Italy on Wednesday issued its strongest warning yet about the danger of the Islamic State group establishing a stronghold in Libya from where it could attack Europe and destabilise neighbouring states.
Cash-strapped authorities in Rome are to auction off four Mussolini-era public buildings to fund the completion of a long-delayed but eagerly-awaited new conference centre by acclaimed architect Massimiliano Fuksas.
Authorities on the Italian island of Lampedusa struggled Tuesday to cope with a huge influx of newly-arrived migrants as aid organisations warned the Libya crisis means thousands more could be on their way.
Italy on Monday ruled out military intervention in Libya in the short term, despite mounting concern in Rome over the country's exposure to the fallout from the chaos engulfing its former colony.
In football terms, Matteo Renzi looks more like a scuffling midfielder than a predatory striker.Politically, Italy's baby-faced prime minister knows exactly where the goal is and how to find it.
The three-judge panel in trial of the former captain of the Costa Concordia, Francesco Schettino, handed down his sentence in Grosetto on Wednesday. Schettino, who wept openly during his remarks before the sentencing, was given 16 years.
Friuli-Venezia Giulia in north-eastern Italy is a beguiling yet modest sort of place. Content to let its pushier neighbour Venice hog the limelight, Friuli rewards the traveller willing to look beyond the obvious.
More than 300 migrants are feared drowned after their overcrowded dinghies sank in the Mediterranean, triggering calls for the world to act after the latest boat disaster in a perilous crossing from Africa to Europe.
The fate of the captain of the ill-fated cruise ship, the Costa Concordia, is now in the hands of the trial's three judges. The closing arguments have been made and Francesco Schettino will soon know how much time he will spend in jail.