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Italy taxis strike over 'Uber' benefits

Rome - Hundreds of taxi drivers protested in Rome Tuesday as a strike over delays to Italian legislation regulating Uber and car-hire services entered its sixth day.

Italy's anti-discrimination head quits over gay sex scandal

Rome - The head of Italy's anti-discrimination office has resigned following revelations that government funds for combating sexual discrimination had been allocated to clubs offering gay prostitution services.

Italy's Renzi triggers party leadership contest

Rome - Italy's ex-prime minister Matteo Renzi resigned as head of the centre-left Democratic Party (PD) on Sunday, triggering a leadership battle as the country's ruling party grapples with the threat of a split.

Italy's Renzi triggers party leadership contest

Rome - Italy's ex-prime minister Matteo Renzi resigned as head of the centre-left Democratic Party (PD) on Sunday, kicking off a leadership battle as the country's ruling party grapples with the threat of a schism.

Italy probes private migrant aid vessels off Libya

Rome - The fleet of privately-run aid vessels rescuing migrants off the Libyan coast and bringing them to Italy is "of interest" to Italian investigators, a Sicilian prosecutor told AFP on Friday.

Antique busts ruined in Palmyra will return to Syria

Rome - Two rare busts rescued from the Islamic State group's destruction of the ancient city of Palmyra will soon be heading back to Syria, after a painstaking restoration in Italy.

Italy still seeking cure for cancer of corruption

Rome - "I personally marked every note, one by one." Twenty five years have elapsed since Antonio Di Pietro's sting arrest of Socialist Party official Marco Chiesa lit the fuse on the biggest corruption scandal in Italy's history.

Italy goes bananas over tropical trees next to Milan Duomo

Rome - The sudden appearance of a cluster of palm trees next to Milan's famous cathedral has sparked a row over the use of non-native plants beside an iconic Italian landmark.

Italy asks EU aid as cost of quakes hits 23 bn euros

Rome - A series of deadly earthquakes that struck central Italy over the past six months has cost the country more than 23 billion euros ($24.3 billion), the nation's Civil Protection Agency said Wednesday.

Metro map, video target Italian Valentine's Day violence

Rome - "If love hurts, now you know where to get off, even on St Valentine's day.

IS kickboxer jailed in Italy

Milan - A Milan judge on Tuesday sentenced a Moroccan kickboxer and his wife to jail terms over their links to the Islamic State group and placed their two children in care.

Renzi launches comeback bid with party leadership move

Rome - Former Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi on Monday launched a comeback bid with a move to reassert his authority over his fractious Democratic Party before an election due in the next year.

Spectacular water show opens Venice Carnival

Venice - The Carnival of Venice, which each year draws thousands of revellers dressed in masks and period costume, got under way in the iconic Italian city on Saturday with a stunning show staged on its famous canals.

Italy sets up fast-track asylum courts for migrants

Rome - The Italian government on Friday created 14 fast-track asylum appeal courts in a bid to speed up decisions on deporting migrants with no right to stay in the country.

French farmer given suspended fine for helping migrants

Nice - A French farmer who has become one of the symbols of Europe's migrant crisis after helping Africans to slip into the country was given a suspended fine of 3,000 euros ($3,200) on Friday.

Pompeii unveils Roman kiss for Valentine's day

Pompei - The lava may have cooled 2,000 years ago but Pompeii is a hot destination this Valentine's day with a special opening of the exceptionally preserved House of the Chaste Lovers.

Italy unveils plan to better integrate fewer migrants

Rome - The Italian government on Wednesday unveiled a series of measures aimed at easing the crush of migrants pouring into the country, including a new push at integration.

Inter Milan invites French 'police rape victim' to match

Rome - Italian football club Inter Milan on Wednesday invited the victim of an alleged sex assault by French police to watch a match as soon as he was well enough.

Italian rescuers save 1,500 migrants in Mediterranean in two days

Rome - Some 1,500 migrants have been rescued in the Mediterranean this weekend, an unusually high number for winter when crossings tend to slow because of difficult sea conditions, the Italian coastguard said Sunday.

Art springs from ruins of Rome's industrial past

Rome - The ruins of a landmark industrial building in Rome have become home to a thought-provoking art project that casts an unflattering light on the capital's patchy record on urban regeneration.

'Nightmare' of migrant rescues off Libya as EU leaders meet

Rome - As EU leaders met in Malta Friday to tackle the migrant crisis, rescue ships off Libya described an "absolute nightmare" of multiple operations to save people including babies from a fresh wave of rickety boats.

Over 1,750 migrants rescued in Med as Italy, Libya ink deal

Rome - More than 1,750 migrants have been rescued in the Mediterranean within 24 hours, Italy's coast guard said Thursday, as EU leaders prepared for a summit on stemming the flow of boats from North Africa to Europe.

Rome mayor quizzed in abuse of office probe

Rome - Rome's mayor Virginia Raggi, once a rising star of the anti-establishment Five-Star movement, was questioned by prosecutors Thursday in an abuse of office probe as fresh allegations of corruption emerged.

Italy bows to howls over anti-wolf campaign

Rome - Italy on Thursday put on hold a controversial plan to cull five percent of its wolves, much to the relief of environmentalists and animal lovers who had mobilised across the country.

Howl of outrage in Italy over anti-wolf campaign

Rome - Italy was set Thursday to give an initial green-light to a plan to cull five percent of its wolves in a move that has sparked a national outcry.

Italy's Muslims sign anti-extremism pact

Rome - Italy's Muslim community signed a pact with the government Wednesday pledging to "reject all forms of violence and terrorism", with prayers in mosques to be held in Italian.

Italy to fund African states to curb migrant flow

Rome - Italy on Wednesday pledged 200 million euros ($215 million) in funds to several African countries as it seeks to slash the number of migrants risking their lives in the Mediterranean to reach Europe.

Ex Italy rail bosses sentenced over 2009 disaster

Lucca - Mauro Moretti, the former head of Italian railways, was Tuesday among a string of executives sentenced provisionally to prison terms over a 2009 freight train disaster that killed 32 people.

Italy dismantles major migrant smuggler network

Rome - Italian police said Monday they had dismantled a major people smuggling network responsible for trafficking hundreds of people across Europe.

Berlusconi faces new trial over 'bunga bunga' bribes

Rome - Italy's former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi faces a new trial for alleged witness tampering and pay-offs in the so-called "Ruby" case and his notorious "bunga bunga" sex parties, reports said Saturday.
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