Italy's worst quake since 1980 has reduced historic buildings to rubble and toppled sections of a Roman wall that had stood for 2000 years. Though thousands of people have sought help and communication is limited, no lives seem to have been lost.
Thousands gathered outside the Santa Croce Basilica in Florence, Italy, on Thursday to bid an emotional farewell to Davide Astori, the Italian international footballer who passed away suddenly on Saturday night.
The Fiorentina captain was found dead in his hotel room on Sunday after a suspected heart attack before his team was set to play an Italian league match at Udinese. An autopsy will take place on Tuesday.
Half of Italian voters backed populist parties Sunday and it's not the first EU member state to head in this direction. The results show a clear shift in the political landscape, says Bernd Riegert.
Seismologists have urged caution in the wake of a devastating earthquake due to the likelihood of powerful aftershocks. Italy has witnessed its strongest earthquake in 36 years, miraculously without fatalities.
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