for a second term at the helm of the UN agency and will replace her with someone “with far more senior level business experience,” a Trump administration elect source said Tuesday.
"Cousin is out - guaranteed,” the source in Washington, told the Italian Insider. “I do not know who will replace her yet. But, I guarantee you that the pick will be a far more qualified person with far more senior level business experience. “