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New deaths put Italy on track for sombre migrant records

Palermo - Italy's coastguard said Monday that another 16 people had died during operations in which 2,200 migrants were rescued off Libya, propelling both deaths at sea and the numbers arriving in Italy towards new highs.

Private rooms at Pope's summer residence open to public

Castel Gandolfo - Private rooms at the pope's summer residence in Castel Gandolfo will open to the public from Saturday at the request of Pope Francis, who has never holidayed there in more than three years as pontiff.

Muslims in Italy protest over freedom to worship

Rome - Several hundred Muslims staged a protest prayer outside the Colosseum in Rome on Friday over what they see as unfair restrictions on their freedom to practise their faith in Italy.

Up to 25 feared dead in raid on migrant boat

Rome - Up to 25 people were missing, feared drowned, Friday after men on a Libyan coastguard speedboat attacked a packed migrant dinghy during a rescue operation off the north African state.

Some 1,400 migrants rescued off Libyan coast

Rome - Some 1,400 migrants trying to cross the Mediterranean were rescued Thursday off the coast of Libya, according to the Italian coastguard, which coordinated the operations conducted mainly by aid ships.

Star architect's 'cloud' unveiled at last in Rome

Rome - A new convention centre in Rome that has been hailed as one of acclaimed architect Massimiliano Fuksas's most ambitious buildings yet was unveiled to the international media Wednesday, ahead of its long-awaited opening next week.

Judge sends 23 for trial in sex, lies and Berlusconi case

Rome - An Italian judge on Wednesday sent "Ruby the heart stealer" and 22 others for trial on charges of lying under oath after being bribed to protect former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi.

Obama fires parting shot at EU austerity, backs Renzi

Rome - Outgoing US President Barack Obama has fired a parting shot at EU leaders over their economic policies and offered strong backing to Italy's Matteo Renzi ahead of a crucial referendum.

Italy's Renzi unveils please all budget

Rome - Italy's Matteo Renzi Saturday unveiled his 2017 budget, which he hopes will please the European Commission and win him support at home in a key referendum.The cabinet signed off on the budget, which will then be scrutinised by Brussels.

Singing in the rain at send-off for Italy's Dario Fo

Milan - Thousands of mourners sang as they walked through the streets of Milan Saturday to pay their respects to Italy's Nobel prize-winning dramatist Dario Fo at a lay ceremony in front of the city's Gothic cathedral.

NATO head backs stronger European defence

Rome - NATO head Jens Stoltenberg welcomed Friday European efforts for a more closely integrated defence policy, boosted since Britain's vote to leave the EU, but warned against trying to create "an alternative" to the North Atlantic Alliance.

Italy's left pushes to speed up citizenship reform bill

Rome - Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi's party pushed Thursday for the Senate to pick up its heels over a citizenship reform bill which would allow children born in the country to foreign parents to become citizens.

Dario Fo, a master of agit prop and political farce

Rome - Dario Fo was one of the leading figures in modern farce and political theatre, whose brilliant satire earned him both a rebuke from the Vatican and the literary world's highest honour.

Nobel prize-winning Italian playwright Dario Fo dies aged 90

Rome - Italian satirical dramatist Dario Fo, who won the Nobel prize for literature in 1997, died on Thursday aged 90, prompting an outpouring of tributes for a provocative playwright unafraid to clash with authority.

French FM does not back sanctions against Russia over Syria

Rome - French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault said Wednesday he did not support sanctions against Russia or Iran, which back the Syrian regime and its offensive in Aleppo.

Bold or batty? Risking it all on a referendum

Rome - Who's afraid of a referendum? Italy faces one in December, France's Nicolas Sarkozy has promised two if he wins the presidential election next year, but as the recent shock votes in Britain, Colombia and Hungary show, the risks are high.

Italy PM Renzi seeks to avoid party split over referendum

Rome - Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi sought Monday to avoid a rift in his Democratic Party over an upcoming referendum on constitutional reforms.

Review: Magician James More incredible on 'Tu Si Que Vales' magic tricks Special

British magician James More appeared on the Italian talent show, "Tu Si Que Vales" and he was able to impress his audience and the judges.

Former Rome mayor acquitted of tax fraud

Rome - An Italian judge on Friday acquitted former Rome mayor Ignazio Marino in a tax fraud case which could have seen him handed a three-year jail term.

Recreated treasures of Iraq and Syria on show at Colosseum

Rome - Exact replicas of three architectural treasures damaged or destroyed by the Islamic State group (IS) in Syria and Iraq went on show Thursday at the Colosseum in Rome.
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