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The EU at 60: Where are we and where are we going?

Rome - The European Union celebrates its 60th birthday on Saturday, the anniversary of its six founder members signing the Treaty of Rome which gave birth to the European Economic Community.

EU founding fathers signed 'blank' Treaty of Rome

Rome - The European Union's six founding members formally approved the Treaty of Rome by signing a string of blank pages at the 1957 ceremony that gave birth to the bloc.

Europe, N.Africa ministers seek to curb Libya migrant flows

Rome - Interior ministers mainly from the central Mediterranean region met in Rome on Monday to ramp up efforts to curb migration from Libya amid a sharp rise in the number of people trying to cross to Europe.

3,000 migrants rescued off Libya: Italy coastguard

Rome - Around 3,000 migrants were rescued off the coast of Libya on Sunday as they tried to cross the Mediterranean to Europe, the Italian coastguard told AFP.

Italian bishop bans mafia godfathers from baptisms

Rome - A bishop in Sicily has banned known mafia criminals from acting as godfathers at baptisms in churches in his diocese.

UN urges China to act as bird flu deaths spike

Rome - The UN's food agency on Friday urged China to step up efforts to contain and eliminate a strain of bird flu which has killed scores of people this year.

BBC team among injured in Etna volcano drama

Rome - Ten people were injured by flying rock and lava after Mount Etna, Europe's biggest active volcano, erupted on Thursday, according to reports and a BBC journalist who was among those caught up in the drama.

Mt Etna sparks again in fresh bout of activity

Rome - Mount Etna has burst into life for the third time in just under three weeks, spitting molten lava nearly 200 metres (650 feet) into the sky above Sicily.

Italy vows to uphold free speech after clashes

Rome - Italy's government vowed Sunday to defend far-right Northern League leader Matteo Salvini's right to free speech after violent clashes marred his first rally in Naples, proud capital of the country's poor south.

Italy row over self defence after burglar shot dead

Rome - An Italian restaurant owner who shot a burglar dead is being investigated for voluntary manslaughter, sparking calls Saturday for changes to the country's law covering self-defence killings.

Facebook search traps Italian mobster in Mexico

Rome - A fugitive Italian mobster who had been living in Mexico under a false identity was behind bars Saturday after being tracked down on Facebook, police said.

Two dead in new Italy motorway bridge collapse

Rome - An Italian couple were killed Thursday when a motorway bridge collapsed on top of their car, police said, as debate sparked over the reasons for the second tragedy of its kind in just over four months.

Italy proposes 100,000 euro flat tax to draw foreigners

Rome - Italy on Wednesday introduced a flat tax for wealthy foreigners in a bid to compete with similar incentives offered in Britain and Spain, which have successfully attracted a slew of rich footballers and entertainers.

Pope should ditch top cardinal over abuse row: church reform group

Rome - Pope Francis was urged by a prominent church reform group Monday to oust the head of a powerful Vatican department after accusations that senior officials blocked reforms approved by the pontiff to curb sex abuse.

Migrants get three mins to call home

Rome - After an 11-month journey across desert and sea, Mohamed finally hears his mother's voice once more thanks to a Red Cross camper that travels across Italy to help migrants call home.

Florence mayor says too many foreigners in public housing

Rome - The leftist mayor of Florence, Dario Nardella, on Saturday called for measures to limit the number of foreigners in Italy's public housing, warning against becoming like the heavily immigrant suburbs in France.

Europe's new weather forecasting supercomputer heads for Italy

Bologna - In a case of environment meets technology, Europe's new super-computer for medium range weather forecasting is to be built and operated from Italy. The system will be on-line in 2020.

Nearly 1,000 migrants rescued off Libya: Italy

Rome - Some 970 migrants were rescued off the coast of Libya on Thursday, Italy's coastguard said, as the numbers attempting to cross the Mediterranean to Europe continue to rise.

At least three killed in Italian avalanche

Rome - At least three people were dead, two were missing and several others injured after two avalanches in off-piste sections of the Italian ski resort of Courmayeur on Thursday, rescuers said.

Pope makes historic visit to Rome Anglican church

Rome - Pope Francis attended a service at the All Saints' Church in Rome on Sunday, becoming the first pontiff in history to visit an Anglican church in the Italian capital.
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