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Paris climate activists kick off global Extinction Rebellion protests

Oct 06, 2019 - 2:01 PM

Non-violent protests are chiefly planned by XR from Monday in Europe, North America, Australia, but events are also set to take place in India, Buenos Aires, Cape Town and Wellington

'REBELLION.' A yellow vest stands as protestors stay inside the Italie Deux shopping mall in Paris during a demonstration called by the Extinction Rebellion environmental activist movement, on October 5, 2019. Photo by Lucas Barioulet/AFP

Genoa bridge new stretch goes up after deadly 2018 collapse

Oct 01, 2019 - 6:16 PM

The structure will open to traffic by the end of April 2020

GENOA BRIDGE. The first deck of Genoa's new bridge is lifted onto its position on October 1, 2019 in Genoa. Photo by Valery Hache/AFP

EU hopes more will join 4-country migration pact

Sep 24, 2019 - 11:14 PM

The pact is meant to determine which countries would take in migrants arriving in Europe – usually Italy or Malta – via the Mediterranean

MIGRATION PACT. Italy's Interior Minister Luciana Lamorgese, European Commissioner for Migration, Dimitris Avramopoulos, Malta's Interior Minister Michael Farrugia, Finland’s Interior Minister, Maria Ohisalo and Germany's Interior Minister Horst Seehofer address a press conference following a meeting of Interior ministers from 4 EU countries, France, Germany, Italy and Malta on September 23, 2019 at Fort St. Angelo in Birgu, Malta. Photo by Matthew Mirabelli/AFP

Italy ex-PM Renzi says he's leaving Democratic Party

Sep 17, 2019 - 4:24 PM

'I have decided to leave the PD and to build together with others a new house to do politics differently,' Matteo Renzi writes on Facebook

MATTEO RENZI. Italian Senator Matteo Renzi speaks to a fellow senator on September 10, 2019 during the new government's confidence vote at the Senate in Rome. Photo by Filippo Monteforte/ AFP)

New Italy government lets rescued migrants disembark

Sep 14, 2019 - 11:57 PM

It is the first time in 14 months that Italy has offered a migrant rescue ship a safe port

Key EU ministers ignore budget rule revamp for Italy

Sep 14, 2019 - 4:34 PM

Reforming the rules sharply splits Italy from the EU's richer numbers that are loath to ease the pressure on Rome's chronic overspending

Bullets, threats of rape, and disinformation in Italy

Sep 07, 2019 - 1:31 PM

With the collapse of Italy’s government, the country’s immediate future will be determined by anti-establishment parties whose supporters rally against liberal politicians like Laura Boldrini

Italy's new pro-European cabinet sworn in

Sep 05, 2019 - 6:24 PM

'We're ready to give our utmost for the country,' Five Star Movement head Luigi Di Maio, Italy's new foreign minister, says

NEW CABINET. Italy's Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio (L) shakes hand with Italy's President Sergio Mattarella as Italy's Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte (R) looks on after signing an oath of office during a swearing-in ceremony of the new Cabinet at the Quirinale presidential palace in Rome on September 5, 2019. Photo by Andreas Solaro/AFP

New Italy government leans left after populist downfall

Sep 04, 2019 - 11:07 PM

Luigi Di Maio, head of the Five Star Movement, will be foreign minister, while Roberto Gualtieri from the center-left Democratic Party has been given the finance post

Julie Andrews honored with Venice lifetime achievement award

Sep 03, 2019 - 9:42 AM

'I'm still amazed, I've been a lucky girl who got to play beautiful roles,' says the actress known for her roles in 'Mary Poppins' and 'The Sound of Music'

British actress Julie Andrews acknowledges receiving on September 2, 2019 a Golden Lion for lifetime achievement during a ceremony at the 76th Venice Film Festival at Venice Lido. (Photo by Alberto PIZZOLI / AFP)

Gilas Pilipinas put in tough spot as Italy reaches next round

Sep 02, 2019 - 5:45 PM

In order to advance to the next round, Gilas Pilipinas must pull off the improbable against Serbia, beat Angola, then hope Italy stuns Serbia

ON TO THE NEXT. Danilo Gallinari and Italy are through to the next round of the FIBA World Cup. Photo from

Rubio stars as Spain shrugs off slow start to FIBA World Cup 2019

Sep 01, 2019 - 2:34 AM

Spain arrests a poor start while tournament favorite Serbia wastes no time stamping its class

TOP GUNS. Spanish stalwarts (from left) Ricky Rubio, Marc Gasol, and Juancho Hernangomez power Spain to an opening-day win. Photo by Harry How/Getty Images/AFP

In 'must-win' game vs Italy, Gilas Pilipinas fires blanks

Sep 01, 2019 - 2:00 AM

Hoping to stun Italy for a shot at advancing to the second round, Gilas Pilipinas instead finds itself absorbing one of its worst losses

BLOWOUT. Andray Blatche and Gilas Pilipinas gets a reality check in the FIBA World Cup. Photo from FIBA

Gilas ice-cold from deep as Italy cruises to 46-point rout

Aug 31, 2019 - 9:11 PM

Italy deals the Philippines a reality check right in the opener of the FIBA World Cup 2019

Italy coach says opener vs Gilas 'the most difficult'

Aug 31, 2019 - 8:36 AM

Coach Romeo Sacchetti and his Italian squad plan to slow down Gilas Pilipinas' uptempo game

HIGH EXPECTATIONS. Italy is one of the favorites to make it out of Group D. Photo from FIBA

Guiao sees Italy game as 'make or break' for Gilas

Aug 30, 2019 - 11:45 PM

Coach Yeng Guiao says Gilas Pilipinas 'probably won't make the next round' if it drops its opening game against Italy in the 2019 FIBA World Cup

UNDERDOGS. Yeng Guiao and Gilas Pilipinas seek to pull off an upset against Italy. Photo by Delfin Dioquino/Rappler

HIGHLIGHTS: Philippines vs Italy - FIBA World Cup 2019

Aug 30, 2019 - 7:50 PM

Gilas Pilipinas looks to stage an early upset against world No. 13 Italy in the FIBA World Cup 2019 opener on Saturday, August 31

Italy deadlier with Gallinari, Datome playing in FIBA World Cup 2019

Aug 30, 2019 - 5:55 PM

The Gilas Pilipinas coaching staff admits Danilo Gallinari and Luigi Datome change the dynamics of how the Filipinos will play the Italians

SPREAD THE FLOOR. Danilo Gallinari and Luigi Datome are both 6-foot-8 forwards who are potent outside threats. Photo from FIBA (Datome) and Instagram/@danilogallogallinari (Gallinari)

Conte to lead 'more united' Italy after far-right's fall from power

Aug 29, 2019 - 6:40 PM

(UPDATED) The anti-establishment Five Star Movement and the center-left Democratic Party, once bitter foes, have agreed to govern in coalition in order to stave off snap elections in the eurozone's third largest economy

Italy's Stromboli volcano erupts, sparking huge ash cloud

Aug 29, 2019 - 8:10 AM

The volcano is part of the Aeolian Islands archipelago in southern Italy and is off limits to walkers following a deadly eruption in June which killed a hiker and sent tourists fleeing

This photo taken and handout on August 28, 2019 by Italy's National Firefighters Corps, the Vigili del Fuoco, shows a fire on the hillside of the Stromboli volcano after an explosion occured on August 28, 2019 on the volcanic Stromboli island, north of Sicilia.  Handout / Vigili del Fuoco / AFP  Italy's Stromboli volcano erupts, sparking huge ash cloud Italy | volcano | Stromboli associated with x Rome, Italy | AFP | Wednesday 8/28/2019 - 20:37 UTC+8 | 177 words  Italy's Stromboli volcano off the coast of Sicily erupted Wednesday, according to fire fighters who rushed to put out wildfires sparked by lava flows.  Emergency services scrambled to launch motorboats and helicopters after the "strong explosion" in the south-central slope of the crater shook the island, but no-one was hurt, the fire service said on Twitter.  Falling ash from a vast mushrooming cloud covered the rooves of houses in the tiny windswept town of Stromboli, the Repubblica newspaper said, adding that the explosion had been felt on the nearby island of Salina.  The volcano, which is part of the Aeolian Islands archipelago in southern Italy, had been off limits to walkers following a deadly eruption in June which killed a hiker and sent tourists fleeing.  Stromboli, just 12 square kilometres (4.6 square miles) in area and 924 metres (3,000 feet) high, is just the top of a volcano that is largely underwater.  It is one of few in the world with almost continuous activity, according to the National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology.  cm/ide/dl  © Agence France-Presse

Talks revived as clock ticks on new Italy government deal

Aug 28, 2019 - 12:02 PM

Italy's President Sergio Mattarella had on Monday allowed an extra day for negotiations, interpreted by some as a hopeful sign that a deal may be in the works

NEW GOVERNMENT. File photo of Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte. By Alexandros Michailidis/

Italy's president begins talks aiming to solve political crisis

Aug 21, 2019 - 7:40 PM

(UPDATED) Political maneuvering to form a new coalition has already started with Democratic Party leader Nicola Zingaretti saying that party members are 'united' in making a deal with Five Star Movement

Italy PM to resign as political crisis comes to a head

Aug 20, 2019 - 10:07 PM

'It is irresponsible to initiate a government crisis,' Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte says after Interior Minister Matteo Salvini began his efforts to bring down the government in the hope of snap elections

RESIGNATION. Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte delivers a speech at the Italian Senate, in Rome, on August 20, 2019, as the country faces a political crisis. Photo by Andreas Solaro/AFP

Spain offers to take Open Arms migrant vessel

Aug 18, 2019 - 8:04 PM

Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez cites the 'urgent situation' on the vessel and the 'inconceivable decision by the Italian authorities... to close all its ports' to the migrants

The Spanish migrant rescue NGO ship Open Arms is seen off the coast of the Italian island of Lampedusa on August 17, 2019. - Twenty-seven unaccompanied minors have been authorised to leave a migrant rescue vessel in limbo off Italy, the Spanish charity operating the ship said. Italian Far-right Interior Minister Matteo Salvini wrote in a letter to Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte that he could authorise the "alleged" minors to leave the Open Arms ship despite such a move being "divergent to my orientation." (Photo by Alessandro SERRANO / AFP) / Italy OUT

Italy recalls Senate as government crisis intensifies

Aug 13, 2019 - 8:53 PM

While the government is still in place, the Senate must decide whether to initiate a no-confidence vote in the 14-month-old administration of Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte

RECALL. Policemen stand in front of Palazzo Madama, the Italian Senate, on August 12, 2019 in Rome. Photo by Filippo Monteforte/AFP

Italy coalition in crisis after Salvini calls for snap polls

Aug 09, 2019 - 9:21 PM

Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, who has held several rounds of talks to try to ease the crisis in the 14-month-old government, angrily calls on Matteo Salvini to justify his move

SNAP POLLS? Italy's Interior Minister Matteo Salvini holds a press conference in Moscow on July 16, 2018. File photo by Vasily Maximov/AFP

Mystery deaths of dolphins, whales off Tuscany

Aug 03, 2019 - 8:43 AM

Autopsies suggest they had been hit by a virus, possibly measles

Italy to release stranded migrants after EU deal reached

Jul 31, 2019 - 8:02 PM

(UPDATED) An EU Commission spokeswoman says France, Germany, Ireland, Luxembourg, and Portugal will join the Italian Roman Catholic church in caring for the migrants

EU. A European flag flutters in the wind in front of the European Commission headquarters in Brussels on March 14, 2018. File photo by Emmanuel Dunand/AFP

Italy seizes missile from far-right sympathizers

Jul 15, 2019 - 11:33 PM

Police arrest 3 people, including Fabio Del Bergiolo, a former candidate for the neo-fascist Forza Nuova party

SEIZED. This handout picture released by the Italian police of Turin, on July 15, 2019, shows italian policemen carrying an air-to-air missile, as part of a big cache of guns and ammunition seized by the Turin special police force, assisted by police in Milan, Varese, Forli and Novara. Handout photo by the Polizia di Stato/AFP

Italian island Stromboli clears up ash after deadly volcano eruption

Jul 05, 2019 - 9:25 AM

A veil of ash lay atop restaurant terrace tables, boats and parts of the coastline of the tiny island. The dramatic volcanic eruption killer a hiker.

This handout photo obtained from the twitter account of @mariocalabresi shows the eruption of the Stromboli volcano on July 3, 2019 on the Stromboli island, north of Sicily. A volcano on the Italian island of Stromboli erupted dramatically on July 3, reportedly killing a hiker and sending tourists fleeing, but firefighters could not immediately confirm any casualties.  Mario CALABRESI / Twitter account of @mariocalabresi / AFP

Italy keen on supporting Bangsamoro farm sector

Jul 03, 2019 - 4:05 PM

The Italian government is interested in funding development programs for farming and fisheries in the Bangsamoro region, as well as the construction of rural roads and even river dredging

NEW INVESTOR. A delegation composed of the Italian government and private financing firms told Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol their intention to help develop the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao. Photo by Larry Nuestro/DA-AFID)

Italy fines Facebook over Cambridge Analytica case

Jun 28, 2019 - 11:46 PM

Italy fines Facebook $1.1 million for violating privacy laws as a result of the Cambridge Analytica scandal

FACEBOOK FINED. This illustration picture shows the US social media Facebook logo displayed on a tablet in Paris on February 18, 2019. Photo by Lionel Bonaventure/AFP

Situation 'incredibly tense' in Sea-Watch standoff

Jun 28, 2019 - 9:29 PM

'It's very difficult for them all (the migrants) psychologically,' says 31-year old Carola Rackete, who has become a symbol of defiance and a left-wing hero in Italy for challenging Interior Minister Matteo Salvini's 'closed-ports' policy

MEDICAL RESCUE. This handout photo taken on June 27, 2019 and released on June 28, 2019 by NGO Sea Watch shows rescuers evacuating a young migrant lying on a stretcher for medical reason from the Sea Watch 3 rescue ship off the coast of Lampedusa. Handout photo by Sea Watch/AFP

Italian job: 2026 Winter Olympics to be staged in Milan-Cortina d'Ampezzo

Jun 25, 2019 - 6:09 PM

Italy beats off a bid from Sweden to host the Winter Games for the third time

BACK IN ITALY. Cortina d'Ampezzo will be home to the Winter Olympics for the second time. Photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

Italy holds Netherlands, EU 'responsible' for migrant boat

Jun 23, 2019 - 10:45 PM

The Dutch-flagged rescue boat Sea-Watch 3 has been stuck in the Mediterranean since rescuing 53 migrants drifting in an inflatable raft off the coast of Libya on June 12

Migrants in limbo off Italy as world marks Refugee Day

Jun 20, 2019 - 5:26 PM

The rescue boat Sea-Watch 3 remains stuck in the Mediterranean since rescuing 53 migrants drifting in an inflatable raft off the coast of Libya on June 12

MIGRATION. An alleged work by British street artist Banksy depicting a migrant child wearing a lifejacket holding a pink flare, is painted on the outer wall of a house overlooking the canal Rio de Ca Foscari, in Venice, on May 21, 2019. Photo by Marco Sabadin/AFP

Cruise ship slams into Venice wharf as tourists flee

Jun 02, 2019 - 8:06 PM

Port authorities say 4 people are slightly injured in the accident

Far-right League victory in EU vote strains Italy coalition

May 27, 2019 - 5:54 PM

With over 99% of ballots counted, the League wins 34.3%, compared to just 6% in the 2014 EU elections, and 17% in the Italian general election in 2018

AFTER EU ELECTIONS. Italian Deputy Prime Minister and Interior Minister Matteo Salvini arrives to deliver a press conference after the announcement of initial results during the election-night event for European parliamentary elections on May 26, 2019,in the Lega headquarters northern Milan. Photo by Miguel Medina/AFP

Pope's charity czar brings light to child squatters

May 12, 2019 - 10:31 PM

Cardinal Konrad Krajewski broke a police seal to turn the electricity back on in a Rome building where 450 people had been living without light or hot water since May 6

60 migrants drown off Tunisia – Red Crescent

May 11, 2019 - 6:30 PM

'The migrants were transferred into a smaller inflatable boat which was overloaded, and 10 minutes later it sank,' says Mongi Slim, a Red Crescent official

Italy emerges from recession in 1st quarter of 2019

Apr 30, 2019 - 7:18 PM

The return to slender growth is heralded by surprisingly positive industrial output figures in January and February after 4 months of contraction

ITALY. Italy is Europe's second largest manufacturer and was the only European Union member in recession. Turin, Italy image via Shutterstock

MISLEADING: 'Cheating' during start of overseas voting in UK, Italy

Apr 27, 2019 - 3:40 PM

Some overseas Filipino voters in the United Kingdom and Italy air their concerns about the mode of voting at the Philippine embassies there

Maria Ressa wins surprise award at inaugural BOLD Awards

Apr 09, 2019 - 10:12 AM

The BOLD Awards aims to shine a spotlight on bold and breakthrough projects in a number of fields, such as crowdsourcing, open innovation, and other technology-related sectors

THE BOLD AWARDS. The MCs along with H-Farm's Maurizio Rossi. Image from

WATCH: 2019 International Journalism Festival

Apr 05, 2019 - 6:07 PM

Rappler will broadcast select discussions from the festival

Maltese military seizes tanker hijacked by migrants

Mar 28, 2019 - 8:58 PM

'AFM Patrol Vessel P21 stopped the tanker from entering the Maltese territorial waters,' the Armed Forces of Malta says in a statement

An armed policeman stands guard after migrants disembarked from the Motor Tanker El Hiblu 1 that was hijacked by migrants in Valletta's Grand Harbour on March 28, 2019, after Maltese armed forces took control of the vessel. Photo by Jonathan Borg/AFP

Measles: Nearly wiped-out, on the rise again

Mar 27, 2019 - 9:31 PM

The United Nations says worldwide cases of measles jumped by more than 30% in 2017, and infections continued to rise in 2018

MEASLES ON THE RISE. This file photo shows patients stricken with measles inside the pediatric ward of San Lazaro Hospital in Manila on February 11, 2019. File photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Recaptured Italian ex-militant Battisti admits 1970s murders

Mar 25, 2019 - 8:51 PM

Cesare Battisti, 64, admits all the charges brought against him 'in 4 murder cases' during Italy's so-called 'Years of Lead,' Milan's prosecutor Alberto Nobili is quoted as saying by Italian media

BATTISTI. In this file photo taken on October 20, 2017, Italian ultra-leftist militant Cesare Battisti gestures during an interview with AFP in Cananeia, Sao Paulo state, Brazi. File photo by AFP

Italy, China sign new 'Silk Road' protocol

Mar 24, 2019 - 12:02 PM

Italy becomes the first G7 country to sign up for the project, which has sparked unease in the US and the EU as China aspires to a greater world role

IN AGREEMENT. China's President Xi Jinping and Italy's Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte shake hands during a signing ceremony of partnership agreements following their meeting at Villa Madama in Rome on March 23, 2019 as part of Xi Jinping's two-day visit to Italy. Photo by Alberto Pizzoli/AFP

China's Xi says new Silk Road runs both ways as Italy signs up

Mar 22, 2019 - 11:16 PM

Italy has rolled out the red carpet for Xi Jinping, who will on March 23 sign a memorandum of understanding for Rome to join the $1 trillion Belt and Road Initiative

NEW SILK ROAD. This photo taken and handout on March 22, 2019 by the Quirinale Presidential Press Office shows Italy's President Sergio Mattarella (L) and Chinese President Xi Jinping shaking hands after addressing a press conference following their meeting at the Quirinale presidential palace in Rome, as part of a two-day visit to Italy. AFP PHOTO / QUIRINALE PRESS OFFICE

In Italy, arrests aplenty but top people smugglers remain elusive

Mar 19, 2019 - 3:12 PM

Although dozens of people smugglers have been jailed, most are like Cheikhaya Dieng, a Senegalese man forced to steer the rubber dinghy that brought him to Italy

FORCED. Ivorian Fofana Lamine, 25, Gambian Cherno Jallow, 22 and Senegalese Cheikhaya Dieng, 26, who all finish a 44-month jail sentence in Italy after people smugglers forced them to navigate boats across the Mediterranean, pose after an interview with AFP on February 15, 2019 at the theater hall of the 'San Giuliano' prison in Trapani, southern Sicily. Photo by Andreas Solaro/ AFP