ROME — The European Commission warned Italy on Saturday that it may face sanctions if it doesn't remove the 2,400 tons of trash that have piled up in the streets of Naples in the country's latest garbage crisis.
For over a week, protesters in Terzigno, a small town near Naples, have torched vehicles, burned Italian flags and hurled stones and firecrackers at police to protest the stench and filth at a local dump and plans to open a new one in Vesuvio National Park.
Clashes continued overnight and residents around Naples set fire to heaps of trash. The situation around Terzigno was calm Saturday.
French struggle with nationwide strikes
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PARIS — Families hoping to get away for France's school holidays faced train delays and gas shortages Saturday as strikes against the government's pension reform stretched into a twelfth day.
French workers and students livid about the plans to raise the retirement age from 60 to 62 have wreaked havoc in recent weeks — from shutting down hundreds of high schools to blocking airports and oil refineries.
Ecuadorean captures siesta title lying down
MADRID — A 62-year-old Ecuadorean man managed to ignore the uproar of a teeming Madrid shopping center and snore long enough to win what was billed as Spain's first siesta championship.
Organizers on Saturday proclaimed unemployed security worker Pedro Soria Lopez the champion for sleeping 17 minutes.
They said he not only slept soundly but his snoring on Tuesday also registered 70 decibels — roughly the equivalent of the noise of someone talking loudly. That earned him extra points and enough to defeat the runner-up who had slept for 18 minutes.