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Italy launches campaign to warn migrants of risks

Rome - Italy on Thursday launched a hard-hitting campaign on the internet, TV, radio and social media to warn African migrants of the many dangers they face in trying to reach Europe.Dubbed "Aware Migrants," the 1.5-million-euro ($1.

May cautious on Brexit route as Rome urges clear timeline

Rome - Prime Minister Theresa May on Wednesday said Britain would take the time needed to steer its way towards the EU exit as Italian counterpart Matteo Renzi urged a clear timeline to deliver Brexit.

Italian MPs debate controversial cannabis law

Rome - Italian lawmakers began discussing a proposal Monday to authorise the recreational use and growing of cannabis -- a highly inflammatory topic, with the government declining to take sides.

Italy hosts first Down's Syndrome 'Olympics'

Florence - The roar from the stands in Florence could not have been louder if it had been stars Usain Bolt or Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce on the track.

Migrants 'crushed, drowned' in Mediterranean dinghy horror

Trapani - Horror stories emerged Friday of the death of 22 migrants who drowned after they were crushed underfoot in a dinghy in the Mediterranean when panic broke out on board.

Italy fears 'Calais-style' migrant camps

Rome - Italy is scrambling to find extra places for incoming migrants amid fears the failure of a European relocation plan may result in mass encampments.

Rescue boats recover 17 migrant bodies off Italy

Rome - Over 1,000 migrants were pulled to safety from rickety vessels in the Mediterranean Thursday by rescuers who also recovered 17 bodies, Italy's coastguard said.

Hobbling mobster nabbed in southern Italy

Rome - Italian police slapped cuffs on a fugitive Thursday after a high-speed chase turned into a hobble when the mobster broke his ankle.

Over 20 migrant bodies found on dinghy in Med

Rome - Rescue teams who pulled over 550 migrants to safety from rickety vessels in the Mediterranean on Wednesday said they had recovered 22 bodies from a dinghy.

Last corpse recovered from Italy migrant wreck

Rome - Italy has finished the gruesome task of recovering migrant bodies from a fishing boat that sank with hundreds of people aboard more than a year ago, the navy said Thursday.

Station manager admits blame for deadly Italy crash

Andria - An Italian train station manager admitted partial responsibility for a head-on collision that killed 23 people as investigators on Thursday probed the fatal delay in upgrading rail safety.

Italy mafia boss Bernardo 'the tractor' Provenzano dies

Rome - Sicilian "Cosa Nostra" mafia boss Bernardo Provenzano, dubbed "the tractor" for the way he mowed down his victims, has died Wednesday after a long illness.

Italy probes train crash as dead mourned

Andria - A deadly train collision in Italy could have been caused by a "risky" signalling system in place on the line, Italy's minister of transport said Wednesday, as sobbing relatives identified victims of the crash which claimed at least 23 lives.

Italy train crash death toll rises to at least 20

Andria - At least 20 people were killed Tuesday in a head-on collision between two trains in Italy, the local health authority said, raising an earlier death toll and warning 18 others were in a critical condition.

'Crucial moment' in Syria peace talks: UN envoy

Rome - The UN envoy for Syria said Monday a "crucial moment" had been reached in attempts to broker a political settlement to end a five year war and defeat the IS.

Nigerian dies in Italy after hate attack

Rome - A Nigerian migrant was beaten to death in a racist attack by a right-wing football fan in a central Italian town, officials said Wednesday.

Over 4,500 migrants rescued off Italy

Rome - More than 4,500 migrants were rescued from the Mediterranean Tuesday in 30 separate operations in the Strait of Sicily, said Italy's coastguard, which coordinated the missions.

Silvio Berlusconi leaves hospital after open heart surgery

Rome - Former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi was released from hospital Tuesday three weeks after open heart surgery, looking thin and worn but vowing his political career is not over.

US student died 'after brawl with homeless man' in Rome

Rome - Italian police arrested a homeless man Tuesday over the death of an American student whose body was pulled from the Tiber River in Rome.

Italy starts recovering bodies from disaster boat

Rome - Italy has started recovering the bodies of migrants from a small fishing boat that sank with more than 800 people more than a year ago, a spokesman said Monday.The boat, which was at depth of 370 metres (more than 1,200 feet), was salvaged recently.
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