George Clooney in Rome for Catch 22 European premiere

George Clooney is in Rome for the European premiere of the television series ‘Catch 22’, based on the 1960s novel by Joseph Heller, and filmed in Sardinia.

Italian President Sergio Mattarella visits Notre-Dame

Italian President Sergio Mattarella visits the fire-ravaged Notre-Dame cathedral before meeting his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron in Touraine to commemorate the 500th anniversary of Leonardo da Vinci’s death. The Italian president’s come after months of diplomatic tensions between Paris and Rome over the hardline policies of Italy’s populist government and its support for France’s anti-government “yellow vest” protesters.. IMAGES

Italian President Sergio Matterella visits Notre-Dame

Italian President Sergio Matterella visits the fire-ravaged Notre-Dame cathedral before meeting his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron in Touraine to commemorate the 500th anniversary of Leonardo da Vinci’s death. The Italian president’s come after months of diplomatic tensions between Paris and Rome over the hardline policies of Italy’s populist government and its support for France’s anti-government “yellow vest” protesters.. IMAGES

Emotions run high as Holy Staircase reopened in Rome

Emotional pilgrims climb the Scala Santa or Holy Staircase on their knees, for the first time since 1723 when the steps were covered in wooden planks to preserve them. The marble staircase of 28 steps is believed in the Roman Catholic tradition to have been the staircase Jesus Christ walked before his judgement before the Roman prefect Pontius Pilate. The steps are open to pilgrims for a short time only, and in two months will once again be covered in wood to protect the soft marble.

Italian PM Conte greets S. Sudan President Kiir in Rome

Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte greets South Sudanese President Salva Kiir in the Italian capital Rome. IMAGES

‘Out, out!’ Protesters make Nazi salute, rally against relocation of Roma families in Italy

Dozens of demonstrators gathered outside a government-run reception centre in Rome’s Torre Maura district on Wednesday, protesting against the arrival of Roma families to the neighbourhood.

Apart from locals, the crowd included supporters of far-right political parties Casa Pound & Forza Nuova. The protesters were seen burning flares, giving Nazi salutes & chanting slogans such as: ‘Italy, fascism and revolution.’

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Italy becomes first G7 nation to sign up for China’s Belt & Road Initiative

Italy became the first G7 nation to sign up for Beijing’s multibillion-dollar Belt and Road Initiative. The deal was struck amid warnings from Rome’s EU partners against negotiating with China alone.

The memorandum of understanding was signed during Chinese leader’s Xi Jinping three-day trip to Rome. The nations also struck additional deals, including in the steel and energy sectors.

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Xi Jinping arrives at Quirinal Palace in Rome

Chinese President Xi Jinping arrives at the Quirinal Palace in Rome meeting his Italian counterpart Sergio Mattarella. It kicks off a whistlestop European tour amid growing Western unease over Italy joining the ever-expanding Asian giant’s new Silk Road project. IMAGES of Xi Jinping arriving at the Quirinal Palace.

China’s Xi Jinping arrives in Italy amid Silk Road unease

Chinese President Xi Jinping arrives in Rome at the start of a whistlestop European tour amid growing Western unease over the economic giant’s new Silk Road project. IMAGES of Chinese President Xi Jinping arriving