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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 https://bold-awards.com

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

Italy probes mystery death of Berlusconi sex trial witness

Mar 16, 2019 - 7:53 PM

Imane Fadil is one of the witnesses who testified at the trial of the former Italian premier and media mogul Silvio Berlusconi, on charges of having sex with an underage prostitute at one of his notoriously hedonistic 'bunga-bunga' parties

DEAD. Italian newspapers reported on March 16, 2019 that the March 1, 2019 death of ex-model Imane Fadil, a witness in trials against Silvio Berlusconi's "bunga bunga" parties, may have been caused by poisoning with radioactive substances. Photo by Olivier Morin/AFP

Italian unions lead mass demonstration for economic growth

Feb 09, 2019 - 11:16 PM

'The government must change direction, we already have one foot in recession,' says Annamaria Furlan, the head of Italy's second-biggest union

PROTEST. People take part in a demonstration of the CGIL, CISL and UIL trade unions against the government's economic policy on February 9, 2019 in downtown Rome. Photo by Andreas Solaro/AFP

France recalls Italy envoy as relations plumb new depths

Feb 07, 2019 - 10:36 PM

The latest spat has erupted after Italy's deputy prime minister and Five Star chief Luigi Di Maio said he had met with 'yellow vest' anti-government protesters outside Paris

TENSION. This file photo shows Italy's Labor and Industry Minister and deputy PM Luigi Di Maio during a session for a Parliament vote of confidence on Italy's revised 2019 budget, on December 29, 2018 in Rome. File photo by Alberto Pizzoli/AFP

Italy to host Venezuela delegation at Guaido's request

Feb 07, 2019 - 7:43 AM

Matteo Salvini says he will meet the team on Monday, February 11, after Juan Guaido sends a letter requesting talks 'as soon as possible' to present 'the action plan to relaunch democracy in Venezuela through free and fair elections'

DELEGATION TO ITALY. Venezuela's opposition leader and self-proclaimed acting president Juan Guaido arrives at the Federal Legislative Palace in Caracas, on February 4, 2019. Photo by Yuri Cortez/AFP

Designer Alessi cuts a quarter of Italian jobs

Feb 03, 2019 - 9:11 PM

Some 80 jobs out of a total of 315 in Italy are to go, the firm says

Eurozone equities falter as Italy enters recession

Feb 01, 2019 - 12:03 AM

In Italy, official data shows it shrank 0.2% in the final quarter of last year after a 0.1% drop in the third quarter. The technical definition of a recession is economic contraction for two quarters in a row.

France won't enter a 'stupidity contest' with Italy – minister

Jan 23, 2019 - 11:23 PM

France's Nathalie Loiseau says the government will not wage a war of words or otherwise seek to retaliate against Rome, but working meetings and visits between the two countries are largely out of the question for now

TENSION. In this file photo, French Minister attached to the Foreign Affairs Minister Nathalie Loiseau addresses media representatives after the weekly cabinet meeting at The Elysee Palace in Paris on October 3, 2018. Photo by Ludovic Marin/AFP

Italian ex-militant Battisti arrested in Bolivia

Jan 13, 2019 - 5:55 PM

Italy sends a plane carrying police and secret service agents to Bolivia, the interior ministry says

ARRESTED. 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

France to crack down on unauthorized 'yellow vest' protests

Jan 08, 2019 - 11:30 AM

French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe announces plans to ban known 'troublemakers' from taking part in demonstrations, in the same way known football hooligans have been banned from stadiums in the past

PROTESTS. A protester wearing a yellow vest (gilet jaune) waves the French national flag during a demonstration against rising costs of living blamed on high taxes on the Champs-Elysees in Paris, on December 15, 2018. File photo by Zakaria Abdelkafi/AFP

'Asylum-seeking' North Korea envoy from diplomatic family, says defector

Jan 04, 2019 - 3:29 PM

'I worked with Jo in the same department at Pyongyang's foreign ministry for so long but never imagined that he would seek asylum,' says Thae Yong-ho

THAE YONG-HO. Former North Korean deputy ambassador to Britain Thae Yong-ho talks to the media at the Seoul Foreign Correspondents Club in Seoul on January 25, 2017. File photo by Ed Jones / AFP

North Korean diplomat seeking asylum in Italy – report

Jan 03, 2019 - 11:01 AM

Jo Song-gil, the acting North Korean ambassador to Rome, has applied for asylum to an unidentified Western country with his family

Italy health czar blames resignation on 'anti-science' government

Jan 02, 2019 - 6:56 PM

National Health Institute's Professor Walter Ricciardi says members of the populist government 'have endorsed unscientific or frankly anti-scientific positions on many issues'

RESIGNATION. Italy's National Health Institute president Walter Ricciardi resigns following the government's anti-evidence-based stance. Photo from World Federation of Public Health Association/Twitter

Magnitude 4.8 earthquake hits area near Sicily's Mount Etna

Dec 26, 2018 - 4:52 PM

The earthquake is the strongest in the region after Mount Etna erupted on December 24, spewing ash and forcing the temporary closure of Sicilian airspace

MOUNT ETNA. Smoke rises near the city of Catania during an eruption of the Mount Etna, one of the most active volcanoes in the world on December 24, 2018. Photo by Giovanni Isolino/AFP

Rescued migrants face Christmas at sea after Italy closes ports

Dec 22, 2018 - 8:33 PM

This area of the Mediterranean has been the most deadly for migrants attempting the crossing to Europe

The world in 2018

Dec 19, 2018 - 10:00 AM

A look back at some of the major events that marked 2018

Central American migrants -mostly Hondurans- moving in a caravan towards the United States in hopes of a better life, head to Tijuana in Mexico's Baja California State, after leaving Mexicali on November 19, 2018. - US President Trump has sent about 5,800 troops to the border to forestall the arrival of large groups of Central American migrants travelling through Mexico and towards the US, in a move critics decry as a costly political stunt to galvanize supporters ahead of midterm elections earlier this month. (Photo by PEDRO PARDO / AFP)

6 dead, dozens hurt in Italy nightclub stampede

Dec 08, 2018 - 6:57 PM

The victims include 5 people under the age of 18 – 3 girls and two boys – and an adult woman who accompanied her daughter to the concert

STAMPEDE. This handout picture taken and released by Vigili del Fuoco, the Italian fire and rescue service, on December 8, 2018 shows emergency personnel treating victims after a stampede at a nightclub in Cornaldo. Photo by Vigili del Fuoco/AFP

Facebook to pay $114M in Italian fiscal accord

Nov 23, 2018 - 12:10 PM

Italy has already drawn similar agreements from Amazon, Apple and Google, joining EU neighbours seeking a bigger tax take from multinationals previously able to use tax loopholes

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Italy nationalists mull refusing Da Vincis to Louvre

Nov 18, 2018 - 7:30 AM

'We need to discuss everything again. Where museums' autonomy is concerned, national interest cannot come second. The French cannot have everything,' says junior culture minister Lucia Bergonzoni

MONA LISA. People take pictures of the Joconde painting (between 1503 and 1506) by Italian artist Leonard de Vinci as they visit the Louvre museum in Paris. AFP File photo

'For the dog, it's a game': sniffing out truffles in Italy

Nov 11, 2018 - 5:00 PM

Giovanni Monchiero is the dean of the unusual academy in Roddi in northwestern Italy where the graduates wag their tails. This is Italy's 'truffle dog university.'

DOGS GAME. Truffle hunter Giovanni Monchiero searches for truffles with his dogs in Verduno near Alba, northwestern Italy on October 24, 2018. Giovanni Monchiero is the heir of dinasty of rectors of the "University of truffles dogs", founded in 1880 by his great grandfather Antonio Monchiero. In three weeks, the University can train a dog to be a truffle hunter. MARCO BERTORELLO / AFP

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

Nov 11, 2018 - 1:50 PM

The protest was launched against anti-migrant policies by Italy's Interior Minister Matteo Salvini

POLICY PROTEST. People, including employees of the country's social and reception centers and members of anti-racism associations, march during a demonstration against the government's social politics, its recent decree restricting the right to asylum, and against racism on November 10, 2018 in downtown Rome. Photo by Alberto Pizzoli/AFP

U.S. to exempt China, India, Japan from Iran oil sanctions

Nov 05, 2018 - 11:19 PM

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says 8 countries would be at least temporarily exempt from the ban on buying Iranian oil due to special circumstances or so as not to disrupt energy markets

WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 13: Central Intelligence Agency Director Mike Pompeo delivers remarks at The Center for Strategic and International Studies April 13, 2017 in Washington, DC. This was the first public remarks by Pompeo since he took the helm at the U.S. spy agency. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images/AFP

'Total disaster' as Italy storms kill at least 30

Nov 05, 2018 - 7:57 AM

The severe weather causes massive damage and disruption

ANGUISH. Survivor Giuseppe Giordano (C) reacts outside the morgue in Casteldaccia near Palermo on the southern Italian island of Sicily on November 4, 2018, after floods killed at least 12 people. Photo by Alessandro Fucarini/AFP)

Italy storms claim 12 more lives

Nov 04, 2018 - 7:23 PM

Italy has been hit by a series of deadly storms over the past week, especially in the north and around Venice, claiming 30 lives in all

FLOOD. A motorhome is pictured off side of a flooded road on November 4, 2018 near a house where 9 people of the same family died after a small river burst its banks in Casteldaccia near Palermo on the southern Italian island of Sicily. Photo by Alessandro Fucarini/AFP

Italy fines Apple, Samsung for slowing down phones

Oct 24, 2018 - 7:28 PM

(UPDATED) Apple and Samsung are fined 10 and 5 million euros, respectively, for the 'planned obsolescence' of their smartphones

IPHONE 6. This file photo taken on July 21, 2015 shows the Apple logo on an iPhone 6 in San Francisco. File photo by Justin Sullivan/AFP


France-Italy tensions as ministers meet on immigration

Oct 09, 2018 - 12:55 PM

Italian leader Matteo Salvini has singled out French President Emmanuel Macron for criticism in recent weeks, as well as other EU leaders he considers too soft on immigration

ON IMMIGRATION. French Prime Minister  Edouard Philippe urges far-right Italian leader Matteo Salvini to drop his 'posturing' on immigration. File photo from Philippe's Twitter account

World War I allies celebrate first armistice in Greece

Sep 30, 2018 - 3:00 AM

Representatives from Britain, France, Italy, Russia, and Serbia celebrate the armistice of September 29, 1918 at the final resting place of 20,000 Allied soldiers

CENTENARY. The last guardian of the Serbian cemetery Djordie Mihailovic, 90, salutes next to the Serbian memorial at the Zeitelnik cemetery, the World War I Allied Military Cemetery and memorial park, during the Commemoration of the centenary of the Armistice of Thessaloniki, on September 29, 2018. Photo by Sakis Mitrolidis/AFP

Italian minister faces probe into treatment of stranded migrants

Sep 08, 2018 - 10:33 AM

Prosecutors confirms that Italy's far-right Interior Minister Matteo Salvini refused to allow more than 100 rescued Diciotti migrants off a coastguard ship in August

FAR RIGHT. Italy's Interior Minister and deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini holds a press conference in Moscow on July 16, 2018. File photo by Vasily Maximov/AFP

Italy's far-right interior minister faces probe over stranded migrants

Aug 26, 2018 - 12:57 PM

Italy Interior Minister faces an investigation over 'illegal confinement, illegal arrest and abuse of power'

FAR RIGHT. Italy's Interior Minister and deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini holds a press conference in Moscow on July 16, 2018. File photo by Vasily Maximov/AFP