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Bannon promises right-wing 'war rooms' to fight European elections

Rome - US President Donald Trump's former strategist Steve Bannon on Saturday said he would set up "war rooms" across Europe to help form a pan-continental right-wing movement ahead of European Parliament elections in 2019.

Panama says it will revoke flag from migrant rescue ship

Panama - Panama announced on Saturday it will revoke its flag from the migrant rescue ship Aquarius due to "non-respect" of "international legal procedures" relating to the rescue of migrants in the Mediterranean.

African Union denounces 'slaves' jibe from Italy's Salvini

Addis Ababa - The African Union has called on Italy's far-right interior minister to withdraw comments he made last week in which he referred to Africans as slaves.

Italy's Salvini touts plan to 'save Europe' after Bannon talks

Cernobbio - Italy's far-right Interior Minister Matteo Salvini said Saturday he wanted to be at the forefront of a movement to "save Europe", a day after meeting Steve Bannon as part of efforts to stoke pan-European populism.

Italy to push EU to rotate ports for migrant arrivals

Rome - Rome will on Thursday ask the European Union to rotate the ports where migrants rescued at sea disembark, Defence Minister Elisabetta Trenta said, with France and Spain expected to top the list.

UNHCR urges Italy to allow migrants trapped on boat to land

Rome - The United Nations refugee agency called Wednesday on the Italian government to allow 177 migrants trapped on a coastguard vessel near the Sicilian port of Catania to disembark "for humanitarian and medical reasons", adding that there were 34 children ...

Searches continue after deadly Italy flash floods

Rome - Italian rescuers continued their search Tuesday for possible survivors of deadly flash flooding in the Calabria region's Pollino national park, described by hikers as an "avalanche of water".

After Genoa disaster, locals look differently at city's bridges

Genoa - Jacopo Strumia never gave much thought to the giant suspension bridge that looms over the ground floor apartment he lives in with his wife and two young children in a sleepy suburb of Genoa."But the bridge collapse has made us a little nervous.

Italy asks Malta to take in another 170 migrants

Rome - Italy has asked Malta to accept some 170 rescued migrants, Interior Minister Matteo Salvini said Thursday, the day after another 141 docked on the island after a landmark agreement with its EU partners.

Shattered lives after Genoa bridge tragedy

Genoa - When huge slabs of Genoa's most famous bridge suddenly crashed to the ground carrying cars and trucks with them, people living in the shadow of the crumbling structure thought they were in the grips of a natural disaster.

Atlantia, Italy's motorway operator with global ambitions under scrutiny

Paris - Italian group Atlantia, whose operation of half of Italy's motorways is under risk following the collapse of a bridge in Genoa killing at least 39 people, is a major operator of toll roads and airports which is expanding rapidly internationally to beco...

Aquarius ship arrives in Malta after migrant-sharing deal

Valletta - The Aquarius rescue ship arrived in Malta on Wednesday after EU countries thrashed out a deal to take in the 141 migrants onboard, defusing another diplomatic standoff in the Mediterranean.

Aquarius ship to dock in Malta after migrant-sharing deal

Paris - The Aquarius was due to dock in Malta on Wednesday after EU countries thrashed out a deal to take in the 141 migrants onboard the rescue ship, which had yet again become stranded in the Mediterranean.

European countries reach deal to share Aquarius migrants

Rome - Five European countries on Tuesday offered to take in the 141 migrants marooned on board the Aquarius rescue vessel after it was given permission to dock in Malta, resolving a new standoff over the charity ship.

French rescue vessel Aquarius stranded again, seeks port

Marseille - The operators of the migrant ship Aquarius on Monday called on Europe to find a safe haven for 141 people it rescued in the Mediterranean, saying Italy and Malta had again refused to let the vessel dock.

French rescue vessel Aquarius stranded again, seeks port

Marseille - The operators of the migrant ship Aquarius on Monday called on Europe to find a safe haven for 141 people rescued in the Mediterranean, saying Italy and Malta had again refused to let it dock.

Vaccine row erupts in Italy as populist govt seeks to ease rules

Rome - A row is erupting over vaccines in Italy as the country's new populist government fights to roll back a law that bans children from attending school if they haven't received a series of jabs.

Tanker truck explodes sending deadly fireball across Italy motorway

Rome - At least one person was killed and more than 60 others injured Monday when a tanker truck crashed into a lorry and exploded, sending a fireball across a busy motorway in the northern Italian city of Bologna.

One dead after tanker truck explodes in Bologna

Rome - At least one person died and more than 60 others were injured Monday when a fireball engulfed a motorway in the northern Italian city of Bologna after a tanker truck carrying flammable materials exploded upon crashing into a lorry.

One dead after tanker truck explodes near Bologna

Rome - At least one person died and more than 40 others were injured Monday after a tanker truck exploded creating a fireball on a motorway just outside the northern Italian city of Bologna, the fire service said.

450 migrants land in Italy, five EU states to take 50 each

Rome - Italy allowed two EU border agency vessels to dock on Monday allowing some 450 migrants to disembark after five other EU states agreed to take in 50 each.

'Invest wisely' in migrants' home countries, says Pope Francis

Italy - Pope Francis, who has put the plight of migrants in Europe at the heart of his concerns, said Thursday it was time "to invest wisely to give them work and education" in their countries of origin, in particular in Africa.

Italian coastguard ship carrying 522 migrants docks in Sicily

Rome - An Italian coastguard ship carrying more than 500 migrants, including dozens rescued by the US Navy off Libya last week, arrived Tuesday night at a port in Sicily, days after the new far-right interior minister banned NGO rescue ships from docking in I...

Immigrants in Italy: a look at the numbers

Rome - Italy's refusal to offer safe harbour to a rescue ship carrying hundreds of migrants has cast a harsh spotlight on the new populist government's hardened stance on immigration.

158 migrants land in Italy ahead of visit by anti-immigrant Salvini

Pozzallo - More than 150 migrants disembarked a rescue ship Friday evening in Sicily, the NGO SOS Mediterranee said, days before hardline anti-immigrant League leader Matteo Salvini visits the island as Italy's new interior minister.

Italy needs to work harder, be less corrupt: Juncker

Apo - European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker has said Italians need to work harder, be less corrupt and stop blaming the EU for the problems of the country's poor south.

Foreign activists on trial for helping migrants enter France

Gap - Three days after a Malian migrant was acclaimed as a hero for his daring rescue of a child in Paris, three foreign activists went on trial Thursday in southern France on charges for helping migrants enter the country.

Trio on trial for helping migrants enter France

Gap - Three people appeared in a French court Thursday on charges of illegally assisting a group of migrants trying to cross into the country from Italy, a case that has fuelled protests that prosecutors are punishing a "crime of solidarity".

Impeachment attempt of Italian president will 'not succeed': analysts

Rome - Calls for Italian President Sergio Mattarella to be impeached for rejecting the choice of eurosceptic populists for economy minister will not succeed, analysts said Monday amid warnings of an institutional crisis in the eurozone's third largest economy...

Conte, religious ex-leftist named PM for Italy eurosceptic cabinet

Rome - Reportedly a devout Catholic and former leftist, Giuseppe Conte was a little-known academic before being nominated as Italian prime minister to marshal a government formed by anti-establishment and far-right parties.
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