Rome arrests a gang that specializes in blackmailing tourists

Police in the Italian capital Rome have arrested a three-man gang that specializes in extorting tourist money. The gang members, dressed as gladiators and Roman soldiers, offer tourists the opportunity to take pictures with them in the famous ancient arena “Colosseum” and then ask visitors to pay sums of money in return, police said on … Read more

Sand Hill Road Group’s Matt Mullins’ The Espy-style Brighton home makeover

Matt Mullins of leading Melbourne pub owners Sand Hill Road Group has listed his incredible home in Brighton which resembles the stylish decor of The Espy in style. The five bedroom home 356 New Stis on the market for $6.5 million – $7 million through Marshall White Bayside director Matthew Pillios. Mr. Mullins told Property … Read more

Energy support is central to Italy’s draft budget

Italy’s new far-right government unveiled its draft budget for 2023 on Tuesday, with most of its nearly €35 billion in spending going to the energy crisis rather than flashy election promises. More than $21 billion will be spent supporting households and businesses in the face of skyrocketing energy bills, leaving little for voter-pleasing pledges, such … Read more

Donald Trump: Five reasons why his third presidential run is doomed

In the opening scenes of Gladiator the legate of General Maximus says of the Germanic barbarians: “People must know when they are conquered.” To this Maximus simply replies: “Would you Quintus? Would I?” Two millennia later, another Germanic rebel has declared war on the modern Rome that is Washington DC. Like his ancestors, he does … Read more

Climate activists risk five years in prison for attacking Van Gogh soup

The Italian prime minister calls the stunt ‘vandalism, pure and simple’. Italian climate activists who threw vegetable soup over a painting by Van Gogh at an exhibition in Rome on Friday risk hefty fines and up to five years in prison, according to news reports in Italy. The Rome prosecutor’s office has opened an investigation … Read more

Stand-off in port as Italy accepts only a few rescued migrants

Italy on Sunday hosted families with babies and vulnerable migrants rescued in the Mediterranean, while charities denounced Rome’s decision to send the others back to international waters. While humanitarian ships waited in the port of Catania to disembark the rescued, a migrant rescue hotline said some 500 others had encountered difficulties on the perilous crossing … Read more

Stand-off in port as Italy accepts only a few rescued migrants

Italy on Sunday hosted families with babies and vulnerable migrants rescued in the Mediterranean, while charities denounced Rome’s decision to send the others back to international waters. While humanitarian ships waited in the port of Catania to disembark the rescued, a migrant rescue hotline said some 500 others had encountered difficulties on the perilous crossing … Read more

Climate activists glue hands to Goya frames in Prado ., Spain

Two climate activists each stuck their hands to the list of paintings by Spanish master Francisco Goya in Madrid on Saturday to protest inaction in the face of global warming. The protest at the famous Prado museum did not damage either painting, but protesters scribbled “+1.5°C” on the wall between the two works of art … Read more

Climate activists throw Van Gogh in Rome with pea soup

A group of activists splashed pea soup on a Vincent van Gogh masterpiece in Rome on Friday, in a protest they warned will continue until more attention is paid to climate change. “De Zaaier”, an 1888 painting by the Dutch artist depicting a farmer sowing his land under a dominant sun, was displayed undamaged behind … Read more

Russell Crowe not married to Britney Theriot, says Erin Molan

Russell Crowe has clarified recent media reports stating that he and girlfriend Britney Theriot ran away in Rome – and the actor has confirmed that no, they are not married. And 2Day FM’s breakfast show Hughesy, Ed & Erin got the scoop this morning, with host Erin Molan personally texting Crowe during the show to … Read more