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Recaptured Italian ex-militant Battisti admits 1970s murders

Rome - Former communist militant Cesare Battisti has admitted four murders carried out in the 1970s, weeks after being jailed in Italy for the killings that were part of a failed bid to spark a far-left revolution.

Italian ex-militant Battisti admits four murders: media

Rome - Former communist militant Cesare Battisti, jailed for life in Italy over four murders carried out in the 1970s, has confessed to the killings after decades of denying involvement, media reported Monday.

Italy bus hijacker wanted kids as human shields for Africa escape: reports

Rome - The driver of a school bus who torched the vehicle to protest Mediterranean migrant deaths planned to use his young passengers as human shields and escape to Africa, Italian media on Friday quoted him as saying.

China's Xi insists new Silk Road runs both ways as Italy signs up

Rome - Chinese President Xi Jinping sought Friday to allay Western unease over his new Silk Road initiative by emphasising the vast infrastructure project's two-way nature as he kicked off a whistlestop European tour in Rome.

'Seconds from death': Italy hijack survivors recount ordeal

Crema - "He let us on to the bus and immediately barricaded us in," a teaching assistant said, recounting how the school bus hijacking in Italy unfolded before 51 children escaped as the driver torched the vehicle.

Italy in shock after school bus hijack inferno

Crema - Italy was in shock Thursday after the dramatic rescue of 51 children taken hostage by their school bus driver who torched the vehicle in protest at Mediterranean migrant deaths.

Italy driver hijacks, torches school bus carrying dozens of children

Rome - Italian police on Wednesday rescued 51 children taken hostage by their school bus driver, who doused the vehicle in petrol and set it alight apparently in protest at migrant deaths in the Mediterranean.

Italy police rescue 51 children as driver torches school bus

Milan - Italian police on Wednesday rescued some 50 children taken hostage by their school bus driver, who doused the vehicle in petrol and set it alight, the authorities said."It is a miracle, it could have been carnage.

Italy's Senate blocks Salvini migrant trial

Rome - Italy's Senate voted Wednesday to block the trial of far-right Interior Minister Matteo Salvini for allegedly illegally confining migrants rescued at sea by an Italian coastguard ship last year.

Italian killed fighting IS in Syria: Kurdish-led force

- An Italian fighting alongside a Kurdish-led force to expel the Islamic State group from its last pocket of territory in eastern Syria has been killed, the force said Tuesday.

Italy seizes blocked NGO migrant ship

Rome - Italy seized control Tuesday of an NGO ship it had prevented from landing nearly 50 migrants picked up off the Libyan coast, the interior ministry said.

China's Xi to visit Europe amid disquiet over Silk Road, Huawei

Bejing - Chinese President Xi Jinping heads to Europe on Thursday as the continent is divided over his cherished Belt and Road trade infrastructure project and under US pressure to shun telecom giant Huawei.

'Hold the compass or die': jailed migrants recount ordeal

Trapani - Gambian Cherno Jallow, Senegalese Cheikhaya Dieng, and Ivorian Fofana Lamine, are finishing 44-month jail sentences in Italy after people smugglers forced them to navigate boats across the Mediterranean.

In Italy, arrests aplenty but top people smugglers remain elusive

Palermo - Despite hefty anti-mafia powers, international police cooperation and thousands of arrests, Italy has yet to deal a significant blow to the human-trafficking networks responsible for sending countless migrants across the Mediterranean.

Italy's Salvini lays down law for migrant rescue ships

Rome - Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini on Monday launched a fresh crackdown on charity ships which rescue migrants off Libya and bring them to Italy.

Italian ship rescues migrants as Rome vows crackdown

Rome - An Italian charity ship rescued 49 migrants at sea off Libya Monday, prompting fresh threats from Rome against all private vessels saving people off the coast of north Africa.

China's Xi to visit Italy, France as Rome joins 'new Silk Road'

Bejing - Chinese President Xi Jinping will travel to Italy, Monaco and France this week, the foreign ministry said Monday, with Rome expected to join his global trade infrastructure programme despite reservations in other European countries.

Italy probes mystery death of Berlusconi sex trial witness

Rome - Italy is investigating the mysterious death of a former model and witness at Silvio Berlusconi's sex trial, with a newspaper suggesting on Saturday she may have been poisoned with a radioactive substance.

European Parliament president apologises for Mussolini remarks

Strasbourg - The right-wing Italian president of the European Parliament Antonio Tajani apologised Thursday for remarks defending dictator Benito Mussolini's record, as MEPs called for his resignation.

Italy's PM heads off coalition split over high-speed rail project

Rome - Italy's Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte appears to have headed off a crisis over the disputed Turin-Lyon high-speed rail project that threatened to split the coalition government, Italian media reported Sunday.

Italy's coalition wobbles over high-speed rail link

Rome - Fault lines in Italy's coalition deepened Friday as a dispute between the heads of the ruling parties over a high-speed rail line between the cities of Turin and Lyon escalated.

Italy's coalition wobbles over high-speed rail link

Rome - Fault lines in Italy's coalition deepened Friday as a dispute between the heads of the ruling parties over a high-speed rail line between the cities of Turin and Lyon escalated.

Italy bulldozes migrant shanty town after deadly fires

Rome - Hundreds of migrants were evicted Wednesday from a make-shift migrant camp in southern Italy which has been the site of several deadly fires, Interior Minister Matteo Salvini said."As promised...

Italy PM says Rome to decide this week on fast train to France

Rome - Italy's Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said Tuesday that he expects his government to decide by the end of the week on whether to pursue work on a disputed high-speed rail line between Turin and Lyon.

Serbian leader hints Kosovo recognition possible: ANSA

Rome - President Aleksandar Vucic hinted Monday that Serbia may be willing to recognise Kosovo as a sovereign state, but would require something in return from its former province as part of a broader compromise deal.

Nude 'Mona Lisa' may be by Leonardo, say experts

Paris - A nude drawing that bears a striking resemblance to the "Mona Lisa" was done in Leonardo da Vinci's studio and may be the work of the master himself, a French museum said Monday.

Vatican mulls request to open tomb in missing girl search

Rome - The Vatican may open a tomb to see if it holds the remains of a teenager who disappeared in 1983, in the latest twist in one of Italy's darkest mysteries, its spokesman said Monday.

French president calls for reconciliation with Italy

Rome - French President Emmanuel Macron has launched a call for reconciliation with Italy following a diplomatic spat between the neighbours that saw Paris briefly recall its ambassador.

Italy's Democratic Party leans left under new leader Zingaretti

Rome - Supporters of Italy's fractured centre-left opposition Democratic Party (PD) on Sunday elected Nicola Zingaretti as new leader, an ex-communist son of a bank manager who will now take on the ruling populist coalition led by the far-right Lega.

Italy chooses centre-left leader to battle populists

Rome - Supporters of Italy's fractured centre-left opposition Democratic Party (PD) choose a new leader on Sunday who they hope can take on the ruling populist coalition led by the far-right Lega.
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