August 23, 2019

Berlusconi takes Italy to the brink

The Italian government's borrowing rates have hit a poet euro-era high as Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi fends off suggestions he is about to resign. It is feared that Italy, the eurozone's third biggest economy, could become the next victim of the debt crisis. Silvio Berlusconi faces a crunch … [Read more...]

Thousands attend Simoncelli funeral

The small Italian town of Coriano has filled with thousands of mourners for the funeral of MotoGP rider Marco Simoncelli, killed on Sunday at the Malaysian Grand Prix. Simoncelli, 24, suffered chest, head and neck injuries after he lost control of his Honda and swerved across the track, into the … [Read more...]

Cameron fends of backbench revolt over EU pullout

UK Prime Minister, David Cameron, has had a rather verbally violent week. Having just returned from an EU summit where he had a massive row with the French President, Nicolas Sarkozy, Cameron is now facing a backbench revolt from Conservatives who want a referendum on pulling out of the European … [Read more...]

Amanda Knox murder conviction appeal successful

Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito have seen their convictions overturned for the murder of UK student Meredith Kercher in Perugia, Italy, in 2007. They had appealed on the grounds that the DNA evidence useed to convict them was flawed. The verdict was reached by a jury of eight, comprising … [Read more...]

Italian tenor Salvatore Licitra dies at 43

Swiss born Italian tenor Salvatore Licitra has died from head and chest injuries suffered in a road accident in Sicily last month. He had been in a coma since the crash and never regained consciousness. The 43-year-old - who was seen as the heir to the great Luciano Pavarotti in Italy - crashed … [Read more...]

Rome tourist attractions attacked by vandals

It has been a few centuries since the last big time Vandal attack on Rome, but they are back it seems. Two big chunks have been knocked off a marble statue in a fountain in Rome's famed Piazza Navona in a series of attacks by vandals over the weekend. The damaged statue was a 19th-century … [Read more...]

Businessman arrested for blackmailing Berlusconi

Italian businessman Giampaolo Tarantini and his wife, Angele Venvenutohave been arrested on charges of blackmailing Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi over his use of prostitutes. Giampaolo Tarantini, 36, has admitted he paid for escorts to attend the famous Berlusconi bunga bunga parties. The … [Read more...]

Mount Etna eruption intensifies

The eruption of Sicily's Mount Etna has intensified overnight with the volcano spewing out ash and shooting lava into the air. Italy's Civil Protection agency says the nation's geophysics and volcanology institute has registered increased explosive activity by Etna, eight days after the latest … [Read more...]

Refugees die fleeing Libya

The Italian Coastguard Coastguard have found the bodies of 25 men on a boat crowded with refugees fleeing Libya. The small 15-metre boat landed on the southern Italian island of Lampedusa with 271 survivors onboard. In the engine room however they found the the bodies of 25 men who appeared to … [Read more...]

EU leaders agree second Greece bailout package

European leaders have reached agreement on a second bailout package for Greece. They have also expanded their rescue funds to help shore up any other debt crises in the eurozone. European Union president Herman Van Rompuy said the rescue deal would be financed by both the EU and the International … [Read more...]

‘Lost’ Michelangelo painting found in Oxford

Italian scholar Antonio Forcellino claims a painting hanging on the wall for years in an Oxford University hall is a 'lost' painting by Renaissance master Michelangelo. The painting has now been removed from Campion Hall, the home of the Jesuit academic community in Oxford and sent to the … [Read more...]

Top Australian cyclist killed in accident

A top Australian cyclist Carly Hibberd, 26, has been killed while training in Italy. Hibberd was riding cycling between Appiano Gentile and Lurato Caccivio, north of Milan, when she was struck by a car about 10.45am local time, yesterday. She was riding with Colombian rider Diego Tamayo at the … [Read more...]

High speed rail protesters in Italy injure 30 police in clashes

Clashes between police and protesters over the construction of a high-speed rail link with France through the Italian Alps have left 30 police injured. The protesters think that, despite safeguards built into the 15 billion euro project, an area of outstanding natural beauty is going to be … [Read more...]

Airbus trounces Boeing at Paris Air Show

Airbus has piled on the orders at the Paris Air Show with Boeing a distant second. Malaysian budget airline AirAsia created the largest single order of commercial aircraft in history when they signed up for 200 Airbus A320neo airliners worth around $18 billion. The AirAsia deal trumped the … [Read more...]

George Clooney single again

Hollywood actor George Clooney has split with his Italian girlfriend Elisabetta Canalis. The two issued a joint statement announcing the end of their two year relationship. "We are not together anymore. It's very difficult and very personal, and we hope everyone can respect our privacy," they … [Read more...]