ROME - European stock exhanges makes a weak start to the week with the exception of London with the FTSE 100 up by 0.76 percent in the morning. The increase, which has since dipped to 0.68 percent, is largely due to the Bank of England’s decision to raise interests rates for the first time in a decade to 0.5 percent. The move was not controversial among the Monetary Policy Committee which voted 7-2 in favour of the decision in reference to low unemployment and global economic growth.
FLORENCE - Marco Casonato, a 63 year-old psychiatrist, has been arrested on charges of fatally running down his brother Piero at the climax of dispute over the future of their 17th century palatial family home, the Villa Massoni.
VENICE - Thieves robbed the Venetian Beinnale museum of two small Jeff Koons sculptures Sunday night. Investigators are baffled by the crime which only saw 35,000 euros worth of property taken, referring to it as “very strange.” Christian Constanti, Chief of the Cultural Heritage Protection group, has concluded that the theft was not one of commission “because the value of the works is too small,” and that another motive must be behind the raid.
ROME- The Sicilian regional election is set to take place on Sunday amid deepening political divisions. The current regional president, Rosario Crocetta, is not running for the Democratic Party due to low popularity.
ROME - The Latin phrase “Genius Loci” has come to mean the particular atmosphere of a place or its “spirit.” The innovative art project headed by MiBACT under this name, featuring work by Italian Ttozoi artists Stefano Forgione and Pino Rossi, plans to utilise the historic significance of Italian monuments to allow viewers to experience art in a new form. The exposition is designed to incorporate the spirit and ambiance of prestigious landmarks into the works themselves.
ROME - Previously undisclosed documents on Giulio Regeni, the University of Cambridge student murdered in Cairo last year, have been seen by La Repubblica, and will air in a documentary in Cambridge Thursday evening. The film was to reveal unedited Skype conversations and emails from Regeni’s tutor, Professor Maha Mahfouz Adbelrahman, found on Regeni’s computer, and the documents are said to show Regeni’s fears on the direction his research was taking.
ROME - Chelsea’s hopes were decimated in an embarrassing loss against Roma on Tuesday night. From the beginning of the game Roma dominated Chelsea. Within 39 seconds of kick off, Stephan El Shaarawy scored his first of 2 goals from 25 yards. Despite having 50 percent possession, Chelsea’s performance was completely lacking both in their offence and defence. At no point did they pose any threat against Roma. Perhaps spurred on by El Shaarawy’s amazing opening or the Roma fans’ chants cheers, the team played fantastically.
VATICAN CITY - The popular holiday of Halloween has been scorned by former Cardinal Giovanni Lajolo for being an irreligious festival that allows people to perform satanic rituals.
CAMINHA, Portugal -- Is this a land of Rhinos? No it isn’t, but it’s still worth knowing about! 'Rinoterra' is a beautiful boutique hotel nestled in the hillside of Caminha, Northern Portugal.