Draghi: G-20 presidency says Putin won't go to Bali meeting
The Indonesian presidency of the Group of 20 nations has ruled out in-person participation by Russian President Vladimir Putin at the November meeting of the group in Bali, Italian Premier Mario Draghi said Tuesday. The Nov. 15-16 summit had risked awkward diplomatic encounters if Putin were to have come, or the specter of Western leaders not even showing up given Russia's war in Ukraine. The issue was a topic at the smaller Group of Seven summit in Germany that wrapped up Tuesday and included leaders from five major emerging democratic economies — India, Indonesia, Senegal, South Africa and Argentina — which don't all share the G-7's views on the war in Ukraine or on sanctions against Russia.news.yahoo.com
Muti's legacy: respect composers, reject revisionists
In the twilight of his music directorship of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Riccardo Muti candidly outlined his legacy and implored musicians to remember his instruction on Giuseppe Verdi’s operas: use the 19th century scores without altered notes.
Reports: Judge in Italy extends hotel detention for Haggis
Italian news reports say a judge has ruled that Academy-Award-winning film director Paul Haggis should remain under detention in his hotel while prosecutors continue to investigate a woman's allegations that he had sex with her over two days without her consent.
Luttig: Pence avoided a 'constitutional crisis' by refusing to overturn 2020 election
Appearing before the Jan. 6 House select committee on Thursday, retired federal judge J. Michael Luttig testified that if then-Vice President Mike Pence had complied with requests to overturn the 2020 electoral college results on Jan. 6, 2021, it "would have plunged America into what I believe would have been tantamount to a revolution within a constitutional crisis."news.yahoo.com
Justices rule for American woman in bitter custody dispute
The Supreme Court ruled unanimously Wednesday for an American woman who is involved in a bitter international custody dispute with her Italian husband over their young son. The high court threw out lower court decisions ordering the return of the boy to Italy despite finding that he would be at “grave risk of psychological harm” because of the father’s physical and emotional abuse of the mother. Federal courts in New York ruled that judges must try to return children to their usual country of residence by imposing conditions that would mitigate the risk, under the international Hague Convention on child abduction.news.yahoo.com
Italy seizes 4 tons of cocaine linked to Colombian Gulf Clan
Italian agents have confiscated 4.3 tons of cocaine with a street value of nearly a quarter-billion euros (dollars) in the northeastern port city of Trieste, dealing a blow to Colombia’s feared Gulf Clan in one of the largest drug busts ever in Europewashingtonpost.com
Italy seizes 4 tons of cocaine linked to Colombian Gulf Clan
Italian agents have confiscated 4.3 tons of cocaine with a street value of nearly a quarter-billion euros (dollars) in the northeastern port city of Trieste, dealing a blow to Colombia's feared Gulf Clan in one of the largest drug busts ever in Europe.
Ukraine favorite to win Eurovision Song Contest amid war
Against the backdrop of a war in Europe, the hugely popular Eurovision Song Contest reaches its flamboyant climax Saturday night as 25 bands perform in front of a live audience in the northern Italian city of Turin, while millions more watch on television around the worldwashingtonpost.com
Italy freezes superyacht reportedly linked to Russian President Vladimir Putin
The Scheherazade 459-foot superyacht docked at the shipyard in Marina Di Carrara, Italy, on Wednesday, March 23, 2022. WASHINGTON — The Italian government on Friday froze a yacht with reported links to Russian President Vladimir Putin, blocking the vessel from leaving its port. Italy did not name Putin, but various reports have linked the Russian leader to the vessel. On Thursday, Fijian authorities seized a $300 million superyacht owned by sanctioned Russian oligarch Suleiman Kerimov. The Treasury Department estimates that Usmanov's yacht is worth approximately $735 million.cnbc.com
Why the U.S. is going after yachts and mansions of Russian billionaire oligarchs
From chasing down yachts to seizing Italian villas, the global effort to punish Russian oligarchs for their financial ties to Vladimir Putin's invasion of Ukraine has been unprecedented. "This time around, the effort to track down their assets is much greater," Timothy Frye, professor of post-Soviet foreign policy at Columbia University, told CNBC. It's unclear, however, whether the oligarchs hold enough sway over Putin to prompt an end to Russia's ongoing barrage against Ukraine, experts say. Imposing the sanctions against the Russian oligarchs may also prove difficult given the U.S.' strong protections over property rights, Douglas Rediker, a nonresident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, told CNBC. Watch the video above to find out how the Russia's oligarchs came to power, and whether global sanctions against the billionaires could help bring an end to the Russia-Ukraine war.cnbc.com
Japan, Italy to lift defense ties amid China, Russia worries
Japanese Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi said he and his Italian counterpart agreed Tuesday to step up military cooperation as Japan expands security ties with Europe amid concern about Russia's invasion of Ukraine and its impact on Asia. Kishi told reporters that he and Italian Defense Minister Lorenzo Guerini discussed the possible expansion of joint military drills and development of defense technology. Guerini, who is visiting Tokyo, especially expressed interest in possible Italian participation in Japan’s F-X next generation fighter jet, Kishi said, declining to elaborate.news.yahoo.com
AP Was There: The surreal first day of the pandemic
On the day the World Health Organization declared the coronavirus a pandemic, Koloud “Kay” Tarapolsi reflected the views of many people when she told an Associated Press reporter: “If we avoid each other and listen to the scientists, maybe in a few weeks it will be better."
Italy's 80-year-old president sworn in for a second term
President Sergio Mattarella received an astounding 55 rounds of applause from an otherwise divided Italian parliament Thursday during a wide-ranging speech that underlined the need for national unity after he was sworn in to a second term in office.