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After rapid rise, Italy's Renzi braced for fall

Rome - Matteo Renzi rose from local government in Florence to running Italy in the space of only a few months.

Final pitches as Italy referendum battle heads to wire

Rome - Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi headed into a constitutional referendum this weekend insisting he could still win his fight for political survival.

Italy's referendum: facts

Rome - Key facts behind Italy's referendum on constitutional changes this Sunday:- What is proposed?

Italy's Renzi next to be swept aside by 2016 populist wave?

Rome - Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi heads into a career-defining constitutional referendum this weekend hoping a last-minute turnaround in voter sentiment will help him hold on to power.

Farmers, their little pigs and wolves: Italy quake survival tale

Norcia - Italy's earthquakes would not leave the Fausti family alone.The first of this year's devastating tremors, on August 24, left their farmhouse on the outskirts of Norcia looking like a bombed-out shell.

The economy, stupid: how growth woes shape Italy referendum

Rome - The way Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi tells it, there is no economic case for him to quit, as he has vowed to do if he loses Sunday's referendum on constitutional reform.

Frontex seeks officers for European coastguard

Varsovia - The EU border control agency Frontex on Wednesday called on states to provide officers for a European coastguard, due to be launched next year to help cope with the upsurge in migrants trying to reach Europe.

UN slams Rome over treatment of refugees

Rome - The UN's refugee agency (UNHCR) has written to the mayor of Rome voicing alarm over the hundreds of migrants sleeping rough on the capital's streets while thousands more with legal residency are forced to live in squats.

Does my hair look OK? World's oldest person turns 117 in style

Rome - Emma Morano, humanity's last known survivor of the 19th century, turned 117 in style on Tuesday, dressing up for the occasion and demanding to know "does my hair look all right?" before having her photograph taken.

1,400 saved in Med as Italy sees record migrant arrivals

Rome - Rescuers saved some 1,400 migrants off the coast of Libya on Monday as Italy announced a record number of people arriving this year after crossing the Mediterranean, authorities said.

Renzi seeks to ease meltdown fears in referendum countdown

Rome - Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi attempted Monday to calm fears of a financial meltdown after an upcoming referendum on which he has staked his political future.

Two dead in Italy storms

Rome - Heavy rains that pounded Italy over the past three days have left at least two people dead and two others are reported missing, Italian media said Saturday.

Heavy rain triggers floods in northern Italy

Italy - Torrential downpours caused flooding in parts of northwest Italy on Thursday, with the rains expected to continue until the weekend.

Lost 4-year-old migrant from Africa finds mother in Italy

Rome - A lost four year-old who made the perilous boat journey from Northern Africa to Italy alone will be reunited with her mother from Ivory Coast thanks to an extraordinary coincidence.

Italy migrant arrivals hit record as eight die in Med

Rome - At least eight people were confirmed dead Tuesday and many more were missing after a new series of boat tragedies left Italy on the verge of a record year for migrant arrivals.

Italy's top chef, celebrities back Renzi on referendum

Rome - Italy's top chef and over 80 other celebrities including tenor Andrea Bocelli and Oscar-winning director Paolo Sorrentino backed PM Matteo Renzi's constitutional reform bid on Sunday.

Renzi says he will quit if 'No' wins in referendum

Rome - Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi said on Thursday he would not head a technical government tasked with preparing a snap election if the "No" vote wins in a constitutional referendum next month.

Winter worries for migrant rescue ships off Libya

Rome - The wave of migrant dinghies across the Mediterranean continues relentlessly, but the aid group rescue boats which have spent the year saving lives are not cut out for winter.

Another 100 migrants feared drowned in Mediterranean

Rome - The toll of missing and dead rose Thursday in a grim week of Mediterranean crossings as African survivors described being robbed of life jackets and boat engines and abandoned to a watery grave.

Migrant carnage unabated in Med

Rome - More than 240 people have died in migrant boat sinkings in the Mediterranean this week, officials said Wednesday as horrifying new testimony emerged from survivors of another tragedy.

Migrant survivor testimony raises death toll to 240

Rome - Fresh testimony Wednesday from survivors of a deadly shipwreck in the Mediterranean raised the likely death toll for the past 48 hours to 240 people, confirming fears of rescuers who had warned dozens probably died.

100 feared dead in Mediterranean after migrant boat capsize

Rome - Around 100 people were missing, feared drowned, in the Mediterranean on Tuesday after a migrant dinghy capsized off Libya, according to rescue teams frantically searching for survivors in darkness and rough seas.

Dozens feared dead in new Med migrant sinking

Rome - Italy's coastguard said Tuesday that 15 people had been rescued from a sinking rubber dinghy off Libya, triggering fears dozens more may have drowned.

Five dead as Mediterranean migrant death toll continues to rise

Rome - Another five people have been added to the tally of more than 4,200 migrants who have died trying to cross the Mediterranean this year, Italy's coastguard said Tuesday.

Divorce Italian style up 50% after quickie law

Rome - The number of divorces in Italy surged by more than half last year after the enactment of legislation making it easier and quicker to end failed marriages.

Head of Italy's Northern League says candidate for PM

Rome - The leader of Italy's populist Northern League declared his candidacy Saturday for prime minister, a month before a constitutional referendum which has put the government on the line."If I am asked, I am there.

Comparisons with Trump 'obvious' to Berlusconi

Rome - Former Italy prime minister Silvio Berlusconi welcomed comparisons made between himself and US president-elect Donald Trump, in an interview published on Saturday.

Venetians rally to fight city exodus

Venice - Several hundred citizens of Venice rallied on Saturday to draw attention to an exodus of residents that they fear is sucking the life out of the fabled Italian city.

Dreams turn sex slave nightmares for Nigeria's trafficked women

Rome - They arrive in their hundreds every month, their heads full of dreams of new lives in Europe. In reality, many of them are destined for years of sexual slavery.

Italian town offers De Niro asylum after Trump victory

Rome - A town in southern Italy, where Robert De Niro's great-grandparents came from, has offered the US film star asylum after he made a tongue-in-cheek remark that he'd return there if Donald Trump was elected president.
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Beachgoers in Sicily formed a human chain to rescue Syrian migrants from a boat which ran aground.
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Dozens of migrants feared to have died after falling out of boat in Mediterranean Sea.
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A jogger throws 3 puppies over a wall in Lecce, Italy.
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Images about the presentation of the new book, written by Italian journalist and writer, Roberta Maresci. The book speaks about life and artistic career of famous singer, dancer, showgirl and anchorwoman TV, Raffaella Carrà. The same book was presented inside of Art Fashion and Design Academy, based in Rome.
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Images about the presentation of the new book, written by Italian journalist and writer, Roberta Maresci. The book speaks about life and artistic career of famous singer, dancer, showgirl and anchorwoman TV, Raffaella Carrà. The same book was presented inside of Art Fashion and Design Academy, based in Rome.
Giant statue of Pinocchio on the Collodi tour in Sesto Fiorentino  Italy.
Giant statue of Pinocchio on the Collodi tour in Sesto Fiorentino, Italy.
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Parma-based firm Onesto Ghirardi produced a poster showing a slice of Parma ham on a bare lady's buttocks, causing outrage.
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An Italian newspaper mocks a French fake poll that found that 89% of French men thought the clitoris was a model of Toyota.
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Sunset at Tropea, Italy
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The beach at Porto San Giorgio in Italy.
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MUSMA of Matera- second room (II Ipogeo) inside Matera's stones.
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Piazzetta San Marco in Venezia - view from Basilica San Marco.
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Images about the presentation of the new book, written by Italian journalist and writer, Roberta Maresci. The book speaks about life and artistic career of famous singer, dancer, showgirl and anchorwoman TV, Raffaella Carrà. The same book was presented inside of Art Fashion and Design Academy, based in Rome.
A huge tornado affected the area near Bologna  Italy on May 4  2013.
A huge tornado affected the area near Bologna, Italy on May 4, 2013.
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Venzone, nestled in the mountains of Friuli-Venezia Giulia
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Ancient wall collapses in Pompeii
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A wheel of Parmigiano-Reggiano manufactured in January 2014 with DOP marking and "Parmigiano-Reggiano" written vertically around the complete edge of the wheel.
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