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Italy's new president: A quiet man marked by tragedy

Rome - Italy's new president is a white-haired Sicilian who might never have got anywhere near the corridors of power but for the Mafia killing of his beloved elder brother.

Sicilian judge Sergio Mattarella elected Italian president

Rome - Sergio Mattarella, a constitutional court judge from Sicily who has come to symbolise Italy's battle against organised crime, was on Saturday elected the country's president.

Italy presidential battle heads into third day

Rome - Italy's presidential election will go into a fourth and likely decisive round on Saturday more after two more inconclusive votes on Friday.

PM backs anti-mafia figure for Italy President

Rome - Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi on Thursday backed a little-known Constitutional Court judge, whose brother was slain by the mafia, to be Italy's next president.

Italy launches search for a new president

Rome - Italy's parliament meets Thursday to begin selecting a new president with the race apparently wide open and much at stake for Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, who is keen on having a friendly figure installed as head of state.

Italy hails 'turning point' in battle against 'Ndrangheta mafia

Rome - Italian police on Wednesday ordered the arrest of more than 160 alleged members of the 'Ndrangheta mafia in what prosecutors and politicians hailed as a historic setback for the group behind much of Europe's cocaine trade.

Italy 'sabotage' trial writer compares himself to Gandhi

Turin - Italian writer Erri de Luca invoked Gandhi on Wednesday as he began his trial defence against charges of inciting criminal damage to a controversial high-speed rail link through the Alps.

Italy: Over 160 arrests as police crack down on 'Ndrangheta mafia

Bologna - Law enforcement authorities in Italy have made over 160 arrests after warrants were issued for the apprehension of individuals allegedly associated with the 'Ndrangheta, organized crime syndicate in southern Italy.

'No pity' for Concordia captain, prosecutors demand 26 years in jail

Rome - Italian prosecutors called Monday for judges to show "no pity" to Francesco Schettino, the captain of the doomed Costa Concordia, demanding he serve 26 years and three months in jail for a shipwreck which killed 32 people.

Italy seizes more than 5,000 looted antiquities in record haul

Rome - The Italian government said police had seized more than 5,000 ancient artefacts in a record 45-million-euro haul after dismantling a Swiss-Italian trafficking ring.

Italy in new swoop against notorious 'Ndrangheta

Rome - Italian police on Tuesday made 31 arrests in connection with an alleged plot by an offshoot of the notorious 'Ndrangheta crime group to take control of Rome's cocaine trade.

Italy expels nine in crackdown on would-be jihadists

Rome - Italian Interior Minister Angelino Alfano said Sunday that nine foreigners had been deported since December as part of efforts to prevent jihadist attacks, with more expulsions to follow.

Italy: Gay man forced to 'go to prostitute' or lose his job

Rimini - Homophobia is apparently alive and well in Italy. A report has surfaced which says that a gay man there was allegedly forced by his restaurateur boss to pay for sex with a prostitute or lose his job, Italian media reported earlier this week.

Italy brushes off reports it paid millions to Al-Qaeda

Rome - Italy on Friday brushed aside reports it had paid off Al-Qaeda to secure the release of two Italian aid workers abducted in northern Syria last summer.

Norman Atlantic likely death toll rises to at least 27

Rome - The Italian prosecutor investigating a deadly fire on the Norman Atlantic ferry on Thursday indicated that at least 27 people had likely perished in the disaster.

Italy says aid workers held in Syria freed

Rome - Two Italian women aid workers abducted in Syria last summer have been released, the Italian government said Thursday.

Italy's president Napolitano resigns kicking off election

Rome - Italy's veteran President Giorgio Napolitano resigned Wednesday, setting the stage for the election of a new head of state, a thorny process which could prove a political headache for Matteo Renzi's government.

Italian president to step down 'within hours': PM

Strasbourg - Italian President Giorgio Napolitano is to step down "within hours," well before the 2020 expiry of his term, Italy's Premier Matteo Renzi said Tuesday, setting the stage for an uncertain search for a successor.

People smugglers find cargo ships with ease of buying a car

London - On the murky edges of the global shipping industry, decades-old, rusting ships such as those used to smuggle hundreds of people into Italy last week are traded almost as easily as second-hand cars.

Hope turns to despair for 'ghost' ship migrants

Milan - Cold, cramped, sick and miserable, aboard an old cargo ship left drifting towards the Italian coast -- this was the "journey of death" some 768 desperate Syrian migrants had embarked on in the hopes of a better life in Europe.

Squalid conditions on board Syrian migrant boat pictured

Milan - Packed in like cattle and huddled under blankets on the cold, bare floor, this is the scene aboard the Moldovan-flagged Blue Sky M cargo ship which people traffickers left drifting towards the Italian coast last week with 768 desperate Syrian migrants ...

'Captain' of Italy migrant ghost ship recounts trafficking journey

Rome - The man who piloted nearly 770 illegal Syrian migrants aboard the Blue Sky M cargo ship towards Italy has described how he became the "captain" of the human trafficking vessel, according to Italian media.

Italy 'ghost ship' migrants paid up to $8,000 each to traffickers

Corigliano Calabro - Italian authorities disembarked 360 cold and hungry migrants Saturday from a ship left adrift by its crew off the country's coast, with some having paid up to $8,000 to traffickers for the perilous journey.

Charred hull of Norman Atlantic reaches port for full search

Brindisi - The burned-out Norman Atlantic ferry was towed into the southern Italian port of Brindisi Friday, six days after a mid-sea fire led to 13 deaths and forced the rescue of 477 passengers.

Traffickers grossed over $1.0 mn on single 'ghost ship': IOM

Geneva - People smugglers likely raked in more than $1.0 million from the hundreds of desperate migrants crammed into just one of the "ghost ships" abandoned off the coast of Italy this week, the International Organization for Migration said Friday.

Fire tragedy ferry arrives in port

Brindisi - The Italian-owned ferry in which at least 13 people died in a dramatic fire in stormy Mediterranean seas was towed into the Italian port of Brindisi on Friday as investigators try to determine if there are any more bodies on board.

Italy tows in migrant ghost ship, recovers fire tragedy ferry

Brindisi - Italian sailors took control Friday of a merchant ship that had been abandoned by its crew and left to power towards the country's jagged coast with 450 migrants aboard.

Blaze ferry towed back to Italy

Rome - The burnt-out wreck of the Norman Atlantic ferry was Thursday on its way back to Italy, for an inspection aimed at establishing the full scale of the disaster.

Catastrophe avoided as runaway ship stopped off Italy

- Italy's coastguard said Wednesday it had narrowly averted a catastrophe by intercepting a runaway freighter that was on a collision course with the country's rocky shoreline with 768 people on board.

Stowaways raise fears of more deaths in Adriatic ferry disaster

Brindisi - Two Albanian seamen were among 13 people confirmed killed in a ferry disaster in the Adriatic Sea, as officials warned the discovery of stowaways on board meant the true death toll could be far higher.
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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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Carciano, Italy, where a Catholic priest was arrested for alleged drug dealing
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Tunisian refugee in Sicily.
Tunisian refugee in Sicily.
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Rescue mission underway on the shipwrecked Costa Concordia
Rescue mission underway on the shipwrecked Costa Concordia
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Band playing music.
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MUSMA- Four room (IPOGEO) Old works and sculptures of XIX Century.
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Villa di Colonnata, near Florence, Italy, the house that inspired the author of the story of Pinocchio.
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Acquapendente, where it’s not advisable to become sick
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Helicopter rescue captured on helmet cam.
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Flight of the Angel opens Carnival of Venice 2013
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The rescue operation underway on the Costa Concordia cruise ship
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Ippo the Zonkey, born of a Zebra father and Donkey mother in Florence, Italy.
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