KONRAD VAN HALEWYN

VENICE - Approaching the top lit podium, a man extends an uneasy hand as another watches tensely. Placing his hands on the glass case in which gleaming jewels of the Maharaja, bracing for danger, he lifted the case and then the treasures and … nothing. No alarm sounded and no boulder crashed in their direction as they left the Doge’s Palace in Venice on Wednesday.

5 Jan 2018
Alma Reyes

 MARTINA FRANCA - So much beauty fills Italy’s 300,000 square miles and certainly one of the most rustic and juiciest places to experience lies in southern Puglia.

5 Jan 2018
KONRAD VAN HALEWYN

ROME - An effort by the Egyptian Museum of Turin to assist in the integration of 50,000 Arabic Italians in the region has led to associations of racism by the Northern League.

 The museum launched a campaign offering Arabic speakers 2 for 1 tickets into the museum when they present an Arabic identification. ‘It is partially a strategy of audience development,’ explained the press office, a sentiment expanded on by the director Christian Greco, who said ‘(Turin is a city that) has the fortune to keep a very important collection, and can not forget the country from which it comes.’

5 Jan 2018
INSIDER NEWSDESK

 CERVINIA - Ten thousand tourists were blocked overnight in the Alpine resort town on Friday after two metres of snow fell in 24 hours due to Storm Eleanor.

 The highway will briefly be opened today in order to evacuate the tourists after being given the go-ahead by the Avalanche commission.  Authorities have previously closed the main Valtournenche regional highway amid avalanche alert, much of the area is reportedly is on 4 out of 5 on the avalanche scale. Access to the Breuil-Cervinia road is open from midday, after the clearing of residual snow.

5 Jan 2018
Zoe Tidman

 ROME -- As we darted down the cobbled streets, taking shortcuts to avoid the crowds of tourists, I certainly had the impression that I was riding with a local.  Whilst we zoomed past those sweltering in the heat or impatiently waiting at bus stops, I felt at one with the Romans whose years of experience in the Eternal City taught them that they best way to navigate around this chaotic city is on a Vespa.

3 Jan 2018
ROBERTO SAVIO

 ROME - Among Bloomberg’s many profitable activities is a convenient Bloomberg Billionaires Index that has just published its findings for 2017. It covers only the 500 richest people, and it proudly announces that they have increased their wealth by 1 trillion dollars in just one year. Their fortunes went up by 23 percent to top comfortable 5 trillion dollars (to put this in perspective, the US budget is now at 3.7 trillion). That obviously means an equivalent reduction for the rest of the population, which lost those trillion dollars.

2 Jan 2018
John Phillips

 VATICAN CITY – Mornings will not be the same for tens of thousands of expatriates in Rome and elsewhere in 2018 after the Holy See over the past few months axed Vatican Radio's long-running English and French main morning and lunchtime news programmes as part of budget-saving reforms of the tiny city state’s media operation.

2 Jan 2018
John Phillips

ROME – The World Food Programme boosted its income by up to dlrs 1 billion last year as the UN agency retained “strong support” in the United States while Britain, Germany and the EU also are stepping up their contributions to the humanitarian agency, Executive Director David Beasley said Friday.

1 Jan 2018
INSIDER NEWSDESK

BITONTO - Mafia hitmen trying to gun down a 20-year-old member of a rival clan near the Apulian city of Bari shot and killed an 84-year-old woman used as human shield as she was on her way to attend Mass in church during botched ambush while the  targetted gangster survived with minor wounds, police said Sunday.

31 Dec 2017

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