ROME - The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has ruled that Italy violated the rights of mafia boss Bernando Provenzano when renewing his harsh prison regime on March 23 2016. Provenzano died a few months later in a prison hospital at the age of 83, after a decade spent in jail.
VATICAN CITY - An urgent call on climate action is being launched by bishops from all over the world following a recent report that underlines the need for policies limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees. Five presidents of continental bishops’ conferences, leaders of the Catholic Church, have signed a powerful appeal calling government leaders to tackle and overcome the devastating effects of the climate crisis.
ROME - An urgent appeal has been launched to find a bone marrow donor for Alessandro, a one-and-a-half-year-old baby with just five weeks left to live. Alessandro was born with a rare genetic disorder and needs a transplant to survive.
His parents’ appeal has gone viral in both Italy and the United Kingdom, for Alessandro was born in London and his parents still live there. They have been overwhelmed by the wave of solidarity across social media and important establishments, though a match has yet to be found for his bone marrow on international donor registries.
ROME - Unable to stand the city’s overflowing bins, perilous potholes and rampant rodents any longer, Romans are to hold a mass sit-in on Oct. 27 in Piazza del Campidoglio. Under the hashtag #romadicebasta (“Rome says enough”), residents’ associations, civil society groups and ordinary Roman citizens will gather together in protest against the sorry state of the capital.
FLORENCE -- A maverick experimenter, Tiziano Bonnani is widely considered to be one of the most non-conformist figures of contemporary Italian art. His research ranges from the restoration of ancient techniques to the assemblage and ready-made, in a surprising mix which is composed of layering objects and materials that give life to a new style of depiction. He is a Florentine who defends the value of restoring old art in an unstable, incoherent and paradoxical period of time, which has buried quality under mountains of trash.
ROME – A weakened Barcelona team still had too much quality for Inter Milan in their Champions League clash on Wednesday, coming away with a 2-0 victory at the Nou Camp.
The Spanish giants, though they sit top of La Liga, have had a below-par start to their domestic campaign, winning just five out of their first nine matches. Yet they maintained their 100 percent record in Europe on Wednesday night, cruising past an Inter Milan side that never really got a foothold in the game.
ROME – Two Senegalese men have been arrested for the gang rape and murder of Desiree Mariottini, a 16-year old Italian girl who was found dead last week, police said.
Mamadou Gara, 26, and Brian Minteh, 43, are believed to be among those responsible for the drugging, rape and murder of Mariottini. Police are working to identify the other parties involved and have already tracked down a third accomplice.
VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis has appealed for more tolerance and explained the root causes of populism during a book launch entitled, “Sharing the Wisdom of Time” at Rome's Augustinianum Institute.
“We know how populism starts: by sowing the seeds of hate. You can’t live by spreading hate,” the pontiff said at the event on Tuesday. He also spoke about migrants in the speech, saying they should be welcomed with open arms.
ROME - An escalator collapsed at Rome's Repubblica metro station, injuring 24 people, one of whom had a foot amputated. The escalator’s pace shot up at a terrifying rate, sending dozens of people, many of whom CSKA Moscow fans, crashing into one another at the bottom. Many people, unable to jump onto the banister to their left, ended up being trapped in the mangled escalator steps. Witnesses have attributed the incident to fans’ inappropriate behaviour on the escalator, while fans have contested it was due to a mechanical glitch.