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Stolen ancient Roman statue found in Brussels antiques shop

Rome - An ancient Roman sculpture stolen more than a decade ago has been recovered after two off-duty officers spotted it in an antiques shop in Brussels, Italian police said Tuesday.

Italian foreign minister the first to visit Biden's Washington

Washington - Italy on Monday became the first country to send its foreign minister for talks in President Joe Biden's Washington as in-person diplomacy stopped by the Covid-19 pandemic gradually resumes.

Italy expels Russians after spies 'caught red-handed'

Rome - Italy expelled two Russian officials on Wednesday after an Italian navy captain was caught red-handed by police selling secret documents to the Russians.

Tunisians demand Italy take back waste

Sousse - Dozens of Tunisian activists protested in the port city of Sousse on Sunday to demand the return of nearly 300 containers of household waste illegally imported from Italy.

Energy giant Eni offers to pay $14m to settle Congo graft inquiry

Milan - Italian energy giant Eni said Thursday it had filed a request with a Milan court to pay 14 million dollars (11.8 million euros) to settle an investigation into corruption in Congo-Brazzaville levied at the company and one of its managers.

Chef's 'cry of despair' goes viral in lockdown Italy

Rome - A young Italian chef who has become a symbol of frustration with the never-ending coronavirus crisis said Thursday she wants Prime Minister Mario Draghi to listen to her "despair".

In Bergamo, memory of coffin-filled trucks still haunts

Bergamo - Images of army trucks transporting piled-up coffins out of the Italian town of Bergamo provided a shocking testament to the horrors of coronavirus and one year on, the memories are still raw.

With new Covid wave, most of Italy heads back into lockdown

Rome - Schools, restaurants, shops and museums were ordered Friday to close across most of Italy from next week, after Prime Minister Mario Draghi warned of a "new wave" of coronavirus infections.

Can Italy's Dante have justice, 700 years after his death?

Florence - Dante's "Divine Comedy," considered one of the world's greatest literary works, came to light after a miscarriage of justice which Italian legal experts now want to correct -- some seven centuries on.

Italy court urges more rights for children of gay couples

Rome - Italy's Constitutional Court on Tuesday said the country urgently needs a law on the rights of children of same-sex couples, in a step campaigners said did not go far enough.

Italy arrests 'forger' over links to 2015 Paris attack

Rome - Italian police said Monday they had arrested a 36-year-old Algerian on suspicion of belonging to the Islamic State group and helping the authors of the November 2015 Paris attacks.

Italy arrests 'forger' over links to 2015 Paris attack

Rome - Italian police said Monday they had arrested a 36-year-old Algerian on suspicion of belonging to the Islamic State group and helping the authors of the November 2015 Paris attacks."The investigations have made it possible to ascertain...

Australian PM plays down Italy vaccine blockade

Sydney - Australia's prime minister on Friday played down the impact of Italy's landmark decision to block the export of 250,000 Covid-19 vaccine doses due to be delivered.

Italy blocks export of AstraZeneca doses to Australia

Rome - Italy said Thursday it has blocked a shipment to Australia of AstraZeneca's Covid-19 vaccine in the first such export ban under an EU vaccine monitoring scheme.

Forgotten mausoleum of Roman emperor Augustus reborn

Rome - A newly renovated colossal mausoleum for the founder of the Roman empire Augustus has reopened to the public in the Italian capital after centuries of neglect.

Italy seeks UN probe into DRC envoy's killing

Rome - Italy said Wednesday it has asked the United Nations to launch an investigation into the killing of its ambassador to the Democratic Republic of Congo.

A year into pandemic, Milan fashion week stays virtual

Milan - Fashionistas will have to log on to soak up the glamour at Milan Fashion Week, which remains online a year after the coronavirus first swept into northern Italy.

Hutu rebels accuse DRC, Rwanda over Italian ambassador's death

Apo - Rwandan Hutu rebels on Tuesday denied accusations they were behind the killing of the Italian ambassador to the Democratic Republic of Congo and instead blamed the armies of the DRC and Rwanda, as grim details emerged about the attack.

Hutu rebels accuse DRC, Rwanda over Italian's killing

Apo - Rwandan Hutu rebels Tuesday denied allegations they were behind the killing of the Italian ambassador to the Democratic Republic of Congo and instead accused the armies of the DRC and Rwanda.

Italian ambassador killed in DR Congo attack

Goma - Italy's ambassador to the Democratic Republic of Congo was among three people killed on Monday when a UN convoy came under attack in the troubled east, DRC sources and the Italian government said.

One year on, Italian city in first virus crosshairs remembers

Codogno - Entering the gate of the Codogno cemetery, with its four massive pillars and "Resurrection" written in Latin overhead, the ravages of coronavirus are not immediately apparent.

Italy's 'Super Mario' Draghi wins parliament backing for new govt

Rome - Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi on Thursday secured final parliamentary approval for his government of national unity, allowing him to focus on his country's unprecedented health and economic crisis.

Italy's Draghi seeks final OK to form new govt

Rome - Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi was set Thursday to complete the process of ratifying his new government, allowing him to focus on his country's unprecedented health and economic crisis.

Draghi sets out plan to rebuild virus-hit Italy

Rome - Prime Minister Mario Draghi pledged Wednesday to use "all means" to fight the coronavirus pandemic that has devastated Italy, and said it presented an opportunity for the country to rebuild as it did after World War II.

Mario Draghi, eurozone saviour, now called to Italy's side

Rome - Mario Draghi, who as the head of the European Central Bank did "whatever it takes" to preserve the eurozone, now has a daunting mission to try to rescue Italy after formally accepting the post of prime minister on Friday.

Former European Central Bank boss Draghi set to be Italy's new PM

Rome - Former European Central Bank chief Mario Draghi was expected Friday to be formally named Italy's new prime minister, to lead a national unity government and guide his country through the devastation of the coronavirus pandemic.

Forgotten at home, Italian comic strip enjoys cult status in ex-Yugoslavia

Belgrade - Alan Ford, a 1960s Italian comic strip following hapless secret agents as they battle a bizarre cast of villains, including one who steals from the poor and gives to the rich, was intended as satire.

Berlusconi emerges to back Draghi as Italy's new PM

Rome - Silvio Berlusconi made a rare public appearance in Rome's halls of power on Tuesday as the ageing billionaire ex-premier sought to put his stamp on Italy's nascent government.

How long will Italy's honeymoon with Draghi last?

Rome - In Italy, politicians left, right and centre are rallying behind Mario Draghi's attempt to form a national unity government -- but will an unusually broad coalition make his job harder?

Key players rally behind Draghi in Italy government talks

Rome - Former European Central Bank chief Mario Draghi on Saturday wrapped up a first round of talks aimed at forming a new Italian government, hoping to drag the country out of its economic and Covid-19 crises.
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