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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

Italy allows some migrants off stranded boat amid EU row

Aug 25, 2018 - 7:59 PM

(UPDATED) Italy threatens to pull its funding for the EU as a 'compensatory measure' if the bloc refused to come forward and help with relocating the migrants

Italy buries bridge collapse dead as outrage simmers

Aug 18, 2018 - 3:42 PM

(3rd UPDATE) More than half of the families of the victims refuse to take part in a state funeral with some preferring a more intimate funeral, while others announce a boycott

STATE FUNERAL. Archbishop of Genoa Cardinal Angelo Bagnasco (R) blesses the coffins during the state funeral of the victims of the Morandi Bridge collapse, in Genoa on August 18, 2018. Photo by Piero Cruciatti/AFP

Search for survivors as anger mounts over Italy bridge collapse

Aug 17, 2018 - 3:16 PM

The chance of finding survivors at this stage is slim and the unstable mountains of debris make the search operation dangerous

RESCUE ONGOING. This handout picture taken and released by the Vigili del Fuoco, the Italian fire and rescue service, on August 15, 2018, shows rescuers at work amid rubble and wreckage after the collapse of a section of the Morandi motorway bridge in Genoa. Handout photo by Vigili del Fuoco/AFP

Anger grows in Italy as bridge toll rises to 38

Aug 15, 2018 - 3:14 PM

(UPDATED) The government says it intended to revoke the contract of Autostrade per l'Italia, a private sector company owned by Atlantia, and slap it with a fine of 150 million euros ($170 million)

RUBBLE. Rescuers look at the rubble and wreckages by the Morandi motorway bridge in background after a section collapsed earlier in Genoa on August 14, 2018. Photo by Federico Scoppa/AFP

Dozens killed in Italy motorway bridge collapse 'tragedy'

Aug 14, 2018 - 9:02 PM

(4th UPDATE) Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte says the official count stands at 25 dead but that the toll could rise as rescuers search through the tangled wreckage

COLLAPSE. Rescuers are at work amid the rubble of a section of a giant motorway bridge that collapsed earlier, on August 14, 2018 in Genoa. Photo by Andrea Leoni/AFP

Ronaldo sprinkles star dust on Juventus in intimate opener

Aug 13, 2018 - 11:49 AM

Nearly 5,000 fans who went to see the 5-time Ballon d'Or winner are rewarded with a goal

STAR QUALITY. Cristiano Ronaldo displays his firepower for new team Juventus. Photo by Isabella Bonotto/AFP


3 Filipino families affected by tanker blast in Italy

Aug 07, 2018 - 6:08 PM

The apartment units of these 3 Filipino families 'were damaged by the blast,' says the Department of Foreign Affairs

EXPLOSION. A firefighter walks at the site where a tanker truck exploded on a motorway just outside Bologna, northern Italy, on August 6, 2018. Photo by AFP

One dead after tanker truck explodes near Bologna

Aug 06, 2018 - 11:20 PM

The blast engulfs the area with flames and black smoke and causes a bridge to partially collapse. The explosion occurs near Borgo Paginale to the west of the city, close to Bologna airport, the Italian fire service says on Twitter.

EXPLOSION. A firefighter walks at the site where a tanker truck exploded on a motorway just outside Bologna, northern Italy, on August 6, 2018. Photo by AFP

Italy to probe creation of anti-Mattarella Twitter accounts

Aug 05, 2018 - 9:00 AM

Where did these nearly 400 Twitter accounts come from?

ITALIAN LEADER. Italy's President Sergio Mattarella (L) attends a ceremony to mark the anniversary of the Italian Republic (Republic Day) on June 2, 2018, in Piazza Venezia in Rome. Photo by Alberto Pizzoli/AFP

Broken treasures revived in Rome's little shop of doll horrors

Aug 04, 2018 - 1:00 PM

The Squatriti family's little shop of doll horrors, which opened in 1953, specializes in antique dolls, some dating back to the 19th century

(FILES) In this file photo taken on August 27, 2014 dolls are seen inside the "Artistic Restoration Squatriti Hospital of Dolls" along Via di Ripetta in Rome, which is packed with parts of antique dolls, toy soldiers, puppets and ceramics figurines.  Tucked away on one of Rome's most fashionable shopping districts, antique doll parts pile up in the tiny shopfront of the Squatriti family restoration boutique, offering a window into another age. / AFP PHOTO / Alberto PIZZOLI