• Pope appeals for Rome homeless as number of dead from cold rises

    Pope appeals for Rome homeless as number of dead from cold rises0

    FILE PHOTO: Pope Francis leads the Mass on Christmas Eve in St. Peter’s Basilica amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic at the Vatican December 24, 2020. Vincenzo Pinto/Pool via REUTERS January 25, 2021 By Philip Pullella VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Pope Francis on Sunday urged Romans to help the homeless in the Italian capital, after

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  • Italy coronavirus stimulus dispute could push government collapse

    Italy coronavirus stimulus dispute could push government collapse0

    Italy’s Prime Minister answers questions during the end of year press conference. Alessandra Benedetti – Corbis | Corbis News | Getty Images Italy is on the verge of another political crisis as members of the coalition government question the prime minister’s plan for the country’s economic recovery. The southern European nation is no stranger to

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  • Hundreds of birds found dead after New Year’s Eve fireworks displays in Rome

    Hundreds of birds found dead after New Year’s Eve fireworks displays in Rome0

    Hundreds of birds died after many people set off fireworks in the Italian capital on New Year’s Eve, animal rights groups said Friday, calling it a “massacre.” Footage of streets near Rome’s main train station showed dozens and dozens of birds — mostly starlings — scattered lifeless on the ground. The cause of the deaths

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  • New Year’s Eve fireworks spark ‘massacre’ of birds in Rome

    New Year’s Eve fireworks spark ‘massacre’ of birds in Rome0

    Hundreds of dead birds littered the streets of Rome after a barrage of unauthorized fireworks lit up the sky on New Year’s Eve — a scene animal rights activists called a “massacre.” “It can be they died from fear,” Loredana Diglio, spokeswoman for the International Organization for the Protection of Animals, told the Associated Press.

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  • Italy enters Christmas lockdown amid signs of resurgence

    Italy enters Christmas lockdown amid signs of resurgence0

    ROME (AP) — Police in Italy enforced new COVID-19 travel restrictions aimed at limiting Christmas get-togethers involving far-flung family members as public health officials appealed Thursday for a “drastic reduction” in social contacts to prevent new infections over the holidays. A modified nationwide lockdown went into effect on Christmas Eve with restrictions and closures similar

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  • Rome’s Colosseum to get $12M high-tech retractable floor

    Rome’s Colosseum to get $12M high-tech retractable floor0

    Once the wellspring of live sport, Rome’s Colosseum may soon reign again as the world’s most modern stage. After 2,000 years of ruin, Italian officials have launched an initiative to find an architect with the skill and vision to re-create the floor of the 35,000-seat arena, the first of which eroded more than a millennium

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