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Parents of Italian ex-PM under house arrest in fraud probe

Rome - The parents of Italy's former prime minister Matteo Renzi were placed under house arrest on Monday amid an investigation into suspected fraudulent bankruptcy, judicial sources said.

Italy's Five Star votes against possible Salvini migrant trial

Rome - Italy's anti-establishment Five Star Movement voted Monday against possibly putting Interior Minister Matteo Salvini on trial for alleged kidnapping after he refused to let migrants disembark from a rescue ship.

Letting an AI go 'to sleep' enhances its performance

An artificial intelligence has been programmed so that it enters into 'sleep mode' with the aim of enhancing performance. The process is based on a mathematical model.

187 ex-jihadists surrender in Cameroon

Mora - Nearly 200 Cameroonians who were members of Nigeria's Boko Haram jihadist group have returned home and surrendered to the authorities after breaking with the organisation, the government said Thursday.

Sex abuse crusaders graduate from Vatican university

Rome - "So many children have been abused," sighs Vincent Moba, a Zambian Catholic priest who has just graduated from Rome's Pontifical Gregorian University with a diploma in safeguarding children.

Italy's Salvini calls Guaido after meeting Venezuela delegation

Rome - Italy's far-right Interior Minister Matteo Salvini spoke by phone with Venezuela's Juan Guaido on Monday after meeting with an opposition delegation he sent from the crisis-hit Latin American nation, his spokesman said.

Italy's far-right League trumps M5S in bellwether regional poll

Rome - Italy's far-right League has triumphed over its Five Star Movement coalition partner in a regional vote seen as a test of strength ahead of crunch European elections, results showed Monday.

Italian unions lead mass demonstration for economic growth

Rome - Hundreds of thousands of people demonstrated in Rome on Saturday led by unions demanding pro-growth policies from the populist government, the biggest such protest in four years.No violent incidents were reported at the gathering.

Genoa starts demolishing disaster bridge six months on

Genoa - Engineers started the delicate task of taking apart Genoa's Morandi motorway bridge on Friday almost six months after its partial collapse during a storm killed 43 people and injured dozens.

Genoa starts demolishing disaster bridge six months on

Genoa - Engineers started the delicate task of taking apart Genoa's Morandi motorway bridge on Friday almost six months after its partial collapse during a storm killed 43 people and injured dozens.

Italy's economic policies likely to hurt the poorest: IMF

Rome - The economic policies of Rome's populist government make Italy vulnerable to a crisis of market confidence, with the poorest likely to suffer the most, the IMF warned Wednesday.

Italy to host Venezuela delegation at Guaido's request

Rome - Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido is to send a delegation to Italy, where the government is one of few European Union countries not to have backed the self-proclaimed interim president.

Avalanches in Alps kill at least 10

Rome - A series of avalanches in the Alps over the weekend killed at least 10 people, emergency services and media reported.The heaviest toll was in Italy's northwestern Aosta Valley, with five people killed and one missing from three different avalanches.

Rescue ship committed no offence: Italian prosecutor

Rome - Migrant rescue ship Sea Watch 3 committed no offences when it saved 47 migrants off the coast of Libya and delivered them to Italy, an Italian prosecutor said Saturday.

Italian prosecutors probe coast guard over deadly shipwreck

Rome - Italian prosecutors are investigating the deaths of 117 people in a shipwreck off Libya last month and whether delays at the rescue command centre in Rome cost lives, a Sicilian prosecutor said Friday.

Sea Watch rescue ship detained by Italy coastguard

Rome - The migrant rescue ship Sea Watch 3 has been detained in the Sicilian port of Catania for breaching safety and environmental laws, the Italian coastguard said Friday, after it disembarked dozens of people it had saved from the sea.

Italy thwarts Colombian cartel with massive cocaine haul

Rome - Italian police on Thursday said they had seized over two tonnes of pure cocaine from Colombia in the biggest drug bust in Italy of the past 25 years.

Italy thwarts Colombian cartel with massive cocaine haul

Rome - Italian police on Thursday said they had seized over two tonnes of pure cocaine from Colombia in the biggest drug bust in Italy of the past 25 years.

Migrants land in Sicily as ship crew faces uncertain fate

Catania - Forty-seven migrants disembarked in the Sicilian port of Catania on Thursday, where the crew of the charity ship that rescued them feared legal action as Italy's far-right interior minister tries to stop new arrivals.

PM says Italy economy probably contracted in Q4 2018

Rome - Italy's Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said Wednesday that the economy probably contracted in the fourth quarter, which if true would plunge the country into a recession.
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