News from italy

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...

A bank manager narrowly avoided jail time for stealing from the rich to give to the poor

November 2018 |
A bank manager in the small town of Forni di Sopra in the Dolomites narrowly avoided jail time after being convicted of stealing from the rich to give to the poor. Gilberto Bascheria took small amounts of money from wealthy clients and transferred...

The list of potential hosts for the 2026 Winter Olympic Games

November 2018 |
The list of potential hosts for the 2026 Winter Olympic Games has been narrowed down to Calgary, Stockholm and the combined sites of Italy’s Milan and Cortina d’Ampezzo by the International Olympic Committee (IOC). The 2026 vote is scheduled for...

Domenico Lucano, the mayor of Riace, was placed under house arrest

November 2018 |
Domenico Lucano, the mayor of Riace, a small town in Calabria in southern Italy, was placed under house arrest for his alleged involvement in illegal “marriages of convenience” for immigration purposes. Lucano, who was named one of the world’s 50...
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