NAPLES - A bomb was detonated on Tuesday night in the heart of this southern city in front of Pizzeria Sorbillo, the most famous pizzeria in the city if not across the whole of Italy, police report.
ROME – An Italian judge on Tuesday adjourned to Jan. 25 the libel case brought against Italian Insider’s chief editor by FAO executives, after cross-examining a language expert who challenged the quality of Italian translations of allegedly libellous articles, including critiquing a mistranslation of the English word “pisspoor.”
OXFORD – Co-founder of the Five Star Movement Beppe Grillo was booed by attendees as his address at the prestigious Oxford Union came to a close, Il Fatto Quotidiano reports.
Introduced to the audience as an “actor, comedian and political activist,” Grillo entered wearing a blindfold, a metaphor of “what America, Europe, the whole world is becoming,” before claiming that the press is the “real populist danger.”
ROME - After much confusion the Mayor of Rome, Virginia Raggi, has confirmed that the money collected from the Trevi Fountain will continue to be given to the Diocesan Caritas of Rome, Il Fatto Quotidiano reported.
SICILY – Fourteen arrests have been made after the discovery of illicit trafficking between Lampedusa and Tunisia, Il Fatto Quotidiano reports.
A restaurant in Mazara del Vallo, a town in the province of Trapani, was the operating centre of the illegal travel between Sicily and Tunisia and was headed by Tunisian resident Fadhel Moncer who has been living in Italy for years. The organisation also had bases in Marsala, Palermo, Lampedusa and Tunisia.
RAVENNA – An earthquake of magnitude 4.6 has hit the North East coast of Italy causing minor damage and forcing schools to close, local authorities said on Tuesday.
Striking shortly after midnight, the quake’s epicentre was 11 kilometres east of Ravenna and was also felt in Bologna, Marche and Veneto.
Three aftershocks of magnitude 3, recorded at 12:29am, shared an epicentre 9 kilometres from the resort town of Cervia.
Frightened residents took to the streets, spending the night away from their homes.
ROME – The fifth edition of ‘Treno Veio Tuscia,’ a tour of Castelnuovo di Porto guided by volunteers of Circolo Legambiente di Castelnuovo di Porto, will take place on Jan 20.
The initiative is set to take place for a fifth time, having enjoyed growing success in previous years. The trip starts by taking the 09.30 train from Roma Flaminio to Castelnuovo di Porto, where there will be a guided tour of the area. The Church of Sant’Antonio and Rocca Colonna are amongst some of the historical sites which there will be the opportunity to visit.
GENEVA – Alleged misapplication of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child by Italian legislators with regards to instances of abuse by Roman Catholic clergy is to be investigated by the UN Human Rights Committee, Rete L’Abuso reports.
The summit, taking place between Jan. 14 and Feb. 1 at the HQ of the Human Rights High Commissioner in Geneva, is set to examine the adherence of a number of countries to the Convention, Italy included.
ROME – Former Communist militant Cesare Battisti has arrived at Ciampino airport, after being arrested and extradited by Bolivian authorities, the Interior Ministry reports.
Battisti, 64, will be transferred to a prison in Rebibbia, where he will serve a life-sentence, including sixth months in solitary confinement.