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Hope fuels dreams of migrants on boat to Europe

Italy - "This is five stars compared to what we have been through recently," says the teenager from the Ivory Coast.

Over 100 feared dead in new migrant boat tragedies in Mediterranean

Rome - Over 100 migrants were feared dead Thursday after two crowded boats capsized off Libya in separate incidents, with one of the tragedies captured on video that shows dramatic rescues and desperate final moments.

Up to 30 dead in shipwreck off Libya: EU naval force

Rome - Up to 30 people are feared dead after a shipwreck off Libya, while about 50 migrants have been rescued from the waves, the EU's naval force said Thursday.

Striking pictures capture moment of migrant shipwreck off Libya

Rome - Dramatic images released by the Italian navy Wednesday captured the moment a heavily overcrowded boat overturned in a shipwreck off Libya which left at least five people dead.

Road collapses near Florence's famed Ponte Vecchio bridge

Florence - Part of the embankment of the Arno river in Florence collapsed Wednesday, plunging parked cars into a crater and sparking an evacuation of buildings next to the city's world-famous Ponte Vecchio bridge.

A day in the life of the Med's migrant lifesavers

Italy - The sun beats down on a flat sea as a gentle breeze blows up from the Libyan coast but the Mediterranean idyll is soon to be shattered for the crew of migrant rescue ship the MS Aquarius.

Rome launches SOS for historic sites

Rome - Rome on Tuesday issued a 500-million-euro SOS to companies, wealthy philanthropists and its own citizens to help restore many of the Italian capital's iconic historic sites and avoid the risk of some falling into ruin.

Next stop on Rome's new underground: Hadrian's barracks

Rome - Frescoed barracks which once housed the cavalry of the Emperor Hadrian's bodyguard have returned to light 19 centuries on, during excavations for a new underground train line in Rome.

Naples smashes world record with mile-long margherita pizza

Naples - Naples has reclaimed the world record for the longest pizza after more than 200 chefs rolled out and cooked a mile-long margherita on the waterfront of the doughy delicacy's home city.The record-breaking snack measured up at exactly 1,853.

Italy says Africa nations back plan to close Libya migrant route

Rome - Italy says it is making headway in its bid to persuade African countries to help close migrant routes to Europe and take back some of those arriving via Libya in exchange for increased aid and investment.

Prosecutor seeks 18 years in jail for migrant disaster boat skipper

Rome - An Italian prosecutor on Tuesday requested an 18-year prison term for the alleged captain of a migrant boat which sank off Libya in April 2015, killing as many as 800 people, Italian media reported.

EU cuts Italy 'unprecedented' slack on budget rules

Rome - Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi on Tuesday claimed victory in his budget battle with Brussels after the EU granted Rome "unprecedented" leeway on the application of deficit rules for 2016.

Laugh or cry? Bomb joke bares crisis in Five Star movement

Rome - Italy's acerbic Beppe Grillo may have hung up his political gloves to return to the comedy circuit, but backlash over a bomb joke targeting London's new mayor has aggravated an identity crisis within his populist Five Star movement.

Italian fertility guru cries witch hunt over 'stolen' eggs charge

Rome - A controversial Italian fertility surgeon who has been accused of removing eggs from a woman's ovaries without her consent claimed on Sunday he is the victim of a witch hunt.

Italy set to double baby bonus to fight birth rate 'apocalypse'

Rome - Italy's health minister is proposing doubling a 'baby bonus' incentive for couples to have more children to combat what she calls a catastrophic decline in the country's birth rate.

History beckons for Italy's 116-year-old record breaker

Verbania - As a young woman in the roaring 1920s, the world's oldest living person loved to go singing and dancing.Now 116-year-old Italian Emma Morano's next challenge is to see in the 2020s and become the oldest human being on record.

Italian fertility doctor under arrest for eggs 'theft'

Rome - A controversial Italian gynaecologist famed for helping women in their 60s to have children is under house arrest in Rome on suspicion of removing eggs from a patient's ovaries without her consent.

Migrants rescued off Sicily are not Syrians, UN says

Rome - There were hardly any Syrian migrants among the 800 people rescued off Sicily, contrary to earlier reports from Italy's coastguard, the UN and the International Organization for Migration have confirmed.

Italy suspends salvage of migrant disaster boat

Rome - An operation to salvage a sunken migrant boat packed with corpses was suspended on Friday due to bad weather, the Italian navy said.

More than 800 migrants rescued off Sicily, many of them Syrian

Rome - At least 800 migrants were rescued off the coast of Sicily on Thursday, among them at least 150 Syrians, the Italian coastguard and the UN refugee agency said.
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