Italian quake toll nears 250 as rescuers struggle to find survivors

World Aug 25, 2016

Italian quake toll nears 250 as rescuers struggle to find survivors

The death toll from a devastating earthquake in central Italy rose to at least 247 people early on Thursday after rescue teams worked through the night to try to find survivors under the rubble of flattened towns. The magnitude-6.2 quake struck mountain communities 140 km ...

Rome's subway: the eternal project

World 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 under ...

Pope returns with 12 refugees after visit to Greek camp

World 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 on ...

World / Offbeat 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 receiving ...

I'm old, ailing, too, pope tells elderly and sick

World May 4, 2015

I'm old, ailing, too, pope tells elderly and sick

Pope Francis on Sunday asked a group of elderly and sick members of Rome's seaside parish to pray for him because he, too, had grown old and was ailing. "Pray for me, too, eh," Francis told the parishioners in a private meeting that was later ...

The Great Beauty

Film / Reviews Aug 20, 2014

The Great Beauty

by Kaori Shoji

'The Great Beauty" recalls two other films set in Rome: "La Dolce Vita" and "Roman Holiday." The former takes huge bites out of the city's decadence and debauchery in much the same way as "The Great Beauty." The latter takes a mere lick at ...

Sacro GRA

Film / Reviews Aug 20, 2014

Sacro GRA

by Kaori Shoji

"Sacro GRA" takes the all-roads-lead-to-Rome adage one step further by telling us that one of those roads is actually sacred — the 65-odd-km GRA (Grande Raccordo Anulare). It's Italy's most expensive highway, circling Rome in one big loop. Documentarian Gianfranco Rosi took his camera ...