Frances D'Emilio
Frances D'Emilio
I cover Italy --politics, business, lifestyles, arts, organized crime -- and Vatican for AP. Practical, passionate travel pieces.Source
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Italy to ban mammoth cruise ships from Venice as of Aug. 1

Italy to ban mammoth cruise ships from Venice as of Aug. 1

Declaring Venice's waterways a “national monument,” Italy is banning mammoth cruise liners from sailing into the lagoon city, which risked being declared an imperiled world heritage site by the United Nations later this month. Culture Minister Dario Franceschini said the ban was urgently adopted at a Cabinet meeting Tuesday and will take effect Aug. 1. It applies to the lagoon basin near St. Mark’s Square and the Giudecca Canal, which is a major marine artery in Venice. Franceschini said the government decided to act fast “to avoid the concrete risk” that the U.N. culture agency UNESCO...

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Pope: Migrants begged for help at sea, shamefully ignored

Pope: Migrants begged for help at sea, shamefully ignored

AP NEWSADVERTISEMENThttps://apnews.com/article/africa-europe-religion-migration-9b1e8c9bd5581f058e5d313660fdff40Click to copyhttps://apnews.com/article/africa-europe-religion-migration-9b1e8c9bd5581f058e5d313660fdff40Click to copyRelated topicsVATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis on Sunday decried as shameful the deaths of 130 migrants in the Mediterranean, saying they pleaded for two days for help for their overcrowded, foundering rubber dinghy in the sea off Libya but potential rescuers choose “to look the other way.” Francis called the sea tragedy last week “a moment of shame.” The migrants...

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Young professionals cut ahead of older Italians for vaccine

Young professionals cut ahead of older Italians for vaccine

AP NEWSADVERTISEMENThttps://apnews.com/article/seniors-europe-italy-coronavirus-pandemic-rome-a2f405d8dcc0a55bc5a4d2a6da67c251Click to copyhttps://apnews.com/article/seniors-europe-italy-coronavirus-pandemic-rome-a2f405d8dcc0a55bc5a4d2a6da67c251Click to copyRelated topicsROME (AP) — Octogenarians in Tuscany watched in disbelief and indignation as lawyers, magistrates, professors and other younger professionals got vaccinated against COVID-19 before them, despite government pledges of prioritizing Italy’s oldest citizens. Even some of their adult children jumped ahead of them.By one...

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Boat with 422 migrants, some with COVID-19, heads to Sicily

Boat with 422 migrants, some with COVID-19, heads to Sicily

AP NEWSADVERTISEMENThttps://apnews.com/article/world-news-sicily-italy-oceans-coronavirus-pandemic-adb9f53457476a7ffdb9d89b411896d2Click to copyhttps://apnews.com/article/world-news-sicily-italy-oceans-coronavirus-pandemic-adb9f53457476a7ffdb9d89b411896d2Click to copyRelated topicsROME (AP) — A rescue ship with 422 migrants aboard, a small number of whom tested positive for COVID-19, was headed to a port in Sicily on Sunday.SOS Mediterranee, the humanitarian group which operates the rescue ship Ocean Viking, told The Associated Press that Italy had granted the vessel permission to enter the...

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