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Vivid gladiator fresco discovered at Pompeii

Rome - A vivid fresco depicting an armour-clad gladiator standing victorious as his wounded opponent stumbles gushing blood has been discovered in the ancient Roman city of Pompeii, Italy's culture ministry said Friday.

Application of blue light to eliminate bacterial biofilms

An emerging, novel approach to control antibiotic-resistant bacterial infections is based on the use of light, in particular of blue wavelengths (400–470 nm). A new research paper of interest, concerning biofilm elimination by inducing oxidative stres

Italy parliament votes to slash MP numbers

Rome - Italy's parliament on Tuesday overwhelmingly approved slashing the number of lawmakers, a move the left-leaning government hopes will help keep the far-right from power.

Italian opera star Marcello Giordani dies, aged 56

Rome - The opera world paid tribute Sunday to Italian tenor Marcello Giordani, who died of a heart attack at his home in Sicily. He was 56.Only last month, he had been playing the role of Calaf in Puccini's opera Turandot at two open-air theatres in Sicily.

Italian premier expresses 'doubts' over assisted suicide

Rome - Italy's Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte has expressed reservations about a recent court decision decriminalising assisted suicide, in comments to the Corriere della Sera newspaper published Saturday.

Hundreds of thousands join children's climate strikes in Europe

Rome - Hundreds of thousands of youths demonstrated across European cities on Friday in the second in a global series of protests to avert a climate catastrophe.

Italy court rules assisted suicide not always a crime

Rome - Italy's Constitutional Court on Wednesday ruled it was not always a crime to help someone in "intolerable suffering" commit suicide, opening the way for a change of law in the Catholic country.

Italian Alpine glacier close to collapse, officials warn

Rome - Part of a massive glacier on the Italian side of the Mont Blanc mountain range is close to collapse after accelerated melting in the late summer heat, officials at a nearby town warned Wednesday.

Italy rise in 'phantom' boats as new route sees migrants go undetected

Rome - Italy has seen a rise in so-called "phantom" boat arrivals as traffickers ferry migrants across the Mediterranean from Tunisia rather than Libya without being spotted, a prosecutor warned Saturday.

Macron and Conte call for overhaul of EU migrant policy

Rome - French President Emmanuel Macron and Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte called Wednesday for a reform of Europe's "ineffective" EU immigration policy, bemoaning a lack of solidarity as they met to turn the page on Italy's previous anti-migrant popul...

Three killed in Venice offshore racing accident

Rome - Three people have been killed in Venice after a powerboat attempting to break an offshore record slammed into an artificial spit of land in the dark, Italian firefighters and media reports said Wednesday.

Flying the green flag at Milan fashion week

Milan - The world's top designers and influencers head to Milan on Wednesday for a week of glitzy catwalk shows from global brands that have begun swapping climate-destroying luxuries for ecologically-friendly fashion.

Italy ex-PM Renzi says leaving Democratic Party

Rome - Former Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi announced Tuesday that he was leaving the centre-left Democratic Party (PD) to form his own party, potentially destabilising the days-old ruling coalition.

Two Italian officers to stand trial over deadly 2013 shipwreck

Rome - Two Italian officers accused of delaying the response to a 2013 shipwreck in which some 260 migrants drowned will stand trial for manslaughter, a court in Italy ruled Monday.

Italy arrests 'torturers' after migrants denounce Libya camp horrors

Rome - Italian police arrested three people Monday accused of the kidnap, torture and trafficking of migrants hoping to set sail from Libya to Europe.

Ocean Viking set to return to Libya rescues

Rome - Charity rescue vessel Ocean Viking was on Sunday preparing to return to rescuing shipwreck survivors off Libya after disembarking 82 migrants in Italy following a reversal of government policy in Rome.

New Italy government lets rescued migrants disembark

Rome - Italy on Saturday allowed rescue ship Ocean Viking to disembark 82 migrants on Lampedusa, in a reversal of the hardline policy under the country's ex-interior minister Matteo Salvini.

New Italy government up and running after green light from Senate

Rome - Italy's new government won a confidence vote in the upper house of parliament Tuesday, the last hurdle to overcome before the pro-European executive could get down to work.

New Italy government seeks green light from Senate

Rome - Italy's new government faces a confidence vote in the upper house of parliament Tuesday, the last hurdle to overcome before the pro-European executive can get down to work.

NBA star Gasol slams Mediterranean migrant inaction

Rome - Spanish NBA star and former Mediterranean rescue volunteer Marc Gasol called Tuesday for action to help migrants making the "almost suicidal" journey from Africa to Europe.
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