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Italy no longer Greece's 'companion in misfortune': Renzi

Rome - Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi said Saturday that his country is no longer a "companion in misfortune" of debt-wracked Greece, as it was three or four years ago.

Italy Holocaust memorial shelters migrants from 'indifference'

Milan - Camp beds, biscuits and bottles of water: each night dozens of asylum seekers find refuge in an unusual yet highly symbolic place, Milan's Holocaust memorial.

Italy minister on hunger strike for gay civil unions

Rome - A junior minister in the Italian government has gone on hunger strike in a protest aimed at speeding up moves to introduce civil unions for gay couples.

Rare images of Armenian genocide survivors on show in Italy

Bologna - Rare, moving images of survivors of the 1915 Armenian genocide will be shown in Bologna on Thursday as part of the 29th edition of the city's "Cinema Ritrovato" (Rediscovered Cinema) festival.

Berlusconi 'paid' Bunga Bunga dancer millions for silence

Milan - Silvio Berlusconi paid an exotic dancer and other young women some ten million euros for their silence over what went on at his Bunga Bunga sex parties, a prosecutor said Tuesday.

Italy begins recovery of 800 migrant bodies from Med shipwreck

Rome - The Italian navy said it had begun efforts to recover the bodies of some 800 migrants killed in a shipwreck in the Mediterranean in April, as authorities rescued another 4,400 people making the dangerous sea journey to Europe.

Top French court approves border controls with Italy

Paris - France's top administrative court said Monday that border controls on migrants at the Italian frontier were legal and did not violate the Schengen agreement that created Europe's passport-free zone.

Italy takes India to international arbitration over marines

Rome - Italy said Friday it had initiated international arbitration proceedings in the case of two of its marines facing trial in India for the 2012 killing of two fishermen.

Sardinia's poor defy anti-immigrant mood to help refugees

Italy's wealthy north may have tired of asylum seekers, but in one of the poorest regions of Sardinia locals are clothing and feeding refugee families.

Peshawar bomb suspect detained in Italy

Rome - A Pakistani accused of organising a 2009 bomb attack on a Peshawar market that killed more than 130 people, has been detained in Italy, police said Friday.

Migrant crisis in Med 'genocide' says Italy frontline mayor

Rome - Failing to provide asylum seekers with safe passage to the EU while hundreds die at sea is tantamount to genocide, a mayor on the frontline of the crisis warned Thursday.

Prosecutors seek five-year jail term for Berlusconi

Naples - Prosecutors in Naples on Wednesday asked the judge in Silvio Berlusconi's latest corruption trial to send the former prime minister and media tycoon to jail for five years.

Europe identity at risk as migrant tensions rise: Italy

Rome - Europe needs to find a solution to the migrant crisis or risk losing its identity, Italy's Matteo Renzi warned Wednesday ahead of a key EU summit, as tensions rose over the asylum issue.

Small Italian town giving away free homes, but there's a catch

Want a free house? The Sicilian town of Gangi, tucked away in the central part of the country, needs newcomers to replace its vanishing populace.

Italy denies role in CIA extraordinary rendition of imam

Strasbourg - Italy denied any involvement on Tuesday in the CIA's "extraordinary rendition" of an Egyptian imam kidnapped in Milan in 2003 on charges of terrorist connections.

Italy, France play down migrant border drama

Milan - Italy's Prime Minister Matteo Renzi and French President Francois Hollande played down tensions Sunday over a migrant crisis which has seen hundreds of asylum seekers blocked at the border between the two countries.

Hundreds of thousands rally in Rome against gay unions

Rome - Hundreds of thousands of Italians gathered in Rome Saturday to demonstrate against gay unions and the teaching of gender theories in schools, as Prime Minister Matteo Renzi tries to push a civil union bill through parliament.

Migration crisis and corruption takes toll on Italy's Renzi

Rome - Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi's popularity and public trust in his centre-left party have been damaged by corruption scandals and the immigration crisis, a new poll showed Saturday.

Sarkozy criticised in France, Italy over migrant remarks

Paris - Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy came under fire in France and Italy on Friday over comments he made comparing the influx of migrants into Europe to water gushing from a burst pipe.

A life in limbo for migrants stuck on the French-Italian border

Ventimiglia - For Musa, camped on a rocky shore on the border between Italy and France, the future lies just metres away.

Theatre therapy: Italy's migrant drama moves from sea to stage

Rome - Joseph Eyube always felt there was a performer inside him waiting to get out."I'm a funny man," says the Nigerian asylum-seeker. "Sometimes when I was watching TV or a movie, I would think, 'I could do better than that guy'.

EU border agency launches 'hotspot' to tackle migrant crisis

Varsovia - EU border agency Frontex on Wednesday launched its first so-called "hotspot" in Sicily designed to bring together European and international actors to help Italy tackle the Mediterranean migrant crisis.

Britain to support Italy intelligence effort on migrants

Milan - Britain is to provide staff and other support for an Italian intelligence unit working on moves to resolve Europe's migration crisis, Prime Minister David Cameron said Wednesday.

Police clear migrants at Franco-Italian border

Ventimiglia - Italian police Tuesday forcefully evacuated dozens of mainly African migrants from their shelter under a railway bridge on the Franco-Italian border, which has become a flashpoint in Europe's immigrant crisis.

France and Italy clash as migrant stand-off opens EU rift

Rome - Italy and France engaged in a war of words Monday as a standoff over hundreds of Africans offered a graphic illustration of Europe's migration crisis.

Italy to ask EU to set up refugee processing camps in Libya

Rome - Italy said Sunday it will ask the EU to set up refugee processing camps in Libya, and threatened to 'hurt' Europe should it turn a deaf ear to the crisis on its shores.

Police disperse migrants as tempers fray at France-Italy border

Ventimiglia - Italian police moved Saturday to disperse around 200 migrants who were staging a sit-in at a border crossing with France after French police refused to let them enter the country.

Migrants in hunger strike at France-Italy border

Ventimiglia - Dozens of migrants refused entry into France went on hunger strike Saturday at the border crossing in Ventimiglia in Italy, where they organised a sit-in and threatened to block traffic.

Station chaos deepens Italy migrant crisis

Milan - Italy's immigration crisis intensified Friday after a build-up of asylum-seekers at two major train stations resulted in clashes with police, an outcry from the right and fresh calls from Rome for EU help.

Three astronauts land in Kazakhstan after delayed return from ISS

Moscow - Two Western astronauts and a Russian cosmonaut landed in Kazakhstan on Thursday, safely returning to Earth after their flight back home was delayed for a month by a Russian rocket failure.
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