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S.Korea on virus 'high' alert, Italy and Iran take drastic steps

Codogno - South Korea went on high alert Sunday following a sharp jump in coronavirus cases, and Italy and Iran took their own drastic containment steps as an epidemic that has killed nearly 2,500 people in China continued a relentless global expansion.

Fear, isolation cloaks town at centre of Italy's coronavirus outbreak

Codogno - The streets are silent, shops are shuttered and the few people who venture from their homes shun company in the small Italian town of Codogno under the shadow of a new coronavirus outbreak.

Italy clamps down on travel after virus deaths, as cases rise

Codogno - Two deaths from the new coronavirus sparked fears throughout northern Italy on Saturday, as about 50,000 people were poised for a weeks-long lockdown imposed by authorities trying to halt a further increase in infections.

Italy towns under lockdown as first European coronavirus death reported

Rome - An Italian man became the first European to die after being infected with the coronavirus Friday, just hours after 10 towns in the country were locked down following a flurry of new cases.

10 Italian towns in lockdown over coronavirus fears

Rome - Authorities in northern Italy on Friday ordered the closure of schools, bars and other public spaces in 10 towns following a flurry of new coronavirus cases.

Pompeii restoration unearths 'surprise' treasures

Pompei - Vivid frescoes and never-before-seen inscriptions were among the treasures unearthed in a massive years-long restoration of the world-famous archeological site Pompeii that came to a close Tuesday.

Pope urges Amazon 'outrage' but stays silent on married priests

Rome - Pope Francis on Wednesday pleaded for social justice and environmental respect for the Amazon basin, but did not recommend the controversial idea of married priests.

Italy Senate votes for far-right leader Salvini to face trial

Rome - Italian far-right leader Matteo Salvini is to stand trial on charges of illegally detaining migrants at sea, after senators voted Wednesday to strip him of his parliamentary immunity.

Italian opera star Mirella Freni dies at 84

Rome - One of the great stars of Italian opera Mirella Freni, who as an infant shared a wet nurse with Luciano Pavarotti, died Sunday at the age of 84 following a long illness, media reports said.

Italy calls on Egypt to release young researcher, activist

Rome - Italy on Sunday called on Egypt to release a young Egyptian researcher and activist based at Bologna University, saying it had reason to believe the security forces had tortured him.

Italy's Uffizi Gallery hails US online tout ruling

Rome - Italy's world-famous Uffizi Gallery on Thursday hailed a US court victory which bars "bloodsucking" ticket touts using the Italian museum's name in website domains.The Arizona court ruling bars third parties using several addresses including Uffizi.

Two train drivers killed in Italy high-speed rail crash

Lodi - Two rail workers were killed and about 30 people injured on Thursday when a high-speed train derailed before dawn near Milan in northern Italy, authorities said.

Two rail workers dead as train derails near Milan

Milan - Two people were killed and about 25 injured on Thursday when a high-speed train derailed near Milan in northern Italy, authorities said.The accident occurred near the town of Lodi, about 50 kilometres (30 miles) south of Milan.

Italy declares state of emergency over coronavirus

Rome - The Italian government declared a state of emergency on Friday to fast-track efforts to prevent the spread of the deadly coronavirus strain after two cases were confirmed in Rome.

Chinese communities warn of Italy 'racism' over virus

Rome - Prominent figures in Chinese communities in Italy warned Thursday of episodes of "latent racism" against their compatriots by Italians fearful of catching a deadly viral outbreak.

Thousands held in cruise ship in Italy over feared coronavirus cases

Civitavecchia - More than 6,000 tourists were under lockdown aboard a cruise ship at an Italian port on Thursday after two Chinese passengers were isolated over fears they could be carrying the coronavirus.

Priests accused of sex abuse in religious order shut by Vatican

Rome - Nine members of a religious order that was abruptly shuttered by the Vatican are under investigation for sex assault, the dioscese confirmed Wednesday, after allegations emerged linking the group to the abuse of two young brothers.

Italy govt survives Salvini challenge but M5S risks remain

Bologna - The far-right's defeat in a key regional election in Italy staves off for now a political crisis for the coalition government, but risks remain with a weakening Five Star Movement, analysts said Monday.

Salvini's League fails to topple Italy govt in regional vote: exit polls

Bologna - Italy's populist leader Matteo Salvini appeared to have failed in his bid to win a key regional election and topple the country's fragile coalition government, according to exit polls late Sunday.

Key vote in Italy as Salvini seeks to topple government

Bologna - Italians vote Sunday in a key regional election which the far-right hopes will shake the country's fragile coalition government to its core and return strongman Matteo Salvini to power.
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