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Migrants in Rome squat call for better lodgings

Rome - As political temperatures simmer in Italy over undocumented migrants, a group of mostly Africans squatting in an abandoned penicillin factory on Rome's northeast outskirts on Wednesday demanded more dignified lodgings.

Italy's Salvini meets rescued migrants, promises 'welcome'

Pomezia - Italian far-right Interior Minister Matteo Salvini on Wednesday met dozens of African migrants, recently evacuated from Libya by the UN, and sought to reassure them that Italy is "a welcoming, generous and supportive country".

'Exceptional' white truffle sold for 85,000 euros

Alba - A rare 850 gramme white truffle was auctioned for 85,000 euros ($96,000) in the Italian region of Alba on Sunday, with the anonymous Hong Kong buyer paying nearly 30 times this year's market price for smaller nuggets.

Thousands protest in Rome over Italy's 'anti-migrant' decree

Rome - Several thousand protesters rallied in Rome on Saturday to protest against what they criticised as unfair anti-migrant policies promoted by far-right Interior Minister Matteo Salvini.

Thousands rally to back Italy-France high-speed train project

Turin - Tens of thousands of people rallied in the north Italian city of Turin on Saturday, to support a planned high-speed train line to Lyon that faced years of opposition, especially from environmental groups.

Rome's embattled mayor cleared in city hall job trial

Rome - An Italian court on Saturday cleared Rome's mayor Virginia Raggi in a trial that could have cost her her job.

Italy prosecutors to drop migrants case against Salvini

Rome - Italy's Interior Minister Matteo Salvini was celebrating Thursday after prosecutors prepared to drop a case against him for his tough line against a group of rescued migrants.

'Italy not a problem' for EU, says finance minister

Paris - Italian Finance Minister Giovanni Tria said Thursday that his country was "not a problem" for the European Union, which he claimed could benefit from Rome's new budget strategy."Let me be clear, Italy is not a problem.

Italy and France far-right leaders slam Brussels 'bunker'

Rome - Italy and France's far-right leaders launched their European parliament election campaign on Monday with an attack on the "Brussels bunker" they hope to enter en masse after the May vote.

Argento recalls sexual encounter with Jimmy Bennett

Rome - Italian actress Asia Argento, who became a leading figure in the #MeToo movement after accusing powerful Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein of rape, admitted she had sex with young actor Jimmy Bennett, who claimed she sexually assaulted him as a teena...

Weakened Italian Democratic Party tries to bounce back

Rome - Tens of thousands of Italians rallied in Rome Sunday for the centre-left Democratic Party (PD) as it seeks to rebound from a shock defeat to a populist coalition in June.

Italy spokesman threatens treasury staff over cash for election promises

Rome - A recording has emerged of the Italian government's chief spokesman threatening to "eliminate a tide" of treasury officials unless they find the money for projects, including a basic income grant, promised in March elections.

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.
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