ROME- A heavy downpour on Saturday afternoon has wreaked havoc in Florence, with officials declaring the city and its surrounding area in a state of emergency. The heavy rain caused trees to fall, raised the level of the river Arno, and disrupted train lines. It was said that in just two hours, 58 millimetres of rain fell, the equivalent to the average rainfall of one rainy month.
VATICAN CITY- To celebrate the Jubilee announced by Pope Francis, the body of Saint Pio of Pietrelcina will be brought to the Vatican for public viewing from February 8 for a week next year. The news comes directly from San Giovanni Rotondo, 200km North West of Naples, where a sense of unease is already apparent, given the Pope’s desire for such ostentation.
ROME- On Monday, police in Palermo, Sicily, arrested 11 supporters of Cosa Nostra boss Matteo Messina Denaro, who still remains at large. The arrests were made by the Palermo anti-mafia unit, in cooperation with the the Carabinieri Ros, a branch of the Italian military police fighting organised crime, under the Ermes (Hermes) investigation. Whilst eight have been apprehended for association with mafia organisations, three of the 11 have been arrested for having helped Messina Denaro remain at large.
Roman citizens took to the streets on Friday morning to protest against house evictions on via Castrense in the San Giovanni district, with some demonstrators setting fire to dumpsters and creating barricades, preventing access to the ring road.
Police forces and firefighters came to the scene to restore order to the street, extinguishing the fires. Leaflets were handed out by protesters saying “it will be a disaster that will destroy us. Say no to evictions” and declaring that “we need houses, rights and income, not police and hit squads.”
ROME- British model Naomi Campbell was sentenced to a six-month suspended prison term on Friday, guilty of scratching the eye of a paparazzi photographer in 2009. The conviction was ruled in the Sicilian town of Barcellona Pozzo di Gotto, in relation to an incident occurring on August 5 six years ago.
ROME- Senator of the Italian Nuovo Centra Destra party (New Centre Right party)Antonio Azzollini was spared house arrest on Wednesday when the Senate voted against a request for his arrest. The request came in the form of a petition, campaigning for Azzollini’s arrest after he was put under investigation for having allegedly participated in the fraudulent bankruptcy of Catholic care home chain theProvidenza Divina (The Divine Providence). The high profile case, worth 500-million euros, has affected the employment of 1,600 people.
Rome -- Another blow has been struck to the Eternal City's Leonardo da Vinci airport as a forest fire near the facility's buildings obstructed the runways, causing a rash of cancellations. Delays continued at the beleaguered facility Friday with tense scenes at the Vueling airline desks as irate passengers vented frustration.
Rome—A 66-year-old Englishman from Cornwall has decided to celebrate his recovery from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome by walking from Rome to Jerusalem bearing a message of peace. Paul Haines, a former BBC set designer from Truro, left Rome Wednesday on a journey that should take him through Italy, Croatia, Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Albania, Greece, Turkey and Cyprus, calling in on places with a spiritual association with peace, such a
ROME- In an attempt to boost his dwindling popularity, Rome Mayor Ignazio Marino has presented a new council during a presentation by the city council, in which all members are from the Partito Democratico (PD), the Italian centre-left political party whose secretary is Premier Matteo Renzi. However, Marino has stressed that the newly- chosen councillors have been entirely decided by him, and has challenged Renzi to judge the new council on “what (they) have done, and what (they) will do”.