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NATO troops race winter to give Afghan forces a morale boost

Tarin Kowt - The target is behind a slope, the advance is unprotected: crawl, fire! Italian instructors in western Afghanistan have been using the relatively quiet winter to bolster Afghan troops against the Taliban.

Italy capital in security lockdown for EU celebrations

Rome - The Italian capital was preparing Friday for a high-security lockdown as 27 heads of state or government head to Rome for the European Union's 60th anniversary celebrations.

'Mafia tour' in Sicily makes victims' blood boil

Rome - A travel agency in Sicily offering a 'mafia tour' has found itself in the firing line after local authorities and relatives of victims slammed it for glorifying organised crime.

Seven hurt as Milan-Basel train derails

Geneva - Seven people were injured Wednesday when a train travelling from the Italian city of Milan to Basel in Switzerland derailed, police and railway officials said.

Europe, N.Africa ministers seek to curb Libya migrant flows

Rome - Interior ministers mainly from the central Mediterranean region met in Rome on Monday to ramp up efforts to curb migration from Libya amid a sharp rise in the number of people trying to cross to Europe.

Maverick Italian surgeon's seventh transplant patient dies

Stockholm - A seventh patient of Italian surgeon Paolo Macchiarini, accused of misconduct after claiming to have carried out groundbreaking synthetic organ transplant work, has died, her father said Monday.

3,000 migrants rescued off Libya: Italy coastguard

Rome - Around 3,000 migrants were rescued off the coast of Libya on Sunday as they tried to cross the Mediterranean to Europe, the Italian coastguard told AFP.

Avoiding risky sea journey, Syrian refugees head to Italy 'pronto'

Birut - Just before midnight in a sleepy district of Beirut, dozens of Syrian refugees huddle in small groups around bulging suitcases, clutching their pinging cellphones and one-way tickets to Italy."Torino! Pronto! Cappuccino!

Italian bishop bans mafia godfathers from baptisms

Rome - A bishop in Sicily has banned known mafia criminals from acting as godfathers at baptisms in churches in his diocese.

BBC team among injured in Etna volcano drama

Rome - Ten people were injured by flying rock and lava after Mount Etna, Europe's biggest active volcano, erupted on Thursday, according to reports and a BBC journalist who was among those caught up in the drama.

BBC team among injured in Etna volcano drama

Rome - Ten people were injured by flying rock and lava after Mount Etna, Europe's biggest active volcano, erupted on Thursday, according to reports and a BBC journalist who was among those caught up in the drama.

BBC team among injured in Etna volcano drama

Rome - Ten people were injured by flying rock and lava after Mount Etna, Europe's biggest active volcano, erupted on Thursday, according to reports and a BBC journalist who was among those caught up in the drama.

Mt Etna sparks again in fresh bout of activity

Rome - Mount Etna has burst into life for the third time in just under three weeks, spitting molten lava nearly 200 metres (650 feet) into the sky above Sicily.

Italy vows to uphold free speech after clashes

Rome - Italy's government vowed Sunday to defend far-right Northern League leader Matteo Salvini's right to free speech after violent clashes marred his first rally in Naples, proud capital of the country's poor south.

Italy row over self defence after burglar shot dead

Rome - An Italian restaurant owner who shot a burglar dead is being investigated for voluntary manslaughter, sparking calls Saturday for changes to the country's law covering self-defence killings.

Facebook search traps Italian mobster in Mexico

Rome - A fugitive Italian mobster who had been living in Mexico under a false identity was behind bars Saturday after being tracked down on Facebook, police said.

Two dead in new Italy motorway bridge collapse

Rome - An Italian couple were killed Thursday when a motorway bridge collapsed on top of their car, police said, as debate sparked over the reasons for the second tragedy of its kind in just over four months.

Italy proposes 100,000 euro flat tax to draw foreigners

Rome - Italy on Wednesday introduced a flat tax for wealthy foreigners in a bid to compete with similar incentives offered in Britain and Spain, which have successfully attracted a slew of rich footballers and entertainers.

EU's big four behind 'multi-speed' Europe idea

Versailles - The heads of continental Europe's biggest economies, in a joint view of the European Union's future at a troubled time, on Monday endorsed the idea of a "multi-speed" EU in which some members could deepen their integration faster than others.

Migrants get three mins to call home

Rome - After an 11-month journey across desert and sea, Mohamed finally hears his mother's voice once more thanks to a Red Cross camper that travels across Italy to help migrants call home.

EU's big four meet to seek impetus in face of Brexit

Versailles - The heads of continental Europe's biggest economies meet in the gilded splendour of the Palace of Versailles on Monday, seeking ways of strengthening an EU facing Britain's exit and mounting populism.

Florence mayor says too many foreigners in public housing

Rome - The leftist mayor of Florence, Dario Nardella, on Saturday called for measures to limit the number of foreigners in Italy's public housing, warning against becoming like the heavily immigrant suburbs in France.

Nearly 1,000 migrants rescued off Libya: Italy

Rome - Some 970 migrants were rescued off the coast of Libya on Thursday, Italy's coastguard said, as the numbers attempting to cross the Mediterranean to Europe continue to rise.

At least three killed in Italian avalanche

Rome - At least three people were dead, two were missing and several others injured after two avalanches in off-piste sections of the Italian ski resort of Courmayeur on Thursday, rescuers said.

Damaged Palmyra busts back in Syria after Italy restoration

Damascus - Two rare busts rescued from the Islamic State group in the ancient city of Palmyra and restored in Italy have been returned to Syria, the country's antiquities director said Wednesday.

Italy's leftwing rebels abandon Renzi for new party

Rome - Rebels from Italy's ruling party, who quit in defiance of former prime minister Matteo Renzi, struck out on their own on Saturday founding a movement they hailed as a "renewal" for left-wing politics.

Italy hospital staff held over mass absenteeism scam

Rome - Nearly 100 staff at a hospital in southern Italy have been questioned in connection with a widespread absenteeism scandal, including a doctor who skived off to play tennis, police said Friday.

Berlusconi lunch on auction to help Italy quake victims

Rome - Fancy a lunch with Silvio Berlusconi, the billionaire media tycoon and disgraced ex-prime minister of Italy? You'll be helping the country's earthquake victims if you're ready to pay the price.

Rome hospital under fire over abortion doctors

Rome - An Italian hospital's decision to hire two medics to perform abortions has sparked a Catholic backlash in a country where most doctors refuse to terminate pregnancies, often for religious reasons.

Italy taxis stop strike over 'Uber' benefits

Rome - Taxi drivers in Italy striking over delays to legislation regulating Uber and car-hire services stopped their protests late Tuesday after reaching a deal with the government.
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Via Toledo, a street in Naples, Italy
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The Palazzo Comunale (right) and Duomo (left) in Modena  Italy.
The Palazzo Comunale (right) and Duomo (left) in Modena, Italy.
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TV grab shows collapsed building after a 6.6 magnitude earthquake on October 30, 2016 in Norcia
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Antica Acetaia Villa Bianca, Modena, Italy
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Rescue mission underway on the shipwrecked Costa Concordia
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Helicopter rescue captured on helmet cam.
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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 CarrĂ . The same book was presented inside of Art Fashion and Design Academy, based in Rome.
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Venice, Italy 2011
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Findings of the caves, now at Pegli archaeological museum.
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Sunset at Tropea, Italy
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Stromboli, an active volcano and island in Italy
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Muammar Al-Gaddafi
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Palaces hanging from the cliffs in Tropea, Italy
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A destroyed house in the village of Borgo Sant'Antonio near Visso, central Italy pictured on October 27, 2016 after the region was hit by twin earthquakes
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A man watches the sinking Costa Concordia ship off the coast of Italy
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CASE: American Amanda Knox (left) is driven away from court in Perugia, Italy, during her murder trial in 2011. Knox was acquitted by an appeals court on Friday.
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