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Striking pictures capture moment of migrant shipwreck off Libya

Rome - Dramatic images released by the Italian navy Wednesday captured the moment a heavily overcrowded boat overturned in a shipwreck off Libya which left at least five people dead.

Road collapses near Florence's famed Ponte Vecchio bridge

Florence - Part of the embankment of the Arno river in Florence collapsed Wednesday, plunging parked cars into a crater and sparking an evacuation of buildings next to the city's world-famous Ponte Vecchio bridge.

Rome launches SOS for historic sites

Rome - Rome on Tuesday issued a 500-million-euro SOS to companies, wealthy philanthropists and its own citizens to help restore many of the Italian capital's iconic historic sites and avoid the risk of some falling into ruin.

Next stop on Rome's new underground: Hadrian's barracks

Rome - Frescoed barracks which once housed the cavalry of the Emperor Hadrian's bodyguard have returned to light 19 centuries on, during excavations for a new underground train line in Rome.

Naples smashes world record with mile-long margherita pizza

Naples - Naples has reclaimed the world record for the longest pizza after more than 200 chefs rolled out and cooked a mile-long margherita on the waterfront of the doughy delicacy's home city.The record-breaking snack measured up at exactly 1,853.

European court quizzes Italy over Amanda Knox murder trial

Strasbourg - The European Court of Human Rights said Wednesday it has asked Italy to respond to accusations of unfair treatment by Amanda Knox, acquitted last year of her British housemate's gruesome murder.

Italy says Africa nations back plan to close Libya migrant route

Rome - Italy says it is making headway in its bid to persuade African countries to help close migrant routes to Europe and take back some of those arriving via Libya in exchange for increased aid and investment.

Prosecutor seeks 18 years in jail for migrant disaster boat skipper

Rome - An Italian prosecutor on Tuesday requested an 18-year prison term for the alleged captain of a migrant boat which sank off Libya in April 2015, killing as many as 800 people, Italian media reported.

EU cuts Italy 'unprecedented' slack on budget rules

Rome - Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi on Tuesday claimed victory in his budget battle with Brussels after the EU granted Rome "unprecedented" leeway on the application of deficit rules for 2016.

Laugh or cry? Bomb joke bares crisis in Five Star movement

Rome - Italy's acerbic Beppe Grillo may have hung up his political gloves to return to the comedy circuit, but backlash over a bomb joke targeting London's new mayor has aggravated an identity crisis within his populist Five Star movement.

Italian fertility guru cries witch hunt over 'stolen' eggs charge

Rome - A controversial Italian fertility surgeon who has been accused of removing eggs from a woman's ovaries without her consent claimed on Sunday he is the victim of a witch hunt.

Italy set to double baby bonus to fight birth rate 'apocalypse'

Rome - Italy's health minister is proposing doubling a 'baby bonus' incentive for couples to have more children to combat what she calls a catastrophic decline in the country's birth rate.

History beckons for Italy's 116-year-old record breaker

Verbania - As a young woman in the roaring 1920s, the world's oldest living person loved to go singing and dancing.Now 116-year-old Italian Emma Morano's next challenge is to see in the 2020s and become the oldest human being on record.

Italian fertility doctor under arrest for eggs 'theft'

Rome - A controversial Italian gynaecologist famed for helping women in their 60s to have children is under house arrest in Rome on suspicion of removing eggs from a patient's ovaries without her consent.

Migrants rescued off Sicily are not Syrians, UN says

Rome - There were hardly any Syrian migrants among the 800 people rescued off Sicily, contrary to earlier reports from Italy's coastguard, the UN and the International Organization for Migration have confirmed.

Austria drops mooted Italian border control plans

Vienna - Austria said Friday it would no longer seek to resume controversial checks on its frontier with Italy after tougher measures by Rome have led to a huge drop in migrant numbers.

Italy suspends salvage of migrant disaster boat

Rome - An operation to salvage a sunken migrant boat packed with corpses was suspended on Friday due to bad weather, the Italian navy said.

More than 800 migrants rescued off Sicily, many of them Syrian

Rome - At least 800 migrants were rescued off the coast of Sicily on Thursday, among them at least 150 Syrians, the Italian coastguard and the UN refugee agency said.

Italy's 'Don Mercedes' pays sex abuse victims' families: Reports

Rome - A controversial Italian priest awaiting a criminal trial for sex abuse of minors has agreed to pay 125,000 euros in compensation to the families of five of his alleged victims, Italian media reported Thursday.

Masterpieces lost in Italy museum heist recovered in Ukraine

Rome - Paintings including masterpieces by Rubens and Tintoretto that were stolen from a Verona museum last year have been found in Ukraine, Italy's culture minister said Wednesday."It is a great day," the minister, Dario Franceschini, said in a statement.

Italy overrules Church with green light for gay unions

Rome - Italy on Wednesday joined the rest of the Western world in extending legal recognition to same-sex relationships with parliament overwhelmingly backing gay civil unions after a long battle to overcome opposition led by the Catholic church.

Art-loving mafia mobster's collection in Italy show

Reggio Calabria - The prized art collection of a mafia boss, confiscated by Italian police, has gone on show in Calabria in an exhibition billed as a "victory of the state" over organised crime.

Italy's gay civil unions bill enters final debate

Rome - Italian lawmakers on Monday began a final debate on a contentious gay civil unions bill which Prime Minister Matteo Renzi has pledged to push through this week with a confidence vote.

Police clash with pro-migrant protesters on Austria-Italy border

Italy - Several hundred young protesters clashed with Italian anti-riot police Saturday near the Austrian-Italian border during a demonstration against Vienna's proposed anti-migrant measures.

Migrant arrivals in Italy top 30,000 for 2016: Navy

Rome - Italy's coastguard has coordinated the rescue of another 1,800 migrants, lifting the total plucked from stricken boats since the start of 2016 to more than 30,000, the navy announced Friday.

EU leaders in Rome to discuss migrant crisis

Rome - EU president Donald Tusk travels to Rome Thursday with fellow EU institution leaders and German Chancellor Angela Merkel for two days of talks likely to focus on next steps in Europe's migrant crisis.

Italy ready to raise shipwreck, recover hundreds of victims

Rome - The Italian navy said Tuesday it is ready to raise a boat which sank off Libya last year and recover the bodies of hundreds of victims believed to have been trapped inside.

Norway helicopter crash due to technical failure: Investigators

Oslo - The crash of a Super Puma helicopter off the coast of Norway last week that killed all 13 people on board was due to a technical failure, Norwegian investigators said Tuesday."Based on the facts we have, it was a technical failure.

No distress signal from crashed Norwegian helicopter

Oslo - Norwegian authorities said Monday there was no indication that a helicopter that crashed last week killing all 13 aboard had sent a distress signal.

Trevi fountain runs red with 'blood' of persecuted Christians

Rome - The Trevi fountain in Rome was bathed in red light Friday, symbolising the spilt blood of persecuted Christians, in a grim makeover for one of Italy's most iconic monuments.
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