COLIN O'BRIEN

 ROME --The Italian national team is an odd beast. Historically one of world football's heavy hitters, Cesare Prandelli's men have only lost two competitive games in open play since 2010. One was in the final of the European Championships, against Spain, and the other in the Confederations Cup, to Brazil, with a depleted line-up and only after qualification to the semi-final was assured.

22 Jul 2013
LEAF ARBUTHNOT

VATICAN CITY – Members of the “gay lobby”in the Curia covered up the past of an allegedly gay prelate appointed by the Pope to clean up the Vatican bank, L’Espresso magazine reports.

On June 15 Monsignor Battista Ricca, 57, was tasked with spearheading an inquiry into the IOR following a string of corruption scandals that shocked Catholic communities worldwide.

Although the file checked by Pope Francis was found to be completely clean, within a week of the appointment, Mons. Riccca’s scandalous past – and the cover-ups that had kept it under wraps – began to come to light.

22 Jul 2013
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ROME – Police have seized 36 manuscripts and thousands of letters, drawings and notes made by Giovanni Verga in an operation conducted by the Cultural Heritage Protection Department.

The items had been at the centre of an eighty-year battle between descendents of Giovanni Verga and those of a scholar entrusted with the manuscripts in 1930. A police unit specialising in repossessing cultural heritage items was deployed from Rome and Pavia.

19 Jul 2013
Natalie Lyubomirsky

ROME -- In its 10th year, Silvano Toti’s Globe Theatre Rome is showcasing a variety of Shakespeare’s plays throughout summer. Having started July 10, the theatre will operate until the 22nd of September with productions of Romeo and Juliet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Richard the Third and King Lear.

19 Jul 2013
INSIDER NEWSDESK

ROME -- The world’s largest expat survey has been launched this week, offering participants the chance to win £1,000 in cash.

 Led by the ex-head of research for BBC World, the questionnaire is the largest independent research study ever undertaken on migration and expatriate life. It is does not divulge information to third parties and is not tied to any government organizations.

19 Jul 2013
LEAF ARBUTHNOT

ROME – The crew of an RAF bomber discovered nearly 70 years after it was shot down by anti-aircraft gunfire have been buried at an official ceremony in Italy.

 The four men on board were all under 21 years old when they set forth from Rimini in April 1945, just weeks before the war came to a close. On board were Sgt. David Raikes, an aspiring poet whose works were published in a posthumous collection in 1954; radio operator Sgt. Alexander Bostock, navigator Sgt. David Perkins and Australian air gunner Warrant Officer John Hunt.

18 Jul 2013
Elizabeth MacDonald

PISA- Set in 1928 in the region known as Tuscia, this mystery novel by American author Linda Lappin will intrigue you with the vista it opens on part of Italy that deserves to be better known. Lappin’s credentials are impeccable: she has long lived in Lazio and her insider knowledge of Italy is apparent throughout the novel.

17 Jul 2013
LEAF ARBUTHNOT

ROME – Celebrated Italian screenwriter Vincenzo Cerami has died at the age of 72 following a long illness, his family has confirmed.

17 Jul 2013
LEAF ARBUTHNOT

ROME -- On 19 July 1943, 4,000 bombs were dropped by the Allies on the Italian capital, killing around 3,000 people. The planes targeted San Lorenzo which was at that time a poor working class district full of factories.

 The bombs provoked immense shock in the city and all over Italy, not least because it was known that the pope had persuaded Roosevelt to spare Rome from ruin. While the casualties did not reach anywhere near the numbers recorded in Dresden, Coventry and London, the psychological impact of the bombs was still severe.

17 Jul 2013

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