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Fire temporarily grounds planes at Rome airport

Rome - Rome's Fiumicino airport was forced to suspend all flights for around two hours Wednesday after a fire broke out in a nearby pine grove, spreading dense smoke across the runway.

Rome mayor fights for survival amid eternal city chaos

Rome - It boasts some of the most prized archaeological sites in the world, but modern-day Rome, plagued by the mafia, has descended into a grimy and dishevelled chaos where its beleaguered mayor is fighting for his political life.

Over 1,800 migrants rescued off Italy, 13 bodies recovered

Rome - More than 1,800 migrants have been picked up in the Mediterranean and 13 bodies recovered as the exodus from north Africa by boat endures, Italy's coast guard said Tuesday.

More than 1,300 migrants brought to Sicily

Rome - More than 1,300 migrants, mostly from sub-Saharan Africa and Syria, arrived in Sicily on Saturday, after having been picked up in the Mediterranean, the Italian coastguard said.

40 migrants feared dead after boat sinks off Libyan coast: UNHCR

Rome - Up to 40 migrants who were seeking to reach Europe are feared dead after their inflatable dinghy sank off the coast of Libya, according to survivors interviewed by the UN refugee agency Thursday."My colleagues are interviewing the survivors...

'Putin wants me for economy minister': Berlusconi

Rome - Russian President Vladimir Putin wants to give Silvio Berlusconi Russian citizenship -- and the job of economy minister -- the disgraced Italian billionaire politician was quoted as saying Thursday.

Italy arrests two suspected of planning IS-style attacks

Rome - Italian police arrested two men Wednesday suspected of supporting the Islamic State group and plotting to carrying out attacks in the country.

Italy seizes mafia assets worth 2 bn euros in gambling sting

Rome - Italian police said Wednesday they had seized assets worth two billion euros ($2.2 billion) belonging to a powerful organised crime syndicate, in the latest sting against the mafia.

FiatChrysler could sell 95-year-old auto parts subsidiary

London - Fiat Chrysler Automobiles could sell prized 95-year-old auto parts maker Magneti Marelli this year to raise money to increase its ownership stake, industry sources say.

Rescue boat with hundreds of migrants stopped from landing in Sicily: Charity

Milan - Italian authorities prevented a rescue boat with some 700 migrants aboard from landing in Sicily because there was no room for the people in reception centres, a humanitarian group said Friday.

Italian protesters torch beds to try block migrant arrivals

Treviso - Residents in a chic Rome suburb and a northern Italian village staged angry anti-immigrant protests on Friday, with villagers setting mattresses ablaze in a bid to stop authorities from housing migrants.

2,700 migrants rescued off Italian coast

Rome - Around 2,700 migrants were rescued Wednesday off the coast of Italy, as Europe struggles to deal with a swelling tide of arrivals from across the Mediterranean.

After bombing, Italy PM hails Egypt's Sisi as 'great leader'

Rome - Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi has hailed Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi as the only leader who can "save" Egypt, after a deadly car bomb attack on Rome's consulate in Cairo.

'Nemo's Garden' is real — Growing fruit and veggies under the sea

Noli - Off the coast of Noli, Italy you can find a series of experimental greenhouses which are part of the Italian Pavilion theme at EXPO 2015, "How to feed the planet." There is only one problem, though. They are 20 feet under the sea.

12 dead in Nigeria oil pipeline explosion: Italy's Eni

Rome - An accidental explosion on an oil pipeline In Nigeria operated by Italian energy giant Eni left 12 people dead and three injured, the company said in a statement Friday.

Italy struggles with mountain of seized mafia assets

Catania - Italy's battle against the mafia has provoked an unusual problem for the government -- the headache of managing a staggering portfolio of assets and cash seized from mobsters.

Berlusconi sentenced to 3 years for bribing Italian senator

Rome - Former Italian premier Silvio Berlusconi suffered a fresh legal blow Wednesday when a Naples court sentenced him to three years for bribing a senator.

Italian police seize 1.6 bn euros in assets from mafia family

Rome - Italian authorities said Wednesday they had seized assets worth more than 1.6 billion euros ($1.75 billion) from a family of five Sicilian pensioners believed to have links to a prominent mafia clan.

Op-Ed: Greece says No — The EU must acknowledge failure

Athens - The Greek No vote represents a well-deserved slap in the face to the EU, which has completely ignored the suffering its austerity measures have caused. The question now is whether the EU will even pay attention to either the vote or the issues.

Italy no longer Greece's 'companion in misfortune': Renzi

Rome - Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi said Saturday that his country is no longer a "companion in misfortune" of debt-wracked Greece, as it was three or four years ago.
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