G20 finance chiefs to talk Covid recovery, aid to poor countries
Milan (AFP) - G20 finance ministers and central bankers will gather for a video conference led by Italy Friday, hoping to align plans for relaunching the global economy after the coronavirus pandemic and to limit harm to the worst-off nations shut out of the race for vaccines. Beginning at 12:30 pm local time (1130 GMT), the meeting is the first in post for US President Joe Biden's new Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen, expected to be far less confrontational than Donald Trump's representatives at past gatherings. "With the new American administration, it will certainly be easier to reach a deal...
Arturo Di Modica, sculptor of the Wall Street Charging Bull, dies
Rome (AFP) - Italian sculptor Arturo Di Modica, who created the famous "Charging Bull" statue which has become a symbol of New York's Wall Street, died overnight at the age of 80, Italian media reported Saturday. The artist, who died at his home in Vittoria in the south of the island of Sicily, "had been battling cancer for years and his condition had worsened in recent weeks," La Repubblica daily said on its website. Di Modica, who was born in Vittoria, shot to fame after illegally leaving his bronze 4.9 metre-long (16 feet), 3.2 tonne Charging Bull outside the New York Stock Exchange buildin...