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Baby dies amid migrant rescue chaos in Med

Rome - A three-month old baby has died after being picked up by rescuers at sea off Libya, because bad weather and a lack of boats made a medical evacuation impossible, aid organisations said Thursday.

Italy election campaign descends into race row

Rome - Italy was gripped by a racism row Tuesday as parties from across the political spectrum weighed in on calls to defend the "white race", sparking anger but also drawing support.

Populists target vaccine decree ahead of Italy polls

Rome - Two Italian populist parties running in March elections are promising to scrap a compulsory vaccination law, a hot-button issue after a measles outbreak claimed four lives last year.

Italy's Berlusconi backs Deneuve's views on harassment

Rome - Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi backed French actress Catherine Deneuve on Thursday for saying that men should be "free to hit on" women.

Ryanair faces strike by Italian air transport unions

Rome - Three Italian air transport unions on Wednesday announced their intention for a nationwide strike for Ryanair staff on February 10, expressing disappointment after the first meeting with management of the Irish low-cost airline.

Ferrero nears deal for Nestle's US candy operations

Milan - Italy's Ferrero is closing in on a $2.8-billion deal for Nestle's US confectionary business, Bloomberg said Wednesday, amid signs a deal could be completed by Sunday.

Italy's populist Five Stars has new plans for euro

Rome - Italy's Five Star Movement, which promised supporters a referendum on the euro, has had a change of heart, insisting it can win concessions from Europe to ease eurozone fiscal rules instead.

Southern EU countries present united front on migration

Rome - The heads of seven southern European states pledged Wednesday to up their efforts to tackle one of the most stubborn thorns in the EU's side: flows of migrants from war-torn and impoverished countries.

Bread bandits busted in maxi German-Italian mafia sting

Rome - Italian and German police have rounded up more than 100 suspects in a vast anti-mafia operation in the two countries, cracking open a crime empire that grew rich on bread, wine and funeral services.

10 migrants dead, dozens missing off Libya coast

Catania - Ten migrants perished over the weekend and dozens are missing, including children, after their boat sank off the Libyan coast, aid organisations said Monday.

Italy political forces begin election wheeling and dealing

Rome - Italy's main political forces began in earnest Sunday to plot strategies for the upcoming general election, as the country's finance minister raised a red flag over political uncertainty in the eurozone's third largest economy.

Canine couture cuts a dash in Italy's fashion capital

Milan - Elegant, tailored outfits are not reserved just for fashionistas in Italy -- couture for dogs is proving a hit with some Milan pet owners.

At least 25 dead in migrant shipwreck off Libya: rescue charities

Rome - At least 25 people are feared to have drowned in a shipwreck off Libya after a dinghy, possibly carrying some 150 migrants, ran into trouble, two rescue organisations said Saturday."Rubber dinghy sunk north of Tripoli.

Berlusconi could save Italy from 'Trump-style' populists: ex-Economist editor

Rome - The former editor of the Economist, an influential UK weekly which once slammed Silvio Berlusconi as "unfit to lead Italy", said Saturday the ex-premier could stop populists at the upcoming general election.

Italy cruise ship hero among populist party hopefuls

Rome - The man hailed a hero in Italy after ordering the captain of a stricken cruise ship to return aboard was on Thursday one of the anti-establishment Five Star Movement's parliamentary hopefuls.

Qatari-owned jewels stolen in audacious Venice heist

Rome - Thieves made off with several items of Indian maharajahs' treasures owned by a member of the Qatari royal family after an audacious heist Wednesday at the Doge's palace in Venice, police said.

Iran unrest 'start of a big movement': Nobel Peace Prize-winner Ebadi

Rome - The unrest in Iran is just "the beginning of a big movement" that could be more widespread than the demonstrations of 2009, the Nobel Peace Prize-winning Iranian lawyer Shirin Ebadi said in an interview Sunday.

'Historic' turning point in Italy's migrant crisis

Rome - The year 2017 marked what Italian authorities hope was a turning point in the nation's struggle to manage a chaotic and deadly rush of migrants to its shores.

Cheesed off: Italian regions highly strung over mozzarella

Rome - Defenders of buffalo mozzarella in the Campania region of southern Italy have vowed to fight a decision made this week by the farming ministry which allows a cow mozzarella from neighbouring Puglia to be given special status.

Italy parliament dissolved ahead of March election

Rome - Italy's President Sergio Mattarella dissolved parliament on Thursday as the country prepares for knife-edge general elections in March.Next year's elections, to be held on March 4, may mark a new era of uncertainty for the country.
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