ROME - Eni, Italy’s leading energy company, announced profits of 8.2 billion euros on Friday, in a statement by Claudio Descalzi, the CEO.
ROME – Julian Assange was made an honorary citizen of Rome after the City Council voted on the matter on Thursday.
The Capitoline Assembly passed the motion with 27 votes for and two against, joining Naples and Reggio Emilia in granting the Wikileaks founder honrary citizenship.
ROME – Police in Ferrara have carried out 24 searches in relation to 24 men between the ages of 20 and 30 who are accused of racism, violence and praising Nazism, the Ferrara State police said.
The men had a meal in a restaurant before Christmas where they allegedly praised Hitler, Mussolini, and Nazism. They also distributed leaflets in the restaurant which reiterated their ideology, as well as including threats against the police force.
VATICAN CITY – Tensions between the Holy See and Israel have risen after Cardinal Secretary of State Pietro Parolin called on Israel to stop the “carnage” in Gaza, leading to the Israeli Ambassador to respond on X.
VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis ended his General Audience on Ash Wednesday by urging care and prayer for “the war-torn Ukraine, Palestine, and Israel who suffer so much,” and for “intensifying prayer, especially to ask for peace in the world.”
Francis centered his Wednesday remarks around martyrdom. He recognized first the “many” early martyrs of the Church, then shifted his focus to contemporary martyrs — of whom there are many, he said, “perhaps more than in the early days.”
ROME - You have been duped by Champagne. Let’s face it: our society is driven by consumerism and the perceived value behind what we are consuming. A presumption of prestige or poverty is found behind every label. Champagne, in this sense, is luxury. Champagne is a romance. Champagne is myth. In fact, the myth of its creation floated through circles of the cognoscenti for decades until very recently.
ROME -- The father of a murdered Italian ambassador spoke out against the WFP "blackmailing" Italy after a preliminary court upheld diplomatic immunity for two World Food Programme employees allegedly responsible for his son’s death, meaning they will not have to stand trial for their alleged responsibility for the death. Salvatore Attanasio criticised the Italian state and the government after a ruling said the two suspects involved in his son’s murder could not be prosecuted, because they were employees of the World Food Programme (WFP) and thus had UN
ROME — Italy’s only baby to be born with half a heart is now 36 years old — and the mother of newborn twins, La Repubblica reported.
The twins, a boy and a girl, were delivered by cesarean section at Policlinico Gemelli Hospital. They weighed 1.4 kilograms each, and made their mother the fourth half-hearted woman worldwide to give birth to twins.
Their mother, who has not been named in news reports, was born with no right ventricle, the muscle responsible for pumping oxygen to the lungs.
ROME – Serie A clubs have voted to stay with the 20-team format after a general assembly meeting on Monday, Serie A said.
Sixteen clubs voted against the proposal to reduce Serie A to an 18-team league like the Bundesliga and Ligue 1. However, four of the “big” teams in the league - Inter, Juventus, Roma, and Milan - voted for this suggestion.
The decision to remain with the current format was welcomed by most teams, but the four heavyweights criticised the outcome of the vote.