4th generation diplomat continues family legacy
Courtesy photosAllegra Baistrocchi is serving in a four-year post as the consul of Italy for five states. Allegra Baistrocchi was so interested in the prospect of living in Grosse Pointe that she reached out to the owners of 95 homes for sale last year, hoping one of them would be willing to rent to her,grossepointenews.com
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
Russian Propagandist Vladimir Solovyov’s Italian Villa Torched in Arson Attack
Italian Fire BrigadeItalian firefighters extinguished a blaze set in a brazen dawn arson attack on a lavish villa owned by Vladimir Putin’s top propagandist Vladimir Solovyov early Wednesday.A fire official confirmed to The Daily Beast that the fire nearly engulfed the villa situated on the flanks of Lake Como, which has been confiscated by Italian officials due to sanctions, but which still belongs to the Russian state TV presenter. The villa, with sweeping views over one of Italy’s most idyllinews.yahoo.com
Russian, Ukrainian ballet stars to dance together in Naples
A Ukrainian ballerina who fled the war in her homeland and a Russian ballerina who quit the Bolshoi Ballet over the Russian invasion rehearsed on a stage in Naples for a sold-out benefit performance Monday night to raise funds for the Red Crosswashingtonpost.com
This Trenton restaurant has been serving up delicious Italian food for generations
With mouthwatering pasta dishes, and steaks served in Grandma’s secret sauce, you can really feel the love at Sibley Gardens in Trenton. Michelle Oliver takes us to Dine in the D at this restaurant that has been run by the same family for 4 generations.
A mysterious $700 million superyacht rumored to be linked to Vladimir Putin is now reportedly under control of a British crew after the Russian crew disappeared
The 140-meter-long vessel was previously staffed with crew purported to be employed by Russia's Federal Security Service, or FSO.news.yahoo.com
US intelligence officials believe a $700 million superyacht that's docked in Italy could belong to Russian President Vladimir Putin, reports say
US officials have not yet concluded who owns the superyacht but said they found initial indications that it was associated with Putin, per The NYT.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."
Liverpool vs. Inter Milan - UEFA Champions League: Round of 16 (3/8/22) | How to Watch, Start Time, Preview
As the UEFA Champions League continues on, last year’s champions of Italian football are looking to extend their best run in a decade, as they take on one of England’s top clubs. After going a perfect 6-0 in Group B, they took the first leg against Inter Milan last month in Italy. Watch the UEFA Champions League on FuboTV (7-day free trial)Inter Milan will need almost a miracle to overcome their aggregate deficit. What: UEFA Champions League (Round of 16)Who: Liverpool FC vs. Inter Milan (Second Leg, Liverpool leads 2-0)When: Tuesday, March 8Time: 3:00 p.m. ETWhere: Anfield (Liverpool, England)Channel: CBS, TUDN, UniMasStream: FuboTV (7-day free trial), Sling, DirecTV StreamCheck out the UEFA Champions League results and standingsmlive.com
Shocking Student Suicide at Elite New York School Has Family Fuming
Photo Illustration by Luis G. Rendon/The Daily BeastROME—The Italian parents of 17-year-old Claudio Mandia had just landed at New York’s JFK airport with their three daughters where they had flown from Italy to celebrate their son’s 18th birthday when they were told the devastating news that he was dead.Mandia had been studying as a boarding student at the elite E.F. Academy in the Mount Pleasant hamlet of Thornwood in Westchester County, New York, finishing an international baccalaureate degreenews.yahoo.com
Lawyers: papal decrees violated fraud suspects' human rights
Defense lawyers in the Vatican’s fraud and extortion trial have accused Pope Francis of violating their clients’ human rights by issuing four secret, executive decrees that resulted in an improper investigation and deprived them of basic legal guaranteeswashingtonpost.com
Italy's Sergio Mattarella 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.
No result in 3rd round of vote for new Italian president
The third round of voting for a new Italian president ended has again ended inconclusively, sending political parties into yet more intense negotiations to come up with a viable candidate to replace President Sergio Mattarella, whose term expires next week.