Corleone is a maze of narrow cobblestone streets, bell towers and ornate churches with a stunning panorama of the valley below. The small family-run bakeries and cafés hint at a pace of life quite apart from the island’s frenetic capital, Palermo. … [Read more...] about Brutal past of the Sicilian ‘mafia town’ that inspired The Godfather
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The explosion has left much of East Beirut uninhabitable and 300,000 people are said by the governor to have fled the city. International rescue crews have begun flying in to help with the search for survivors. Martin Chulov writes: “Ground zero of the explosion that destroyed much of the Lebanese capital was an enormous arc of warehouses, restaurants, homes and shops that, until Tuesday evening, were the still-functioning heart of an already dying city … Grappling with the cause of such a catastrophic event looms as yet another test for a government that has failed to convince many Lebanese that it is up to implementing a stated goal of introducing accountability. ‘If any country wants to help us, please help institutions you can trust,’ said Fady Haddad, a doctor. ‘Not through the government.’” Here is how anyone wishing to donate can help. … [Read more...] about Thursday briefing: Leaders knew stockpile could ‘blow up all of Beirut’
A friend asked what hooliganism, depression, rickets and economic stagnation have in common. His answer was that at different times they have all been known overseas as “the English disease”. The odd thing was that superciliousness wasn’t among them, too. The first time Pakistan came to play in Britain, their players were surprised to find that a lot of English people didn’t even know their country existed. The team didn’t bring an official scorer or a single radio or newspaper journalist, but were accompanied by an official from the Pakistan High Commission, whose job it was to tell the people they met exactly which nation they were there representing. … [Read more...] about Pakistan’s bubble sacrifices can smooth edge to old England rivalry
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