Theft of Caravaggio in Sicily still shrouded in mystery 50 years on

Investigators are racing against time to find one of worlds most sought-after stolen artworks Antonella Lampone will never forget that night. Thunder and lightning shook the skies as thick and grey clouds seemed to give back to Sicily all the water it had not received that entire summer. A few metres from her small apartment in the Oratory of Saint Lawrence in Palermo, where her mother was a housekeeper, one of the most notorious art thefts in history was taking place, as a Caravaggio that had hung for more than three centuries above the altar was cut out of its frame. Fifty years have passed since 17 October 1969, but Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggios Nativity with St Francis and St …

Europes top court sets new line on policing illegal speech online

Europe’s top court has set a new line for the policing of illegal speech online. The ruling has implications for how speech is regulated on online platforms — and is likely to feed into wider planned reform of regional rules governing platforms’ liabilities. Per the CJEU decision, platforms such as Facebook can be instructed to hunt for and remove illegal speech worldwide — including speech that’s “equivalent” to content already judged illegal. Although any such takedowns remain within the framework of “relevant international law”. So in practice it does not that mean a court order issued in one EU country will get universally applied in all jurisdictions as there’s no international agreement on what constitutes unlawful speech or even more …

Suspect in Oslo mosque shooting expressed right-wing sympathies, say police

Oslo, Norway (CNN)The man suspected of opening fire at a mosque in the Norwegian capital of Oslo on Saturday has expressed right-wing sympathies online, the police said in a news conference Sunday. Shortly after the attack, investigators found the body of a young woman at the suspect’s home in Baerum, just west of Oslo. Police said the woman was related to the suspect, but did not specify how. The suspected shooter was overpowered during the attack by a 65-year-old man named Mohamed Rafiq, said his counsel Abdul-Satar Ali on Sunday. Speaking to the press with Rafiq at his side, Ali said: “Mohamed acted immediately when the shooter entered the room. He toppled the shooter and pinned him to the floor, …

I caught trains across Europe to impress a hot man and to try to save the world | Brigid Delaney

Sure I could get to Rome in an hour, but what about the journey? Last year I met a real hot babe while swimming in a bay off a Greek island. Drying off, we got to talking, then walking along the cliff, before finding somewhere nice to sit down for a drink. It was golden hour, the sun was going down over the sea, and all was right in the world. Then we started arguing about climate change. I told him about my trip so far, and he thought it was DISGUSTING the amount of flying I did. He had arrived in Greece by train and boat. But that would take six weeks from Australia! I protested. Nonetheless, I decided …

Austria to hold snap elections in September, says Chancellor Kurz

(CNN)A snap election in Austria is a “necessity,” Austria’s Chancellor Sebastian Kurz said Sunday, following an announcement by President Alexander Van der Bellen that early elections would be held in September. Strache also resigned as head of the Freedom Party on Saturday. He denied doing “anything against the law,” calling the allegations against him a “targeted political attack.” Speaking alongside the Chancellor on Sunday, President der Bellen said the government’s main task now is to “rebuild the trust” in Austria’s institutions, adding that this can “only be done through new elections,” which are to be held in September. Transport Minister Norbert Hofer, who ran for president in 2016, is expected to take over as head of the Freedom Party. The …

Europe urges Mike Pompeo and US to show restraint towards Iran

Jeremy Hunt warns of conflict erupting in the Gulf by accident after Saudi ships sabotaged The US secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, has been urged by European leaders to show maximum restraint towards Iran after Saudi Arabia confirmed that Map of the Gulf of Oman where two Saudi tankers were sabotaged Tensions have been spiralling for weeks as the US adopts a policy of maximum pressure on Iran, including ending all waivers for Iranian oil exports and blocking cooperation on Irans civil nuclear programme. It has sent an aircraft carrier to the region, but the US special representative on Iran, Brian Hook, declined to say if Iran was responsible for the attack on the Saudi oil ships. The British foreign …