Tag: Italy

Amanda Knox, Tearful and Angry, Speaks in Italy, Years After Murder Acquittal

MODENA, Italy — When Amanda Knox, the American whose murder trial had riveted the world, landed at Linate Airport in Milan on Thursday, she immediately engaged in a familiar and uneasy tango with the news media. Straight-faced and stiff-lipped, Ms. Knox dodged flashbulbs as a coterie of bodyguards kept the press at bay. She had […]

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Franco Zeffirelli, Italian Director With Taste for Excess, Dies at 96

Franco Zeffirelli, the Italian director renowned for his extravagantly romantic opera productions, popular film versions of Shakespeare and supercharged social life, died on Saturday at his home in Rome. He was 96. His death was confirmed by a spokesman for the Franco Zeffirelli Foundation in Florence. Critics sometimes reproached Mr. Zeffirelli’s opera stagings for a […]

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Amanda Knox Returns to Italy for First Time Since Her Acquittal

Amanda Knox, the American woman whose sensational murder case in Italy slalomed from conviction to her ultimate acquittal, returned on Thursday to the country where it all started. A flurry of reporters greeted her in Milan when she arrived at the airport. It was the first time that Ms. Knox had traveled to Italy since […]

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Part 3: ‘Italy First’

Listen and subscribe to our podcast from your mobile device: Via Apple Podcasts | Via RadioPublic | Via Stitcher In Italy, hard-right populists have moved from the fringes to run the national government. Now, the country is on the front lines of a nationalist resurgence in Europe. To understand why, we spent a day with […]

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Italy Storms Back Into the World Cup, Stunning Australia in Injury Time

VALENCIENNES, France — Barbara Bonansea is used to the gentle teasing from her teammates: How can someone so tall, they ask her, be so bad at heading the ball? On Sunday afternoon, Bonansea surprised everyone — her teammates, the defenders around her, herself — by popping up, putting her head to a swerving free kick […]

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Eff That Little Album You’re Asking For, Rihanna Is on a Boat With Her Boo and His Fam

Photo: Aurelien Meunier (Getty Images For Fenty) Rihanna and her billionaire boo Hassan Jameel have gotten an early start on their summer of love, it seems! The pair were recently spotted by photographers off the Amalfi Coast¸—a luxe Italian destination I was first introduced to by another billionaire, Jay-Z, when he rapped about that shit […]

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After Fiat-Renault Merger Implodes, Fingers Point to French Government

PARIS — It was supposed to be a transformative merger in an industry facing intractable challenges. But Fiat Chrysler and Renault ran headlong this week into a familiar problem in France: the government itself. With the two companies edging toward a deal, officials in Paris played a role that comes naturally — safeguarding jobs and […]

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Why Fiat Chrysler’s Talks With Renault Fell Apart

The proposed merger of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and Renault, a tie-up seen as a transformative deal in an industry facing with technological challenges, fell apart on Wednesday, and the recriminations started almost immediately. The stock prices of both companies — which jumped after Fiat announced its plan last week — are feeling the effects. In […]

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Fiat and Renault Try to Reassure French Officials and Nissan

PARIS — As Renault board members prepared to meet on Tuesday to consider a merger with Fiat Chrysler, the French government was scrambling to ensure that it would have influence over a proposed tie-up that could significantly change the balance of power in the global auto industry. And another interested party to the potential deal […]

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The Failure to Define Fascism Today

“You can’t define it as good or bad,” Caio Mussolini, great-grandson of Italian dictator Benito Mussolini, told reporters on May 8, discussing fascism during his run for the European Parliament. Fascism was a “complicated, nuanced period.” It’s not the first time the dictator’s progeny have defended him. Last October, granddaughter Alessandra Mussolini, a member of […]

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Their Beach Opera Won at the Biennale. But They Can Hardly Afford It.

VENICE — In the minutes before a daylong performance of “Sun & Sea (Marina),” the Lithuanian opera that won the Golden Lion for best pavilion at this year’s Venice Biennale, the scene backstage was moderate mayhem. Italians, Lithuanians, even two Americans — all volunteers — stripped out of street clothes to don bathing suits and […]

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In Italian Tennis, It’s the Men’s Turn to Shine

PARIS — The sight of two Italian men playing each other at a major tennis tournament, as happened Tuesday at the French Open, will only become more commonplace. In Tuesday’s match on Simonne Mathieu Court, ninth-seeded Fabio Fognini defeated his compatriot Andreas Seppi, 6-3, 6-0, 3-6, 6-3. The two veterans, both in their 30s, were […]

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Will the Radical Right Break the EU?

On June 24, 2016, at the headquarters of the National Front in Nanterre, France, Marine Le Pen hosted an impromptu press conference to celebrate the result of Britain’s referendum on EU membership. “What no one had envisaged a few months ago is now a reality that must be acknowledged by all: Yes, it is possible […]

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