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World Oct 19Energy crunch hits global recovery as winter approaches
The world is facing energy crunch, as countries use more energy as they rebound from the coronavirus pandemic, straining gas, oil and other fuel supplies.
Arts Oct 11Murano glassblowing model shattered by methane price surge
Dozens of furnaces that remain on the lagoon island must burn around the clock, or the costly crucible inside the ovens will break. But the price for methane that powers the ovens has skyrocketed fivefold.
Science Sep 28Young activists bemoan climate inaction, demand more say
Youth climate activists Vanessa Nakate and Greta Thunberg have chastised global leaders for failing to meet funding pledges to help poor nations adapt to a warming Earth and for delivering too much “blah blah blah’’ as climate change wreaks havoc.
World Sep 16Italy requires COVID-19 pass for all workers from Oct. 15
The measure underscores the government's determination that Italy will not face another lockdown even as the numbers of new virus cases creep up, mostly among the unvaccinated.
World Jun 05Cruise ships restart in Venice, bring environmental protests
The battle for Venice’s future was stark as the MSC Orchestra set sail with some 1,000 passengers. The voyage heralded the return of cruise ships to the historic city of canals after more than 18 months, but the vessel reignited…
Health Apr 03Young professionals cut ahead of older Italians for vaccine
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.
World Mar 09Russia signs first EU contract to make Sputnik V vaccine in Italy
Russia has signed a deal to produce its Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine in Italy, the first contract in the European Union, the Italian Russian Chamber of Commerce announced Tuesday.
Health Mar 06Europe staggers as infectious variants power virus surge
Genetic analysis confirmed what officials already suspected: The highly contagious coronavirus variant first identified in England was racing through the community, a densely packed city of nearly 40,000 with a chemical plant and a Pirelli bicycle tire factory a 15-minute…
World Feb 27Archeologists find intact ceremonial chariot near Pompeii
Officials at the Pompeii archaeological site in Italy announced Saturday the discovery of an intact ceremonial chariot, one of several important discoveries made in the same area outside the park near Naples following an investigation into an illegal dig.
World Jan 19Italian Prime Minister wins crucial vote in Senate with very thin margin
In pitching for the Senate's backing, Giuseppe Conte acknowledged his government's survival was in its hands. “If we don't have the (vote) numbers, this government goes home,” he said.