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All alone but full of hope: Lampedusa migrant stories

Lampedusa - "No mama, no papa. All alone." Eleven-year-old Tanjin knows just enough English to sum up his situation in heart-wrenching fashion.

Vatican, Italy on heightened alert over Islamist threat

Rome - Security at the Vatican and across Italy has been stepped up because of a perceived heightened risk of attacks by Islamist militants, officials said Wednesday.

Italy warns world Libya a ticking time bomb, pledges peacekeeping

Rome - Italy on Wednesday issued its strongest warning yet about the danger of the Islamic State group establishing a stronghold in Libya from where it could attack Europe and destabilise neighbouring states.

Italy says 'evident risk' of ISIS merging with Libyan militias

Rome - Italy warned Wednesday that there was an 'evident risk' of Islamic State merging with other armed groups in Libya.

ISIS vows to take down Rome

In the most recent propaganda video released by the militant group ISIS, the terroristic group vows to conquer Rome. Some say it is a blatant attack on Christians.

Italy sells off Mussolini buildings to fund Fuksas's cloud

Rome - Cash-strapped authorities in Rome are to auction off four Mussolini-era public buildings to fund the completion of a long-delayed but eagerly-awaited new conference centre by acclaimed architect Massimiliano Fuksas.

Ghost super moon on February 18th will not be visible

The first "Super" moon of 2015 will rise on Feb. 18th. As the moon rises it will be a rare "Super New Moon" which means the moon will not be visible.

Tiny Italian island struggles to cope with tide of migrants

Lampedusa - Authorities on the Italian island of Lampedusa struggled Tuesday to cope with a huge influx of newly-arrived migrants as aid organisations warned the Libya crisis means thousands more could be on their way.

Renzi puts brakes on military action as Italy frets over Libya

Rome - Italy on Monday ruled out military intervention in Libya in the short term, despite mounting concern in Rome over the country's exposure to the fallout from the chaos engulfing its former colony.

Italian graveyard's 1000 year perspective on human health

Altopascio - The cemetery of an ancient church in Tuscany, Italy may provide key information concerning the deadly bacterium that causes cholera.

The creator of Nutella dies at the age of 89

Monaco - The richest man in Italy, and the creator of Nutella, a chocolate spread, died just two months short of his 90th birthday.

Italy rescues more than 2,000 migrants off Libyan coast

Rome - The Italian coastguard launched a massive operation Sunday to rescue more than 2,000 migrants in difficulty between the Italian island of Lampedusa and the Libyan coast, local media said.

A happy first anniversary for Italy's baby-faced PM

Rome - In football terms, Matteo Renzi looks more like a scuffling midfielder than a predatory striker.Politically, Italy's baby-faced prime minister knows exactly where the goal is and how to find it.

Iceland to Italy: Norse seamen battling a tide of human misery

- Nearly 4,000 kilometers (2,500 miles) from home, the Icelandic coastguard's Tyr lurches wildly as it chases a suspect cargo ship off the coast of Italy in gale force winds.

Costa Concordia captain Schettino gets 16 years but will appeal

The three-judge panel in trial of the former captain of the Costa Concordia, Francesco Schettino, handed down his sentence in Grosetto on Wednesday. Schettino, who wept openly during his remarks before the sentencing, was given 16 years.

Defiant Concordia skipper Schettino vows to clear his name

Rome - Costa Concordia captain Francesco Schettino has vowed that he will never accept his conviction for abandoning ship on the night of the 2012 cruise ship disaster.

Friuli-Venezia Giulia: Italy off the beaten path Special

Trieste - Friuli-Venezia Giulia in north-eastern Italy is a beguiling yet modest sort of place. Content to let its pushier neighbour Venice hog the limelight, Friuli rewards the traveller willing to look beyond the obvious.

Tearful Concordia skipper pleads for mercy over fatal shipwreck

- Costa Concordia captain Francesco Schettino was Wednesday awaiting judgement at the end of his 19-month trial for causing the 2012 disaster after an emotional last-minute appeal for mercy.

300 feared drowned in new Mediterranean boat tragedy

Rome - More than 300 migrants are feared drowned after their overcrowded dinghies sank in the Mediterranean, triggering calls for the world to act after the latest boat disaster in a perilous crossing from Africa to Europe.

Captain Schettino of ill-fated Costa Concordia awaits his fate

The fate of the captain of the ill-fated cruise ship, the Costa Concordia, is now in the hands of the trial's three judges. The closing arguments have been made and Francesco Schettino will soon know how much time he will spend in jail.
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