Young American suspected of killing Rome policeman

The murder happened in a central neighborhood, a few meters away from a police station and in front of the Italian Court of Cassation. (AP)
Updated 27 July 2019

Young American suspected of killing Rome policeman

  • Hard-line Interior Minister Matteo Salvini called for “hard labor for life ... for these bastards” amid first reports the suspects were North African
  • The two Americans have been placed in custody for aggravated homicide and attempted extortion

ROME: A young American tourist confessed overnight to the murder of an Italian policeman probing a theft at a tony neighborhood near the Vatican, Italian media said Saturday.
Hard-line Interior Minister Matteo Salvini called for “hard labor for life ... for these bastards” amid first reports the suspects were North African.
“The suspects were filmed by surveillance cameras, they will not evade us,” he added Friday.
On the night of Thursday to Friday, Mario Rega Cerciello, a 35-year-old policeman who had just returned from his honeymoon, was stabbed to death while investigating the theft of a rucksack.
One of the two suspects had confessed to the stabbing, local media said, quoting police.
The duo were American, both aged 19, and had stolen the rucksack from a drug dealer who had sold them aspirin which he passed off as cocaine.
The dealer had called the police to report the theft and Cerciello was knifed when he went to investigate.
The two Americans have been placed in custody for aggravated homicide and attempted extortion but are yet to be formally charged.
The murder sparked an outpouring of grief in Italy. The suspects were initially described by local media as North Africans, which prompted a slew of hate messages on social media.


Schools closed in New Delhi as air quality dips further

Updated 7 min 18 sec ago

Schools closed in New Delhi as air quality dips further

  • Buildings and monuments are largely obscured by the haze
  • The smoke from fields mixes with vehicle emissions and construction dust, making it the world’s most polluted capital

NEW DELHI: Schools in India’s capital are shut after air quality plunged to a severe category for the third consecutive day, enveloping New Delhi in a thick gray haze of noxious air.

According to the state-run Central Pollution Control Board, the air quality index Thursday exceeded 460, nine times the level recommended by the WHO.

Buildings and monuments are largely obscured by the haze and an official health advisory has asked residents to avoid all physical activity outdoors.

Air pollution in northern India, including New Delhi, peaks in the winter due to smoke from agricultural fires.

The smoke from fields mixes with vehicle emissions and construction dust, making it the world’s most polluted capital.