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Regional News • Europe
Rome to impose a nightly curfew
Rome during the Covid-19 lockdown in March 2020
Rome during the Covid-19 lockdown in March 2020 Credit: Camelia.boban (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 4.0)

The Lazio region in Italy that includes the capital Rome plans to introduce a curfew from midnight to 5 am to try to reduce the surging Covid-19 infections.

According to Reuters, sources in the regional government said the new rules would be effective from Friday. Also, the source said, the region would introduce restrictions on schools and universities.

Lifestyle • Religion
Pope Francis endorses same-sex civil unions
Pope Francis
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Pope Francis as made his most explicit endorsement of same-sex civil unions since becoming pontiff while being interviewed for the feature-length documentary “Francesco,” which premiered Wednesday at the Rome Film Festival.

"Homosexual people have the right to be in a family. They are children of God," Francis said in one of his sit-down interviews for the film. "You can't kick someone out of a family, nor make their life miserable for this. What we have to have is a civil union law; that way they are legally covered."

Regional News • Europe
Italy registers a record of 10,925 new daily Covid-19 cases
Rome during the Covid-19 lockdown
Rome during the Covid-19 lockdown Credit: Rotolandoversosud (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 4.0)

The health ministry of Italy announced Saturday the country had 10,925 new Covid-19 infections over the past 24 hours. There were also 47 coronavirus-related deaths during the same period.

Science • Space
NASA's Artemis Accords to guide moon exploration signed by eight nations
NASA's Artemis Accords to guide moon exploration signed by eight nations
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Australia, Canada, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom and the United States of America have signed on as founding member nations to NASA's Artemis Accords, an international agreement that "will help to avoid conflict in space and on Earth by strengthening mutual understanding and reducing misperceptions."

"Artemis will be the broadest and most diverse international human space exploration program in history, and the Artemis Accords are the vehicle that will establish this singular global coalition," so NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine. "With today's signing, we are uniting with our partners to explore the Moon and are establishing vital principles that will create a safe, peaceful, and prosperous future in space for all of humanity to enjoy."

Regional News • Europe
Italy has registered a record 7,332 new Covid-19 infections over 24 hours
Italy has registered a record 7,332 new Covid-19 infections over 24 hours
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The Italian health ministry announced the country had registered 7,332 new Covid-19 cases over the past 24 hours, a record since the outbreak started. The previous record was 6,557 cases back on March 21.

The number of people in intensive care units with the virus has also risen from around 40 in the second half of July to 539 on Wednesday.

Regional News • Europe
Italy reports 5,372 new Covid-19 cases
Rome during the Covid-19 lockdown
Rome during the Covid-19 lockdown Credit: Camelia.boban (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 4.0)

For the first time since March 29, Italy registered more than 5,000 cases in a day with 5,372 Covid-19 infections. There were also 28 deaths in the last 24 hours.

Even with the high numbers, Italy is still recording significantly fewer daily cases than other large European countries, such as France, Spain and Britain.

Sports • Soccer
Covid-19: Genoa confirms 14 cases among players and staff
Covid-19: Genoa confirms 14 cases among players and staff

A total of fourteen between team members and staff of Serie A side CFC Genoa have tested positive for Covid-19, the club announced in a statement on Monday.

According to Italian soccer newspaper 'Gazzetta dello Sport', eleven out of fourteen positive cases are players, while three are members of the staff.

In a statement posted on their website, the club wrote: "The club has activated all the procedures according to the protocol and informed the authorities. The club will provide updates as the situation evolves."

Sports
Formula 1: Lewis Hamilton claims 90th victory in the category
Formula 1: Lewis Hamilton claims 90th victory in the category
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Lewis Hamilton won a turbulent Formula 1 Tuscan Grand Prix in Mugello. The race had two red flags, and 8 drivers abandoning it. The British driver has now 90 victories in the category and six in the 2020 season.

Hamilton finished ahead of team-mate Valtteri Bottas, with Alexander Albon in third. The victory gave Hamilton a 55 points lead over Bottas.

The Briton is one victory away from Michael Schumacher's all-time record and set to equal his seven titles.

Climate & Environment
Doctors warn that air pollution caused by wildfires could worsen Covid-19 risk
Smoke from Oregon wildfires
Smoke from Oregon wildfires Credit: Oregon Department of Transportation

Studies conducted in the US, China and Italy have shown that smoke and air pollution could increase susceptibility to viral infections as the smoke irritates lungs, can cause inflammation and affect the immune system.

Now, with wildfires ravaging the Pacific Northwest, doctors warn that the smoke caused by the fires could make people more susceptible to Covid-19.

"Multiple studies have shown a correlation between higher levels of pollution in the air and greater spread and severity of Covid-19 cases," so Dr. Brad Spellberg, chief medical officer of the Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center.

Sports
Formula 1: Lewis Hamilton on the pole position in Mugello, the 95th of his career
Lewis Hamilton
Lewis Hamilton Credit: Formula One (Twitter Reproduction)

Lewis Hamilton is on pole position for the Tuscany Grand Prix, in Mugello. Hamilton, the current leader of the Formula 1 championship, finished ahead of Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas.

Red Bull's Max Verstappen took the third place, Alexander Albon the fourth position, and Ferrari's Charles Leclerc will start in the fifth position.

After the session, Hamilton said, "This track is phenomenal. It’s a really challenging circuit. I’ve been working so hard in the background to improve on my lines and set up. I finally got the lap I needed."

The Tuscany Grand Prix will be the 1,000th race for the Ferrari Formula 1 team.

Regional News • Europe
Italy's Silvio Berlusconi hospitalized with pneumonia after testing positive for the novel coronavirus.
Italy's Silvio Berlusconi hospitalized with pneumonia after testing positive for the novel coronavirus.
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The former prime minister of Italy has been hospitalized "as a precautionary measure," according to his center-right party Forza Italia. Hours before he was admitted, he told supporters that he felt "quite well."

Silvio Berlusconi, Italy's former prime minister and ex-owner of AC Milan, was hospitalized on Friday and diagnosed with bilateral pneumonia after testing positive for the novel coronavirus.

Arts, Entertainment, Culture • Celebrities & Public Figures
Anthropologist David Graeber, who coined the slogan "We are the 99 percent", dead at 59
David Graeber
David Graeber Credit: Internaz (Creative Commons Attribution 2.0)

David Graeber, an anthropologist and a leading figure of the Occupy Wall Street movement, has died Wednesday in Venice. He is known for helping to develop the Occupy Wall Street slogan, "We are the 99 percent."

Graeber was a professor at the London School of Economics (LSE), where he studied anarchism and anti-capitalist movements.

“We are very shocked and saddened to learn of David Graeber's death,” the LSE tweeted. “David was a hugely influential anthropologist, political activist and public intellectual. He will be greatly missed as a friend and colleague. His brilliant work will be read by generations to come.”

Regional News • Europe
Italy: Berlusconi tests positive for Coronavirus
Berlusconi at the EPP Summit, Brussels, May 2019
Berlusconi at the EPP Summit, Brussels, May 2019 Credit: European People's Party / Wikimedia Commons (Creative Commons Attribution 2.0)

The former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi tested positive for Coronavirus. He will self-isolate at home in his Arcore residence near Milan, so his press office. Berlusconi's doctor said he was "asymptomatic".

Regional News • Europe
Gas deposits dispute in the Mediterranean: Greece, France, Italy and Cyprus start military manoeuvres
Turkish Navy
Turkish Navy Credit: T.C. Millî Savunma Bakanlığı

The NATO partners Greece and Turkey are in dispute over gas deposits in sea areas in the eastern Mediterranean Sea claimed by both countries, but also by Cyprus.

Greece, France, Italy and Cyprus are now launching a large-scale maneuver in the eastern Mediterranean. The joint exercise is to last until Friday. In addition to three Greek F-16 aircraft, three French Rafale jets are also taking part.

Regional News • Europe
Italy closes nightclubs again and makes face masks in public places mandatory during night
Italy closes nightclubs again and makes face masks in public places mandatory during night
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As Italy reports an increasing number in Covid-19 cases masks will be mandatory in public spaces where social distancing is not possible, but only between 6 pm and 6 am. In addition, nightclubs will be closed including outside venues where people dance.

Italy has reported 479 new Covid-19 cases and four deaths and according to reports several new cases have been linked to night clubs. The Italian government has stated that they'll provide economic support to all venues that have been ordered to close.

Arts, Entertainment, Culture • Celebrities & Public Figures
Actress Franca Valeri dies aged 100
Franca Valeri in 2011
Franca Valeri in 2011 Credit: Associazione Amici di Piero Chiara / Wikimedia Commons (Creative Commons Attribution 2.0)

Italian actress Franca Valeri has died at the age of 100 in her sleep at her Roman home on August 9. Valeri, the pioneer of female comic roles in Italy's post-war, was described by Italy's President Sergio Mattarella as a "versatile and popular actress who will remain in the hearts of Italians for her great talent and her extraordinary likability."

Valeri started working in film in the early 1950s and worked alongside Italian actor Totò and directors Federico Fellini and Mario Monicelli. She died just nine days after her 100th birthday.

Sports • Soccer
Andrea Pirlo is the new manager of Juventus
Andrea Pirlo is the new manager of Juventus
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Juventus announced Saturday Andrea Pirlo as their new coach just hours after sacking Maurizio Sarri following the club's Champions League elimination against Lyon. Pirlo played four seasons with the Turin team, winning four Italian league titles, one Italian Cup and two Italian Super Cups.

Pirlo was appointed manager of Juventus' Under-23 side a month ago but has now signed a two-year contract to coach the first team.

Sports • Soccer
Juventus sacks Maurizio Sarri after Champions League elimination
Juventus sacks Maurizio Sarri after Champions League elimination
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Juventus have sacked Maurizio Sarri as manager after one season. The head coach signed a three-year contract last summer, after a year at Chelsea.

Sarri lead the "Vecchia Signora" to a ninth straight Serie A title, but the team was knocked out of the Champions League by Lyon at the last-16 stage, and lost the the Coppa Italia to Napoli.

The club released a statement thanking Sarri for "having written a new page in Juventus' history".

Sports • Soccer
Manchester City and Lyon advance to the last eight in the Champions League
Manchester City and Lyon advance to the last eight in the Champions League
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Manchester City and Lyon will face each other on the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals. The game will be played on August 15 at the Estádio José Alvalade in Lisbon.

In Manchester, City qualified with a 2:1 win against Real Madrid, with goals by Sterling and Gabriel Jesus.

In Turin, Juventus won the game 2:1, with two goals by Cristiano Ronaldo, but Lyon qualified on the aggregate result -- by having more away goals.

Transportation • Air Transportation & Traffic, Flying
Italy threatens to ban Ryanair over Covid-19 compliance
Boeing 737 Ryanair
Boeing 737 Ryanair Credit: Dylan Agbagni (Creative Commons Attribution 1.0)

ENAC, the Italian air transport regulator, has threatened to suspend Ryanair from flying to Italy over what it claims were "repeated violation of anti-Covid-19 health measures drafted by the Italian government".

Ryanair said in a statement that ENAC’s assertions were "factually incorrect" and that the company "complies fully with the measures set out by the Italian government."

Italian rules require passengers to maintain distance from others unless other precautions are taken including controlled boarding and disembarkation to avoid close contact, temperature tests and the wearing of face masks.