Category: Italy Bulletins

Italy storms: Two families killed in Sicily house

The flooded house where the tragedy occurred

Two families have been wiped out in Italy after a river burst its banks submerging their house in Sicily.

Nine people died in the incident in Casteldaccia – from children aged one, three and 15 to their grandparents. Only three people who were outside the house at the time survived.

Three other people died when their cars were swept away elsewhere in Sicily.

Days of heavy rain and winds have killed at least 17 other people in Italy, mainly in the north and west.

Some of the worst damage was to roads around Belluno in the northern Veneto region, after days of storms had dislodged mud, rocks and water.

Six regions remain under alert – from Veneto to Sicily and Sardinia in the south.

The tragedy in Casteldaccia occurred overnight on Saturday.

Italian man stabbed to death in London-Bangladeshi woman arrested

Pietro Sanna

LONDON – Pietro Sanna, a young Sardinian man, was recently stabbed to death in his home in Ravenscroft Close, Canning Town, on the west London periphery. He was discovered at 11.40am and pronounced dead at the scene. According to Scotland Yard’s twitter, police have arrested Hasna Begum, 25, from Millwall, Greater London, with Bangladeshi origins, for the murder. She is due to appear in custody at Thames Magistrates’ Court on Thursday after being charged.
Begum is reported to be Sanna’s flatmate, and according to the investigators’ reconstruction of events, it was she who reported the stabbing on Monday, before Giomaria, Sanna’s brother who also lives in London, arrived at his home.
Inspector General Gary Holmes, who is leading the investigation, commented: “This was a brutal and vicious attack on a young man in his home.” It is thought to have caught the victim off guard, and involved a series of knives.
The motive of the stabbing remains unclear. Despite having made an arrest, Holmes stated on Wednesday that ”We are keeping an open mind as to the motive of this attack. At this early stage of the investigation, I would appeal for all witnesses and those with information concerning this fatal attack to contact the incident room as soon as possible.”
The consulate general of Italy in London is remaining in “close contact” with the family members of the victim and in particular with his parents, who arrived in England on Tuesday.
This is the third stabbing in the capital in 24 hours, with other deaths in Baxter Road in Islington and in White Horse Road. Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has pledged an extra £625,000 to fund knife and gang crime projects in the city after the number of offences in London involving knives rose by 11% in 2016.

Italy breaches rights over gay marriage – European court

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Italy violates human rights by failing to offer enough legal protection for same-sex couples, a European court has ruled.

Judges said the government had breached the rights of three gay couples by refusing them marriage or any other recognised form of union.

Italy is the only major Western European country with no civil partnerships or gay marriage.

Prime Minister Matteo Renzi has long promised to pass a law on civil unions.

By failing to introduce new legislation, his government failed to “provide for the core needs relevant to a couple in a stable committed relationship,” the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) ruled on Tuesday.

The court said Italy was in breach of Article 8 – the right to respect for private and family life – of the European Convention on Human Rights.

A small number of municipalities in Italy allow local civil unions, but there is a national ban on same-sex marriage and the benefits of the existing provision are limited.