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Renaissance masterpiece found in French kitchen goes under the hammer

Paris - An art auction opens on Sunday for an early Renaissance painting by the Italian master Cimabue, just weeks after the rare work was discovered in an unsuspecting elderly Frenchwoman's kitchen.

Italian opera star Marcello Giordani dies, aged 56

Rome - The opera world paid tribute Sunday to Italian tenor Marcello Giordani, who died of a heart attack at his home in Sicily. He was 56.Only last month, he had been playing the role of Calaf in Puccini's opera Turandot at two open-air theatres in Sicily.

Italian journalist wins Mackler prize for mafia coverage

New York - An Italian journalist assaulted over his coverage of mafia activity in Sicily and now living under police protection was presented with the Peter Mackler Award for his work on Wednesday.

Pope decries euthanasia as Italy court considers assisted suicide

Vatican City - Pope Francis on Friday again spoke out against assisted suicide and euthanasia, days before a top Italian court is to examine the thorny question in the largely Roman Catholic country.

Italian doctor fights to shed light on Mediterranean's migrant dead

Paris - For Cristina Cattaneo, the thousands of migrants who have died trying to reach Europe's shores in recent years deserve the same as any other disaster victims: a concerted effort to find out who they were and let their families know the painful truth ab...

Far-right Dutch MEP predicts come-back for nationalist parties

Cernobbio - Far-right Dutch MEP Geert Wilders on Saturday said nationalist parties were experiencing "tough" times but predicted that they would make a come-back."It's a tough time. We will come back," Wilders said, speaking at an event in northern Italy.

Italian journalist evokes Salvini suicide

Rome - An Italian public radio journalist evoked the chances of far-right leader Matteo Salvini committing suicide, local media reported Saturday, prompting Salvini opponents to come to his defence.

Curtains for Italy's first post-war populist government

Rome - The end of Italy's first post-war government experiment with far-right populists marks a stunning defeat for League leader Matteo Salvini, but his political career is far from over.

Italy's PM Conte: 'Mr Nobody' who found his voice

Rome - Dubbed "Mr Nobody" when he was first named Italy's prime minister, Giuseppe Conte became increasingly assertive with the ruling coalition in its death throes before on Thursday being asked to form a new government.

Italy poised for last-ditch talks to form new government

Rome - Italy's president is due to begin a fresh round of talks with discordant political parties on Tuesday aimed at finding a new coalition government and ending a political crisis sparked by the collapse of the ruling populist alliance.

Lampedusa mayor slams Rome over migrant boat standoff

Lampedusa - The mayor of Italy's Lampedusa island on Thursday denounced the collapsing government for its failure to deal with migrant rescue boats, as a ship carrying 356 people remained stranded in the Mediterranean.

Migrants in limbo again after landing in Italy

Lampedusa - Dozens of migrants who disembarked on Italy's Lampedusa island were again in limbo Wednesday as a European deal to redistribute them failed to materialise and Madrid said it could hit the Spanish charity with a huge fine for rescuing them.

Reluctant Salvini allows minors to leave Italy migrant ship

Rome - Italy's far-right Interior Minister Matteo Salvini on Saturday reluctantly let 27 migrant children rescued at sea disembark from a charity vessel anchored in limbo off Lampedusa island for days.

Italy prosecutors probe Salvini over migrant ship limbo

Rome - Italian prosecutors have opened an investigation into alleged kidnapping and abuse of office after far-right Interior Minister Matteo Salvini prevented a charity ship carrying rescued migrants from docking.

'Explosive' situation on migrant rescue boat in limbo off Italy

Rome - The captain of a Spanish charity ship carrying 134 rescued migrants warned Friday of an "explosive" situation on board the vessel anchored within swimming distance of Italy's Lampedusa island but forbidden to approach.

Italy's defence minister blocks decree against migrant ship Open Arms

Rome - Italy's defence minister on Thursday blocked a new decree by far-right interior minister Matteo Salvini to ban the rescue ship Open Arms with 147 migrants on board from Italian territorial waters, in a move seen as part of the political crisis in Rome....

Migrant rescue ship heads for Italy after judge overrules Salvini

Rome - Spanish humanitarian ship Open Arms headed for the Italian island of Lampedusa on Wednesday with 147 rescued migrants on board after a judge in Rome suspended far-right Interior Minister Matteo Salvini's decree banning them from Italy's territorial wat...

Italy to decide on government future after Salvini pullout

Rome - Italian senators are on Monday to take an initial decision on the future of Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte's government after far-right leader Matteo Salvini plunged the country into turmoil by pulling out of the teetering coalition.

Salvini rallies supporters, demands election date

Apo - Italy's hardline Interior Minister Matteo Salvini embarked on a southern tour to rally support on Saturday, demanding an election date be set after he pulled out of the coalition government, plunging the country into a political crisis.

Rescue ship picks up 85 as Richard Gere shines light on migrant plight

The Ocean Viking charity ship plucked 85 African migrants from the sea off Libya Friday, the latest rescue in the Mediterranean as Hollywood star Richard Gere boarded a second vessel to highlight the plight of those stranded.

Rescue ship plucks 85 from the sea as Richard Gere shines light on migrant plight

The Ocean Viking had barely reached the huge rescue zone off Libya when it plucked 85 African migrants from an inflatable grey boat on Friday.

Italians pay homage to slain police officer

Rome - Thousands of people paid homage Sunday to an Italian police officer whose stabbing death sparked a national outcry, while the leaked photo of a blindfolded US suspect raised protests.

Vatican says no recent bones found in search of ossuary

Vatican City - Experts say they have found no recent bones in their examination of a ossuary as part of a search for a teenager who disappeared 36 years ago, Vatican officials said Sunday.

Salvini wants Europe to take migrants from Italy coastguard

Rome - Far-right Interior Minister Matteo Salvini on Friday ordered 135 migrants and refugees rescued in the Mediterranean to remain aboard an Italian coastguard vessel until other European countries agree to take them in.

Italy's Salvini battles accusations of bid for Russian funding

Rome - Matteo Salvini is fighting tooth and nail against suggestions that his far-right League party tried to get covert Russian payments during talks in Moscow last year.

Sea Watch captain Rackete's court hearing postponed in Italy

Rome - The latest court hearing for the captain of migrant rescue ship Sea Watch, Carola Rackete, on charges of people smuggling and resisting the authorities has been postponed until July 18 because of a strike by Italian defence lawyers.

Sea-Watch captain defends 'disobedience' as backers raise 1mn euros

Rome - Sea-Watch 3 skipper Carola Rackete, who risks jail time for forcing her way into Italy's Lampedusa port with 40 rescued migrants, has defended her act of "disobedience", saying she was compelled to avert a human tragedy.

Sea-Watch captain defends 'disobedience' as backers raise 350,000 euros

Rome - Sea-Watch 3 skipper Carola Rackete, who risks jail time after forcing her way into Italy's Lampedusa port with 40 rescued migrants, has defended her act of "disobedience", saying it was necessary to avert a human tragedy.

Italy holds Netherlands, EU 'responsible' for migrant boat

Rome - Italy's hardline Interior Minister Matteo Salvini said he would hold the Netherlands and the European Union "responsible" for the fate of 42 migrants that Rome has blocked from disembarking at Italian ports for over a week.

In Washington, Salvini stresses Italy's closeness to Trump admin

Washington - Matteo Salvini, the far-right Italian deputy prime minister, met with top US officials in Washington on Monday and spoke of his "closeness" to President Donald Trump's administration.
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