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Valentino Rossi grabs pole position in Italian MotoGP

Veteran Valentino Rossi grabbed his first pole position in more than a year-and-a-half with a blistering pace giving him more records at his home track ahead of the Italian MotoGP on Saturday. He clocked a new best time of 1min 46.208sec around the lap to put him ahead of Ducati’s Jorge Lorenzo and Maverick Vinales….

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Friendlies: France beat Italy, Tunisia held, Korea lose, Aussies rampant

France underlined their World Cup credentials with their three forwards all involved in the goals that secured an impressive 3-1 friendly victory over Italy on Friday. Just under two weeks before the finals start in Russia, Tunisia were held 2-2 by 10-man Turkey, Australia won 4-0 against the Czech Republic and South Korea suffered a…

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Italy student flies back after parents in Pakistan force abortion

A 19-year-old student said she returned to Italy after her family forced her to have an abortion in in Pakistan, reported BBC. Farah became pregnant a few months ago when she had been studying in Verona. Her family took her to Pakistan in February. Later, she appealed to friends for help, saying her baby had…

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Buffon bids tearful farewell to Juve after 656 games

Talismanic goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon bid a tearful farewell to Juventus after 17 seasons at the club when he played his last match for them in a 2-1 win over relegated Verona on Saturday. The Turin side, who clinched their seventh consecutive Serie A title a week ago, were leading 2-0 when Buffon was substituted in…

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Djokovic reaches first quarter-final of 2018 in Rome

Novak Djokovic moved into his first quarter-final of 2018 on Thursday when he defeated Spain’s Albert Ramos-Vinolas 6-1, 7-5 at the Italian Open. The four-time Rome champion is making his way back this year after a six-month injury absence before the Australian Open, which was followed by elbow surgery. And the 30-year-old showed some of…

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Police arrest father, brother in suspected ‘honor killing’ of Italian woman

Police in Pakistan have arrested the father and brother of an Italian woman of Pakistani descent strangled in a suspected honor killing, police said on Thursday. Rights groups say hundreds of women and girls are killed in Pakistan each year by family members angered at perceived damage to their “honor”, which may involve eloping, fraternizing…

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After smiling diplomacy, Iran’s Zarif watches nuclear deal collapse

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif used charm and knowledge of the West to help strike the 2015 nuclear deal with world powers. But his smooth diplomacy masked deep suspicions of the United States, which pulled out of the agreement on Tuesday. “You should always smile in diplomacy,” he wrote in his 2013 memoir “The…

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Two dead, dozens saved in latest migrant boat rescue

ROME: Two women died and many others are presumed drowned after a migrant boat carrying dozens of people sank in the Mediterranean, rescue services in Italy said.  Among the 83 people rescued were three babies who were revived by medical teams. “A tragic day in the Mediterranean. The Aquarius was mobilised for a rescue of…

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3rd session of Pakistan-Italy Joint Economic Commission begins in Italy tomorrow

NEWS DESK: The third session of Pakistan-Italy Joint Economic Commission begins in Rome, Italy tomorrow (Monday), reported Radio Pakistan. Minister of State for Finance Rana Muhammad Afzal will lead the Pakistani delegation and co-chair the session along with Italy’s Deputy Minister for Economic Development Ivan Scalfarotto. The two sides will exchange views on the prospects…

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Gold toilet offered to Trump – to politely refuse his request

NEW YORK: The request was for a Van Gogh to adorn the walls of the president and first lady’s private residence in the White House. The answer? No — but how about a fully functioning, 18-karat gold toilet instead? While it’s customary for US presidents to borrow works of art during their time in office,…

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Italy parliament dissolved ahead of March election

Italy’s President Sergio Mattarella dissolved parliament on Thursday as the country prepares for knife-edge general elections in March. Next year’s elections, to be held on March 4, may mark a new era of uncertainty for the country. With the vote expected to be split between the right, centre-left and the populist Five Star movement, the…

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Is Kohli in trouble for being ‘unpatriotic’?

NEW DELHI: A BJP leader on Tuesday chided Indian cricket captain Virat Kohli for being ‘unpatriotic’ over not choosing India as the country where he tied the knot with Bollywood superstar Anushka Sharma.  Indian cricket captain Virat Kohli and Bollywood actress Anushka Sharma said their vows in Tuscany, Italy to the delight of their family…

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Virushka Wedding: This video of Kohli singing for Anushka will melt your heart

A clip from Indian cricket captain Virat Kohli and Bollywood actress Anushka Sharma’s wedding in which the former is singing for the latter is going viral over the internet.  And why wouldn’t it, considering the fact that Kohli is a batsman and not a singer? However, the Indian captain has certainly done a good job…

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It’s confirmed! Kohli and Anushka have finally tied the knot

Fans of both Anushka Sharma and Virat Kohli should be ecstatic as news of their wedding has finally been confirmed by none other than the couple themselves! Yes, Anushka Sharma and Virat Kohli tweeted pictures of the wedding ceremony. Reportedly, it took place on Monday morning in Tuscany. “Today we have promised each other to…

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Anushka-Virat wedding: What is the true date of their wedding?

NEWS DESK: Are Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma getting married or not? And when exactly are they marrying? Is it December 12 or not? Since there is no official confirmation of their wedding reports, new reports are pouring in with each passing hour. According to Pinkvilla, the new shocker is that their wedding date is…

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Virat Kohli, Anushka Sharma to tie the knot next week?

Indian captain Virat Kohli and Bollywood star Anushka Sharma are all set to tie the knot this month, say latest reports. The lovebirds are finally tying the knot in the second week of December this year. Tentative dates are December 9, 10, 11 and 12. Virat might leave for Italy for the wedding tomorrow, India…

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Country to be run in conformity with people’s will: Marriyum

ISLAMABAD: Minister of State for Information, Broadcasting and National Heritage Marriyum Aurangzeb talking to the media on the eve of Rugby match between Italy and Pakistan here Saturday, said from now on the country would be run in conformity with the will of the masses and as a consequence of the political maturity shown by…

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‘Apocalypse’ now as Italy face FIFA World Cup humiliation

MILAN: Four-time champions Italy face missing out on the World Cup for the first time since 1958, a potential national humiliation likened to the “apocalypse” by the team’s fanatical supporters. Italy need to overturn a 1-0 play-off first-leg defeat against Sweden at the San Siro on Monday. National coach Gian Piero Ventura insists his team…

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Italy lose to Sweden in FIFA World Cup play-off first leg

STOCKHOLM: Sweden claimed a precious 1-0 first-leg victory over Italy in their World Cup play-off at Stockholm on Friday, leaving the four-time champions in danger of missing the tournament for the first time in 60 years. Substitute Jakob Johansson grabbed the only goal of a scrappy game in the 61st minute with a low strike…

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Epicureans to get world largest food street in Italy

BOLONGA: A gastronomic theme park designed as a celebration of Italy’s field-to-fork food culture opens next week with backers aiming to pull in six million visitors a year. Dubbed a ‘Disneyland for foodies’ and billed as the biggest venture of its kind in the world, FICO Eataly World is located on the outskirts of Bologna….

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Italy’s proud FIFA World Cup record in danger

PARIS: The last burst of qualifying matches for the 2018 World Cup allows some nations a chance to dream, but for football aristocrats Italy, the next few days are a potential nightmare. The last nine places in Russia will be settled in seven frantic days starting on Thursday. There are four berths up for grabs…

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