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20-May-2019 Rome

Novak Djokovic remains world No. 1 despite loss in Rome

Novak Djokovic kept his lead in the latest ATP men's tennis rankings even after he lost to Rafael Nadal of Spain in the final of the Italian Open.The Serb has 12,355 points ranking first, followed by Spain's Rafael Nadal (7,945) and Roger Federer of Switzerland...

20-May-2019 Rome

Rafael Nadal claims 34th Masters title in Rome

Spain's Rafael Nadal has claimed a record 34th ATP Masters 1000 crown, beating Serbia's Novak Djokovic 6-0, 4-6, 6-1 with a statement victory in an epic Italian Open final.The win on Sunday was huge for Nadal, the world number 2, who broke his tie with Djokovic...

19-May-2019 Rome

Novak Djokovic beats Diego Schwartzman to reach Italian Open final

Serbian world No.1 Novak Djokovic got a stern test from Argentina's Diego Schwartzman but he pulled out a 6-3, 6-7 (2-7), 6-3 victory to advance to the Italian Open final.The four-time Italian Open champion appeared to have the match fully under control when...

19-May-2019 Rome

Italian Open: Rafael Nadal beats Tsitsipas to enter final

Rafael Nadal has cruised into the 2019 Italian Open final at the expense of Stefanos Tsitsipas.The Spaniard, eight-time champion at Rome, took an hour and 42 minutes to edge his Greek rival 6-3, 6-4 in the semis, Efe news reported on Saturday.It was the second...

08-Dec-2018 Rome

Italy nightclub stampede kills 6

At least six people were killed and dozens injured following a stampede at a nightclub in Italy, authorities said.The stampede happened early Saturday morning at the Lanterna Azzurra nightclub in the town of Corinaldo, about 141 km east of Florence. The...

28-Oct-2018 Rome

I would work with Polanski again : Sigourney Weaver

Actress Sigourney Weaver, who worked with Roman Polanski in the 1994 drama "Death and the Maiden", says she would work again with the filmmaker, who pleaded guilty to unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor in 1977.Amid the #MeToo wave which began in Hollywood,...

21-Aug-2018 Rome

Flash floods kill 11 hikers in Italy

At least 11 hikers were killed in flooding caused by heavy rain in the southern Italian region of Calabria, officials said on Tuesday.The hikers were walking in the Raganello Gorge in Pollino National Park in the region when they were hit by a torrent swollen...

18-Aug-2018 Rome

Death toll in Italy bridge collapse rises to 41

The death toll in a bridge collapse in the Italian city of Genoa climbed to 41 even as preparations were underway for a state funeral for all the victims on Saturday.The toll was raised after rescuers found a vehicle with the bodies of another three people...

15-Aug-2018 Rome

Italy government demands resignations after bridge collapse kills 39

The Italian government on Wednesday demanded the resignation of the heads of the company that manages the country's highways, after the death toll in Genoa city's bridge collapse rose to 39, with rescuers continuing their search for possible survivors."The...

15-Aug-2018 Rome

Death toll in Italy bridge collapse rises to 37

The death toll in the collapse of a bridge in the Italian city of Genoa rose to 37 even as rescuers continue to search for possible survivors, Interior Minister Matteo Salvini said on Wednesday.In a tweet, Salvini said the figure included three children...

14-Aug-2018 Rome

22 killed as highway bridge collapses in Italy

A section of a highway bridge collapsed in the Italian city of Genoa during heavy rain on Tuesday, plummeting vehicles up to 90 metres to the ground and killing at least 22 people, officials said.The vice minister for infrastructure, Edoardo Rixi, said...

06-Aug-2018 Rome

At least 67 injured in tanker explosion in Italy

At least 67 people were injured when a tanker that was transporting flammable contents along a ring-road exploded in Italy's Bologna city on Monday, emergency sources said.The Hazchem transporter exploded when it passed near a car dealership, triggering...

22-Feb-2018 Milan (Italy)

Kanika Kapoor attends Milan Fashion Week

Singer Kanika Kapoor, who has sung hits like "Baby doll", "Chittiyaan kalaiyaan" and "Desi look", attended the Milan Fashion Week on the invitation of luxury fashion house Moschino."I have been attending Milan Fashion Week for 15 years now. It is always special...

25-Jan-2018 Rome

3 killed in Italy train crash

At least three persons were killed and 100 injured in a commuter train derailment near Milan on Thursday.Firefighters were trying to free several people trapped in one carriage, between the stations of Treviglio and Pioltello, the Daily Star reported citing...

09-Jan-2018 Rome

169 mafia members arrested in Italy, Germany

Some 169 suspected members of the Italian 'Ndrangheta gang have been arrested in Italy and Germany as part of a joint operation, police said.German police arrested 11 of them in Baden-Wurttemberg, Bavaria, Hessen and North Rhine-Westphalia, the Federal Criminal...

07-Nov-2017 Rome

26 teenage girls found dead in Mediterranean Sea

 Italian authorities have launched an investigation into the cause of death of 26 teenage girls whose bodies were recovered in the Mediterranean Sea, the media reported on Tuesday.The girls, aged 14-18, were believed to have been migrants from Niger and Nigeria...

26-May-2017 Taormina (Italy)

Crowd applauds Trump in Taormina

US President Donald Trump on Friday was applauded by the crowd as he and other leaders attending the G7 summit toured the picturesque Sicilian coastal town of Taormina aboard golf carts."This is fantastic," Trump said as he travelled along Taormina's panoramic...

20-May-2017 Rome

Novak Djokovic eliminates Del Potro to advance to Italian Open semis

Serbian tennis player Novak Djokovic, world no. 2, qualified for the Italian Open semi-final after his victory over Argentine Juan Martin Del Potro here on Saturday.The four-time Serbian champion defeated his Argentine rival 6-1, 6-4, after the game was suspended...

17-May-2017 Rome

Rafael Nadal in third round of Italian Open

Spanish tennis star and World No.4 Rafael Nadal reached the third round of the Rome Masters after compatriot Nicolas Almagro pulled out due to injury here on Wednesday.Almagro was trailing 0-3 to Nadal, a record seven-time champion, when he decided to withdraw...

15-May-2017 Rome

Motivated as ever to reclaim top spot : Novak Djokovic

Serbian tennis star Novak Djokovic on Monday said he remains as motivated as ever to reclaim his old position at top of the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) rankings, although he has not played his best match this year."I felt that the start of the...

09-Feb-2017 Rome

Vatican corrupt, paedophilia 'an illness': Pope Francis

The Holy See is corrupt and the Catholic Church must weed out "ill" priests who sexually abuse children, Pope Francis said in an interview, excerpts of which were published Thursday by Italian daily Corriere della Sera."There is corruption in the Vatican....

21-Jan-2017 Rome

16 killed in Italy bus accident

At least 16 people were killed and 39 others injured on Saturday in a bus accident in the city of Verona, according to rescue officials.The victims were mostly young Hungarians returning home after a trip to France, Efe news reported. Italian news agency...

14-Jan-2017 Rome

Over 25,000 'lone' child migrants reached Italy in 2016 : Unicef

Some 25,800 unaccompanied minor migrants reached Italy in 2016, more than double the figure of 2015, the UN Children's Fund (Unicef) has said.The figure represented more than 90 per cent of a total of 28,200 children entering the country by sea in 2016, the...

03-Dec-2016 Rome

John Kerry presents proposals on Aleppo in line with Russia's stance

US Secretary of State John Kerry made suggestions on Aleppo in line with those of Russian experts, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Saturday.This came as Kerry on Friday met Lavrov here to ease the fighting in the besieged Syrian city of Aleppo."Moscow...

07-Nov-2016 Rome

Human trafficking modern form of slavery : Pope Francis

Pope Francis on Monday decried people trafficking, calling it a "modern form of slavery", a "true crime against humanity" and a "scourge which especially affects women and children"."One of the most troubling of those open wounds (in the world) is the trade...

24-Oct-2016 Rome

5 killed in Malta plane crash

Five persons were killed on Monday when a plane crashed close to Malta International Airport, airport officials said.A Fairchild Metroliner aeroplane bound for Misrata, Libya, crashed at 7.20 a.m. (local time) shortly after takeoff, EFE news reported."We...

03-Oct-2016 Rome

Jesus would welcome gays and transgender people : Pope Francis

Jesus Christ would always help anyone find God, including homosexuals and people who have had gender reassignment surgery or who are considering it, Pope Francis has said."When a person who has this situation comes before Jesus, Jesus will surely not say:...

04-Sep-2016 Vatican City

Mother Teresa finally becomes Saint Teresa

Pope Francis on Sunday declared Nobel Peace Prize winner Mother Teresa, revered for her work among the poor in India, a Saint of the Catholic Church."We declare and define Blessed Teresa of Calcutta to be a Saint," the Pope said to a roar from the thousands...

04-Sep-2016 Vatican City

Mother Teresa finally becomes Saint Teresa

Pope Francis on Sunday declared Nobel Peace Prize winner Mother Teresa, revered for her work among the poor in India, a Saint of the Catholic Church."We declare and define Blessed Teresa of Calcutta to be a Saint," the Pope said to a roar from the thousands...

04-Sep-2016 Vatican City

Pakistani heaps praise on Mother Teresa

A leading Muslim philanthropist in Pakistan has described Mother Teresa as "a great social worker who dedicated her whole life to the service of humanity".Teresa did her work without any distinction of caste or religion, said Faisal Edhi, in a message...

04-Sep-2016 Vatican City

Nun to Saint: Mother Teresa timeline

Landmark events in the life of Mother Teresa who was declared a saint by Pope Francis at the Vatican on Sunday:* 1910: Born Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu in Skopje, present-day Macedonia, on August 26; Baptised on August 27* 1922-1923: At age 12, feels first call...

04-Sep-2016 Vatican City

Mother Teresa is declared Saint Teresa

Pope Francis on Sunday declared Mother Teresa of Kolkata, revered for her work among the poor, a Saint of the Catholic Church."We declare and define Blessed Teresa of Calcutta to be a Saint," the Pope said, to a roar from the thousands gathered at St. Peter's...

04-Sep-2016 Vatican City

Thousands arrive in Vatican for Mother Teresa's canonisation

Tens of thousands of people flocked to Vatican City's St Peter's Square on Sunday to watch Pope Francis declare Mother Teresa a saint.Pope Francis will celebrate a Mass and Canonisation on Sunday on the eve of Mother Teresa's 19th death anniversary. She died...

27-Aug-2016 Rome

Italy mourns quake victims, death toll rises to 290

Italy on Saturday observed a day of national mourning for the people who died when a powerful 6.2-magnitude earthquake hit the mountainous central regions claiming the lives of 290 persons.Flags flew at half mast across Italy as the country remembered the...

24-Aug-2016 Rome

Italy quake toll rises to 247

The death toll from the 6.2-magnitude earthquake that struck central Italy on Wednesday has risen to 247, according to Civil Protection Department officials on Thursday.More than 360 others were injured and many were still believed to be buried under rubble...

24-Aug-2016 Rome

38 die in Italy earthquake

A devastating, 6.2 magnitude earthquake hit central Italy on Wednesday, leaving at least 38 persons dead, 150 missing and thousands homeless, as rescuers raced to dig survivors out of the rubble.Many of the dead were in Pescara del Tronto, a popular holiday...

24-Aug-2016 Rome

Four die as 6 magnitude quake strikes Italy

At least four people were killed as an earthquake measuring 6.1 on the Richter Scale struck central Italy early Wednesday, a government official said.At least four people died in the quake whose epicentre was determined at Rieti, around 170 km southwest...

27-Jul-2016 Rome

World at war over money, not religious faith: Pope Francis

The conflicts afflicting the world are about wealth, power and control of natural resources, not religion, Pope Francis said on Wednesday."It's warfare over interests, money and natural resources, I am not speaking of a war of religion," Francis said after...

07-Jun-2016 Vatican City

Prayers power Christian illumination: Pope Francis

Prayers are the "batteries" that power Christians and allow them to enlighten others, Pope Francis said on Tuesday."Prayers are always the batteries that give Christians light," Francis said in a sermon as he celebrated mass at the Vatican hotel, where he lives."But...

28-May-2016 Rome

45 migrants dead, 135 rescued at sea: Italian Navy

The Italian Navy said late on Friday it has recovered 45 corpses of migrants and saved 135 shipwrecked amid continuous arrivals of refugees and asylum seekers by the Mediterranean Sea.The Italian Navy also added on Twitter that it was continuing the search...

21-Apr-2016 Rome

Marines case dragging on too long : Sergio Mattarella

Italy's President Sergio Mattarella on Thursday voiced solidarity with the Italian marines facing trial in India for the killing of two fishermen in 2012, saying the legal wrangle over the case is lasting "too long"."I want to express my personal closeness and...

25-Mar-2016 Rome

Arms trade behind Brussels 'act of war': Pope Francis

Arms producers and traffickers lie behind the deadly assault on Brussels, Pope Francis said, describing the attacks as an "act of war"."Three days ago an act of war and destruction took place in a European city," Francis said as he celebrated mass with asylum-seekers...

18-Mar-2016 Rome

Pope Francis debuts on Instagram

Pope Francis is launching his own account on the Instagram photo-sharing social network site, under the name 'Franciscus', Vatican Radio reported on Friday.The opening of the Pope’s Instagram account on Saturday will increase his strong presence on social...

11-Mar-2016 Rome

Marquez betrayed me: Valentino Rossi

Italian MotoGP rider Valentino Rossi has said Spanish Marc Marquez "betrayed" him and behaved "like a friend only when he won" stressing that "there will be no more personal relations" with the Honda rider."I let myself be fooled by Marquez, he betrayed me....

01-Mar-2016 Rome

Pope Francis sets up health clinics for homeless

Pope Francis has set up health clinics for the homeless around St Peter's Square in Vatican City."We are equipped to assist everyone who comes to us. This is Pope Francis' wish," papal almoner Konrad Krajewski said.The mobile clinics will be staffed by doctors...

11-Feb-2016 Rome

IS will be vanquished: Matteo Renzi

The Islamic State jihadi group will lose against the international military coalition of countries fighting against it and will be defeated culturally, economically and diplomatically, Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi has said."The unscrupulous terrorists...

03-Feb-2016 Rome

Islamic State growing threat in Libya: John Kerry

The US-led coalition fighting the Islamic State has pushed back the jihadist group in Syria and Iraq but it is a growing threat in Libya, where it could seize its oil wealth, US Secretary of State John Kerry said."In Libya, we are on the brink of getting...

02-Feb-2016 Rome

IS growing threat in Libya : John Kerry

The American-led coalition fighting the IS has pushed back the jihadist group in Syria and Iraq but it is a growing threat in Libya, where it could seize its oil wealth, US Secretary of State John Kerry said on Tuesday."In Libya, we are on the brink of getting...

27-Jan-2016 Rome

Iran doesn't wish to attack, invade any country: Hassan Rouhani

Iran does not intend to attack, invade or interfere in the affairs of any country, its president Hassan Rouhani has said, asserting that his country was a bedrock in the conflict-wracked Middle East."Iran is the safest most stable country in the whole region,...

26-Jan-2016 Rome

Rouhani vows to fight terrorism

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani has pledged to wage a war aganst terrorism "to the bitter end, without equivocation"."Everyone must do their part -- to the bitter end, without equivocation," Rouhani said on Monday at a meeting with Italian President Sergio...

04-Dec-2015 Rome

Bible 'like hand-grenade' in some countries: Pope Francis

Christians are being targeted in some parts of the world merely for wearing a crucifix or owning a bible seen as a "hidden hand-grenade", Pope Francis has said."...Christians are being persecuted for wearing a cross and showing their faith in Jesus. They are being...

21-Oct-2015 Rome

Corruption a cancer of society: Pope Francis

'Corruption' is a cancer to society, Pope Francis has said on his Twitter page.In a message on his Twitter account, which has over 22 million followers, Pope Francis on Tuesday deplored graft, calling it "a cancer on society".The message came on the day when five...

16-Oct-2015 Rome

Torrential rains kill five in Italy

The death toll has risen to five after storms and torrential rains lashed several Italian regions, causing landslides, flash floods and sinkholes.Meanwhile, further flood warnings were issued for Calabria, Sicily, Puglia and Basilicata in the south. A 70-year-old...

20-Jul-2015 Rome

Four Italians kidnapped in Libya

Four Italians were kidnapped in the Libyan city of Mellitah, the foreign ministry said on Monday.The kidnapping took place near the city's ENI, the Italian oil giant, complex, the ministry added.The four worked for the Bonatti...

20-Jul-2015 Rome, Italy

Emirati Business Women bring Talli craft to Italy’s fashion week

Sharjah Business Women Council (SBWC) attended AccademiaItaliana’s fashion show in Rome recently where they showcased the Emirati craft of ‘Talli’ in their designs forAltaRomaAltaModa, Rome’s celebrated Fashion Week. AccademiaItaliana students, who are showcasing...

20-Jun-2015 St Petersburg

BRICS bank to complement, not replace global institutions: Putin

Russian President Vladimir Putin says that the BRICS Bank set up by five countries with a capital of $100 billion will not challenge the existing multilateral institutions.Putin, who was interacting with a dozen visiting wire service reporters, including from...

20-Jun-2015 St Petersburg

No probe, no rebidding on soccer World Cup : Vladimir Putin

Russian President Vladimir Putin has rejected the need for a probe by his country against FIFA, the governing body of global football, because of corruption allegation in the award of 2018 World Cup soccer. He said the World Cup would be held in Russia in 2018...

20-Jun-2015 St Petersburg

Does Modi do yoga? asks Russian President

"Does Modi do yoga?" That was the question posed by Russian President Vladimir Putin when he was told that Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi had started a Ministry of Yoga.He was incredulous that a ministry of yoga (it is called Ministry of Ayush, an abbreviation...

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