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Matteo Renzi, a reformer ready to seize a second chance

Rome - Matteo Renzi, the former Italian premier who regained control of his centre-left ruling party on Sunday, appears ready to live up to his reputation as an ambitious leader trying to revamp Italy's gridlocked political system.

Italy's Renzi likely to win Democratic Party election

Rome - Former prime minister Matteo Renzi was poised to win the leadership of Italy's ruling Democratic Party (PD) in a primary election Sunday, propelling him back to the forefront of the national political scene.

Milan exhibition highlights migrant odyssey

Milan - An exhibition in Milan is offering through the lens of 65 photographers an original look at the topic of immigration and the migrant crisis.

Italian elected new leader of Order of Malta

Rome - A 72-year-old Italian medieval art expert was on Saturday elected to head the Order of Malta, the world's oldest chivalric order.

Italian FM backs prosecutor on NGO migrant row

Rome - Italian Foreign Minister Angelino Alfano said Saturday that he "agreed 100 percent" with a prosecutor's repeated suggestions that some charity boats rescuing migrants in the Mediterranean are colluding with traffickers in Libya.

Silvio Berlusconi briefly hospitalised after fall

Rome - Former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi was briefly hospitalised after a fall, the mayor of a Tuscan town where he was due to attend a meeting of his political party Forza Italia said Saturday.

Six investigated over Italy avalanche tragedy

Rome - Italian authorities on Thursday placed six people, including senior local officials, under criminal investigation over the avalanche that engulfed the Rigopiano hotel in January, killing 29 people.

Rome court urged to jail Mafia Capitale boss

Rome - Prosecutors on Thursday requested a 28-year prison term for a one-eyed, far-right extremist who was the alleged kingpin of a mafia gang that preyed on Rome's City Hall.

Italy clears activist charged for helping migrants into France

Rome - An Italian court on Thursday acquitted a humanitarian activist who had faced a possible prison term for trying to help a family of Sudanese migrants cross from Italy into France.

Italian reporter freed in Turkey

Rome - An Italian journalist arrested in Turkey while researching refugees near the Syrian border has been freed after two weeks in detention, Italy's foreign ministry said Monday.

Op-Ed: Trump sees no role of U.S. in Libya except fighting ISIS

Washington - In a joint news conference with Italian Prime Minister Paulo Gentiloni, U.S. President Donald Trump said that the only role he saw for the U.S. in Libya was to defeat any remaining Islamic State militants.

Italy prosecutor stirs migrant 'taxis' row with NGOs

Rome - Charity boats rescuing migrants in the Mediterranean are colluding with traffickers in Libya, an Italian prosecutor was quoted as saying Sunday, stirring up a simmering row over aid groups' role in Europe's migrant crisis.

Pope says some refugee centres 'concentration camps'

Rome - Pope Francis on Saturday described some of Europe's refugee centres as "concentration camps", as he paid tribute to an unknown Christian woman slain for her faith in front of her Muslim husband.

Cycling: Italy's Scarponi killed in training crash

Rome - Veteran Italian Michele Scarponi was killed on Saturday after colliding with a van while out training on his bike, his Astana team said, plunging the cycling world into mourning.

Cycling: Italy's Scarponi killed in training crash: team

Rome - Veteran Italian cyclist Michele Scarponi was killed on Saturday in a road accident while out training on his bike, his Astana team and Italian media said.

Italy's Scarponi killed in road accident: team

Rome - Veteran Italian cyclist Michele Scarponi was killed on Saturday in a road accident while out training on his bike, his Astana team and Italian media said.

Italy declares man's brain tumor linked to his mobile phone use

The Italian court, in Ivrea, has ruled that a man's brain tumor is linked to his mobile phone use. This is based on extensive smartphone use. The connection is, however, questioned by experts.

Mediterranean migrant death toll for 2017 tops 1,000

Rome - Around 100 migrants have drowned in the Mediterranean according to shipwreck survivors, raising the death toll for the perilous crossing to Italy to over 1,000 victims in 2017, the UN's refugee agency said Friday.

Sex and intrigue of Vatican court drama gets TV treatment

Rome - Italy's Leone Film Group, the company originally founded by spaghetti western master Sergio Leone, is to make an English-language TV series on the so-called "Vatileaks" scandal.

Italian court rules mobile phone caused tumour

Rome - In a potentially landmark case, an Italian court has ruled that excessive, work-related use of a mobile phone caused an executive to develop a benign brain tumour.
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