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Italy threatens to shut ports to foreign boats saving migrants

Rome - Italy has threatened to prevent vessels flying under foreign flags from disembarking migrants rescued in the Mediterranean in its ports, a source close to the government said Wednesday.

Pope defrocks 'Don Mercedes' priest convicted of sex abuse

Rome - Pope Francis has defrocked an Italian priest found guilty of the sexual abuse of minors, reversing an earlier decision to reduce his punishment, the diocese at the heart of the scandal said Wednesday.

8,000 migrants rescued in Med in 48 hours

Rome - More than 8,000 migrants have been rescued in waters off Libya during the past 48 hours in difficult weather conditions, Italy's coastguard said Tuesday.

Italy's left fears Berlusconi revival after rightwing parties win big

Rome - Italy's right was celebrating Monday after big victories in local elections, with all eyes on a potential comeback for former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi just months before the country holds national elections.

Italy to pay up to 17 bln euros to deal with two troubled banks: govt

Rome - Italy will pay up to 17 billion euros ($19 billion) to break up two insolvent Venetian banks, which have posed a threat to country's banking system, the government announced Sunday.

Rome out to rescue two troubled banks

Rome - At the 11th hour, the Italian government has vowed to rescue two troubled Venetian banks with the aid of a retail bank, plus billions of taxpayer's cash.

Carla Fendi, one of fashion label's five sisters, dies: reports

Rome - Carla Fendi, who along with four sisters helped build her parents' leather and fur goods shop in Rome into a global fashion powerhouse, has died aged 80, Italian press reports said Tuesday.

Italy fugitive who missed his mum found in wardrobe

Rome - An Italian fugitive who spent five years on the run has been caught hiding in a wardrobe after giving himself away to police by visiting his old mum.

A year in Rome leaves Populist poster girl flailing

Rome - Rome mayor Virginia Raggi swept to power vowing to clean up the Eternal City and show that the populist Five Star Movement (M5S) was ready to govern Italy.

Italy pressed to do more for child migrants

Rome - More than 70,000 unaccompanied minors have arrived in Italy since 2011, and they are increasingly young and vulnerable, Save the Children said Wednesday, calling on authorities to do more.

Rome seeks migrant moratorium, warns of social tensions

Rome - Rome's populist mayor called Tuesday for a moratorium on new migrants arriving in the city, warning that setting up additional reception centres risked sparking explosive social tensions in the capital.

Italy's Five Star suffers setback in local polls

Rome - Italy's anti-establishment Five Star Movement (M5S) suffered a big setback in local elections on Sunday after failing to make the runoff vote in almost all the big cities being contested.

Italy plays down London attacker slipping through net

Lampedusa - Britain's failure to keep tabs on Youssef Zaghba despite being warned about him by Italian authorities was understandable, Italy's top policeman said Wednesday as new details of the London attacker's troubled background and personality emerged.

Italian police bust migrant trafficking ring in Sicily

Rome - The Italian police said Tuesday that they had broken a smuggling ring between Tunisia and Sicily which was preparing to bring migrants with suspected jihadist links to Europe.

Third London attacks suspect reportedly Italian-Moroccan

Rome - The third man suspected of carrying out Saturday's deadly attack in central London was an Italian-Morrocan who was arrested last year on suspicion of trying to reach Syria.

The art of everyday objects growing like mushrooms

Amsterdam - What is nicer after a long day than sinking your feet into comfortable slippers? But one Italian designer is hoping to show that shoes made from mushrooms can be just as cosy.

Macron vows to renegotiate sale of French shipyard

Saint-nazaire - French President Emmanuel Macron said Wednesday that his government would seek to renegotiate the sale of the STX France shipyard to Italy's Fincantieri, in order to "guarantee job preservation" at the site.

58 migrants perish in Med in a week, 100 missing

Rome - At least 58 migrants, including many children, perished in the Mediterranean last week trying to reach Italy, while 100 more are still missing, according to new figures published on Tuesday.

Italy backs Merkel call for stronger Europe in age of Trump

Rome - Italy on Tuesday backed German Chancellor Angela Merkel's call for Europe to be a stronger player on the world stage in the era of Donald Trump and Brexit.

Some 10,000 migrants rescued off Libya coast in 4 days

Rome - More than 3,400 migrants were rescued off the coast of Libya on Friday, bringing to about 10,000 the total number rescued over four days, according to Libyan and Italian officials.

Pope hits out at financial speculators

Genoa - Pope Francis earned a rapturous reception on a visit to a struggling steel factory in northern Italy on Saturday as he denounced financial speculators and demanded dignity for working people.

Hundreds of migrants rescued in major operation off Libya

Tripoli - More than 1,400 migrants seeking to get to Italy were rescued off the coast of Libya on Friday, but other vessels were in distress, according to accounts by Libyan and Italian officials.

Rescuers pull 2,300 migrants, two dead from Mediterranean

Rome - Around 2,300 migrants were rescued off the coast of Libya on Thursday and two others were found dead in operations carried out by NGO vessels, the Italian coastguard and commercial ships in the area.

Italian steel magnate to end up behind bars

Milan - Italian businessman Adriano Riva, whose family owned the bankrupt Ilva steel firm, was handed a two-and-half-year term on Wednesday after transferring 1.3 billion euros ($1.5 billion) siphoned off from the company.

Toddlers among dozens dead in new Med disaster

Rome - At least 34 people including young children drowned Wednesday when they fell off an overloaded migrant vessel in the Mediterranean, where tensions are rising between aid ships and the Libyan coastguard."There's a critical situation today.

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.
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