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Over 550 migrants rescued off Italy, five found dead: MSF

Rome - More than 550 migrants rescued in the Mediterranean arrived in Sicily on Monday aboard a ship operated by Doctors Without Borders (MSF), which also carried the bodies of five people who died at sea.

Italy cracks Mafia sheep code to arrest Godfather's henchmen

Rome - Italian police on Monday arrested 11 suspects linked to the fugitive head of the Sicilian Mafia, including a former boss who ran a secret message system for the mobster using a sheep-based code.

Thank the ancient Romans for 'street food'

Rome - Grabbing something hot and tasty on the move? You have the ancient Romans to thank. "Street food" was their invention, generally enjoyed with wine, gambling or even prostitutes.

Disruption continues at Rome's disaster-hit airport

Rome - Flights in and out of Rome's disaster-hit Fiumicino airport were seriously disrupted for a second day Thursday after a fire in a nearby pine grove threw dense smoke across the runway.

Ukraine bans French lawmakers who visited Crimea

Kiev - Ukraine on Thursday blacklisted a group of right-wing French lawmakers who ignored warnings from Paris and paid an unofficial but highly publicised visit to Russian-occupied Crimea.

Fire temporarily grounds planes at Rome airport

Rome - Rome's Fiumicino airport was forced to suspend all flights for around two hours Wednesday after a fire broke out in a nearby pine grove, spreading dense smoke across the runway.

Rome mayor fights for survival amid eternal city chaos

Rome - It boasts some of the most prized archaeological sites in the world, but modern-day Rome, plagued by the mafia, has descended into a grimy and dishevelled chaos where its beleaguered mayor is fighting for his political life.

Over 1,800 migrants rescued off Italy, 13 bodies recovered

Rome - More than 1,800 migrants have been picked up in the Mediterranean and 13 bodies recovered as the exodus from north Africa by boat endures, Italy's coast guard said Tuesday.

Maritime court to hear Italy-India shooting dispute

Berlin - A Germany-based international tribunal said Monday it would open hearings next month on a deadly 2012 maritime incident that sparked a diplomatic dispute between Italy and India.

More than 1,300 migrants brought to Sicily

Rome - More than 1,300 migrants, mostly from sub-Saharan Africa and Syria, arrived in Sicily on Saturday, after having been picked up in the Mediterranean, the Italian coastguard said.

'Putin wants me for economy minister': Berlusconi

Rome - Russian President Vladimir Putin wants to give Silvio Berlusconi Russian citizenship -- and the job of economy minister -- the disgraced Italian billionaire politician was quoted as saying Thursday.

Italy arrests two suspected of planning IS-style attacks

Rome - Italian police arrested two men Wednesday suspected of supporting the Islamic State group and plotting to carrying out attacks in the country.

Italy seizes mafia assets worth 2 bn euros in gambling sting

Rome - Italian police said Wednesday they had seized assets worth two billion euros ($2.2 billion) belonging to a powerful organised crime syndicate, in the latest sting against the mafia.

Italy breaches human rights by blocking gay marriage: European court

Strasbourg - A European court ruled Tuesday that Italy breached the human rights of three gay couples by refusing them marriage or any other recognised form of union. "The legal protection currently available to same-sex couples in Italy ...

Rescue boat with hundreds of migrants stopped from landing in Sicily: Charity

Milan - Italian authorities prevented a rescue boat with some 700 migrants aboard from landing in Sicily because there was no room for the people in reception centres, a humanitarian group said Friday.

Italian protesters torch beds to try block migrant arrivals

Treviso - Residents in a chic Rome suburb and a northern Italian village staged angry anti-immigrant protests on Friday, with villagers setting mattresses ablaze in a bid to stop authorities from housing migrants.

Austrian artist angers activists with dead animal show

Vienna - Animal rights activists have filed a complaint against Austrian enfant terrible Hermann Nitsch over his current exhibition in Sicily featuring dead animals on crucifixes, a spokeswoman for the artist said Thursday.

2,700 migrants rescued off Italian coast

Rome - Around 2,700 migrants were rescued Wednesday off the coast of Italy, as Europe struggles to deal with a swelling tide of arrivals from across the Mediterranean.

IS steps up Egypt campaign with Italy consulate hit

Cairo - With the high-profile bombing of Italy's consulate in the heart of the Egyptian capital, the Islamic State jihadist group has stepped up its deadly campaign against the regime by striking Cairo's Western allies.

After bombing, Italy PM hails Egypt's Sisi as 'great leader'

Rome - Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi has hailed Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi as the only leader who can "save" Egypt, after a deadly car bomb attack on Rome's consulate in Cairo.

Cairo bomb rips through Italian consulate, killing one

Cairo - A powerful bomb ripped through the Italian consulate in Cairo Saturday, killing one person, the first assault on a foreign mission in Egypt since jihadists launched a campaign against security forces two years ago.

12 dead in Nigeria oil pipeline explosion: Italy's Eni

Rome - An accidental explosion on an oil pipeline In Nigeria operated by Italian energy giant Eni left 12 people dead and three injured, the company said in a statement Friday.

Italy struggles with mountain of seized mafia assets

Catania - Italy's battle against the mafia has provoked an unusual problem for the government -- the headache of managing a staggering portfolio of assets and cash seized from mobsters.

Berlusconi sentenced to 3 years for bribing Italian senator

Rome - Former Italian premier Silvio Berlusconi suffered a fresh legal blow Wednesday when a Naples court sentenced him to three years for bribing a senator.

Italian police seize 1.6 bn euros in assets from mafia family

Rome - Italian authorities said Wednesday they had seized assets worth more than 1.6 billion euros ($1.75 billion) from a family of five Sicilian pensioners believed to have links to a prominent mafia clan.

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.
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