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Italy's fragile economy strained by coronavirus measures

Feb 25, 2020 - 2:20 PM

Plunging stock prices in Milan, canceled trade shows, and threats to tourism hurt the already sluggish Italian economy

Tourists wearing protective facemasks visit the Piazza San Marco, in Venice, on February 24, 2020 during the usual period of the Carnival festivities which the last two days have been cancelled due to an outbreak of the COVID-19 the novel coronavirus, in northern Italy. - Italy reported on February 24, 2020 its fourth death from the new coronavirus, an 84-year old man in the northern Lombardy region, as the number of people contracting the virus continued to mount. (Photo by ANDREA PATTARO / AFP)

'Mission: Impossible VII' halts Italy filming over coronavirus

Feb 25, 2020 - 2:03 PM

The 7th movie of the franchise is supposed to shoot in Venice for 3 weeks

Mission: Impossible – Fallout

IN PHOTOS: All the looks from Catriona Gray at Milan Fashion Week 2020

Feb 25, 2020 - 9:41 AM

Miss Universe 2018 slays as always

5th coronavirus death in Italy as infections mount

Feb 24, 2020 - 7:57 AM

(3rd UPDATE) The head of the country's civil protection agency, Angelo Borrelli, says 219 people have now tested positive in Italy, which has the most confirmed cases in Europe

CHURCH. Women wearing respiratory masks walk across Piazza del Duomo in central Milan on February 23, 2020. Photo by Andreas Solaro/AFP

Italy clamps down on travel after virus deaths, rise in cases

Feb 23, 2020 - 9:25 AM

Italy became the first country in Europe to report the death of one of its own nationals from the virus, triggering travel restrictions on about a dozen towns where the number of people contaminated has continued to rise

RESTRICTIONS. People pass by a mural depicting a Chinese face in Via Paolo Sarpi, the commercial street of the Chinese district in Milan on January 30, 2020. Photo by Miguel Medina/AFP

Second person dies in Italy from coronavirus – ANSA

Feb 22, 2020 - 5:35 PM

A woman in the northern region of Lombardy dies from the 2019 novel coronavirus

QUARANTINE. A military personnel in protective gear walks across the Cecchignola quarantine center, south of Rome, on February 3, 2020 where Italian citizens have been placed in quarantine after being repatriated from the coronavirus hot-zone of Wuhan at the nearby military airport of Pratica di Mare. Photo by Tiziana FABI/AFP

Italy towns under lockdown as first European coronavirus death reported

Feb 22, 2020 - 8:59 AM

Adriano Trevisan, a 78-year old from the Veneto region who had tested positive for the virus dies in hospital, where he had been admitted 10 days earlier for an unrelated health issue, Italy's health minister says

QUARANTINE CENTER. A military personnel in protective gear walks across the Cecchignola quarantine center, south of Rome, on February 3, 2020 where Italian citizens have been placed in quarantine after being repatriated from the coronavirus hot-zone of Wuhan at the nearby military airport of Pratica di Mare. Photo by Tiziana Fabi/AFP

LOOK: Catriona Gray attends Milan Fashion Week 2020

Feb 21, 2020 - 11:50 AM

Catriona attends some of the fashion shows with Vicki Belo in Italy

Deaf Argentine child abuse victims accuse pope of inaction

Feb 14, 2020 - 11:12 AM

'We were raped, sexually assaulted, and physically tortured by Catholic priests, nuns, and lay people,' the victims write to the pope

ABUSER. Italian Catholic priest Nicola Corradi is being escorted out of court after being sentenced to 42 years in prison for sexually abusing deaf children at the Provolo Institute in Mendoza, in this Argentine city, on November 25, 2019. Photo by Andres Larrovere/AFP

Italy Senate gives go-ahead to Salvini migrant trial

Feb 12, 2020 - 11:51 PM

A court in Sicily recommends that former interior minister Salvini stand trial for blocking migrants from disembarking from a coast guard boat in July 2019

TRIAL. Italian Lega party far-right leader Matteo Salvini gestures as he addresses the Senate on February 12, 2020, in Rome. Photo by Filippo Monteforte/AFP

Venice shuts down for World War II-era bomb removal

Feb 02, 2020 - 8:12 PM

Authorities say the operation required the evacuation of about 3,500 residents

Spitting, shaming: Chinese communities warn of Italy 'racism' over virus

Jan 31, 2020 - 12:10 PM

Racist episodes reportedly include Chinese tourists being spat at in Venice

MAO. People pass by a mural depicting a Chinese face in Via Paolo Sarpi, the commercial street of the Chinese district in Milan on January 30, 2020. Photo by Miguel Medina/AFP

Thousands held on liner in Italy over coronavirus fears for China couple

Jan 30, 2020 - 11:37 PM

Some 7,000 passengers and crew are aboard the cruise ship Costa Smerelda

LOCKDOWN. The Costa Smeralda cruise ship is docked in the Civitavecchia port 70km north of Rome on January 30, 2020. Photo by Filippo Monteforte/AFP

Italian basketball in week-long mourning for Kobe Bryant

Jan 27, 2020 - 9:27 PM

Kobe Bryant's former youth teams in Italy pay tribute by sharing childhood photos of the basketball legend

Photo by J Pat Carter/Getty Images/AFP

Italy threatens Facebook with new fine for selling users' data

Jan 24, 2020 - 7:52 PM

Italy's AGCM consumer and market watchdog says users 'continue not to be informed by the company, clearly and immediately, as to the collection and use of their data for remunerative purposes'

FACEBOOK. A Facebook employee walks by a sign displaying the "like" sign at Facebook's corporate headquarters campus in Menlo Park, California. File photo by Josh Edelson/AFP

The global spread of the coronavirus: Where is it?

Jan 24, 2020 - 8:34 AM

(9th UPDATE) Here are the countries that have confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus

PROTECTION. A woman holds a child wearing a facemask as they queue at the West Kowloon rail station in Hong Kong on January 23, 2020. Photo by Philip Fong/AFP

Cate Blanchett to head Venice Film Festival jury

Jan 17, 2020 - 12:49 PM

Actress Cate Blanchett will preside over the prestigious film festival's jury this September, two years after she headed Cannes in 2018

Italy arrests dozens over Mafia scam of EU funds

Jan 15, 2020 - 6:21 PM

A total of 94 people are arrested in the early-morning raids, including the heads of two Mafia families, a notary, entrepreneurs, and public administrators tasked with helping farmers access funds

TRACKING SUSPECTS. This undated and unlocated thermal imaging camera image grabbed from a video handout on January 15, 2020 by the Italian law enforcement agency Guardia di Finanza (GdF), shows a helicopter view showing suspects (C) during a track as part of an anti Mafia operation in Sicily. Handout photo by Guardia di Finanza press office/AFP

Ronaldo scores 1st Serie A hat-trick as Ibrahimovic returns to Italy

Jan 07, 2020 - 10:56 AM

Cristiano Ronaldo achieves a breakthrough milestone in Serie A with a hat-trick over Cagliari

ON A ROLL. Cristiano Ronaldo lifts Juventus to the top of the table. File photo by Marco Bertorello/AFP

6 Germans killed as car plows into pedestrians in Italy

Jan 05, 2020 - 6:48 PM

Eleven other people are injured, including two from the South Tyrol region where the incident happened

ROAD INCIDENT. This handout photo taken and released on January 5, 2020 by the Italian Department of firefighters, the Vigili del Fuoco, shows rescuers intervening after a road accident at the ski resort of Lutago. Photo handout by Vigili del Fuoco/AFP

Tens of thousands march in France, Italy to protest femicide

Nov 24, 2019 - 12:02 PM

Central Paris is awash with purple — the color adopted for the campaign — with some protesters holding up placards bearing the image of a relative or friend killed

'ALL OF US.' People take part in a protest to condemn violence against women, on November 23, 2019, in Paris. Photo by Dominique Faget/AFP

Inundated Venice braced for more flooding, strong winds

Nov 16, 2019 - 10:02 PM

Venice Mayor Luigi Brugnaro says a fund will be opened where people in Italy and around the world could contribute to the historic city's repair

FLOODED. A general view shows a person walking across the flooded St. Mark's Square, with St. Mark's Basilica (Rear L) and the Bell Tower on November 15, 2019 in Venice, two days after the city suffered its highest tide in 50 years. Photo by Filippo Monteforte/AFP

Venice faces more floods as state of emergency declared

Nov 15, 2019 - 2:09 PM

The crisis, driven by bad weather, prompts the government to release 20 million euros in funds to tackle the devastation

FLOODED. Pedestrians walk across the flooded St. Mark's Square past St. Mark's Basilica after an exceptional overnight high tide water level, on November 13, 2019 in Venice. Photo by Marco Bertorello/AFP

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