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Italy, U.S. crack down on mafia drug smuggling


A joint Italian-United States anti-Mafia blitz is underway with numerous arrests reported on both sides of the Atlantic.

Posted: February 11th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

UN food agency launches urgent appeal for South Sudan

In this Jan 12, 2014, file photo, a man carrying his belongings stands among the remains of buildings destroyed by the recent fighting, after government forces retook from rebel forces the provincial capital of Bentiu, in Unity State, South Sudan. The UN's food agency launched an urgent appeal Wednesday, Feb. 5, to raise $77 million (57 million euros) for South Sudan, threatened by a major food crisis as basic commodities run out.  AP PHOTO/MACKENZIE KNOWLES-COURSIN

The UN’s food agency launched an urgent appeal Wednesday to raise $77 million (57 million euros) for South Sudan, threatened by a major food crisis as basic commodities run out.

Posted: February 6th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Italian police find relic of John Paul II discarded by thieves

Pope John Paul II with Archbishop Stanislaw Dziwisz as he arrives in the Paul VI hall to hear a "Message from the College of Cardinals to the Holy Father" at the Vatican. AP

Italian police have recovered part of a religious relic stained with Polish pope John Paul II’s blood that was thrown away by thieves thinking it worthless, the Italian press reported on Saturday.

Posted: February 1st, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Amanda Knox saddened by ‘unjust’ verdict

Amanda Knox. AP

Amanda Knox lamented Thursday what she called the “unjust” verdict handed down by an Italian court that reconvicted her for the 2007 murder of her British housemate Meredith Kercher.

Posted: January 31st, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Italy police re-arrest Vatican monsignor

Monsignor Nunzio Scarano. AP

A Vatican monsignor already on trial for allegedly plotting to smuggle 20 million euros ($26 million) from Switzerland to Italy was ordered arrested in a separate case on Tuesday for allegedly using his Vatican bank accounts to launder money.

Posted: January 21st, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Letter bomb in Italy prefecture wounds one


An employee at Naples’ prefecture in southern Italy was lightly wounded on Tuesday after a letter addressed to the prefect exploded in her hands, Italian media reported.

Posted: December 31st, 2013 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

4.9-magnitude quake rocks southern Italy

People sit in the street in Naples, Italy, Sunday, Dec. 29, 2013. Italy's National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology said an earthquake at 6:08 p.m. (1708 GMT) had a magnitude of 4.9 and struck some 10.5 kilometers (6.5 miles) underground. Its epicenter was roughly 55 kilometers (35 miles) northeast of Naples.  AP

A 4.9-magnitude earthquake Sunday evening rocked much of southern Italy, sending frightened people into the streets of Naples and country towns.

Posted: December 30th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Photos & Videos,World | Read More »

2 Italian tourists found dead in Nepal hotel

nepal map

Police in the Nepalese capital say they have found the bodies of two Italian tourists inside a hotel room.

Posted: December 26th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Italian town lights ‘world’s biggest Christmas tree’


A picturesque medieval town in northern Italy on Saturday turned on a giant light installation known as the “World’s Biggest Christmas Tree.”

Posted: December 8th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

UK authorities forcibly removed baby from Italian’s womb – report

Baby Beatriz Joy is born at a makeshift medical center in the storm damaged central Philippine city of Tacloban on November 11 2013. Lying on plywood among a pile of debris, 21-year-old Emily Sagalis cries tears of joy as she gives birth to a baby girl, three days after a super typhoon blew away their home and whipped up waves that swept away her mother. The baby was named to honor her grandmother, who was swept away by powerful waves that washed away entire coastal towns here. AFP

British social services forcibly removed a baby from a pregnant Italian woman’s womb by cesarean section while she was in the country on a work trip, a report said on Saturday.

Posted: December 1st, 2013 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Sardinia mourns flood dead, bad weather moves to mainland Italy

Two tankers are battered by gale winds while at the roadstead in the rough waters of the Gulf of Cagliari, Sardinia, Monday, Nov. 18, 2013. A violent rainstorm that flooded entire parts of the Mediterranean island of Sardinia has led to the deaths of at least nine people. Bridges were felled by swollen rivers and water levels reached 3 metres (yards) in some places. AP

The port city of Olbia in Sardinia held a day of mourning Wednesday and prepared to bury its dead after flash floods left 16 people on the island dead.

Posted: November 20th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Rare zebra-donkey hybrid draws crowds in Italy

Ippo, a three month old zonkey, a crossing between a zebra and a donkey, stands in its pen in a reserve in Florence, on October 11, 2013. AFP/ TIZIANA FABI

An act of love between Martin the zebra and Giada the donkey in the romantic Italian city of Florence has produced a rare “zonkey” baby that is drawing crowds to an exotic animal shelter.

Posted: November 2nd, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Photos & Videos,World | Read More »

Mount Etna volcano erupts; airspace briefly closed

Smoke billows during an eruption of Mount Etna volcano as seen from the village of Viagrande, near the Sicilian town of Catania, Italy, Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013. AP

Mount Etna, Europe’s most active volcano, has erupted, sending up a towering plume of ash visible in much of eastern Sicily.

Posted: October 26th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

  1. Fr. Suarez says last Mass on Easter before returning donated land to San Miguel
  2. Chinese lawyers say they were tortured by police
  3. Hair salon’s Kim Jong Un poster riles embassy
  4. Siquijor ‘healer’: For every cure, there’s a plant
  5. State seeks guilty verdict for Abalos
  6. Why college grads end up in the PNP
  7. Estrada: I will pray for my detractors
  8. Miraculous image makes Gapan City top site for pilgrimage in Central Luzon
  9. I’ll follow my conscience on Estrada, says JV Ejercito
  10. Five men from Cavite found dead in jeep in Batangas
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  2. MH370 co-pilot made mid-flight phone call – report
  3. Netizens cry: 6/55 Lotto was rigged
  4. I’ll follow my conscience on Estrada, says JV Ejercito
  5. ‘Wife of Jesus’ theory papyrus not fake – Harvard study
  6. Fr. Suarez says last Mass on Easter before returning donated land to San Miguel
  7. Gay college instructor arrested for oral sex with student
  8. ‘King’ Yabut and I: Driver bares Makati dad ‘abuses’
  9. It was difficult having Japanese blood
  10. Palace: We can’t blame increase in population on Vitangcol
  1. KL confirms Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370 ended in Indian Ocean
  2. MRT passengers pass the hat for 6-year-old Ashley
  3. Pork payoffs to newscasters Erwin Tulfo, Del Prado, others bared
  4. UP back on top as ‘average’ student aces bar
  5. Rookie, lady cops lauded for quick response to MOA heist
  6. Model Helena Belmonte wished ‘to slash her wrist and hope to die’
  7. Malaysia averts another air tragedy; pilot lands troubled plane safely
  8. Revilla says he was joking; Lacson stands by his story
  9. Revilla ‘consulted’ Lacson on how he evaded arrest
  10. Police rule out foul play in Helena Belmonte’s death as boyfriend is ‘traumatized’


  • After quake, makeshift churches welcome pilgrims in Bohol
  • UN warns banana fungus spreading from Southeast Asia
  • Massive infra spending set
  • ‘No real progress in PH if dynasties not dismantled’
  • Cardinal Tagle to faithful: Join politics to clean it
  • Sports

  • Federer would skip tennis to be with wife, newborn
  • Manny Pacquiao in PBA? If so, he’ll wear No. 17
  • PSC sets Blu Girls US training
  • Power Pinoys settle for 7th place
  • Successful coaches to get raise
  • Lifestyle

  • ‘Labahita a la bacalao’
  • This is not just a farm
  • Clams and garlic, softshell crab risotto–not your usual seafood fare for Holy Week
  • Moist, extra-tender blueberry muffins
  • The truffled mac ‘n’ cheese, eggs benedict, chicken leg confit are excellent
  • Entertainment

  • Why Lucky has not bought an engagement ring for Angel
  • Derek more private with new girlfriend
  • ‘Community’ star happy with return of show’s creator
  • Jealousy is kid stuff
  • Mommy-daughter adventure continues
  • Business

  • PH presses bid to keep rice import controls
  • PSEi continues to gain
  • Number of retrenched workers rose by 42% in ’13
  • PH seen to sustain rise in FDIs
  • Gov’t subsidies to state firms fell in first 2 months
  • Technology

  • Smart phone apps and sites perfect for the Holy Week
  • Tech company: Change passwords or suffer ‘Heartbleed’
  • Filling the digital talent gap
  • SSS to shut down website for Holy Week
  • Another reason to quit social media this Holy Week: your safety
  • Opinion

  • Editorial cartoon, April 17, 2014
  • A humbler Church
  • Deepest darkness
  • ‘Agnihotra’ for Earth’s health
  • It’s the Holy Week, time to think of others
  • Global Nation

  • First Fil-Am elected to Sierra Madre, Calif. city council
  • UC Irvine cultural night to dramatize clash of values in immigrant family
  • Filipino sweets and info served at UC Berkeley Spring Fest
  • Milpitas, California kids wrap up a successful run of ‘The Wiz’
  • Netizens welcome Japan’s visa-free travel plan
  • Marketplace