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Vatican official investigated for embezzlement: reports

Rome - Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, a Vatican official, is under investigation by Italian prosecutors on suspicion of embezzlement and price fixing during the sale of an historic castle, according to media reports Wednesday.

UN targets zero hunger in a generation as numbers fall

Rome - The number of hungry people around the world has dropped below 800 million for the first time since the UN started counting, the Food and Agriculture Organisation said in an annual report on Wednesday.

A Sicilian and her cell phone saving Syrians at sea

Rome - Nawal Soufi is never without her mobile phone and thousands of Syrian refugees have reason to be grateful for that.

Walking in different directions can increase your math skills

A team of researchers from the University of Bologna and the Italian National Research Council performed a study that showed walking actually increases your ability to do math.

Italy hails arrest of Tunis terror suspect

Rome - Italy's interior minister said Thursday that the arrest of a Moroccan illegal immigrant wanted for the Tunis museum attack had been a police success, rebuffing claims it had exposed gaping holes in the country's security net.

I only promote reading, writer tells sabotage trial

Turin - Erri de Luca, the Italian writer on trial for inciting criminal damage to a controversial high-speed rail link through the Alps, told a court Wednesday he was only capable of inciting people to read or write.

Boat migrant arrest over Tunisia attack sparks Italy row

Rome - Italy said Wednesday it had arrested a Moroccan illegal immigrant suspected of involvement in a deadly attack on a Tunis museum, fuelling a row over the threat of jihadists arriving in Europe by boat.

Italy to recover shipwreck boat as EU falters on migrant plan

Rome - Italy will recover hundreds of bodies from a boat which capsized in April in a bid to prevent the collapse of an EU plan to tackle the migrant crisis, the prime minister said Tuesday.

Italy sunglasses king gifts staff millions in birthday bonanza

Rome - The founder of Italian eyewear giant Luxottica is celebrating his 80th birthday by giving the firm's 8,000 employees in Italy shares worth around nine million euros ($10 million).

Migrant surge puts Italy's humanitarian instincts to the test

Aosta - With its refugee reception facilities bursting at the seams, Italy is starting to show the strains created by thousands of people washing up every week on its southern shores.

Italy: Illegal immigrant jumps into river, saves drowning woman

Rome - An illegal immigrant in Italy jumped into the Tiber river and successfully saved a drowning woman. The immigrant has been rewarded with a one-year permit to live in Rome.

The prosecutor fighting to hold back trafficking tide

Catania - Traffickers responsible for a migrant shipwreck in which more than 700 people died tried to pack hundreds more onboard, the prosecutor investigating the Mediterranean's worst disaster since World War II has revealed.

Policeman, three others die in Naples shooting

Rome - A 48-year-old man shot dead four people, including a police officer, and injured six others after opening fire from his balcony in Naples, police said.

Nurse becomes Italy's second Ebola case

Rome - An Italian nurse who had recently been working in Sierra Leone with medical charity Emergency tested positive for Ebola on Tuesday in the country's second case of the virus.

Black bears have close call with tourists blocking bridge

Montana Parks and Wildlife posted a video reminding tourists that although they may want to, no one should ever get too close to a bear.

'Make them work for free': Italy minister on asylum seekers

Rome - Asylum seekers in Italy may have to work for free, Italy's interior minister told local mayors on Thursday, reminding them of a controversial decree issued several months ago.

Italian navy finds migrant disaster boat

Rome - The Italian navy announced Thursday it had located the sunken wreck of a migrant boat in which 700 people are feared to have died last month.The boat was found 85 miles off the Libyan coast at a depth of 375 metres, the navy said in a statement.

Rome airport in chaos after fire devastates terminal

Rome - Scores of flights were cancelled and thousands of passengers had their travel plans wrecked Thursday after a fierce fire devastated part of a terminal at Rome's Fiumicino airport.

Two children injured when wind blows tree crashing down

Strong winds caused a huge tree to come crashing down and injuring two young children playing in park. Incident caught on video.

Migrant misery continues as Italy backlash gathers force

Rome - Italy's financial and customs police said Wednesday they had rescued 98 starving migrants who had been drifting in the Mediterranean for two days without food or water.
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