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At least 30 migrants drown in new Med disaster

Rome - At least 30 migrants including young children drowned Wednesday when they fell off an overloaded vessel in the Mediterranean, where tensions are rising between aid ships and the Libyan coast guard."There's a critical situation today.

At least 20 migrants killed in new Med sinking: coastguard

Rome - At least 20 migrants including young children drowned on Wednesday when they fell off an overloaded vessel in the Mediterranean, the Italian coastguard and a humanitarian worker said."There's a critical situation today.

Identity of trafficking 'kingpin' still in doubt a year after arrest

Rome - One year ago an Eritrean was arrested in Sudan on charges of heading a major people-smuggling network and extradited to Italy, where he has languished in jail ever since -- despite persistent claims the police got the wrong man.

Sicilian tourist town in lockdown for G7

Taormina - A Sicilian town beloved by the rich and famous is swapping sun-worshippersfor snipers as the leaders of the G7 descend for a high-security meeting in the hill-top holiday destination.

Italy inks deal with Libya neighbours to block migrants

Rome - Italy has signed a deal with Libya, Chad and Niger to try to stem the flow of migrants across the Mediterranean by beefing up border controls and creating new reception centres in the African nations.

Mafia boss executed in Cosa Nostra show of power

Palermo - Killers gunned down a Mafia boss in Sicily on Monday as the Cosa Nostra flexed its muscles on the eve of the 25th anniversary of one of its most notorious murders.

5,000 migrants rescued in 48 hours off Libya

Rome - Some 5,000 migrants bound for Italy were rescued in waters off the coast of Libya between Thursday and Saturday morning by Italian and Libyan coastguards, statements from both countries said.

Macron to receive Italian PM ahead of G7 talks

Paris - French President Emmanuel Macron will meet Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni in Paris ahead of next week's G7 summit in Sicily, the French leader's office said Saturday.

Italy makes childhood vaccinations compulsory

Rome - Italy's government on Friday declared a new law making a series of childhood vaccinations a condition of school inscription in a move triggered by a spike in measles cases.

Boko Haram traps starving people in Nigeria, UN warns

Rome - Two million people are teetering on the brink of famine in northeastern Nigeria but efforts to reach some are being thwarted by Boko Haram jihadists, the UN's food agency said Thursday.

Art community remains divided over Caravaggio found in French attic

Paris - An original Caravaggio or a master fake? This is the question that continues to befuddle art historians and experts about a painting discovered in a French attic three years ago.

Egypt hands Italy documents in student murder probe

Cairo - Egypt's prosecution said Wednesday it has handed over to Italian investigators documents requested by Rome to help the probe into the kidnapping and murder last year of an Italian student.

Italian lawmakers want police on charity boats

Rome - An Italian parliamentary commission on Tuesday called for police to be deployed on or close to charity boats rescuing migrants in waters off Libya.

Italy busts mafia clan, Catholic group in migrant scandal

Rome - Italy has broken up a mafia ring accused of infiltrating one of the country's largest migrant reception centres and capitalising on asylum seekers with the help of a Catholic association, police said Monday.

'Get back on board!': the cruise ship captain afraid of the dark

Rome - He will go down in history as the captain who refused to return aboard the sinking Costa Concordia, saying it was too dark to help save lives in a tragedy that killed 32 people.

Concordia shipwreck captain jailed as appeal fails

Rome - The captain of the doomed Costa Concordia cruise liner turned himself in Friday after Italy's highest court upheld his 16-year prison sentence for the tragedy that killed 32 people.

Anxiety mounts as Italy moves to get more migrants out

Rome - Behind the high fences of the repatriation centre at Ponte Galeria, just down the road from Rome's Fiumicino airport, dozens of women sit outside, waiting for word on whether they will have to leave Italy.

'Thank heavens for airbrushing' says star Monica Bellucci

Paris - Actress Monica Bellucci reopened the heated debate on the airbrushing of stars' photographs on Wednesday by declaring, "Thank heavens for retouching.

After the White House, Obama 'captive to selfies'

Milan - Former US president Barack Obama shared Tuesday his relief at no longer being leader of the Free World -- but joked he is now "captive to selfies" whenever he is out.

UN defends migrant rescue groups, under fire in Italy

Geneva - The UN refugee agency sprang to the defence Sunday of aid groups that rescue migrants in the Mediterranean, some of which have come under fire in Italy for alleged complicity with Libyan people smugglers.

Vintage cycling toasted in Italian wine country

Montalcino - The worlds of vintage wine and vintage cycling gently collided on Sunday as thousands of amateur enthusiasts took to the country lanes of southern Tuscany for the Eroica Montalcino cycling festival.

Obama to back healthy eating at Milan food conference

Milan - Barack Obama will be the keynote speaker at a food innovation conference this month in Milan, the latest move by the former US president to help foster healthy eating.

Changing face of migrant crisis in Mediterranean

Rome - From waves of dinghies setting off from Libya to the appearance of privately-funded rescue ships, the face of the migration crisis in the Mediterranean has changed greatly over the past few years.

EU's Barnier blames Britain for Brexit expat uncertainty

Florence - The European Union's chief Brexit negotiator said Friday that Britain was to blame for the uncertainty facing millions of expatriates in the run-up to the country's departure from the bloc.

G7 turns Sicilian gem into 'warzone', locals cry

Taormina - Bewildered tourists step gingerly around roaring bulldozers in the picturesque Sicilian coastal city of Taormina, where preparations for an upcoming G7 summit have enraged the local population.

Migrant rescues, deaths in Med as NGOs cry foul

Catania - Rescuers in the Mediterranean raced Friday to the aid of more than 20 migrant dinghies in distress as the debate in Italy over privately-funded aid ships intensified and the death toll at sea ticked steadily upwards.

Brexit a tragedy and EU partly to blame: Juncker

Florence - European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker on Friday described Brexit as a "tragedy" that had happened partly as a result of the European Union's past mistakes.

Italy's Renzi bounces back with primary win

Rome - Former Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi has bounced back to the forefront of national politics with a resounding primary election win to regain leadership of the ruling Democratic Party (PD).Renzi won 70.

Matteo Renzi, a reformer ready to seize a second chance

Rome - Matteo Renzi, the former Italian premier who regained control of his centre-left ruling party on Sunday, appears ready to live up to his reputation as an ambitious leader trying to revamp Italy's gridlocked political system.

Italy's Renzi likely to win Democratic Party election

Rome - Former prime minister Matteo Renzi was poised to win the leadership of Italy's ruling Democratic Party (PD) in a primary election Sunday, propelling him back to the forefront of the national political scene.
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