“Anti-coronavirus” beach to be tried out on Apulia coast | AFP

In Italy’s Porto Cesareo, a small seaside town nicknamed “the Caribbean” of Puglia, a private beach is trying out a set-up respecting social distancing rules with chairs and umbrellas placed 1.5 metres apart and ropes to mark out the spaces for future holidaymakers.

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‘Toxic’ Italian steel plant clean-up is a towering task | AFP

Steel giant ArcelorMittal strives to clean up and turn around Italy’s most polluting plant while activists and nearby residents urge its closure. The site in southern Italy’s Puglia region, formerly owned by Ilva, is at the heart of a huge legal battle during which experts cited by prosecutors have charged that 11,550 people died from toxic emissions over seven years.

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