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Regions ready Rome challenge after autonomy victory

Rome - Two of Italy's wealthiest regions were drawing up plans Monday to claw back power and money from Rome after a victory for autonomy campaigners that could deepen divisions in Europe.

Italy regions back 'big bang' autonomy

Milan - Two of Italy's wealthiest northern regions on Sunday voted overwhelmingly in favour of greater autonomy in the latest example of the powerful centrifugal forces reshaping European politics.

Italy regions vote on autonomy bid

Milan - Voters in the northern Italian regions of Lombardy and Veneto were voting Sunday in referendums on autonomy, against the backdrop of Catalonia's push for independence from Spain.

EU parliament chief 'fears' spread of small nations as Italy regions vote

Rome - European Parliament chief Antonio Tajani said Europe should "fear" the spread of small nations as Spain struggled Sunday with the Catalonia crisis and the Italian regions of Lombardy and Veneto voted in referendums on greater autonomy.

Italy regions vote on autonomy bid

Milan - Voters in the northern Italian regions of Lombardy and Veneto vote Sunday in autonomy referendums attracting additional interest against the backdrop of Catalonia's push for independence from Spain.

Italian regions vote on autonomy: what's at stake?

Milan - The regions of Lombardy and Veneto vote Sunday in referendums on greater autonomy within Italy against the backdrop of the crisis created by Catalonia's push for independence from Spain.- Why the votes and what are they about?

G7, tech giants agree on plan to block jihadist content online

Ischia Porto - G7 countries and tech giants including Google, Facebook and Twitter on Friday agreed to work together to block the dissemination of Islamist extremism over the internet.

G7 tackles foreign fighters as EU helps shut 'terror' route

Ischia Porto - G7 interior ministers brainstormed Friday on how to tackle one of the biggest security threats facing the West, as the EU promised to help close a migration route labelled a potential back door for terrorists.

Venice wants its money back, not independence

Venice - Venice is living up to its reputation of self-reliance.In the one-time city-state that was known as The Most Serene Republic of Venice, almost everyone seems to be planning to vote for greater autonomy in Sunday's consultative referendum.

G7 to put squeeze on internet giants at terror talks

Ischia Porto - Tech giants including Google, Facebook and Twitter will come under pressure in Italy this week to go further and faster in helping G7 powers tackle the ever-greater threat of extremists online.

G7 to focus on foreign fighter fallout from rout of IS

Ischia Porto - The threat of fresh attacks on the West by foreign fighters fleeing the fallen Islamic State stronghold of Raqa is set to dominate a G7 meeting of interior ministers in Italy.

G7 to focus on foreign fighter fallout from rout of IS

Ischia Porto - The threat of fresh attacks on the West by foreign fighters fleeing the fallen Islamic State stronghold of Raqa is set to dominate a G7 meeting of interior ministers in Italy.

Pope urges world to act on causes of migration crisis

Rome - Pope Francis marked UN World Food Day on Monday with a call for world governments to act together to fight the hunger, conflicts and climate change driving mass migration from the developing to the industrialised world.

Italian priest kidnapped in southern Nigeria: Vatican

Rome - An Italian priest has been kidnapped by gunmen in southern Nigeria, church officials in both countries have said. Maurizio Pallu was snatched on Thursday in broad daylight by armed men just outside of Benin City, Italian media reports said.

More than 200 migrant children rescued in Med

Palermo - A migrant rescue ship in the Mediterranean carried hundreds of children and unaccompanied minors from over 15 countries to safety in Italy on Friday.

Italy moves closer to new electoral law for 2018 vote

Rome - Italy took a major step towards approving a new electoral system Wednesday, sparking protests and a countdown to knife-edge elections to be held in the first part of 2018.

Brother of Marseille attacker fought in Syria: police

Rome - A brother of Ahmed Hanachi, the Tunisian who stabbed two young women to death in the French city of Marseille this month, served as a jihadist fighter in Syria, Italian police said Monday.

Rising world hunger requires rural rethink: UN

Rome - A sudden rise in hunger across the globe will require a new emphasis on developing rural economies, the United Nations said on Monday.

Brother of Marseille attacker arrested in Italy

Rome - A brother of Ahmed Hanachi, the Tunisian national who stabbed to death two young women in the French city of Marseille in early October, has been arrested in Italy, local police said.

Jail beckons for Italy's 'Years of Lead' fugitive Battisti

Rome - Italy said Thursday it hopes to have fugitive convicted killer Cesare Battisti quickly extradited and jailed following the writer and former far-left militant's arrest in Brazil.
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