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Cardinal cut: Italy's tailor to the stars of the Church

Rome - Raniero Mancinelli cannot afford to drop a stitch. Pope Francis is creating five new cardinals next week and the race is on to have their scarlet robes ready in time.

Conservative cardinals step up pope challenge

Rome - Four conservative cardinals who have publicly challenged Pope Francis over his reforms of Catholic Church teaching have published a letter escalating the row.

Fresh Med shipwreck horror on World Refugee Day

Rome - Nearly 2,000 people are believed to have drowned trying to cross the Mediterranean this year, the UN's refugee agency said Tuesday on World Refugee Day, as it reported fresh deaths.

Carla Fendi, one of fashion label's five sisters, dies: reports

Rome - Carla Fendi, who along with four sisters helped build her parents' leather and fur goods shop in Rome into a global fashion powerhouse, has died aged 80, Italian press reports said Tuesday.

Nearly 130 migrants feared dead in Mediterranean after shipwreck: IOM agency

Rome - At least 126 migrants were feared dead after their boat sank off the coast of Libya while trying to make the perilous crossing to Europe, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) said Monday.

Italy fugitive who missed his mum found in wardrobe

Rome - An Italian fugitive who spent five years on the run has been caught hiding in a wardrobe after giving himself away to police by visiting his old mum.

A year in Rome leaves Populist poster girl flailing

Rome - Rome mayor Virginia Raggi swept to power vowing to clean up the Eternal City and show that the populist Five Star Movement (M5S) was ready to govern Italy.

Italy pressed to do more for child migrants

Rome - More than 70,000 unaccompanied minors have arrived in Italy since 2011, and they are increasingly young and vulnerable, Save the Children said Wednesday, calling on authorities to do more.

Rome seeks migrant moratorium, warns of social tensions

Rome - Rome's populist mayor called Tuesday for a moratorium on new migrants arriving in the city, warning that setting up additional reception centres risked sparking explosive social tensions in the capital.

US isolated as allies vow accelerated action on climate change

Bologna - US allies in the G7 said Monday that action to contain devastating climate change was irreversible and could even be accelerated, despite Donald Trump's decision to pull the United States out of the Paris accord.

Italy's Five Star suffers setback in local polls

Rome - Italy's anti-establishment Five Star Movement (M5S) suffered a big setback in local elections on Sunday after failing to make the runoff vote in almost all the big cities being contested.

US partners vow to pursue climate fight without Trump

Bologna - The United States' partners in the G7 club of wealthy democracies vowed Sunday to press ahead with efforts to contain devastating climate change despite a rift caused by the American withdrawal from the Paris accord on cutting carbon emissions.

Climate change rift raises temperature for G7 meet

Bologna - G7 environment chiefs meet in Italy Sunday for potentially difficult talks 10 days after Donald Trump sparked a rift with US partners by pulling out of the Paris climate change accord.

Italy plays down London attacker slipping through net

Lampedusa - Britain's failure to keep tabs on Youssef Zaghba despite being warned about him by Italian authorities was understandable, Italy's top policeman said Wednesday as new details of the London attacker's troubled background and personality emerged.

Italian police bust migrant trafficking ring in Sicily

Rome - The Italian police said Tuesday that they had broken a smuggling ring between Tunisia and Sicily which was preparing to bring migrants with suspected jihadist links to Europe.

Third London attacks suspect reportedly Italian-Moroccan

Rome - The third man suspected of carrying out Saturday's deadly attack in central London was an Italian-Morrocan who was arrested last year on suspicion of trying to reach Syria.

Turin bomb scare sparks stampede, leaving 1,500 injured

Turin - More than 1,500 people were injured, three seriously, after a bomb scare triggered a stampede among Juventus fans watching the Champions League final in Turin, local authorities said Sunday.

58 migrants perish in Med in a week, 100 missing

Rome - At least 58 migrants, including many children, perished in the Mediterranean last week trying to reach Italy, while 100 more are still missing, according to new figures published on Tuesday.

Italy backs Merkel call for stronger Europe in age of Trump

Rome - Italy on Tuesday backed German Chancellor Angela Merkel's call for Europe to be a stronger player on the world stage in the era of Donald Trump and Brexit.

Trump's 'home run' tour leaves allies bewildered

Taormina - Donald Trump's first trip overseas was supposed to be about building bridges and clarifying his administration's intentions to friends and foes alike.
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