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Covid kills men's fashion buzz in Milan

Milan - A year after the last Covid-free catwalk shows in Milan, men's fashion week begins on Friday, but without the buzz of its traditional audience of buyers, bloggers, celebrities and media.

Berlusconi hospitalised with heart problem: doctor

Rome - Former Italian premier Silvio Berlusconi has been admitted to hospital in Monaco after suffering heart problems, a spokesman and his doctor said Thursday.The 84-year-old media tycoon "is at the Cardiothoracic Hospital in Monaco for tests.

Italian PM battles to keep government afloat, will head to parliament

Rome - Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte was battling Thursday to keep his government afloat after a junior coalition partner pulled out, sparking a political crisis in the middle of a raging pandemic.

Dismembering the mafia, one child at a time

Cinquefrondi - Lucia urged her six-year old twins to move quickly but quietly as she bundled them into the car under cover of darkness.

Italy plunged into political crisis, government risks collapse

Rome - Italy was plunged into political crisis Wednesday after former premier Matteo Renzi withdrew his party from the ruling coalition, risking the collapse of the government in the middle of a raging coronavirus pandemic.

Bodies on the road: prosecutor's lifelong mafia fight

Rome - For Nicola Gratteri, the lead prosecutor in Italy's largest anti-mafia trial in more than 30 years, the fight against the mob has always been a personal issue.

Virus-hit Italy faces political crisis over EU recovery plan

Rome - Italy was facing a fresh political crisis Wednesday after weeks of turmoil in the coalition government came to head in a row over how to spend billions of euros in EU coronavirus recovery funds.Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte's cabinet approved the 222.

Five things to know about Italy's 'Ndrangheta mafia

Rome - The 'Ndrangheta, rooted in the southern region of Calabria, has surpassed Sicily's more famous Cosa Nostra to become Italy's most powerful mafia group, which operates across the world.

From 'Wolf' to 'Wringer': Italian mobsters face 'maxi-trial'

Rome - Hundreds of suspected members of the 'Ndrangheta, Italy's most powerful mafia group, will face a judge this week as the country's biggest "maxi-trial" of the past three decades gets underway.

Pope, Queen Elizabeth join vaccine drive as German deaths top 40,000

Rome - The pope and Britain's Queen Elizabeth became the latest high-profile figures to join the global vaccination campaign against the coronavirus as Germany on Sunday reported 40,000 fatalities since the pandemic began a year ago.

Cars swallowed by sinkhole outside Italy hospital

Rome - Patients had to be evacuated from a hospital in Naples on Friday after a huge section of the carpark collapsed, causing water and electricity to be cut off.

Virus-hit Italy gripped by political crisis

Rome - Italy's Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte has more than enough on his plate as he deals with a raging coronavirus pandemic, but also faces the more immediate challenge of staying in office.

Pope recalls his youth playing football, dubs Maradona "poet"

Rome - With a ball made from rags and surging adrenaline, the young Jorge Bergoglio and his friends pulled off "miracles" playing football in the street, Pope Francis recalled on Saturday.

'Fast-food' bar frozen in Pompeii ash gives clues on Roman snacking habits

Rome - A 2,000-year-old fast-food stall unearthed from the ash of Pompeii has given researchers new clues about the snacking habits of the ancient Romans.

UK travel bans cause Christmas chaos

Rome - The abrupt cancellation of flights in and out of the UK following the detection of a mutant strain of coronavirus left many people -- Britons and other nationals -- stranded just days before Christmas.

'They're telling me I killed a cop,' US student in Rome told mother

Rome - The US student who admitted stabbing a policeman in Rome last year was shaking and crying inside a police station after learning the attack was fatal, his mother testified Thursday at his trial.

Italy PM flies in as Libya frees Sicilian fishermen

Rome - Eighteen fishermen including eight Sicilians who were held in Libya for more than three months have been freed, Italy's prime minister and foreign minister said Thursday after visiting Benghazi to secure their release.

Christmas gift sparks lifelong passion for puppeteer

Turin - Augusto Grilli's eyes still light up when he recalls receiving the little theatre and 12 puppets almost 75 years ago, a childhood gift that sparked a career and a lifelong passion.

Italy has Europe's worst virus death toll: AFP tally

Rome - Italy on Saturday became the European country with the highest pandemic toll, its new total of 64,036 deaths overtaking Britain, according to an AFP tally.

First 'Covid-tested' flight lands in Rome from New York

Rome - The first "Covid-tested" flight arrived in Rome from New York on Wednesday, an initiative designed to open up air routes between Europe and the United States blocked by the pandemic.
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