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Unrepentant Nazi criminal Priebke chills Rome

By hnn

There has been a renewed call in Italy for one of the oldest surviving Nazi war criminals to repent.

It came on the eve of the 100th birthday of Erich Priebke, who has never expressed remorse for his part in a World War ll massacre at the Ardeatine Caves, on the outskirts of Rome.

The former SS officer is actually still in the Italian capital.

He lives under house arrest in what some in the city regard as conditions that are far too comfortable and lenient….

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Does Caligula deserve his bad rep?

By hnn

Our modern idea of tyranny was born 2,000 years ago. It is with the reign of the Caligula – the third Roman emperor, assassinated in 41 AD, before he had reached the age of 30 – that all the components of mad autocracy come together for the first time.

In fact, the ancient Greek word “tyrannos” (from which our term comes) was originally a fairly neutral word for a sole ruler, good or bad.

Of course, there had been some very nasty monarchs and despots before Caligula. But, so far as we know, none of his predecessors had ever ticked all the boxes of a fully fledged tyrant, in the modern sense.

There was his (Imelda Marcos-style) passion for shoes, his megalomania, sadism and sexual perversion (including incest, it was said, with all three of his sisters), to a decidedly odd relationship with his pets. One of his bright ideas was supposed to have been to make his favourite horse a consul – the chief magistrate of Rome….

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7-29-13

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Pope Francis On Gays: Who Am I To Judge Them?

By The Huffington Post News Editors

Pope Francis has had a busy week at World Youth Day in Rio as he visited his slums and prisons, blessed the Olympic flag and brought three million people to Copacabana Beach for a final Mass on Sunday morning.

Now, Pope Francis has made another headline, this time when the pontiff said, “Who am I to judge a gay person?”

While taking questions from reporters on the plane back to Rome, Francis spoke about gays and the reported “gay lobby.” According to the Wall Street Journal, the Pope’s comments about homosexuality came in the context of a question about gay priests.

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Italy Bus Accident: At Least 24 Dead After Bus Plunges Into Ravine

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ROME — Rescuers are saying that at least 24 bodies have been pulled out of the mangled wreckage of a tour bus that plunged dozens of yards (meters ) off a major highway in southern Italy after slamming into several cars. The bus landed in a ravine.

The Italian news agency ANSA quoted firefighters among the rescuers as also saying at least 11 people were injured in the crash Sunday night on the 116 autostrada near Avellino, some 160 miles (250 kilometers) south of Rome. Italian TV quoted people at the scene as saying about 49 people were on the bus, which was reportedly filled with Italian pilgrims returning from an excursion elsewhere in the south.

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Afghanistan Justice Program Found To Have ‘Serious Deficiencies’ By Inspector General

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WASHINGTON — An award made to an organization to promote the rule of law in Afghanistan does not appear to contain basic provisions that would allow the State Department to ensure proper oversight of a project expected to cost U.S. taxpayers $50 million, federal inspectors said Thursday.

In a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry, the Office of the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction said there were “serious deficiencies” in the government’s award to the International Development Law Organization, which is based in Rome, for the Afghanistan Justice Training Transition Program.

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Video: Take a visual walk through the history of Vespa

By Brandon Turkus

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Vespa, Italy’s legendary scooter manufacturer, might just be the boot-shaped country’s most significant, transport-focused cultural export. With respect to Ferrari, it’s the diminutive and funky scooter manufacturer that put Italy back on wheels after World War II, with its line of user-friendly miniature motorcycles. Even today, Rome, Milan, and Turin are filled with Vespas, while the tiny scooters can be found in major cities all over the world.

Devour has posted a video that was put together by Nomoon, befitting of the brand’s off-beat heritage that recaps Vespa’s 70-year history. In a simple, animated style, Vespalogy shows a number of models that have defined the brand, from the original Paperino (shown above) to the Vespa 150 TAP, a model with an anti-tank gun used by the French military. Even the Vespa 400, a car designed by the brand’s parent company, Piaggio, and built in France by ACMA, gets a shoutout.

If you’re a fan of affordable, fun-to-ride transportation, take a look below for the full video.

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Take a visual walk through the history of Vespa originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 24 Jul 2013 17:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Xbox One Game Prices Announced For UK

Microsoft has announced Xbox One games in the UK will come with a Recommended Retail Price (RRP) of £49.99.

OXM spotted the prices on the company’s online store, which currently lists Dead Rising 3, Ryse: Son of Rome, Forza Motorsport 5 and Kinect Sports Rivals for that price.

Last month, Microsoft announced that first-party Xbox One games would be sold in North America for $59.99, which is the same price games are currently sold for there. In terms of the UK, it’s worth remembering that retailers are likely to undercut Microsoft – in fact, Amazon is already listing Need for Speed Rivals at £43.99.

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Ex-CIA agent convicted in Milan in kidnapping held in Panama

A former CIA base chief convicted in the 2003 abduction of a terror suspect from an Italian street has been detained in Panama after Italy requested his arrest in one of the most notorious episodes of the U.S. program known as extraordinary rendition, Italian and Panamanian officials said Thursday.

Robert Seldon Lady, the former CIA chief in Milan, entered Panama, crossed the border into Costa Rica and was sent back to Panama where he was detained, according to an Italian official familiar with Italy’s investigation of the rendition of Cleric Osama Moustafa Hassan Nasr. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the official was not authorized to discuss the case.

A Panamanian National Police official said Lady, 59, had been detained Wednesday on the Costa Rica-Panama border. The official also spoke on condition of anonymity due to lack of authorization to discuss the matter.

The government of Panama, which maintains one of the region’s closest relationships with the U.S., was officially silent on the case. Security Minister Jose Raul Mulino told The Associated Press that he was unaware of Lady’s detention and the press office of the National Police — which works with Interpol, the international police agency — said it had no information. The CIA also declined to comment.

Nasr, also known as Abu Omar, was hustled into a car in February 2003 on a street in Milan, where he preached, and transferred to U.S. military bases in Italy and Germany before being flown to Egypt. He alleged he was tortured in Egypt before being released.

Italy conducted an aggressive investigation and charged 26 CIA and other U.S. government employees despite objections from Washington. All left Italy before charges were filed in the first trial in the world involving the CIA’s extraordinary rendition program, under which terror suspects were abducted and transferred to third countries where many were subjected to torture.

All the U.S. suspects were eventually convicted but only Lady received a sentence — nine years in prison — that merited an extradition request under Italian legal guidelines. Two former Italian spy chiefs were also convicted this year for their role in the cleric’s kidnapping.

The case caused tensions between Rome and Washington, two traditionally stalwart allies. In April, Italy’s president, Giorgio Napolitano, pardoned a U.S. Air Force colonel convicted in the rendition case, a move Napolitano hoped would keep American-Italian relations strong, especially on security matters.

Napolitano said he granted the pardon in hopes of resolving an affair that the United States considered unprecedented because a U.S. military officer for NATO had been convicted for deeds committed on Italian territory.

The colonel, Joseph Romano, was security chief of the Aviano air base in northern Italy, where Nasr was taken on his way to Egypt.

In issuing the pardon, Napolitano’s office said the president had taken into consideration the fact that Obama, immediately after his election, had put an end to George W. Bush administration anti-terror practices that both Italy and the European Union considered to be “not compatible with fundamental principles of rule of law.”

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Report: Formula E calendar set at ten races, top F1 teams being courted

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Formula E, the open-wheel EV racing series has finalized the calendar for its inaugural season. Set to kick of in 2014, the races looks like to have been distributed quite evenly across the globe.

Two American races (LA and Miami) along with a pair of South American races in Rio and Buenos Aires round out the contests in the New World. London, Berlin and Rome make up the European leg of the championship, while Beijing, Bangkok and Putrajaya cover Asia.

This news follows a report from Autoweek that Formula E is courting some of the top Formula One teams. According to AW, series organizer Alejandro Agag is already in talks with McLaren, and is of the opinion that one day the likes of Ferrari and Red Bull will take part in the emissions free series.

Despite the current lack of big names, the parts of the Formula E cars look promising. Batteries from Williams are mated to electric motors from McLaren, while Dallara provides the chassis. Like F1, there’s only one tire supplier, although we’re happy to announce it’s Michelin rather than Pirelli. Series test driver Lucas di Grassi showed us just what the FE cars can do with an in-car video a few months ago.

As for drivers, we don’t see Sebastien Vettel leaving his gas-powered racer soon. Formula E could see an influx of retired F1 drivers and GP2 veterans, although Agag told Autoweek “I can’t say any names yet.” The series will kickoff in 2014, in the Italian capital of Rome.

Formula E calendar set at ten races, top F1 teams being courted originally appeared on Autoblog on Tue, 16 Jul 2013 18:02:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Divine Inspiration: Is the New Pope Having an Influence on Designers?

By Justin Fenner

Designers get their inspiration from all sorts of places, people, and ideas, but the latest muse to have an influence on the runway seems to have come from above. In her review of the recent collections shown in Rome, fashion critic Suzy Menkes points to Pope Francis as the reason so many designers turned out simple, conservative pieces that look like nothing so much as chic robes and vestments.

“It’s a whole new spirit in Rome, and this is evident when we have a new pope going back to real Christianity, which lately was far from the church,” said Silvia Venturini Fendi, who co-designs Fendi with Karl Lagerfeld. “People are looking for meaning, and the real meaning of fashion is as a tool to express yourself.”

But will people express themselves with conservative clothing inspired by the pope, who tends to wear simpler, more minimal garb than his Prada-clad predecessor? Or have we simply entered a period when many designers are creating more modernist clothing that’s easy to wear? Tell us what you think about this potential new trend by casting your vote below.

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Italian minister under fire in deportation case

Calls are mounting for Silvio Berlusconi’s top political aide to resign as interior minister over the botched deportation of the wife and 6-year-old daughter of a businessman who is a foe of Kazakhstan’s government.

Minister Angelino Alfano has insisted he knew nothing about Kazakhstan’s diplomats urging lower-level ministry officials to deport Mukhtar Ablyazov’s family from their Rome home in May.

Alfano says he will brief the Senate about it Tuesday, a few hours after his ministry cabinet chief resigned in the flap.

Premier Enrico Letta has told Parliament the deportations shouldn’t have been ordered. The woman and child were spirited to Kazakhstan on an Italian government jet.

Any Alfano resignation could threaten the survival of the three-month-old government, a tense coalition depending on Berlusconi’s support. Ablyazov’s whereabouts are unknown.

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ETC: Volvo Pure Tension concept folds solar charging pavilion into trunk

By Jonathon Ramsey

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Even by the ‘anything-goes’ standards of concept cars, this one is a head-spinner: the “Pure Tension” Volvo V60 Pavilion, commissioned by Volvo Italy and winner of the Pure Volvo Pavilion Design competition. The alien form seen hovering all over the rendered V60 is a pavilion, as in the kind erected for trade shows or outdoor events. Developed by Synthesis Design + Architecture, Buro Happold, and Fabric Images, the pavilion is a flexible mesh structure held in place by a carbon fiber rods.

What’s more, the mesh is embedded with photovotaic cells so that the pavilion can absorb energy from the sun or indoor lighting, making it a portable charging station. It can power itself or the crossover, the V60 at the center of it all being a diesel hybrid that plugs straight into the pavilion. When it’s time to go, the entire structure can be folded small enough to fit in the trunk of the car.

We’re told it will be shown in September in Rome. Even if we never see this particular creation on the streets, it’s comfortable proof that our future will eventually be wilder than we can imagine.

Volvo Pure Tension concept folds solar charging pavilion into trunk originally appeared on Autoblog on Tue, 16 Jul 2013 11:03:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Video: Watch Chris Harris pilot a vintage Jaguar C-Type at the Mille Miglia

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Jaguar is a regular runner in the Mille Miglia – in 2010 it entered 27 cars in the historic rally to celebrate its 75th anniversary. This year, in celebration of the F-Type, it registered just four cars with the factory team, but it loaded them up with some bigwig UK celebs like Daniel Day Lewis and Jasmin Le Bon. Chris Harris, our own autoverse celeb, was given a seat in a Jaguar C-Type with professional racing driver Alex Buncombe.

While Harris takes us on a tour of the route, he takes us on an even better tour of what the Mille Miglia is and what it takes to run it. It’s a mess of memories, minutes, mementos and sleepless nights. The C-Type was first owned by Juan Manuel Fangio. Stages are timed and require one to drive at a set speed – once, when Buncombe and Harris arrive 90 minutes early they’re forced to sit in the car for an hour. Then they sleep for four hours before getting back into a C-Type with an unsilenced exhaust. “There’s no better way to get tinnitus.”

You can watch the highlights of Harris’ run from Brescia to Rome and back in the video below.

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Pope spends day in hill town, jokes with residents

For a day, Pope Francis has abandoned his traditional Sunday greeting at the Vatican, opting for an informal front-door encounter in a hill town outside Rome which hosts the papal summer residence.

Unlike his predecessors, Francis isn’t staying in Castel Gandolfo for the summer, but came for the day. Usually when in Castel Gandolfo, pontiffs appear at a window overlooking an inner courtyard or on a balcony facing the town’s main square. This time, Francis spoke to people at their level, standing outside the main entrance, chatting and bending down to kiss babies in strollers.

He joked that he would like to give a cake to help residents celebrate the feast day Monday of the area’s patron saint but didn’t know if such a huge cake could be baked.

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India's Modi sparks outrage with dead 'puppy' remark

Indian Hindu hardliner Narendra Modi, seen as the key opposition challenger in 2014 elections, has said he meant no offence when he compared victims of anti-Muslim violence to puppies run over by a car.

Modi, in an interview published Friday with an international news agency, spoke openly for the first time about 2002 anti-Muslim riots in western Gujarat state in which Hindu mobs killed over 1,000 Muslims.

The controversial Bharatiya Janata Party leader, who is Gujarat’s chief minister and was in power during the riots, said he felt “sad” over the violence — just the way one would feel “bad” when a car runs over a puppy.

The remark to Reuters news agency was splashed on Indian newspaper front pages on Saturday and trended on Twitter.

” ‘Hindu nationalist’ Modi kicks up storm with puppy remark,” said a Times of India headline.

Modi tried to counter the criticism by tweeting late Friday: “In our culture every form of life (including puppies) is valued and worshipped.” But critics were not appeased.

“His comment is very bad, dangerous and humiliating,” said Kamal Farooqi, a senior leader of the regional Samajwadi Party, which draws support from Muslims in India’s most populous state of Uttar Pradesh.

“What is he really saying? Are Muslims less than puppies?” asked Farooqi.

Modi said he would have felt “guilty” over the violence “if I did something wrong” but if “someone else is driving a car and we’re sitting behind, even then if a puppy comes under the wheel, will it be painful or not? Of course it is.

“If I’m a chief minister or not, I’m a human being. If something bad happens anywhere, it is natural to be sad,” said Modi, without explaining why he was not at the wheel during the riots as chief minister.

Ruling Congress party general secretary Ajay Maken said Modi should apologise to the nation “for the kind of words and analogy he has used”.

The regional Janata Dal (United) party called Modi “a very dangerous person”.

National Law Minister Kapil Sibal also waded into the row, demanding to know, “What was he (Modi) doing in the back seat?” when the riots occurred.

Modi, whose state has thrived economically under his leadership, is expected to be tapped as candidate for prime minister if the BJP wins the elections to be held by May 2014.

Modi paints himself as a pro-business reformist who can revive the fortunes of the world’s largest democracy. But he remains a divisive figure nationally after being accused of doing nothing to stop religious riots in his state.

On July 10, Modi tweeted “Happy Ramzan. May this holy month bring joy, peace & prosperity in our lives.”

While he has never been convicted of any offence, one of his former ministers was jailed last year for orchestrating some of the violence and India’s top court once compared him to Nero, the emperor who fiddled while Rome burned.

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Italy Shooting: 2 Policemen Shot In Rome As New Premier Takes Oath Of Office

By The Huffington Post News Editors

ROME — Italy’s interior minister says the shooting that seriously wounded two policemen in a square outside the premier’s office in Rome was a `’tragic criminal gesture by an unemployed man.”

A female passer-by was slightly injured in the shooting, which happened just as Premier Enrico Letta and his new government were being sworn in Sunday elsewhere in the city.

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