Rome poised to put first female in mayor's seat

Jun 20, 2016

Rome poised to put first female in mayor's seat

Virginia Raggi was elected Sunday as Rome’s first female mayor, exit polls showed, in an electoral triumph for the populist Five Star Movement that represents a major setback for Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi. Exit polls gave Raggi around two thirds of the vote ...

Spurned boyfriend held for fatally torching Rome student, 22

May 31, 2016

Spurned boyfriend held for fatally torching Rome student, 22

A Rome university student was burned alive by her ex-boyfriend after she left him, authorities said Monday — a slaying one investigator called the most atrocious crime he has seen in his career. Sara Di Pietrantonio, 22, died before dawn Sunday after Vincenzo Paduano, ...

Rome's subway: the eternal project

Apr 17, 2016

Rome's subway: the eternal project

In power for two years, Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi has initiated many reforms aimed at invigorating the anemic economy, including his flagship overhaul of the constitution, which was approved by parliament this past week. But the woes of a major infrastructure project right ...

Pope returns with 12 refugees after visit to Greek camp

Apr 17, 2016

Pope returns with 12 refugees after visit to Greek camp

Pope Francis took three families of Syrian refugees back to Rome on Saturday after visiting the frontline of Europe’s migrant crisis at a camp in Greece where migrants wept at his feet, kissed his hand and begged for help. At a sprawling fenced complex ...

Bach praises all four bids submitted to host 2024 Olympics

Feb 18, 2016

Bach praises all four bids submitted to host 2024 Olympics

The IOC praised the four cities bidding for the 2024 Olympics on Wednesday for relying heavily on existing and temporary facilities to cut costs and avoid white elephants. Los Angeles, Paris, Rome and Budapest, Hungary, delivered their first detailed bid files to the IOC ...

Feb 17, 2016

Candidates set to present 2024 plans

The race to host the 2024 Olympic Games gets under way in earnest Wednesday, with the four bid cities — Budapest, Los Angeles, Paris and Rome — presenting their initial candidature files to the International Olympic Committee (IOC). The first step in an 18-month ...

Feb 3, 2016

Italian Parliament backs Rome 2024 Olympics bid

The Italian Parliament voted on Tuesday to back Rome’s bid to host the 2024 Olympic Games Italian Premier Matteo Renzi is a strong supporter of Rome’s candidacy and the Parliament has now thrown its weight behind the bid. “Today the Italian Parliament adopted, by ...

Jan 27, 2016

Man unwittingly triggers Rome security alert with toy gun

A man who unwittingly caused a major alert at Rome’s central station by wandering through the terminus holding a toy gun handed himself into police on Tuesday after his mother recognized him from security video. Police evacuated the vast station on Monday evening after ...