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Italy lets 10 migrants off rescue boat as row drags on

Rome - Interior Minister Matteo Salvini Italy on Saturday cleared 10 migrants to leave the rescue boat Sea-Watch 3, Italian media reported, while pressing on with plans to ban the vessel from Italian waters.

Italy's 'genius' film director Franco Zeffirelli dies

Rome - The world of cinema was in mourning Saturday after Italian film and opera legend Franco Zeffirelli, feted for his lavish productions, died at home in Rome aged 96.

Back in Italy, Knox voices fears of "new accusations"

Modena - Amanda Knox said Saturday she feared "harassment" and "new accusations" on her return to Italy years after she was acquitted of the gruesome killing of her British housemate.

Italian director Franco Zeffirelli dies aged 96: media

Rome - Italian film and opera legend Franco Zeffirelli died Saturday at the age of 96 at his home in Rome, local media reported.

Italy's Salvini cracks down on Sea Watch migrant rescue boat

Rome - Italian Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini on Thursday launched a crackdown on the German charity Sea Watch whose ship on Wednesday rescued 52 migrants off the coast of Libya.

Amanda Knox returns to Italy for 'trial by media' talk

Modena - Amanda Knox on Thursday returned to Italy for the first time since the US student was acquitted in 2015 of the gruesome killing of her British housemate after spending four years behind bars.

Amanda Knox back in Italy where she was acquitted of murder

Modena - Amanda Knox, the US exchange student jailed for four years then acquitted for the 2007 murder of her roommate in the Italian town of Perugia, returned to Italy on Thursday to address a conference on wrongful convictions.

Italy's Salvini tightening laws against migrant ships

Rome - The populist Italian government is stepping up a crackdown against migrant ships and assaults on police with a tough new decree led by Interior Minister Matteo Salvini.

Pro-migrant Italian mayor's trial adjourned

Rome - A court on Tuesday adjourned the trial of a high-profile pro-migrant former mayor in populist-ruled Italy on charges he set up fake marriages to help asylum seekers stay in the country.

Gondoleering goddesses teach ancient art to the masses

Venice - "Big wave incoming, use your legs!" shouts Gabriella Lazzari, as her laughing students try out their new gondoleering skills in the sunshine of Venice's lagoon.

Thousands demonstrate against cruise ships in Venice

Venice - Thousands of people took to the streets in Venice on Saturday calling for a ban on large cruise ships in the city following last week's collision between a massive vessel and a tourist boat.

How Italy's migrant model town Riace veered far-right

Riace - The sign reading "Riace, land of welcome" still hangs in the small town, but its dream of migrant integration is over after the far-right's "Italians first" election victory.

Italian PM says will resign if coalition squabbles persist

Rome - Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said Monday he was ready to resign unless the two parties in the governing populist coalition -- the League and the Five Star Movement -- stopped squabbling.

Italian PM says will resign if coalition squabbles persist

Rome - Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte on Monday said he was ready to resign unless the two parties in the governing populist coalition -- the League and the Five Star Movement -- stopped squabbling.

Collision sparks fresh debate over cruise ships in Venice

Venice - A massive cruise ship lost control in Venice Sunday, crashing into a wharf and sparking a fresh controversy over the damage the mammoth vessels cause to one of the world's most famous cities.

Venice cruise ship loses control, slams wharf and tourist boat

Rome - A cruise ship lost control as it was coming in to dock in Venice Sunday, crashing into the wharf and hitting a tourist boat, Italian media reported.

Italy's Mount Etna sparks into life

Rome - Mount Etna in southern Italy has burst into life, spitting molten lava high into the sky, though cloud cover Saturday ruined the view for those brave enough to venture up the flanks of Europe's highest volcano.

Impounded Sea Watch rescue vessel released in Italy

Rome - A charity rescue vessel run by Germany's Sea-Watch, impounded last month by Italian prosecutors as part of a probe into aiding illegal immigration, was released Saturday and given permission to sail."The Sea-Watch 3 is free!

'Populist school' in Italy vows to fight eviction

Rome - The mastermind behind a would-be "gladiator school" for populists set up in a 13th-century Italian monastery vowed Saturday to fight Italy's culture ministry in court over attempts to evict it.

Italian navy takes rescued migrants to Genoa

Rome - The Italian navy were transporting 100 migrants to the northern port of Genoa Friday, a day after rescuing them, but officials there say they will not be able to stay.
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