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Italy hosts first Down's Syndrome 'Olympics'

Florence - The roar from the stands in Florence could not have been louder if it had been stars Usain Bolt or Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce on the track.

Migrants 'crushed, drowned' in Mediterranean dinghy horror

Trapani - Horror stories emerged Friday of the death of 22 migrants who drowned after they were crushed underfoot in a dinghy in the Mediterranean when panic broke out on board.

Italy fears 'Calais-style' migrant camps

Rome - Italy is scrambling to find extra places for incoming migrants amid fears the failure of a European relocation plan may result in mass encampments.

Rescue boats recover 17 migrant bodies off Italy

Rome - Over 1,000 migrants were pulled to safety from rickety vessels in the Mediterranean Thursday by rescuers who also recovered 17 bodies, Italy's coastguard said.

Hobbling mobster nabbed in southern Italy

Rome - Italian police slapped cuffs on a fugitive Thursday after a high-speed chase turned into a hobble when the mobster broke his ankle.

Over 20 migrant bodies found on dinghy in Med

Rome - Rescue teams who pulled over 550 migrants to safety from rickety vessels in the Mediterranean on Wednesday said they had recovered 22 bodies from a dinghy.

Last corpse recovered from Italy migrant wreck

Rome - Italy has finished the gruesome task of recovering migrant bodies from a fishing boat that sank with hundreds of people aboard more than a year ago, the navy said Thursday.

Station manager admits blame for deadly Italy crash

Andria - An Italian train station manager admitted partial responsibility for a head-on collision that killed 23 people as investigators on Thursday probed the fatal delay in upgrading rail safety.

Italy mafia boss Bernardo 'the tractor' Provenzano dies

Rome - Sicilian "Cosa Nostra" mafia boss Bernardo Provenzano, dubbed "the tractor" for the way he mowed down his victims, has died Wednesday after a long illness.

Italy probes train crash as dead mourned

Andria - A deadly train collision in Italy could have been caused by a "risky" signalling system in place on the line, Italy's minister of transport said Wednesday, as sobbing relatives identified victims of the crash which claimed at least 23 lives.

Recent train disasters in Europe

Paris - At least 22 people died Tuesday in a head-on collision between two trains in the southern Italian region of Puglia in the latest rail tragedy to hit Europe.

Italy train crash death toll rises to at least 20

Andria - At least 20 people were killed Tuesday in a head-on collision between two trains in Italy, the local health authority said, raising an earlier death toll and warning 18 others were in a critical condition.

Nigerian dies in Italy after hate attack

Rome - A Nigerian migrant was beaten to death in a racist attack by a right-wing football fan in a central Italian town, officials said Wednesday.

Over 4,500 migrants rescued off Italy

Rome - More than 4,500 migrants were rescued from the Mediterranean Tuesday in 30 separate operations in the Strait of Sicily, said Italy's coastguard, which coordinated the missions.

Silvio Berlusconi leaves hospital after open heart surgery

Rome - Former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi was released from hospital Tuesday three weeks after open heart surgery, looking thin and worn but vowing his political career is not over.

US student died 'after brawl with homeless man' in Rome

Rome - Italian police arrested a homeless man Tuesday over the death of an American student whose body was pulled from the Tiber River in Rome.

Italy starts recovering bodies from disaster boat

Rome - Italy has started recovering the bodies of migrants from a small fishing boat that sank with more than 800 people more than a year ago, a spokesman said Monday.The boat, which was at depth of 370 metres (more than 1,200 feet), was salvaged recently.

Whistleblower sparks Italy migrant smuggler dragnet

Rome - An Eritrean whistleblower has enabled Italian authorities to arrest a slew of people smugglers in a nationwide dragnet, police said Monday.

Nine Italians killed, one missing in Bangladesh attack

Rome - Nine Italians were killed and a 10th was listed as missing after militants attacked a restaurant in the Bangladesh capital of Dhaka and took hostages, Italian Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni said Saturday.

Rome's Colosseum gets makeover

Rome - The first phase of a multi-million-euro makeover of Rome's Colosseum was completed Friday with Prime Minister Matteo Renzi pledging cash would be made available to spruce up other crumbling historic sites.

UN approves deal for Italy, Netherlands to share Council seat

New York - The UN General Assembly on Thursday elected Italy to the Security Council under a deal that will see the Netherlands take over the seat in a year.

Ten women killed in new Med migrant tragedy

Rome - Ten women died Thursday in a new migrant boat accident in the Mediterranean, Italian authorities said as they began the grisly evacuation of hundreds of corpses from a salvaged wreck.

At least 10 dead on migrant boat sinking off Italy

Rome - At least 10 people died after an inflatable dinghy loaded with migrants began sinking in the Mediterranean on Thursday, the Italian coastguard said.

Norway to extradite Kurdish preacher to Italy

Oslo - A Norwegian court gave the green light on Wednesday for the extradition to Italy of a controversial Kurdish Iraqi cleric accused of belonging to the Islamic State group.

Italy to remove corpses from salvaged migrant boat

Rome - Italy is to begin removing the remains of hundreds of people from a sunken migrant boat after raising it from the Mediterranean seabed and towing it to Sicily, the navy announced Wednesday.

Germany, France, Italy vow 'new impulse' for EU

Berlin - The leaders of Germany, France and Italy vowed Monday "a new impulse" for the EU as it reels from Brexit and told London that the bloc would make no deals before Britain formally decides to leave.

Fire engulfs Singapore Airlines plane wing after emergency landing

Singapore - Flames engulfed the wing of a Singapore Airlines plane after it made an emergency landing at the city's main airport on Monday, with dramatic footage showing plumes of black smoke billowing from the aircraft.

Italy hails mafia killer's arrest as historic

Rome - A convicted killer who was one of Italy's most wanted mafia bosses was arrested Sunday in an operation hailed by prosecutors as a historic breakthrough in the fight against organised crime.

Christo artwork a 'waste of public money': Watchdog

Rome - An Italian consumer group said Saturday it suspected artist Christo's popular floating walkway on a lake had involved an unreasonable waste of public money.

Italy to EU after Brexit: Change or risk collapse

Rome - Italian ministers warned Saturday that the European Union must change direction or risk collapse after Britain's vote to leave the bloc."The unthinkable is happening," Finance Minister Pier Carlo Padoan said.
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