Living with the Volcano

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Italy holds state funeral for ambassador, bodyguard killed in DRC

The victims were kidnapped and fatally shot while travelling in a UN World Food Programme convoy. Italy has held a state funeral for its ambassador to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and his bodyguard killed in an ambush that a cardinal said should prompt everyone to “hear the cry” of a people devastated […]

Number of women on UK boards up 50%, but parity challenges remain

The number of women on the boards of directors of the UK’s 350 top publicly traded firms has jumped by more than 50 percent since 2015, but women are still underrepresented in senior executive roles. Women now hold more than a third of the seats on the boards of the United Kingdom’s biggest companies, meeting […]

Italians working in cultural sector decry pandemic closures

Milan, Italy – Art and cultural workers protested across Italy on Tuesday, marking a year since theatres, music venues, cinemas and cultural spaces shut their doors due to the coronavirus pandemic – closures which rendered jobless the 300,000 people working in the sector. A protest in front of the local seat of the central government […]

Italy asks UN for probe into killing of envoy in DR Congo

NEW DELHI: A 38-year-old death row prisoner facing execution in India has appealed for mercy and a review of her case in a last-ditch effort to avoid becoming only the second woman to be hanged in the country in the past 74 years. Shabnam Ali has been held in northern India’s Mathura jail for the […]

UK, US to achieve herd immunity in 2021, but not EU: Report

EU countries need to triple vaccination rate to catch up with UK and US, says German database firm Statista. The United States and the United Kingdom are on course to achieve herd immunity against COVID-19 by the end of 2021 given the speed of their mass vaccination programmes, but key European Union nations are not, […]

Italy’s coastguard searches for survivors after migrant shipwreck

So far 45 people have been rescued, while five to 10 others are believed to be missing off Lampedusa’s southern coast. The Italian coastguard has launched a rescue operation after a boat carrying at least 50 migrants and refugees capsized overnight off the coast of Lampedusa. The coastguard said on Saturday the incident took place […]

At Biden’s G7 debut, leaders focus on COVID recovery

Group of Seven leaders sought to look beyond the COVID-19 pandemic towards rebuilding their battered economies. Group of Seven leaders, who control a little under half of the world’s economy, on Friday sought to look beyond the COVID-19 pandemic towards rebuilding their battered economies. US President Joe Biden and Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi debuted […]

Technocracy is back in Italy – but with a different agenda

On February 13, former European Central Bank (ECB) Governor Mario Draghi was sworn in as Italy’s new prime minister. Draghi was tasked with forming a unity government following the collapse of the previous administration last month. The newly formed government has the backing of a vast cross-section of the Italian parliament, with the far-right Brothers […]

In Pictures: Etna’s spectacular new eruption

Mount Etna belched smoke and ashes in a new eruption this week but Italian authorities said the volcano, one of the world’s most active, did not pose any danger to the villages nearby. “We’ve seen worse,” the head of the INGV National Institute for Geophysics and Volcanology in the nearby city of Catania, Stefano Branca, […]

In Naples, Muslim families struggle to bury coronavirus victims

Naples, Italy – When Ahmed Aden Mohamed brought his mother, Zahra Gassim Alio, to the hospital with knee pain, he never imagined that it would be the last time he saw her alive. After a series of complications, Alio was exposed to the coronavirus and died soon after. When he went to the hospital to […]

Cautious optimism as ‘Super Mario’ takes on Italy’s crises

Milan, Italy – Weeks after a rebellion in the ruling coalition plunged Italy’s government into crisis, the former head of the European Central Bank, Mario Draghi, has been confirmed as the new prime minister. His main task? Leading Italy out of a year-long health emergency and economic crisis. Draghi’s cabinet includes 15 members from all […]

Italy’s Draghi sworn in as PM amid daunting challenges

Mario Draghi heads unity government called on to confront Italy’s coronavirus crisis and economic slump. The Italian president has sworn in a former chief of the European Central Bank, Mario Draghi, as prime minister at the head of a unity government called on to confront the coronavirus crisis and economic slump. All but one of […]

Yellen pledges US cooperation, urges G7 to ‘go big’ on virus aid

US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen told her G7 peers that Washington ‘places a high priority on deepening our international engagement and strengthening our alliances’. United States President Joe Biden’s administration told allies Friday that it was committed to re-engaging with them in order to steer the global economy out of its worst slump since the […]

Mario Draghi forms unity government in Italy

The former ECB chief names unaffiliated technocrats along with politicians from across a broad coalition as ministers. Mario Draghi, the former head of the European Central Bank, has agreed to serve as the next prime minister of Italy and unveiled a cabinet that mixed unaffiliated technocrats with politicians from across a broad coalition. President Sergio […]

Europe’s battered tourism industry sees little respite in 2021

Holiday nights in Italy, Spain and Greece fell by at least 70 percent last year, European data show, with 2021 shaping up to be another quiet year. Across Southern Europe’s tourist hotspots, all they can do is get ready and hope. Vaccinations for the coronavirus are being rolled out, but it’s going to be months […]

As Yellen prepares for G7 talks, leaders look for US cooperation

The G7 will meet this week to discuss the global economic recovery from the coronavirus pandemic and how to tax giant digital firms. Leaders are looking to the Biden administration to show a willingness to work together after four years of Trump’s ‘America First’ agenda. The new administration of United States President Joe Biden joins […]

Italy’s political crisis is an opportunity for the far right

Italy has been one of the countries worst affected by COVID-19. More than 90,000 Italians have already lost their lives to the disease and the pandemic continues to take a heavy toll on the nation. The images of silent “ghost” towns and overwhelmed hospitals will continue to haunt Italians for years to come. The strict […]

In Milan, a free medical clinic serves migrants in the pandemic

Milan, Italy – On a winter afternoon in Milan, a group of people head towards via dei Transiti, a narrow street that runs alongside a small public park, to enter a red building. A sign on its glass door says, in multiple languages: “We do not denounce people without a residence permit.” Ambulatorio Medico Popolare […]

Lockdown bambino bust: 9 months on, Italy births fall 22 percent

Demographics experts have been predicting a baby bust across Europe for 2021, as the effect of last year’s lockdowns is felt. Maybe it was the stress. Maybe it was being cooped up with the mother-in-law. But the numbers are in, and one effect of the coronavirus lockdown is now clear: People made fewer babies. A […]

Versace to unveil new ‘signature’ pattern to reinvigorate brand

Versace will debut a new ‘signature’ pattern for clothes, handbags and other products next month that executives say could singlehandedly reinvigorate the brand. Versace will debut a new pattern for clothes, handbags and other products next month that executives believe can singlehandedly rejuvenate the Capri Holdings Ltd.-owned label as the luxury market looks to recover […]

Italy looks to ex-ECB chief Draghi to end political crisis

The Italian president is expected to ask Draghi to form a non-political government to replace caretaker PM Conte’s coalition. Italy’s president is expected to ask Mario Draghi, the former European Central Bank chief credited with saving the euro, to try to lead Italy through the coronavirus pandemic after last-ditch talks among squabbling politicians failed to […]

A year after the pandemic struck, Italians reflect on their grief

On February 21, 2020, Italy’s “patient one” tested positive for COVID-19 at a hospital in Codogno, a town in Lombardy – and that was the day the lives of millions of people across the world changed beyond imagination. The team at the small hospital soon realised this was not an isolated case. The virus had […]