News from italy

Six people were killed and dozens were injured in a stampede at a nightclub

January 2019 |
Six people were killed and dozens were injured in a stampede at a nightclub in Corinaldo, Italy, near the eastern coastal city of Ancona. Five of the victims were 14 to 16-years-old. The incident took place during a concert by rapper Sfera Ebbasta...

Facebook was fined 10 million euros by Italian authorities

January 2019 |
Facebook was fined 10 million euros by Italian authorities for selling users’ data without informing them and “aggressively” discouraging users from trying to limit how the company shares their data. The fines were the result of an investigation...

Italian economy loses 236 billion euros a year to corruption

January 2019 |
An analysis conducted by the American NGO RAND for the European Parliament found that the Italian economy loses 236 billion euros a year to corruption, which is about 13 percent of GDP. The figure is twice as high as France and Germany. Eighty-nine...

The Italian government passed a law that clamps down on asylum rights

January 2019 |
The Italian government passed a law that clamps down on asylum rights. Interior Minister and right-wing League party leader Matteo Salvini gets his first major legislative win with the new law dubbed the “Salvini decree.” The new law eliminates...

J. Paul Getty Museum to hand over an ancient Greek statue

January 2019 |
Italy’s highest court has ruled that the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles must hand over an ancient Greek statue that was first discovered by Italian fishermen. The Getty argues that since the statue is Greek, it “is not and has never been a...

Severe flooding in Italy last month resulted in many deaths

December 2018 |
Severe flooding in Italy last month resulted in many deaths. From the floodwaters in St. Mark’s Square in Venice to the overflowing rivers in Sicily, the extreme weather claimed the lives of at least 29 people at press time. High winds flattened...

Stricter penalties on art crime after three stolen artifacts recovered in the U.S. were returned to Italy

December 2018 |
Italy announces stricter penalties on art crime after three stolen artifacts recovered in the U.S. were returned to Italy. The ancient Greek items, a wine carafe, a decanter for precious oils and a soup tureen, had been illegally excavated from an...

Gilberto Benetton died at the age of 77

December 2018 |
Gilberto Benetton, co-founder of the Italian clothing retailer United Colors of Benetton, died at the age of 77. His family told news sources that the businessman died at his home in the northern city of Treviso, where the company is based, after a...

Demonstrations across 60 Italian cities to protest divorce law reforms

December 2018 |
Last month, thousands took part in demonstrations across 60 Italian cities to protest divorce law reforms currently being considered by parliament that they believe are a threat to human rights. Conservative senator Simone Pillon of the League...
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