Chinese man tackles coronavirus-related racism in Italy

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — A Chinese man stood blindfolded in the streets of Florence, Italy, on Sunday (Feb. 2), in an attempt to stop local residents discriminating against Asian people due to the...

Prada partners with UN on 10-city ocean education project

MILAN (AP) — Italian fashion house Prada is helping to fund a United Nations program that will enlist high school students from 10 cities to spread awareness about how humans impact the world's oceans...

Agents recover stolen 500-year-old copy of Columbus letter

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — Federal agents in Delaware have recovered a more than 500-year-old copy of a letter penned by Christopher Columbus that vanished from an Italian library decades ago. ...

Venetian islands revamp traditions to counter depopulation

VENICE, Italy (AP) — The Venetian island of Burano’s charms are rooted in its fishing legacy: the colorful fishermen's cottages, the traditional butter cookies that kept fishermen going at sea and the...

Legal experts: Polish law undermines judicial independence

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — European legal experts say a proposed law in Poland that gives politicians the authority to fire or fine judges would further undermine judicial independence in the country and v...

Experts say Med Sea altered by Suez Canal's invasive species

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — As Egypt marks the 150th anniversary of the opening of the Suez Canal, marine biologists are bemoaning one of the famed waterway’s lesser known legacies — the invasion of hundr...

European legal experts eye Poland's new law limiting judges

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Law experts are holding talks in Poland on a controversial draft law that would give politicians the power to fire or fine judges in defiance of Europe's principle of judicial in...

Vogue Italia eschews photos for sustainable January issue

ROME (AP) — Vogue Italia has produced its first issue of the new year and decade with an eye on sustainability, substituting fashion illustrations for photographs in an effort to reduce the environmen...

Co-creator defends suspected UAE spying app called ToTok

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The co-creator of a video and voice calling app suspected of being a spying tool of the United Arab Emirates defended his work in an interview with The Associat...

Youths hurl punches, anti-Semitic slurs in Venice attack

ROME (AP) — Venice's mayor says police are investigating an anti-Semitic attack in which youths punched a left-wing Italian politician in the city's St. Mark's Square. Mayor Luigi B...

Paradise Lost: 5 artists explore urban ruins in Taiwan and around the world

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Large-scale infrastructure, glittering high-rise towers, and monstrous factories are the products of urbanization and the expansion of cities, but in the shadow of a glori...

Venice flood damage to St. Mark's Cathedral totals millions

VENICE, Italy (AP) — “Every stone is a treasure,’’ says the technical director of St. Mark’s Basilica’s vestry board, indicating the prized gold-leaf mosaics overhead, the inlaid stone pavement and th...

Venice faces new exceptional flooding, but below peak

ROME (AP) — The Italian city of Venice is facing more intense floods on Monday while still recovering from the exceptional high tide that hit it in November, causing massive damage. ...

Venice hotels counting the cost of November's floods

ROME (AP) — Venice's hoteliers association estimates that the city's hotels suffered about 30 million euros ($34 million) worth of structural damage during November's floods. The ove...

Venice's endurance symbolized in Royal Gardens re-opening

VENICE, Italy (AP) — Venice’s Royal Gardens were first envisioned by Napoleon, flourished under Austrian Empress Sissi and were finally turned over to the public by the House of Savoy, only to fall in...