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ROME | Boat sirens wail, Genoa pauses, month after bridge collapse

ROME — Genoa paused for a moment of silence in memory of the 43 people who died a month ago when a highway bridge collapsed. At 11.36 a.m. local time (0936 GMT), the city marked the moment a month ago when the Morandi bridge collapsed, plunging dozens of vehicles into a dry riverbed. Boat sirens … Continue reading ROME | Boat sirens wail, Genoa pauses, month after bridge collapse

ROME | Renzo Piano offers new bridge design for his beloved Genoa

ROME— Architect Renzo Piano has offered a new bridge design for his beloved hometown of Genoa to replace the one that collapsed last month, killing 43 people, saying it must be built to last 1,000 years and be “simple, solid … but not banal.” Piano joined city and regional officials on Friday to present the … Continue reading ROME | Renzo Piano offers new bridge design for his beloved Genoa

ROME | Spanish rescue boat saves 87 migrants in sea off Libya

ROME — A Spanish rescue boat has saved 87 migrants in international waters in the Mediterranean Sea, and says it’s in touch with several countries about where to bring them. Laura Lanuza, a spokeswoman for the aid group Proactiva Open Arms, says the boat rescued the migrants early Thursday about 54 miles (87 kilometers) off … Continue reading ROME | Spanish rescue boat saves 87 migrants in sea off Libya

ROME | Dozens protest policies in Italy on Roma Holocaust day

ROME  — Dozens of activists have gathered outside Italy’s parliament on Roma Holocaust Memorial Day amid new concerns about discrimination against the minority community. Waving Roma flags and displaying signs reading “Stop xenophobia” and “No to pogroms,” the activists gathered Thursday to remember past mistreatment and to protest current conditions in Italy. Interior Minister Matteo … Continue reading ROME | Dozens protest policies in Italy on Roma Holocaust day

ROME | Aid groups blame Italy after migrants are sent to Libya

ROME — Italian officials deflected responsibility Tuesday after 108 migrants rescued in the Mediterranean were returned to Libya, a move that humanitarian groups said could violate international law. Both Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini and Transport Minister Danilo Toninelli insisted that the rescue carried out by the Italian-flagged Asso Ventotto supply ship was coordinated by … Continue reading ROME | Aid groups blame Italy after migrants are sent to Libya

ROME | Ethnic African athlete latest injured in Italy racism cases

ROME — An ethnic Nigerian, Italian athlete, wounded in the eye by an egg hurled from a passing car, is the latest known victim of a rash of attacks in Italy linked to possible racism. Italy’s anti-migrant Interior Minister Matteo Salvini dismissed as “nonsense” concerns Monday about a “racism emergency in Italy.” Discus thrower Daisy … Continue reading ROME | Ethnic African athlete latest injured in Italy racism cases

ROME | World premieres at Venice for Gosling, Cooper movies

ROME— The Venice Film Festival will feature plenty of Hollywood star power, including premieres for a biopic of astronaut Neil Armstrong starring Ryan Gosling, a period western by the Coen brothers with Liam Neeson, and Bradley Cooper’s directorial debut starring Lady Gaga. The 75th edition of the world’s oldest film festival opens on Aug. 29 … Continue reading ROME | World premieres at Venice for Gosling, Cooper movies

ROME | Vanessa Redgrave to receive career prize at Venice Film Fest

ROME — British actress Vanessa Redgrave will receive the prestigious Golden Lion career prize at this year’s Venice Film Festival. Each year, the Venice Biennale awards two prizes to celebrate careers in cinema, one to a movie director and one to an actor or actress. Together with Redgrave, Canadian filmmaker David Cronenberg will receive the … Continue reading ROME | Vanessa Redgrave to receive career prize at Venice Film Fest