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Italy adopts 'living wills' despite church opposition

Rome - Catholic Italy adopted a law Thursday which will allow patients to refuse life-prolonging treatment despite opposition from the Church, which warned it was a dangerous step towards assisted suicide.

Italy tightens noose on Mafia godfather fugitive

Rome - Italian police were on Thursday searching the homes and businesses of known allies of mobster Matteo Messina Denaro, looking for hidden bunkers where the fugitive godfather may be hiding.

Amnesty says EU governments complicit in abuse of Libya migrants

Brussels - Amnesty International on Tuesday accused Italy and other EU governments of being "knowingly complicit" in horrific abuses of migrants in Libya, warning of legal action against them at European and UN rights institutions.

Italy can 'hold its head high' on migrant treatment: PM

Rome - Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni said Tuesday that Italy could "hold its head high" with regards to its treatment of migrants, after Amnesty International accused Rome and other EU governments of being "knowingly complicit" in abuses of migrants in Libya...

Italy calls gas emergency after Austria blast

Milan - Italy declared a state of emergency for its gas sector Tuesday after supplies were disrupted by a deadly blast at one Europe's biggest pipeline hubs in neighbouring Austria.

Amnesty accuses Europe of 'complicity' in abuse of Libya migrants

Tripoli - Amnesty International on Tuesday accused European governments of "complicity" in the detention under horrific conditions of migrants in Libya, especially through their assistance to the Libyan coastguard implicated in people trafficking.

Nearly 900 migrants rescued off Libya arrive in Italy

Rome - Sicily on Monday welcomed nearly 900 migrants rescued in Mediterranean waters off the coast of Libya in the past few days, with many expressing relief at having escaped the "Libyan hell".

Libya, Italy to join forces against people traffickers

Tripoli - Italy and Libya will set up a joint commission in a bid to fight back against people traffickers and tackle the problem of illegal migration, the Tripoli government said Saturday.

From Libya's migrant hell to Italy's handbag fashion world

Italy - From forced labour in Libya to a job as a founding member of an Italian fashion start-up, Bassirou has come a long way in two years, thanks to his skills with scissors.

Ryanair pilots in Italy to strike on Dec 15: Union

Rome - Ryanair pilots and flight attendants in Italy are to go on a four-hour strike on December 15, a union announced Wednesday, a threat shrugged off by the Irish airline.

Nearly 200 journalists under Italy police protection: govt

Rome - Nearly 200 journalists receive some kind of police protection in Italy, the government said on Wednesday, citing an "emerging phenomenon" of rightwing threats against news organisations.

Lamborghini aims to release hybrid super cars

Sant'agata Bolognese - Lamborghini plans to release hybrid super cars in the near future, chairman and CEO Stefano Domenicali told AFP on Tuesday.

Med nations sign MoU to build major gas pipeline

Nicosia - Mediterranean countries Cyprus, Greece, Israel and Italy on Tuesday signed a memorandum of understanding to build the world's longest underwater natural gas pipeline to supply Europe.

Female boss tasked with Sicilian Mafia reshuffle arrested

Rome - A female mobster suspected of being the mastermind behind a reshuffle of the Sicilian Mafia following the death of "boss of bosses" Toto Riina has been arrested, Italian police said Tuesday.

Naples pizza twirling seeks nod as UNESCO 'intangible'

Paris - Naples' art of pizza twirling is a candidate to join UNESCO's list of "intangible heritage" next week along with a wealth of other cultural treasures such as Saudi Arabian wall painting and Bangladeshi cane weaving.

Berlusconi ordered to trial over alleged witness tampering

Rome - Italy's former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi was ordered Thursday to stand trial over alleged witness tampering in a case related to his notorious "bunga bunga" parties, media reports said.

Italian populist party requests international observers for vote

Rome - Italy's populist Five Star movement (M5S) on Thursday called for international observers to monitor next year's elections, claiming irregularities during Sicily's regional polls.

African refugees arrive in Italy through 'safe corridor'

Rome - Twenty-five asylum seekers from Africa arrived safely in Rome Thursday, using a Christian "humanitarian corridor" set up for Syrians fleeing the war in their homeland.

Italian police in bid to reduce number of women murdered

Rome - Italian police on Friday launched a campaign to reduce the murder rate against women, which has remained stubbornly high despite a decline in the total number of homicides over recent years.

Mafia spectre haunting Italy spreading to cyberspace

Milan - A week after the death of Cosa Nostra boss Toto Riina, key figures in Italy's judiciary and police have warned the mafia's tentacles are extending into the virtual world.

EU to step up migrant rights training for Libyan coastguard

Rome - The EU's anti-trafficking operation is working to train Libya's coastguard on how to respect the human rights of migrants recovered at sea, the mission's commander said Thursday.

Berlusconi takes comeback bid to Europe rights court

Strasbourg - Italy's scandal-plagued former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi took his comeback bid to the European Court of Human Rights on Wednesday, asking it to weigh in on his ban from holding elected office.

Mafia godfather buried amid friends and foes in Corleone

Rome - Former "boss of bosses" Toto Riina, one of the most feared godfathers in the history of the Sicilian Mafia, was buried Wednesday in his hometown of Corleone.

Berlusconi takes comeback bid to Europe rights court

Strasbourg - Italy's scandal-plagued former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi took his comeback bid to the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg on Wednesday, asking it to weigh in on his ban from holding elected office.

Silvio Berlusconi, 'the immortal' in yet another comeback bid

Rome - They used to call him the Comeback Kid, but even Silvio Berlusconi's most ardent supporters may have underestimated the scandal-hit former leader's abilities to claw his way back to the political summit once more.

Italy funeral for all-female shipwreck victims

Salerno - The coffins of 26 young Nigerians lie in state in the winter sunshine in a cemetery in southern Italy, where a bishop and imam lead prayers for the all-female victims.

Is superboss Riina's death the end of the Sicilian Mafia?

Rome - With Mafia king Toto Riina's death, and heir Matteo Messina Denaro on the run, is it game over for Sicily's once all-powerful Cosa Nostra?

'Boss of bosses' Toto Riina, feared Godfather from Corleone

Rome - Gangster "Boss of bosses" Toto Riina, who has died at the age of 87, was one of the most violent and feared Godfathers in the history of the Sicilian Mafia.

Sicilian Mafia 'Beast' Toto Riina dies

Rome - Former "boss of bosses" Toto Riina, one of the most feared Godfathers in the history of the Sicilian Mafia, died early Friday after battling cancer.

Sicilian Mafia boss of bosses Toto Riina dies: reports

Rome - Former "boss of bosses" Toto Riina, one of the most feared Godfathers in the history of the Sicilian Mafia, died early Friday after battling cancer, Italian media reported.
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The grave of the  witch girl  reveals how the young child was buried face-down.
The grave of the "witch girl" reveals how the young child was buried face-down.
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Tunisian refugee in Sicily.
Tunisian refugee in Sicily.
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A jogger throws 3 puppies over a wall in Lecce  Italy.
A jogger throws 3 puppies over a wall in Lecce, Italy.
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PAPAL VISIT: Pope Francis visits the Brazilian city of Varginha in 2013.
PAPAL VISIT: Pope Francis visits the Brazilian city of Varginha in 2013.
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Patient presented with a  scorbutic tongue  due to what proved to be a vitamin C deficiency.
Patient presented with a "scorbutic tongue" due to what proved to be a vitamin C deficiency.
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Matera is a town and a province in the region of Basilicata  in southern Italy  it’s a UNESCO Worl...
Matera is a town and a province in the region of Basilicata, in southern Italy, it’s a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Image of Caveoso Stone.
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5 people were arrested in Italy for  reverse cash trapping  to steal money from ATMs.
5 people were arrested in Italy for "reverse cash trapping" to steal money from ATMs.
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Palaces hanging from the cliffs in Tropea  Italy
Palaces hanging from the cliffs in Tropea, Italy
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Stromboli  an active volcano and island in Italy
Stromboli, an active volcano and island in Italy
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Learn to make good strong Italian coffee at home
Learn to make good strong Italian coffee at home
Thousands of dinosaur footprints have been found in Bari  Italy
Thousands of dinosaur footprints have been found in Bari, Italy
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Carciano  Italy  where a Catholic priest was arrested for alleged drug dealing
Carciano, Italy, where a Catholic priest was arrested for alleged drug dealing
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Ignazio Marino  the mayor of Rome  Italy officially recognizes the marriage of same-sex couples at a...
Ignazio Marino, the mayor of Rome, Italy officially recognizes the marriage of same-sex couples at a ceremony held last Saturday.
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Antica Acetaia Villa Bianca, Modena, Italy - Traditional Balsamic Vinegar of Modena p.d.o. 25 years old.
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On Wednesday  the wall in the Garden of Severus suffered a partial collapse after days of rainfall i...
On Wednesday, the wall in the Garden of Severus suffered a partial collapse after days of rainfall in southern Italy.
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A destroyed house in the village of Borgo Sant'Antonio near Visso, central Italy pictured on October 27, 2016 after the region was hit by twin earthquakes
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