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Italy backlash widens over virus rules as infections leap again

Rome - Business owners and opposition politicians in Italy rebelled on Wednesday against the latest virus restrictions, even as the country registered a record number of daily cases for the second consecutive day.

Italy confronts virus discontent as gloom engulfs global economy

Rome - Italy faced growing discontent and protests over its virus restrictions on Tuesday, as dire figures on global tourism and investment highlighted the devastating economic impact of the pandemic.

Protesters clash with Italian police over anti-Covid measures

Rome - Thousands of Italian protesters angry over new restrictions announced to control the spread of coronavirus clashed with police in cities on Monday as European governments toughened their responses to the contagion.

Dinner off as Italy closes restaurants early in virus crackdown

Rome - Italy's Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte tightened nationwide coronavirus restrictions Sunday after the country registered a record number of new cases, despite opposition from regional heads and street protests.

Far-right protesters clash with Rome police over virus curfew

Rome - Dozens of far-right protesters in Rome clashed with riot police during a demonstration against the curfew early Sunday, as Italy's government prepared to tighten coronavirus restrictions further.

Italy mafias eye virus-weak businesses

Milan - Italian entrepreneur Gabriele Menotti Lippolis can still hear the threat ringing in his ears: "Pay up, or we'll slit you from gullet to gizzard."He has had to fight off extortion attempts not once, but twice.

Pope backs civil unions for gay couples

Rome - Pope Francis on Wednesday voiced support for same-sex couples, calling them "children of God" and saying they should be allowed to have legally recognised civil unions, in a radical shift from previous pontiffs.

Pope says he supports civil unions for gay couples

Rome - Pope Francis defended the right of gay couples to enter into legally recognised civil unions in a documentary that premiered at the Rome Film Festival on Wednesday.

Pope says supports civil unions for gay couples

Rome - Pope Francis defended the right of gay couples to enter into legally recognised civil unions in a documentary that premiered at the Rome Film Festival on Wednesday.

Italy shocked at discovery of foetus graves bearing women's names

Rome - Small crosses made of wood and metal fill Lot 108 of Flaminio Cemetery in Rome, some painted white, some askew or fallen to the ground, all carrying female names.

Torlonia collection's ancient sculptures back on show after restoration

Rome - One of the world's biggest private collections of antique marble sculpture is bringing restored works, from mythical creatures to statues of emperors, back to public display in Rome this month.

As Rome's mayor seeks new term, Romans decry decay

Rome - Emperor Augustus may have boasted of having transformed Rome from a humble brick settlement into a gleaming capital of marble, but many Romans today accuse the current mayor of leaving it a city of potholes.

Study finds preserved brain material in Vesuvius victim

Rome - Brain cells have been found in exceptionally preserved form in the remains of a young man killed in the eruption of Mount Vesuvius almost 2,000 years ago, an Italian study has revealed.

One dead, some 20 missing as storms lash southern France, Italy

Rome - One person died and authorities listed some 20 as missing Saturday after heavy storms lashed southern France and northern Italy with hundreds of aid workers deployed to villages cut off by the deluge.

Salvini migrant case delayed, judge summons Italy PM

Catania - An Italian judge reviewing charges against far-right leader Matteo Salvini that he illegally detained migrants at sea delayed the hearing until November 20 so he could hear from senior members of the government, including Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte....

Pope in first trip outside Rome since virus lockdown

Assisi - Pope Francis makes his first trip Saturday since the Vatican's coronavirus lockdown, though it will be a solitary affair for the crowd-loving Argentine who has had to learn how to be close to the faithful from a distance.

Defiant Salvini readies for migrant trial as allies rally

Rome - Italy's far-right chief Matteo Salvini stands trial Saturday for allegedly illegally detaining migrants at sea, in a case that could see him jailed for 15 years or serve him a political win.

Acquitted Australian Cardinal Pell returns to Rome

Rome - Cardinal George Pell returned to Rome from Australia Wednesday for the first time since being jailed -- and then acquitted -- on child sex abuse charges.

Pompeo calls for pope to show 'courage' over China

Rome - US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo revived a spat with the Vatican Wednesday during a visit to Rome, a month ahead of the US elections and hot on the heels of a diplomatic breach that experts see as an effort to win conservative Catholic votes.

Cardinal Pell 'returning to Rome' after rival falls

Rome - Australian Cardinal George Pell was reportedly to return to Rome Tuesday for the first time since being acquitted of sexual abuse charges, just days after a known Vatican rival was ousted.
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