Two wheels bad? Genoa’s scooter riders fight forbidding in birthplace of the Vespa

Italian citys mayor postpones daytime kerb of pre-1 999 motorcycles intended to reduce smog after #handsoffmyvespa social media campaign Scooter owneds in Genoa, birthplace of the Vespa, are celebrating a partial victory after the citys mayor deferred a ban on models rendered before 1999 intended to tackle pollution. The hashtag # handsoffmyvespa ran viral on…

Extreme heat warnings issued in Europe as temperatures pass 40 C

Authorities in 11 countries advise residents and visitors to take precautions amid regions most intense heatwave nicknamed Lucifer since 2003 Eleven southern and central European countries have issued extreme heat warnings amid a brutal heatwave nicknamed Lucifer, with residents and tourists urged the public take precautions and scientists alerting worse could be still to come.…

Nine Ways Youre Cooking Pasta Wrong

Missy Robbins . Photographer: Evan Sung In 2017, Italy landed the No. 1 spot on the Bloomberg Global Health Index. Feeing all that pasta pays off. If there’s a chef in the U.S. who can offer advice on the subject, it’s Missy Robbins of Lilia in Brooklyn’s Williamsburg neighborhood. Bloomberg pronounced the restaurant a” pasta…

Europe’s unprecedented challenge from the authoritarians in the east

How the EU deals with members flouting core western liberal norms and values could overshadow Brexit wrangling in 2018 In 2017, Europe survived the crunch Dutch, French and German elections that- after Brexit and Trump- many predicted would mark the beginning of its aim. In 2018, the biggest threats could come from the east. When…

Italian officials and German firm face legal action over Saudi arms sales

Human rights groups file grievance challenging arms exportations used in Yemen bombing A rare legal action has been launched against Italian government officials and a major European arms manufacturer over alleged involvement in the aerial bombardment of Yemen that has killed thousands of civilians. A coalition of human rights organisations from Germany, Italy and Yemen…

EPA Chief’s Family Also Stayed at Lobbyist’s $50 -a-Night Condo

Ethics counsel says arrangment didn’t violate regulations Pruitt’s Capitol Hill room was’ a gift, ’ watchdog says The Environmental Protection Agency says family members of Administrator Scott Pruitt also stayed in the Capitol Hill condominium partly owned by the spouse of an energy lobbyist under his $50 -per-night lease, but that the arrangement doesn’t violate…

Italy experiencing measles epidemic after fall-off in vaccinations

Italian health ministry said there had been almost 1,500 registered cases of measles this year as US issued a warn to guests about the outbreak Italy has announced that it is experiencing a measles epidemic following a fall-off in vaccinations, as the United States issued a warn to guests about the outbreak of the potentially…

Berlusconi Learns New Tricks as Italy Braces for Shock Comeback

One Monday morning just before Christmas, Silvio Berlusconi walked into an elegant salon at his home near Milan to complete the preparations for a major switching in political strategy. Beneath a grand oil painting of the Italian aristocrat who once owned his villa in Arcore, long-time advisers and outside experts were huddled round a table…

‘Here it is a big dream’: Syrians taken in by Vatican begin new life in Rome

Trastevere becomes temporary home for 12 Syrian asylum seekers after Pope Francis offers sanctuary after Lesbos visit Hot water, a plate of lasagna, the pleasure of a walking, and a night of peaceful sleep. Then, a breakfast with coffee, milk, bread and jam. The twelve Syrian asylum seekers woke up to a new world in…