Jul 14, 2014

Costa Concordia is refloated ahead of being towed to Italian scrapyard

The shipwrecked Costa Concordia was successfully refloated Monday in preparation to be towed away for scrapping, 30 months after it struck a reef and capsized. A total of 32 people were killed in the January 2012 accident. Authorities expressed satisfaction that the operation to ...

Naples: green, clean and now bike-friendly

Jul 12, 2014

Naples: green, clean and now bike-friendly

by Paolo Santaluci

Luca Simeone rides his bike along the sunny beachfront of Naples while his little daughter sleeps on the baby seat. It may sound ordinary, but this simple act is revolutionary. Three years ago Naples’ seafront was an urban highway, noisy and smoggy, jammed with ...

Jul 2, 2014

Knox ex says he wasn't with her all evening

The ex-boyfriend of Amanda Knox, on trial with her for the murder of British student Meredith Kercher, distanced himself from his co-defendant Tuesday, saying the two had not been together for the whole evening when the crime took place. Raffaele Sollecito, convicted alongside Knox ...

Rome's Trevi Fountain gets face-lift

Jul 1, 2014

Rome's Trevi Fountain gets face-lift

Rome unveiled the most drastic face-lift for the Trevi Fountain in its 252-year history on Monday, the latest in a series of privately funded restorations to Italy’s prized landmarks. The stone rendering of Tritons guiding the shell chariot of water god Oceanus will be ...

Italy honors artists with inspirational memorials

Jun 28, 2014

Italy honors artists with inspirational memorials

by Christopher Sullivan

For the painters, musicians, sculptors and writers who have inspired this art-loving country for centuries, their works are the truest memorials, whether concertos of Antonio Vivaldi still regularly performed in the Venice church where he served as violin master or Michelangelo’s masterpieces that pack ...

Exuberant Costa Rica turns heads at World Cup

Jun 21, 2014

Exuberant Costa Rica turns heads at World Cup

Had Costa Rica been a less resilient team, it might still be stewing over referee Enrique Osses’ refusal to award a penalty when explosive striker Joel Campbell was taken down in the area. Instead, the Ticos mounted another of their numerous raids on Italy’s ...

Japan earns historic win over Italy

Jun 21, 2014

Japan earns historic win over Italy

Japan proved it’s ready to mix it with the big boys of world rugby Saturday, beating Italy 26-23 to pick up the team’s 10th straight win and first ever over the Azzurri. Inspired by some tremendous scrummaging the Brave Blossoms battered the opposition into ...

Costa Rica stuns Italy to reach last 16

Jun 21, 2014

Costa Rica stuns Italy to reach last 16

Costa Rica buried predictions of its early demise to emerge into the knockout stages of the World Cup for only the second time with a 1-0 Group D win over Italy on Friday that sent England crashing out. Forward Bryan Ruiz headed powerfully home ...

Jun 20, 2014

Brave Blossoms expect tough test against Azzurri

Italy captain Quintin Geldenhuys may have said Friday that the pitch at the Prince Chichibu Memorial Rugby Ground was a “quick fast track,” and that he was looking forward to an “open, running game” when the Azzurri take on Japan on Saturday, but Japan ...

Berlusconi: from sex appeal to legal appeal

Jun 18, 2014

Berlusconi: from sex appeal to legal appeal

As Silvio Berlusconi braces for the start of his appeal trial Friday against a conviction for paying for sex with an underage prostitute, analysts say the career of the man who upended Italian politics is dead. The three-time former prime minister was sentenced last ...

Italy edges England

Jun 15, 2014

Italy edges England

With one nod of his head, Mario Balotelli gave Italy a 2-1 win over England and put the four-time champions in position to go far at the World Cup. The often volatile and often brilliant Italy striker was left unmarked at the far post, ...