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    SAN JOSE — The historic Bank of Italy tower in downtown San Jose will begin a long-awaited renovation within weeks, a revamp that will include a new exterior staircase with garden terraces. The renovation is being conducted by a real estate alliance of Westbank, a Canada-based developer with a global reach and Urban Community, a San Jose-based developer headed up by Gary Dillabough and Jeff Arrillaga. “I’m totally excited to get started on this renovation of the Bank of Italy,” said Dillabough, a principal executive with Urban Community. The upgrade will be a top to bottom, inside and outside revamp of the building that will include a brand-new staircase on the south side of the tower, which is located at 12 S. First St. next to East Santa Clara Street. The start of the renovation had been delayed because a considerable amount of remediation work was required inside the building to address legacy asbestos issues. That remediation work is essentially complete now but took longer to complete than the developers initially estimated. “There was more to the remediation than we...
    Oscar and Emmy-winning director Paul Haggis has been arrested in Italy on suspicion of sexually assaulting a woman, local prosecutors said. Haggis, 69, is pictured on a red carpet at the Rome Film Festival in 2015  The Canadian filmmaker, 69, is 'seriously suspected of the crimes of aggravated sexual assault and aggravated personal injury' against a non-Italian woman, prosecutors in Brindisi, southern Italy reported. The prosecutor's office did not respond to after-hours requests for more information Sunday. Haggis wrote and produced Best Picture Oscar-winner 'Crash' and wrote the script for Daniel Craig Bond flick 'Quantum of Solace'. The alleged victim had been staying with Haggis ahead of the festival, prosecutors stated. 'The suspect allegedly forced the young woman, whom he met some time ago, to undergo sexual intercourse,' they added. Following one encounter, the woman was 'forced to seek medical care'. A voice message and email left with one of Haggis's attorneys was not immediately returned, AFP reported. Variety confirmed with LA-based journalist Silvia Bisio, who was set to host a panel with Haggis, that he was arrested. She said...
    KRIS Jenner has shared a clue that she and Corey Gamble might be secretly married while on vacation in Italy with friends. The Kardashians star recently sparked split rumors after her longtime beau wasn't pictured at her daughter's wedding. 5Kris shared photos from her Italian getaway with CoreyCredit: Instagram / Corey Gamble 5Fans spotted a wedding ring on his fingerCredit: INSTAGRAM/krisjenner But now, Kris, 66, has raised marriage suspicions after sharing photos from her trip to the Mediterranean with Corey, 41. The reality star took to her Instagram feed on Sunday night to post memories of their vacation with friends Tommy Hilfiger and his wife Dee Oclepo. The TV personality included snaps of their lavish meals, the beautiful landscape, sunset over the water, a lemon tree, martinis on a yacht, and a group photo of the two couples with a chef. Kris captioned her post: "An amazing trip to the Mediterranean with our besties and partners in crime @thomasjhilfiger @mrshilfiger! Read more on Kris JennerCIAO, BELLA! Inside Kris Jenner’s Italian getaway with Corey GambleWHAT HAPPENS AT SEA... Kris' boyfriend Corey grabs her...
    Gwyneth Paltrow put speculations of a rivalry between her and Kourtney Kardashian to rest. In an Instagram Q&A on Friday the 49-year-old Goop founder clarified that she believes the 'wellness business' has place for every woman, after a fan asked her if she was upset that Kourtney's, 43, brand Poosh 'copied' her. 'This idea that women need to be in competition is legacy patriarchy bulls***,' she wrote, adding '@kourtneykardash is a really good person and also #KRAVISFOREVER.' Supportive: Gwyneth Paltrow, 49, shut down rumors of a rivalry between her and Kourtney Kardashian in an Instagram Q&A on Friday; Pictured 2021 in Los Angeles 'Kravis' is the nickname for Kourtney and her husband Travis Barker, 46, whom she married today in a lavish ceremony in Italy.  RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 2 Next Gwyneth Paltrow, 49, shares her latest beauty hack as she... Apple doesn't fall far from the tree! Gwyneth Paltrow... Bella Hadid takes beau Marc Kalman to shop at Gwyneth... Gwyneth Paltrow wishes lookalike daughter Apple a happy 18th... Gwyneth...
    SINGER Beyoncé has arrived in Italy and is expected to attend Kourtney Kardashian's lavish wedding to Travis Barker.  The former lead singer of Destiny's Child landed in Portofino ahead of the nuptials between Kourtney, 43, and Travis, 46, 5Beyoncé has arrived in Portofino, ItalyCredit: Getty 5Beyoncé is expected to attend Kourtney Kardashian and Travis Barker's weddingCredit: The Mega Agency The Lemonade songstress reportedly checked into the hotel at the Italian village according to Hello!  Other guests at the wedding are supposedly at the same hotel. A source told the publication: "There were about 20 friends and family of the couple staying at the hotel and they were all very friendly, stylish and excited about the wedding.  "We chatted by the pool." The insider concluded: "The town went crazy when the Kardashians arrived – and they all looked incredible close up and looked so happy to be in such a beautiful location for the wedding." More KardashiansREADY, SET, WED! Kourtney teases 'here comes the bride' in mini dress & veil before weddingBELLA KHLOE Khloe flaunts butt & thin waist in short nude dress for...
    KYLIE Jenner has stunned in a black mini dress, and a floral yacht look as the reality star is praised for her "incredible" wedding weekend outfits. Kylie, 24, has shared her trip to Italy for Kourtney Kardashian and Travis Barker's wedding. 5Kylie Jenner stunned in in black dress and wore matching boots with white stripesCredit: Instagram / Kylie Jenner 5Kylie said 'Ciao bella' to her followers on InstagramCredit: Instagram / Kylie Jenner The Kardashians star uploaded snapshots of her steamy black outfit on Instagram.  The Hulu star marched up the marble staircase while wearing knee-high black boots with white stripes. Kylie placed her hand on the reflective surface of the wall.  In the next snapshot, she had her hand on the railing while leaning back.  More KardashiansBELLA KHLOE Khloe flaunts butt & thin waist in short nude dress for Kourtney's weddingNEVER TULLE MUCH See all of the Kardashian wedding dresses including Kourtney's $1.9K mini The volume of her brunette hair covered half her face and teased the fancy earrings on the other side. The reality star was also carrying a white handbag as she posed on...
    (CNN)After an intense competition in the first round of semifinals, ten countries have been selected to move on to the next stage of the Eurovision Song Contest. The Grand Final is set to take place Saturday, following the second of two semifinals, which is set to happen on Thursday in Turin, Italy. After Tuesday's competition, musicians representing the following counties are still in contention: Switzerland, Armenia, Iceland, Lithuania, Portugal, Norway, Greece, Ukraine, Moldovia and the Netherlands. Kalush Orchestra, representing Ukraine, is heavily favored to win, according to Johnny Weir, who hosted the US coverage of the musical competition on streaming service Peacock. Johnny Weir is a Eurovision superfan and its paying offBack in February, organizers for Eurovision caved to public pressure and decided that Russia would not be allowed to compete in the competition. The European Broadcasting Union, which organizes the contest, had initially decided it would allow a performer to represent the country, despite the country's invasion of Ukraine. It changed course less than 24 hours later.Read More"The decision reflects concern that, in light of the unprecedented crisis...
    KOURTNEY Kardashian has gone BRALESS in a tight green dress for her new photos in Italy amid the rumors that she is pregnant with fiancé Travis Barker's baby.  Kourtney, 43, has shared her visit to Lake Como, Italy in a series of Instagram photos. 5Kourtney Kardashian modeled a green dress in an Instagram photoCredit: INSTAGRAM/kourtneykardash 5Kourtney showed off her bedroom in a mirror selfieCredit: INSTAGRAM/kourtneykardash The Keeping Up With The Kardashians alum ditched the bra and modeled in a steamy green dress with a shoulder cutout.  In the mirror selfie, the E! star showed off the antique mirror behind her, which hung from the wall, and the vintage round table. On top of the table, there was a bottle of wine and a plate of grapes. The Kardashians star also took a snapshot while she posed inside the fancy bedroom. Read more about The KardashiansMORE INK Kim's boyfriend Pete seen with neck tattoo featuring all four of her kidsWHAT THE PECK Kardashian fans think producers dropped NSFW hint about Kim's boyfriend Pete A chandelier was hanging from the ceiling and two chairs were planted next...
    An expectant mother who has lived in three different countries during her pregnancy has opened up about her decision to have her baby in Canada after comparing health care systems.  Katie Quinn, an author and food journalist based in Toronto, spent her first trimester in Italy, her second in the United States, and her third in Canada, where she now resides with her husband.  'Living the global life that we've been fortunate enough to live, we needed to choose where to have our child, so I went about my pregnancy with that decision top of mind,' she wrote in an essay for Insider.  Katie Quinn, an author and food journalist, has lived in three different countries during her pregnancy. She spent her first trimester in Italy, her second in the US, and her third in Canada She had access to free healthcare in Italy, but she opted to pay for a private gynecologist because the local hospital didn't have an obstetrician on staff Quinn, who lived in London with her husband at the start of her pregnancy journey, had relocated...
    ROME (AP) — A judge in Genoa on Thursday ordered all 59 defendants to stand trial for the deadly 2018 collapse of a heavily used highway bridge in that Italian port city which sent cars and trucks plunging into the dry riverbed below. Forty-three people were killed when a large section of the Morandi Bridge broke off during a violent rainstorm on Aug. 14, 2018, on the eve of Italy’s big summer holiday. Charges against the defendants include multiple manslaughter and making false statements. Italy’s Rai state TV, reporting from the Genoa courthouse, said trial will begin July 7. It took Judge Paola Faggioni two hours to read aloud all the reasons why she was denying various objections raised by defendants’ lawyers before she ordered the trial. Among those facing charges is Giovanni Castellucci, former CEO of the company that manages many of Italy’s highways and bridges, Rai said. Lawyers for Castellucci expressed confidence that a “fair trial” would find him innocent, the Italian news agency LaPresse reported. Also standing trial are several people who worked for Italy’s transport...
    A Ukrainan woman who earned viral fame on TikTok for documenting her family's life in a bomb shelter during Russia's invasion has successfully evacuated to Italy — but, she revealed in a new video, her 18-year-old brother didn't make it. Valeria Shashenok, 20, has racked up more than a million followers on the app, where she shared stories of her life underground after her home was bombed by Russian forces.  Two weeks ago, she left her parents behind in Chernihiv - a city in northern Ukraine that's been heavily bombed by Russian forces - and travelled alone through Poland and Germany to a host family in Italy. But while she is safely living as a refugee, she tearfully revealed on Wednesday that her younger brother did not survive the attacks. 'Vladimir Putin killed my 18 years old brother in Ukraine while Russian people worry about closure McDonald [sic],' she wrote. Valeria Shashenok, 20, who went viral for documenting her life in a bomb shelter in Ukraine, said her brother has been killed by Russian forces 'Vladimir Putin killed my 18...
    A £700 million superyacht said to belong to Russian despot Vladimir Putin is technically free to sail, the CEO of the firm carrying out its refit has revealed. The Scheherazade – which is listed as the 13th largest yacht in the world - has been at the centre of scrutiny for the last two weeks after reports claimed it was owned by Putin. Currently undergoing a repairs at a dry dock in Marina di Carrara, near Pisa, she was boarded earlier this month by Italian financial police who are investigating its ultimate ownership. Earlier this week allies of jailed Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny claimed it was Putin’s yacht and hours later Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky demanded it be seized when he addressed MPs in Rome. But today speaking for the first time about the yacht, Giovanni Costantino, CEO of The Italian Sea Group, which is carrying out the refit revealed she was free to sail as no confiscation papers had been served. Scheherazade, the world's 13th largest superyacht remain moored in a dry dock in Italy as rumours continue...
    A young Ukrainian girl who fled Vladimir Putin's invasion has been struck and killed by a car driven by an 18-year-old who deliberately ploughed into another teenager who was carrying her, according to local reports. Taia, five, arrived in Crotone with her mother Luda a month ago to escape Russia's imminent assault on their homeland.  However, she was killed when the 18-year-old driver struck a 16-year-old boy who was carrying her in a town near the southern Italian city. Taia, five, arrived in Crotone with her mother Luda a month ago to escape Russia's imminent assault on their homeland. She was tragically killed when the 16-year-old boy carrying her on Sunday was struck from behind by a car The teenage boy - who was walking with his Ukrainian girlfriend, said to be Taia's cousin - survived, but suffered several injuries. The driver of the orange Fiat Doblo was arrested on Wednesday under orders from a local judge, and has been charged with aggravated road homicide. Investigators are looking into whether the 18-year-old drove into the boy on purpose in a personal dispute,...
    A woman is dead after an accident where a bus carrying 50 Ukrainian refugees fleeing the war overturned on a major highway in Italy this morning.  Several are also said to be injured after the incident on the A14 highway near Forli', a town in the Emilia-Romagna region in northeastern Italy, according to a local report.  News site Cronache Della Campania said firefighters were extracting the young woman's body after the incident, which happened just before 7am today.   Before it overturned, the bus had set out from Ukraine and was heading south to Pescara, an Adriatic port city, according to Italy's Interior Ministry. Emergency services used two mobile cranes to set the bus, which landed on its side on a grassy slope, upright and remove it.  The ministry also said the passengers were taken to a nearby police barracks for initial assistance, and would later resume their journey.   It added the rest of those aboard were safely evacuated.   Some 35,000 Ukrainians refugees who fled war in their homeland have entered Italy, most of them through its northeastern border with Slovenia. Yesterday the...
    A TEENAGER with a rare condition has been left unable to breathe unaided and is at risk of becoming entombed in his own body. Jaiden Rogers suffers from Stiff Skin Syndrome which is a condition that causes the skin to harden as it spreads throughout his body. 3Jaiden Rogers was first diagnosed with Stiff Skin Syndrome in 2013, which is a condition that causes the skin to harden as it spreads throughout the bodyCredit: Mercury 3His desperate family are trying to raise funds so that he can continue to have treatment in ItalyCredit: Mercury The 16-year-old has spent two years on a ventilator as his rock-hard skin presses on his vital organs, leaving him unable breathe independently. He was first diagnosed with the condition in 2013. Since then he has baffled doctors with his condition and has also started experimental stem-cell treatment in Italy. The Colorado, US, family has now been left with a £1.1 million medical bill for the treatment that has managed to slow down Jaiden's illness. They are in a race against time to save Jaiden and...
    AN ITALY football legend looked unrecognisable as he moonwalked in the street while stuffing his face with pizza. The retired star was having a ball as he devoured his mammoth slice. 5The former Italy footballer looked unrecognisable in the street and munching pizzaCredit: Instagram @christianvieri 5He produced some questionable dance moves tooCredit: Instagram @christianvieri 5He played 49 times for Italy scoring 23 goalsCredit: Instagram @christianvieri And the footwork left plenty to be desired with some questionable dance moves. Those following the former Inter Milan hero would have been forgiven for thinking it was a random bloke strutting his stuff on a narrow road when it popped up on their Instagram timeline. Especially because he was wearing a puffer jacket, cargo trousers, boots and a backpack. But it was, in fact, Christian Vieri. His bizarre video has racked up more than 1.1million views. Meanwhile, another bonkers clip of him dressed up in a yellow coat and blue hat ready to play padel tennis came next on his timeline. Most read in Premier LeagueDEADLINE DAY Eriksen JOINS Brentford, Dele Alli...
    AN ITALY football legend looked unrecognisable as he moonwalked in the street while stuffing his face with pizza. The retired star was having a ball as he devoured his mammoth slice. 5The former Italy footballer looked unrecognisable in the street and munching pizzaCredit: Instagram @christianvieri 5He produced some questionable dance moves tooCredit: Instagram @christianvieri 5He played 49 times for Italy scoring 23 goalsCredit: Instagram @christianvieri And the footwork left plenty to be desired with some questionable dance moves. Those following the former Inter Milan hero would have been forgiven for thinking it was a random bloke strutting his stuff on a narrow road when it popped up on their Instagram timeline. Especially because he was wearing a puffer jacket, cargo trousers, boots and a backpack. But it was, in fact, Christian Vieri. His bizarre video has racked up more than 1.1million views. Meanwhile, another bonkers clip of him dressed up in a yellow coat and blue hat ready to play padel tennis came next on his timeline. Most read in Premier LeagueGunners news Saliba to Real Madrid, Ruben...
    AN ITALY football legend looked unrecognisable as he moonwalked in the street while stuffing his face with pizza. The retired star was having a ball as he devoured his mammoth slice. 5The former Italy footballer looked unrecognisable in the street and munching pizzaCredit: Instagram @christianvieri 5He produced some questionable dance moves tooCredit: Instagram @christianvieri 5He played 49 times for Italy scoring 23 goalsCredit: Instagram @christianvieri And the footwork left plenty to be desired with some questionable dance moves. Those following the former Inter Milan hero would have been forgiven for thinking it was a random bloke strutting his stuff on a narrow road when it popped up on their Instagram timeline. Especially because he was wearing a puffer jacket, cargo trousers, boots and a backpack. But it was, in fact, Christian Vieri. His bizarre video has racked up more than 1.1million views. Meanwhile, another bonkers clip of him dressed up in a yellow coat and blue hat ready to play padel tennis came next on his timeline. Most read in Premier LeagueUNITED LATEST Pogba EXCLUSIVE, Ronaldo rage at...
    Couples Therapy viewers have criticised a husband who flew to Italy alone on his birthday because his wife of 23 years got too bogged down in planning his dream orgy.  Annie and Mau, from Philadelphia, featured in the Showtime reality show, which sees four real life couples air their relationship woes to therapist Dr. Orna Guralnik and premiered in the UK on BBC2 last night.  The pair opened up about a difficult birthday a couple of years ago, when Mau cancelled the extravagant sex party his wife had organised for him because it had been too meticulously planned. Mau said he wanted 'zero responsibility' and to have as much 'spectacular, enthusiastic and genuine' sex as he wanted, without putting in 'any work on his part'.  And so instead of enjoying the party, flew abroad to spend his birthday alone.  Annie and Mau (pictured), from the US, featured in the Showtime reality show, which sees four real life couples air their relationship woes to therapist Dr. Orna Guralnik and premiered in the UK on BBC2 last night 'He has a lot of...
    An Italian mafia fugitive has been caught after 20 years on the run after detectives spotted him on Google Maps in Spain. Gioacchino Gammino, one of Italy's most wanted mobsters who has been convicted of murder, fled from a prison in Rome in 2002 and was living under the radar in Galapagar, a town north of Madrid. The 60-year-old had changed his name, worked as a chef and opened a fruit and vegetable shop. An Italian mafia fugitive has been caught after 20 years on the run after detectives spotted him on Google Maps in Spain (pictured right, by his grocery store) But Italian police were closing in on him and had a breakthrough when they spotted him by chance on Google Street View standing outside a grocery shop named El Huerto de Manu, Manu's Garden. Gammino had since changed his name to Manuel. RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Camorra mafia's first female boss dies aged 86: Beauty queen... Confession of man behind one of Britain's biggest mysteries:... Share this article Share...
    Former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi has been tipped to make one more run to be Italy's next president. The 85-year-old media tycoon, infamous for his 'bunga bunga' sex parties, remains Italy's longest serving post war leader, having been in office three times. Despite regular brushes with the law - including being convicted of tax fraud in 2013 - and a number of health concerns, he has previously been referred to as 'the immortal' for his longevity in politics. And now, those within his centre-right Forza Italia party, which he led for more than two decades, are tipping him to make one final run for the top job. Antonio Tajani, the deputy leader of the party told the Sunday Telegraph: 'It would be a dream. 'A lot of us have asked him [to run]. When you bring up the subject with him, he just smiles.' Former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi has been tipped to make one more run to be Italy's next president RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Italy's former PM Silvio Berlusconi, 84, is admitted to......
    A female Italian TV reporter was slapped on the rear live on air by a football fan in the aftermath of a game played this weekend to raise awareness of violence against women.  Greta Beccaglia, a journalist with Italy's Toscana TV, was reporting live from outside the Carlo Castellani stadium in Empoli where Fiorentina lost 2-1 to the hosts in a Serie A clash.  Beccaglia was speaking to despondent Fiorentina fans following the game when two men approached her from behind. One of the men appeared to spit in his hand, before slapping the journalist on the rear live on air.  A visibly disgusted Beccaglia turned on the men, wagging her finger before telling them: 'Sorry, you can't do this, I'm sorry.'  But the men quickly made their exit before another fan jumped into shot and swore at the camera.  The incident came in the immediate aftermath of the game in which players wore a red mark on their cheeks during the game in support of the 'give violence against women the red card' campaign, on the same week of the...
    The man convicted of murdering British student Meredith Kercher in Italy in 2007 has insisted he did not kill her, and pointed the finger at Amanda Knox.  Rudy Guede, 34, was formally released on Tuesday, 14 years after the murder and sexual assault of 21-year-old Kercher in Perugia. Rudy Guede, pictured in December 2020, was freed from prison on November 23 Knox, Kercher's American housemate, spent four years in prison for the crime but was acquitted in 2015, and continues to insist she was wrongfully convicted. Guede told The Sun on Sunday: 'The court convicted me of being an accessory to murder purely because my DNA was there but the (legal) documents say others were there and that I did not inflict the fatal wounds.' Asked if he was speaking about Knox and her then-boyfriend, Raffaeele Sollecito, he told the paper: 'I don't want to say anything other than she should read the documents. 'As I told you, they say others were there and that I did not inflict the stab wounds.  'I know the truth and she knows the...
    Italy is reopening its slopes to recreational skiers after one season lost and another abbreviated by the pandemic. Here is a glance at how the season is proceeding in Europe’s Alpine nations. ITALY Italy is reopening for the 2021-2022 season after a near-complete closure last season and an early closure in 2020 after Italy became the first country in the West to detect local transmission of the coronavirus. Government regulations require a health pass to access areas with closed lifts, which can be obtained with proof of vaccination, having recovered from the virus or a negative test in the last 24 hours. The new system launches on Saturday in the first two ski areas to open. Glacier skiing opened already earlier in the month, while the ski season in Italy officially opens Dec. 4. ____ SWITZERLAND Switzerland, which kept its ski slopes open last year, is sticking to its plans again this year. The season has started in pockets that have gotten patches of early snowfall, though it’s not expected to switch into full gear before mid-December....
    From the business savvy courtesans of Renaissance Italy to the Molly houses of Regency Britain, the colourful history of sex for sale is charted in an engaging new book.   Harlots, Whores & Hackabouts: A History of Sex for Sale, by British author Kate Lister, takes readers on an international tour of how sex work was carried out, perceived and regulated during different periods of history, dating back to the Ancient World. The book, divided into chapters focusing on a different era, contains fascinating anecdotes about key sex workers, including the famed Phryne of Ancient Greece, who was said to be so beautiful that simply the sight of her bare breasts was enough to spare her the death penalty.  Queen of the courtesans: The first celebrity courtesan was Imperia Cognati, also known as Imperia La Divina, or queen of the courtesans. Among her patrons was Raphael, who painted this portrait. Imperia is one of the sex workers featured in Harlots, Whores & Hackabouts: A History of Sex for Sale, by British author Kate Lister, which offers a history of sex work Elsewhere, readers are...
    ROME (AP) — Mystery still swirls around Gustav Klimt’s “Portrait of a Lady” nearly a quarter-century after the painting was stolen from an Italian museum, only to turn up at the start of what would become the coronavirus pandemic. Who stole the 1917 artwork and how it wound up stashed inside the museum’s outer walls are still unknown. But the portrait of a young woman with a sensuous side glance will be part of a major exhibition about the work of the Austrian artist that opens in Rome on Wednesday. Experts announced in January 2020 that a painting accidentally discovered the month before by a gardener clearing ivy from the outside walls of the Ricci Oddi Modern Art Gallery in Piacenza was indeed the Klimt that had disappeared from the gallery in 1997. The portrait set against a dreamy, moss green background had been back on display for a matter of weeks when the museum in northern Italy had to close as part of Italy’s first coronavirus lockdown. Only relatively few visitors, mainly from the Piacenza area, had...
    ROME (AP) — Silvio Berlusconi, the former Italian premier, was acquitted of judicial corruption charges on Thursday evening in a trial in Italy, his lawyers said. Various Italian media, reporting from Siena, Tuscany, said Judge Simone Spina, in reading the verdict, said there was no evidence for conviction. Prosecutors had alleged that Berlusconi had sought to corrupt with payoffs witnesses who would be testifying about what happened at the so-called “bunga bunga” parties with young female guests at his villa in Arcore, on the outskirts of Milan. La Repubblica daily quoted one of the defense lawyers, Federico Cecconi, as telling journalists he had informed Berlusconi about the acquittal, and that the 85-year-old billionaire media mogul was “obviously relieved and satisfied.” Also acquitted of judicial corruption was a pianist who worked at Arcore during the evenings, which the defense had described as elegant dinner parties, Italian news reports said. Prosecutors had sought conviction and a prison sentence of four years for each of the two defendants. The trial was an off-shoot of a criminal case that ended up...
    MMA star Conor McGregor has been accused of punching and breaking the nose of an Italian DJ 'for no reason' after they had 'spent the evening' partying together at a nightclub in Rome. McGregor, 33, has travelled to Italy with his family for the christening of youngest child Rian in the Vatican, as well as collecting his new luxurious superyacht.   However, Italian DJ Francesco Facchinetti took to Instagram on Sunday to make a number of claims against the two-weight UFC champion. He alleged that he and his wife had been partying and 'having fun' with McGregor for around two hours prior to the incident, before the Irish mixed martial artist invited them to another party. Conor McGregor carries one of his children at the baptism of youngest child Rian in the Vatican Conor McGregor and fiancee Dee Devlin, on holiday in Rome, are spotted walking the Spanish Steps before indulging in a shopping spree in Via dei Condotti with hundreds of adoring fans It is unknown what caused the alleged incident, but the DJ claimed that McGregor then punched him...
    A BRITISH tourist who was held hostage for eight days in Italy was found chained to a radiator by cops after sending a coded text to his dad. The unidentified 25-year-old man was released after an armed raid by police after he alerted his wealthy family in the UK.  2The 25-year-old man was released after an armed raid by copsCredit: EPA Officers from Scotland Yard and the National Crime Agency - the equivalent of the FBI - were involved in the operation which was carried out in strict secrecy.  The man - whose family are described as "multi millionaires" - was on an extended holiday in Monte San Giusto near Macerata on Italy’s Adriatic coast when the drama happened.  The man used a code ward in a call to his family and they alerted British police who informed counterparts in Italy.  But the motive is shrouded in mystery as only a small 7,000 Euro ransom was demanded by the four strong gang who were also arrested in the blitz. The man was found by officers barefoot and chained to a...
    Ben Affleck knew how to handle a fan that got a little too close to Jennifer Lopez on Saturday.   While the duo were walking through the Marco Polo Airport in Venice, Italy, an overzealous fan rushed up trying to get a photo with the multi-hyphenate, prompting the 49-year-old actor to step in.   A video of the incident shows the Good Will Hunting star pushing the man away to protect his girlfriend, before security takes over.  Safe and sound: The pair continued on their way with ease The couple — who rekindled their romance at the end of April, 19 years after they first got engaged — walked their first red carpet together on September 10.  The very loved up duo did not scale back any PDA at the premiere of Affleck's movie as they were pictured fawning all over each other.  In images he was seen throwing his arm around her waist, resting his hand on her backside, and planting a series of face kisses before they shared a couple smooches.  And the official return of Bennifer delighted fans and...
    Italy Prime Minister Mario Draghi.FILIPPO MONTEFORTE | AFP | Getty Images LONDON — Italy is currently enjoying a "window of stability," according to the head of the European House Ambrosetti Forum, despite the ever-present risk of a political crisis in the country. Speaking to CNBC on the sidelines of the forum Thursday, Valerio De Molli said it is unlikely that Italy will face an economic or banking crisis in the near future. However he added: "The political crisis in Italy is always next door so I cannot bet on all my family on that particular one, but, you know, we have a window of stability, of political institutional stability." Italy has experienced numerous different government formations in recent years, but the political scene has materially calmed down since the appointment of Mario Draghi as prime minister in February. The former European Central Bank chief has managed to get backing from both the left and right political spectrums and is a popular figure among the electorate. However, this stability might not last. "We are not supposed to have any...
    A new shark swims in the waters of the Aquarium of Cala Gonone, in Sardinia (Italy). And it is that at the beginning of this month a baby was born under strange circumstances. There are only two sharks in this tank and both are female. So, in principle, that a baby was born was something unexpected. However, science has answers for everything. Yes, even for this little shark, which they have called Ispera (Hope in Spanish), born to a mother who has not had a relationship with males for at least the last ten years. What is this explanation? The answer lies in parthenogenesis. Until now, shark experts intuited that parthenogenesis in this species could exist; but this case in the Italian aquarium would be the first documented, indicate from Business Insider. Mother and daughter are sharks of the Musolas species (Mustelus mustelus). Parthenogenesis is a process by which females of some species can have daughters when there is no male to reproduce with; as is this case, since in ten years there have not been any inside the...
    Martin Adler rescued the three little ones when the Nazis withdrew in blood and fire from Italy. Photo: ELISABETTA BARACCHI / . Private Martin Adler kept the photo in black and white for most of his life, not knowing the names of the children who posed next to him, nor what had become of them after the end of the World War II. Old Adler had only one certainty that accompanied him all this time: for a second he had not riddled them with bullets. More than 70 years later, the four protagonists were able to meet again in Italy. In the historic image, Martin is dressed in his American soldier uniform and poses with three Italian children he had just rescued when the Nazis withdrew to northern Italy in October 1944. Italy had been invaded by the Third Reich and its troops carried out massacres such as that of Marzabotto, south of Bologna, when the Waffen-SS attacked the civilian population in retaliation for the activities of the partisan resistance. In that context, Bruno,...
    One of Italy's most wanted men, an alleged major cocaine trafficker who investigators say bought two stolen Van Gogh paintings on the black market with drug money, has been arrested in Dubai, Naples-based police said Thursday. Raffaele Imperiale, an alleged kingpin in the Naples-based Camorra organized crime syndicate, was arrested on Aug. 4, Italy's state police and financial crimes police corps said in a joint statement. Imperiale, 46, was being held in the United Arab Emirates while Italy’s justice ministry completes extradition procedures. Italian authorities had been seeking him since January 2016 for alleged money laundering and international drug trafficking as part of organized crime activity, according to the Italian Interior Ministry. He was considered one of Italy's most dangerous fugitives. "He was able to construct an imposing network of international drug trafficking, in particular in cocaine,'' the police said. According to Italian investigators, Imperiale started as an "international broker" in the drug trade in the early 2000s, with his ties to powerful Camorra clans surviving various feuds among Naples mobsters. Imperiale is "a top exponent of international drug trafficking...
    ROME (AP) — One of Italy’s most wanted men, an alleged top drug trafficker suspected of having bought two stolen Van Gogh paintings on the black market, has been arrested in Dubai, Naples-based police said Thursday. Raffaele Imperiale, an alleged kingpin in the Naples-based Camorra organized crime syndicate, was arrested on Aug. 4, said Italy’s state police and financial crimes police corps in a joint statement. Imperiale, 46, is being held in the United Arab Emirates while Italy’s justice ministry completes extradition procedures. Since January 2016, Imperiale has been sought by Italy for international drug trafficking as part of organized crime activity, according to the Italian interior ministry. He was considered one of Italy’s most dangerous and most wanted fugitives. Imperiale was also wanted for alleged money laundering, police said. In 2016, two Van Gogh works, stolen in 2002 from an Amsterdam museum, were found stashed in a farmhouse on property owned by Imperiale in the Naples-area town of his birth, Castellamare di Stabia. “The wealth illicitly accumulated allowed him to buy on the black market two...
    SIMON Le Bon looks glum despite being on his holidays. The Duran Duran singer, 62, went shopping while on a getaway in Italy with his model wife Yasmin. 7Famous 80s pop singer Simon Le Bon was spotted enjoying a holidayCredit: BackGrid 7The Duran Duran singer was seen shopping while on a getaway in Italy with his wifeCredit: BackGrid He walked around in a turquoise Run DMC t-shirt before trying on a few items in a store including a suit jacket. Simon and Yasmin, 56, later enjoyed drinks with pals at a restaurant in Portofino. Aside from his sunny trip, Simon has another reason to smile. The Girls On Film crooner was recently granted permission to extend his ten-bedroom, multi-million-pound London home by a third. Most read in The US SunUNDER PRESSURE Trevor Bauer arrives at court to face accuser in second day of hearing'SWANNING ABOUT' Queen made BRUTAL 'stinging' remark attacking Kate luxury lifestyleMORE MONEY New payment 'to arrive THIS WEEK' from IRS & be deposited in bank accountsBUGGED OUT Bizarre 'daddy shortlegs' insect created by scientists in controversial studyOUTRAGEOUS...
    Amanda Knox has announced that she is pregnant with her first child, just weeks after she revealed she had suffered a devastating and painful miscarriage during the pandemic.  The 33-year-old and her husband, Christopher Robinson, shared the news of their baby joy on the latest episode of their podcast, during which Knox recorded herself celebrating the moment that she learned they were pregnant.  The couple's happy news comes just one month after Knox and Robinson, who tied the knot in early 2020, opened up about their first-trimester miscarriage - with Knox revealing that the loss of her child made her question whether 'something had happened to her in Italy' to cause fertility issues.  Speaking out about her struggle with infertility, Knox, who was convicted and then acquitted of the 2007 murder of her former roommate Meredith Kercher in Italy, recalled having to go through an agonizing induced birth after the miscarriage.   Celebration: Amanda Knox has announced that she is pregnant with her first child, just one month after revealing she had suffered a devastating miscarriage during the pandemic Devastated:...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — “Where have you gone, Joe DiMaggio? A nation turns its lonely eyes to you. Woo, woo, woo. What’s that you say, Mrs. Robinson? Joltin’ Joe has left and gone away. Hey, hey, hey.” Simon & Garfunkel sang those words more than half a century ago, and DiMaggio died in 1999. But the words have taken on a literal meaning again – as a statue of Joltin’ Joe in Chicago has indeed left and gone away, or rather been hauled away. READ MORE: New York City, State Of California To Require COVID Vaccinations Or Weekly Tests For Government Workers; Could Chicago Follow Suit? The statue of the Yankee Clipper vanished two years ago from Chicago’s Little Italy, and community members want to know where it went. As CBS 2’s Jim Williams reported Monday, people say taxpayers spent a lot of money building the plaza where the statue once stood. But the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame said it owns the statue of Joltin’ Joe, and they have the right to move it to a new home....
    ITALY are looking to win the European Championship for only the second time as they face England at Wembley. And once again they will line up in their trademark blue kit. 2Italy sports teams are known for their blue shirts But why do Italian sports teams always wear the colour when it's not featured on their flag? Why do Italy play in blue? As many will have noticed, the Italian flag is red, white and green and does not have any blue on it. And Italy did in fact start off playing in white in 1910, with the country having only completed its unification in 1870 and being unable to decide a colour for its national team. The cost of dye at the time also made white a logical choice for the Italian kit. But from 1911, it was decided that Italy should play in Savoy blue to reflect the colour of its then-Royal Family the House of Savoy. Though Italy became a republic in 1946, the blue colour of its kit was maintained and blue is still featured on...
    THIBAUT COURTOIS has brutally questioned whether Manchester United ace Anthony Martial is a star. Martial's status was debated after Jan Vertonghen mentioned the big names missing at Euro 2020. 3Anthony Martial did not feature at this summer's Euro 2020Credit: Getty 3Thibaut Courtois has raised eyebrows with his commentCredit: Getty Belgium team-mates Courtois and Vertonghen were asked to name the biggest stars to miss this summer's tournament. Courtois is clearly a hard man to please as the only player he mentioned was Sergio Ramos. Speaking to Pickx Sports, Vertonghen suggested Martial which was questioned by the Real Madrid goalkeeper. Courtois said: "Martial? Is he a star player?" The United forward missed the end of the season after suffering a knee injury. ⚽ ENGLAND vs ITALY EURO 2020 FINAL BETTING SPECIAL ⚽ EURO KINGS: Get England to lift the trophy at 30/1 TOP DOG: Harry Kane to score against Italy at 50/1 STER CRAZY: Raheem Sterling to score at 66/1 NO LOSE BET: Get free bet on England game BUILD YOUR OWN: 70/1 bet builder...
    ITALIAN TV presenter DILETTA LEOTTA delivers her verdict on the Euro 2020 final... ENGLAND vs Italy is the final I was hoping for right from the start of Euro 2020. 6Italian TV presenter Diletta Leotta has told SunSport she was dreaming of an England against Italy Euro 2020 finalCredit: Instagram / @dilettaleotta 6Beautiful Leotta admits it won't be easy against the Three LionsCredit: Instagram @dilettaleotta Two teams that have distinguished themselves during this journey for the variety of talent to tap into, the technical qualities of each player, but above all for the ability to create a solid and compact group that has allowed them to overcome any adversity. If this had not been the case, it would have been impossible for Italy to achieve 33 consecutive wins under the guidance of Roberto Mancini. We are two steps away from Spain's absolute record, when they were unbeaten for 35 matches, between February 2007 and June 2009. Thanks to that winning streak, Spain also won a European Championship. And this is what I hope will also happen for Italy. But...
    ITALY star Leonardo Spinazzola has been named the fastest player of Euro 2020 - with three England players in the top 15. Marcus Rashford, Raheem Sterling and Kyle Walker are also among the tournament's top speedsters. 3 But it is Roma full-back Spinazzola who takes the crown along with Hungary defender Loic Nego. The pair have been clocked at a powerful 21 miles per hour during the Euros, edging them past some of the continent's fastest footballers. Kingsley Coman of France and Dutch winger Cody Gakpo came in just behind at 20.9mph. Manchester United duo Daniel James and Rashford have matched each other at 20.8mph - and the pair have been notoriously close on the speed charts for some time. Andreas Christensen of Denmark and Croatia's Josko Gvardiol were the quickest centre-backs, completing the top ten with Spain midfielder Marcos Llorente and Finland's Teemu Pukki at 20.7mph. Spinazzola would be preparing to start in Sunday's final against England yet he suffered a painful Achilles injury against Belgium. COMPETITION: WIN A MERCEDES AMG A45S WORTH £51,000 PLUS UP TO £50k IN...
    A TINY village in Italy is giving away free holidays this summer for tourists wanting a week away. San Giovanni in Galdo, a few hours south of Rome, is hoping to entice holidaymakers to the area. 3You can get a free seven night holiday in Italy this summerCredit: Getty The small village is home to just 533 people but with a view of the Adriatic coast on one side and the Apennine mountains on the other, is a perfect holiday spot. The new scheme called Regalati il Molise, or ‘Give Yourself Molise’ is welcoming tourists to one of three old houses in the area, with a four-bedroom, three-bedroom and two bedroom property. Included in the seven-night holiday are home-cooked meals by locals, as well as free food and wine produced locally. There are 40 holidays on offer between July and October - although as expected, thousands have already applied. The scheme was initially only in July last year, but its success means it could be extended indefinitely this year. 3The tiny village has 40 holidays on offerCredit: Getty 3Lucky guests...
    SAN JOSE — A big-time upgrade of the landmark Bank of Italy historic tower in downtown San Jose is set to get underway within weeks and will include a potentially eye-catching exterior staircase. Westbank, a high-profile development powerhouse, has teamed up with local developer Gary Dillabough to launch a wide-ranging venture that would usher in a dramatic makeover of downtown San Jose, and the Bank of Italy tower is one of the early efforts in the endeavor. “We are really excited about this,” said Andrew Jacobson, head of development for Westbank’s San Jose initiative. “This Bank of Italy building is so iconic.” A top-to-bottom revamp of the tower at 12 S. First St. will transform it into a highrise that will feature offices, retail, dining, and a food culture club. “The goal is to bring the building back to life,” Jacobson said Monday. “What is standing there is beautiful.” Within the next few weeks, structural upgrades will be undertaken on the Bank of Italy tower, which is perched at a key intersection and a few steps away from what’s expected...
    Some of us may have tried to order cuisine from our native country when we're on holiday abroad - to varying levels of success. But an American was left in hysterics at what she thought would be chips and salsa, but turned out to be a packet of crisps and sachets of ketchup and mayonnaise.  The woman, named Kacie Burns, who lived in New York but relocated to Florence, took to TikTok to share the clip.       American Kacie Burns was left in hysterics at what she thought would be chips and salsa, but turned out to be a packet of crisps and sachets of ketchup and mayonnaise @kacierose4 never appreciated it enough 沈 ##americansinitaly ##lifeinitaly ♬ original sound - Kacie Burns She explained that it's 'rare' to find chips and salsa on menus in Italy, so when she spotted it on a night out, she had to try some. Kacie said: 'I live in Italy. I went to a restaurant the other day and say "chips and salsa" on the menu, which is rare to find in Italy. RELATED...
    By Colleen Barry | Associated Press MILAN — The Vatican has formally opposed a proposed Italian law expanding anti-discrimination protections to the LGBT community, a leading Italian newspaper reported Tuesday. Activists immediately denounced the move as “unprecedented” Vatican meddling in Italy’s legislative process. The Vatican foreign minister, Archbishop Paul Gallagher, sent a letter last week to the Italian ambassador to the Holy See saying the proposed law violates Italy’s diplomatic agreement with the Vatican and seeking changes, the Milan-based daily Corriere della Sera reported. Vatican spokesman Matteo Bruni confirmed that a diplomatic communication had been sent on June 17 but did not elaborate. According to Corriere, the Vatican’s objections include parts of the law that would require schools as well as Catholic schools to organize activities on a day designated nationally to fight homophobia and transphobia. Italian politicians and advocacy groups reacted strongly to what they saw as an attempt to derail the Zan Law, named for the Democratic Party lawmaker and gay rights activist Alessandro Zan. In the past, the Vatican has objected to Italian laws legalizing...
    EURO 2020 viewers have been laughing at Manuel Locatelli's reaction to Nicolo Barella throwing a bandage at him. The Sassuolo midfielder did NOT seem happy with Barella's missile and quickly threw it back in the Inter Milan star's face. 5Manuel Locatelli, 23, was on the bench for Italy's Euro 2020 game against WalesCredit: Getty 5Nicolo Barella, 24, was also on the bench and decided to have a bit of fun with the Sassuolo midfielderCredit: RAI1 5But the Inter Milan star's joke didn't go down too well with the rumoured Arsenal targetCredit: RAI1 5Locatelli will be hoping to be on the pitch for Italy's next game of the tournament With Italy's spot in the last 16 of the tournament already secured, manager Roberto Mancini decided to rest Locatelli and Barella against Wales. It proved to be a wise decision by the former Manchester City boss as Italy won 1-0 in Rome, although Locatelli didn't seem to have a great evening on the bench....
    ARSENAL have been handed a blow in their attempts to sign Italy's Euro 2020 star Manuel Locatelli, according to reports. The Sassuolo midfielder showed his ability on the world stage on Wednesday night by scoring twice in his country's 3-0 win over Switzerland. 3Arsenal have competition in their race to sign Manuel LocatelliCredit: Getty 3 The Gunners had already been tracking the 23-year-old star following his impressive campaign for the Serie A side. Boss Mikel Arteta is eager to strengthen his midfield with Matteo Guendouzi, Granit Xhaka and Dani Ceballos heading for the exit door. Sassuolo had slapped a £35million price-tag on their ace before the start of the tournament but that is now likely to rise. According to the Express, Juventus are ready to make their move and are likely to be winning the race ahead of Arsenal for his signature. The Old Lady re-appointed Max Allegri as manager this summer and is plotting a rebuild of the side that finished fourth last season. Their interest is likely to prove bad news...
    A suspected car bomb has been found attached to a local official's vehicle in Rome, sparking an alert ahead of Italy's Euro 2020 game in the city.  The device was discovered in the Piazza Mancini area of the capital, a couple of miles away from Rome's Olympic stadium where Italy are playing Switzerland tonight.  The suspected bomb was found inside the car of Marco Doria, the president for the redevelopment of parks and historic villas in Rome, before it was safely diffused by the authorities, reports Corriere dello Sport.  Still investigating pic.twitter.com/fgN9q61wBN— 414M90 (@414M90) June 16, 2021 The device was discovered in the Piazza Mancini area of the capital, a couple of miles away from Rome's Olympic stadium where Italy are playing Switzerland tonight Suspected car pic.twitter.com/er3HQQhhsV— 414M90 (@414M90) June 16, 2021 Football fans had been passing through the area on Wednesday night, but the roads surrounding the scene were blocked by police after a passer-by reported a suspicious package inside the grey smart car at around 5.40pm.    A bomb squad and police arrived at the scene and video footage...
    Emanuele Filiberto of Savoy, Prince of Venice. Courtesy of Emanuele Filiberto Emanuele Filiberto of Savoy, Prince of Venice, spent 30 years exiled from Italy until 2002. Italy abolished its monarchy in 1946 but Prince Emanuele says their family still has a role to play. He is now an established restauranteur in Los Angeles and a television personality in Italy.  Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Emanuele Filiberto di Savoia, the Prince of Venice, spent the first 30 years of his life away from his ancestral home. In 2002, the Italian government ruled that the Savoy royal family could re-enter Italy after a 56-year exile imposed on male heirs, Prince Emanuele told Insider from his Monte Carlo residence.  "I'd always dreamed of Italy. I always wanted to go back because I felt Italian," Emanuele said. He remembers turning to books, documentaries, and the company of Italians who visited him in Switzerland to stay connected to his heritage until he was allowed to go home.  The BBC previously reported that the country, now a republic, voted to abolish its...
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