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Italy referendum on constitutional shakeup set for Dec 4

Rome - The Italian government on Monday set the date of December 4 for a referendum on constitutional reform that analysts say may determine Prime Minister Matteo Renzi's political fate.

Brussels, Rome voice exasperation at Swiss region vote on migrant curbs

Geneva - The European Union and Rome voiced exasperation Monday after the southern Swiss canton of Ticino voted to curb job access for workers living across the border in Italy.

Italy orders man to buy feminist books for underage prostitute: reports

Rome - A court in Rome has handed down an unusual penalty to the client of an underage prostitute, ordering him to buy her 30 books on the theme of women's dignity, Italian media reported Friday.

Italy PM vows to restore quake towns to former glory

Rome - Picturesque hamlets devastated by Italy's deadly earthquake will be restored to their former glory, Prime Minister Matteo Renzi said Friday, a month after the disaster which claimed nearly 300 lives.

Racism row hits campaign to boost Italian birthrate

Rome - An Italian government campaign hoping to boost the country's flagging birthrate was on Wednesday condemned as racist just weeks after its original promotional material was panned for being sexist.

Stone Age mummy still revealing secrets, 25 years on

Bolzano - When police heard about the frozen corpse up in the Alps in September 1991, they opened a criminal probe. Murder it was, but the crime was rather old -- and the ultimate cold case.

Italy PM fumes over EU summit

Rome - Italy is not ready to pretend everything is alright when Europe is not functioning properly, Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi said Saturday, the day after a key EU gathering.

Official toll from Italy quake rises to 297

Rome - The death toll from the devastating earthquake which hit villages in central Italy last month has risen to 297, with the two victims succumbing to their injuries, the country's civil protection department said Friday.

Former Italian president Carlo Azeglio Ciampi dead at 95

Rome - Carlo Azeglio Ciampi, a widely respected former Italian president who played a crucial role in Italy's adoption of the euro, has died at 95, Prime Minister Matteo Renzi announced Friday.

Gold toilet opens for business at Guggenheim

New York - The streets may be paved with gold in heaven but in New York, it's a gold toilet providing creature comfort - and an eyeful for visitors to the city's Guggenheim museum.

Britain's Johnson urges turning back migrant vessels to Libya

Florence - British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said Thursday said he favoured turning migrant vessels back towards Libya as a "deterrent" measure that would take the immigration heat off Italy."We are determined in the UK to help Italy.

Italy's crisis-hit BMPS announces fresh management shake-up

Milan - Italian bank BMPS named a new chief executive and announced the resignation of its chairman on Wednesday as part of a major management shake-up at the crisis-ridden lender.

Five dead migrants recovered, say Italian coastguards

Rome - Italian coastguards said Wednesday the bodies of five migrants were recovered while 650 others had been rescued during the day in several operations.

Italy gives details of planned Libya military hospital

Rome - Italy is to build a 50-bed military field hospital to treat injured Libyan government forces in the conflict-wracked north of the country, ministers said Tuesday.

Italy quake town sues Charlie Hebdo over cartoons

Rome - Amatrice, the Italian town devastated by last month's deadly earthquake, is suing French weekly Charlie Hebdo for defamation over a series of cartoons about the disaster.

2,300 migrants rescued in Mediterranean: Italian coastguard

Rome - Around 2,300 migrants including many women and very young children were rescued from the Mediterranean on Saturday while on a perilous crossing to Italy, the Italian coastguard said.

Rome's populist 5-Star movement opposes 2024 Olympic bid

Rome - The populist Five Star movement, which has mayors in Rome and Turin, has clearly stated it is against the Italian capital hosting the 2024 Olympic Games.

US, Argentine films frontrunners for Venice's Golden Lion

Venice - From a dazzling musical to a biting comedy, films from the US and Argentina are tipped as favourites to win this year's Golden Lion award at the Venice film festival, due to be announced Saturday.

Egypt investigated Italian Regeni before kidnap, killing

Cairo - Egyptian police investigated Italian student Giulio Regeni days before his abduction, torture and murder but dropped the probe after assessing he posed no threat, Egyptian and Italian prosecutors said Friday.

Tourists stuck in French Alps cable cars rescued

Courmayeur - More than 30 tourists who spent a dramatic night stranded in cable cars above the French Alps were brought to the ground Friday after an 18-hour ordeal, operators said.

33 people spend night stuck in cable cars over Alps

Grenoble - Some 33 tourists, including a 10-year-old child, spent the night stuck in cable cars thousands of metres up among the glaciers of Mont Blanc ahead of an expected rescue operation on Friday morning, officials said.

European arrests after migrant smuggling ring smashed

Berlin - German police on Tuesday said investigators working together across Europe had dismantled a trafficking ring suspected of smuggling Syrian refugees into the EU, leading to 16 arrests.

Rescuers recover 15 dead migrants off Italy

Rome - The Italian coastguard on Monday said rescuers had recovered the bodies of 15 migrants in search and rescue operations which saved nearly 2,700 people making the perilous Mediterranean crossing to Europe.

Italian Minister tells Charlie Hebdo to 'stick it'

Rome - Italian Interior Minister Angelino Alfano weighed into the row over Charlie Hebdo's earthquake cartoons Saturday with an unusually undiplomatic outburst against the French satirical weekly.

Romeo the miracle dog survives Italy quake

Rome - A golden retriever called Romeo has been pulled from the rubble of Italy's earthquake, more than nine days after he was given up for dead.

Italy's '100 club' to reveal its secrets

Acciaroli - Some of the secrets of an Italian village that has long fascinated scientists because of its high number of active centenarians are set to be revealed this weekend.

Charlie Hebdo Italy quake cartoon sparks fury

Rome - A Charlie Hebdo cartoon depicting victims of the Italian earthquake as lasagna has sparked outrage in the country which is still mourning the nearly 300 people who died in last week's tragedy.

Italian fertility campaign recalled for treatment

Rome - An Italian government campaign urging young couples to "get on with it" to boost the country's flagging birthrate has been pulled after a furious backlash on social media.

14,000 migrants saved in Med in 5 days: Italian coastguard

Rome - The Italian coastguard said that 1,725 migrants were rescued off the Libyan coast Thursday, bringing the total number saved since Sunday to at least 14,000.

Three dead, Italy migrant rescues hit 12,500 in four days

Rome - Three corpses were recovered as some 1,800 migrants were rescued off Libya on Wednesday, taking the total number of people saved since Sunday to nearly 12,500, Italy's coastguard said.
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CASE: American Amanda Knox (left) is driven away from court in Perugia  Italy  during her murder tri...
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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Sixth edition of French musical Festival inside Farnese Palace, seat of France Embassy.
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Lifesavers and paramedics trying to save the life of this 68 years old man from Germany after he lost consciouness in the rough sea of Bibione Beach Italy last Sunday. The man was reported dead at the scene. for more visit www.codognetreviso.com
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Satellite view of Calabria, Italy
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Via Toledo, a street in Naples, Italy
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Costa Concordia Luxury Cruise Ship carrying 4200 people ran aground and started sinking soon after leaving port
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Tourists in Italy taking photos
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Antica Acetaia Villa Bianca, Modena, Italy - Traditional Balsamic Vinegar of Modena p.d.o. 25 years old.
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Acquapendente, where it’s not advisable to become sick
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Beach huts line the beach at Grado, Italy
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Band playing music.
Beachgoers in Sicily formed a human chain to rescue Syrian migrants from a boat which ran aground.
Beachgoers in Sicily formed a human chain to rescue Syrian migrants from a boat which ran aground.
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Italy's Nucleo Operativo Centrale di Sicurezza (Central Security Operations Service, NOCS) seen here marching in a police parade. NOCS is a special operations division of the Italian police. The motto of the NOCS is: "Sicut Nox Silentes" or "Silent Like The Night."
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Tartufo from Pizzo: Chocolate gelato with a core of vanilla gelato, and covered in chocolate and syrup.
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Venice, Italy 2011
The Palazzo Comunale (right) and Duomo (left) in Modena  Italy.
The Palazzo Comunale (right) and Duomo (left) in Modena, Italy.
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Refugee in Italy
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Generator Venice, luxury hostel on Giudecca Island, Venice, Italy - outside the door.
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