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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

450 migrants stranded at sea as Italy, Malta dig heels in

Jul 14, 2018 - 9:34 PM

The new standoff kicks in just hours after 67 migrants were allowed to disembark from an Italian coast guard ship in Sicily late Thursday

George Clooney hurt in Italian scooter crash - media

Jul 10, 2018 - 7:29 PM

The actor has been taken to a hospital for treatment after hurting his leg

US actor George Clooney speaks after receiving the 46th American Film Institute Life Achievement Award at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood on June 7, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / VALERIE MACON

Spain NGO ship saves 59 migrants, Italy refuses access

Jun 30, 2018 - 10:50 PM

Italy's hardline Interior Minister Matteo Salvini says that the NGO's boat had reached the migrants' vessel before Libyan coastguards inside Libya's rescue operation zone

EU leaders seal hard-fought migration deal

Jun 29, 2018 - 11:14 AM

Italy's new hardline Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte has vetoed joint conclusions for the entire agenda of the summit in Brussels until his demands are met

EU SUMMIT. France's President Emmanuel Macron (L) speaks with Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May (2ndL) as European Council President Donald Tusk (2ndR) speaks with Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel during a European Union leaders' summit focused on migration, Brexit and eurozone reforms on June 28, 2018 at the Europa building in Brussels. Photo by Ludovic Marin/AFP

EU split on migration at 'mother of all summits'

Jun 28, 2018 - 12:11 PM

EU President Donald Tusk warns on the eve of the summit that time is running out for leaders to reassure their citizens that they can control migration before authoritarian politicians win the 'high-stakes' debate

EUROPEAN UNION. European flags are reflected at the entrance of the Berlaymont building EU Commission in Brussels on May 21,2014. File photo by Georges Gobet/AFP

Germany: The latest victim of the champion's curse

Jun 28, 2018 - 11:24 AM

Coach Joachim Loew says the Germans deserve to crash out of the World Cup

SHOCK EXIT. Germany's midfielder Toni Kroos (right) and the defending champions get booted out by the unfancied South Koreans. Photo by Jewel Samad/AFP

Italy defiant as migrant ship stranded in Mediterranean

Jun 23, 2018 - 9:41 PM

Malta – which is also refusing to take in the boat in a new diplomatic standoff with Italy – nevertheless says it had sent in humanitarian supplies

MIGRANTS. This handout picture obtained on June 22, 2018 from the German NGO 'Mission Lifeline' shows migrants on an inflatable boat boarding the Lifeline sea rescue boat at sea on June 21, 2018. Photo by Hermine Poschmann/Mission Lifeline/AFP

Italy's Osteria Francescana crowned world's best restaurant again

Jun 20, 2018 - 10:34 AM

Osteria Francescana wins over New York's Eleven Madison Park, which was last year's winner

Italian chef Massimo Bottura talks with the press after receiving the Best Restaurant award for his restaurant L´Osteria Francescana during the World's 50 Best Restaurants awards in Bilbao on June 19, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / ANDER GILLENEA

Aquarius migrants finally land in Spain after week-long odyssey

Jun 17, 2018 - 1:30 PM

(UPDATED) Among the passengers are 450 men and 80 women – at least 7 of them pregnant – as well as 89 adolescents and 11 children under the age of 13, figures released by the Valencian authorities show

AQUARIUS. In this file photo taken on May 14, 2018 migrants look at the coastline as they stand aboard the French rescue ship MV Aquarius, off the coast of Sicily. Photo by Louisa Gouliamaki/AFP

Spain says France to take in Aquarius ship migrants

Jun 16, 2018 - 10:57 PM

Italy's new populist government and Malta has refused to let Aquarius dock in their ports, accusing each other of failing to meet their humanitarian and EU commitments

MIGRANTS AT SEA. This handout picture obtained on June 15, 2018 from French non-governmental organization Medecins Sans Frontieres - Doctors Without Borders (MSF) shows migrants onboard the MV Aquarius at sea on June 14, 2018. Photo by MSF/AFP

French guards abused and forcibly returned migrants – Oxfam

Jun 15, 2018 - 10:10 AM

The report says children complained about being 'physically and verbally abused, and detained overnight in cells without food, water or blankets and with no access to an official guardian,' all contrary to French and EU law

Macron 'never meant to offend' Italy with migrant comments

Jun 14, 2018 - 6:01 PM

Rome summons France's ambassador over Macron's comments and suggests a planned meeting between Macron and Italian President Giuseppe Conte in Paris on Friday could be cancelled unless Paris issues an 'official apology'

APOLOGETIC. French President Emmanuel Macron meets with Vendean entrepreneurs at a K-Line industrial site on June 13, 2018, in Les Herbiers. Photo by Ludovic Marin/POOL/AFP

Italy, France tensions spiral over rejected migrant ship

Jun 14, 2018 - 3:50 PM

Italy's new economy minister shelves a meeting with his French counterpart in Paris as their countries trade barbs over the treatment of more than 600 migrants rescued off the Libyan coast at the weekend

MIGRANTS. Men wait to disembark from the Italian Coast Guard vessel 'Diciotti' following a rescue operation of migrants and refugees at sea on June 13, 2018 in the port of Catania, Sicily. Photo by Giovanni Isolino/AFP

5-foot-4 champion Rae D'Alie shares Italy's basketball success story

Jun 12, 2018 - 11:33 PM

The petite Italian recalls that they used to finish 20th in the competition just like the Philippines

CROWD FAVORITE. Rae Lin D'Alie wins the hearts of Filipinos in the FIBA 3x3 World Cup 2018. Photo by Joaqui Flores/Rappler

Italy, Malta in diplomatic spat over migrant arrivals

Jun 09, 2018 - 5:41 PM

"The good God put Malta closer to Africa than Sicily," said the nationalist Salvini, as a new wave of migrants rescued in the Mediterranean prepared to land in Italy.

WAITING. Migrants sit aboard rescue ship MV Aquarius, off the coast of Sicily on May 14, 2018. Some 73 migrants of various nationalities, including women and children were rescued by MV Aquarius on May 12. Photo by Louisa Gouliamaki / AFP

Italy moves into new territory after populist gov't formally takes reins

Jun 07, 2018 - 3:34 PM

Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte's first task after winning the confidence of parliament is to travel to the G7 summit in Canada, where he will make his debut in international politics barely a fortnight after arriving on the domestic scene

NEW GOVERNMENT. Italian premier Giuseppe Conte (C) speaks at the Lower House, ahead of a confidence vote on the government program, in Rome on June 6, 2018. Photo by Filippo Monteforte/AFP

Italian populists reach last-ditch deal to take power

Jun 01, 2018 - 2:23 PM

Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte – a little known lawyer and political novice – announces his picks for the country's future cabinet after meeting with President Sergio Mattarella

CONTE. Italy's newly appointed Prime minister Giuseppe Conte leaves after announcing the list of his government at the Quirinale presidential palace on May 31, 2018 in Rome after a meeting with Italian President. Photo by Tiziana Fabi/AFP

Showdown looms in Italy as caretaker PM assembles team

May 29, 2018 - 3:46 PM

Fresh elections are now looming as the most likely outcome of the long-running political saga sparked by an inconclusive poll in March

CARETAKER. Carlo Cottarelli addresses a press conference at the Qurinale presidential palace on May 28, 2018 in Rome after Italian President gave him mandate to form a government. Photo by Andreas Solaro/AFP

Former Ceres-Negros football trialist, ex-girlfriend found dead

May 26, 2018 - 11:25 PM

The bodies of Italian striker Federico Zini and former girlfriend Elisa Amato were found in a car in a suspected murder-suicide in Tuscany, Italy

TRAGEDY. Federico Zini, who committed the murder-suicide a day before his birthday, played for Ceres-Negros FC in 2015. Photo from www.gonews.it

Buffon to make a decision on PSG within week

May 22, 2018 - 1:30 PM

PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi suggests that Buffon can replace the French club's no. 1 goalkeeper Alphonse Areola

BIG DECISIONS. 40-year-old Gianluigi Buffon says that he cannot make decisions in a spur of the moment at his age. Photo by Javier Soriano/AFP

Italy legend Andrea Pirlo receives star-studded farewell

May 22, 2018 - 9:59 AM

Pirlo could have a future role in the federation and is considering coaching

LEGEND. Former Italy's football player Andrea Pirlo celebrates with teammates at the end of the "Notte del Maestro" (master's night), a football match celebrating the end of his career as a football player. Photo by Marco Bertorello/AFP

Balotelli back as Mancini plots Italy revival

May 20, 2018 - 2:30 PM

New Italy coach Roberto Mancini recalls the Nice striker to the national football team in a bid to turn the country's fortunes around

COMEBACK. Mario Balotelli suits up for the Azzurri for the first time since since Italy's group-stage exit in the 2014 World Cup.Photo by Valery Hache/AFP

Mancini's Italy head coach appointment paves way for Balotelli return

May 15, 2018 - 5:54 PM

Italian forward Mario Balotelli is expected to reunite with his former Man City and Inter Milan coach

'DREAM JOB'. Roberto Mancini aims to rebuild the Italian national team that failed to qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup. Photo by Giuseppe Cacae/AFP

Italy court lifts ban on Berlusconi running for public office

May 12, 2018 - 10:02 PM

It means that Berlusconi would be able to again run for prime minister if coalition negotiations fail and new elections are called. However, it may be too late for him.

BERLUSCONI. In this file photo, Silvio Berlusconi listens to Matteo Salvini (unseen), leader of the far-right party Lega, speaking to the press after a meeting with Italian President Sergio Mattarella as part of consultations of political parties, on May 7, 2018 at the Quirinale palace in Rome. Photo by Tiziana Fabi/AFP

Parents of terminally ill UK toddler launch new legal bid

Apr 25, 2018 - 7:59 PM

Doctors have removed the ventilator support of British boy Alfie Evans, who suffers from a rare neurological disease, but he has continued breathing independently for more than a day

TERMINALLY ILL. Supporters of seriously ill British toddler Alfie Evans demonstrate outside Alder Hey Children's Hospital in Liverpool, northwest England.  Photo by Paul Ellis/AFP

I'm so sorry: 5 memorable sporting apologies

Mar 30, 2018 - 3:22 PM

Here are 5 high-profile incidents of athletes apologizing

ADMISSION. Photo illustration showing a woman watches on her computer as Oprah Winfrey interviews cyclist Lance Armstrong about doping while competing professionally in the sport, as seen from Washington, DC, on January 17, 2013. Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

Argentina downs Italy in friendly without Messi

Mar 24, 2018 - 12:03 PM

Messi suffers a groin strain from training the day before the friendly

SIDELINED. Argentina's striker Lionel Messi (centre right) and Argentina's striker Sergio Aguero (C), both injured,share a joke during during the International friendly football match between Argentina and Italy at the Etihad stadium in Manchester, north west England on March 23, 2018. Photo by Oli Scarff/AFP

Migrant weary northerners put faith in Italy's League

Mar 10, 2018 - 3:42 PM

Though the country was plunged into uncertainty on election night, with no party or coalition obtaining the votes to form a government, the far-right League surged in the polls.

CELEBRATION. A man hangs a flag of far-right party Lega at a balcony on March 7, 2018 in Varese where Lega's supporters celebrate the national election results. Photo by Marco Bertorello / AFP

Italy votes in uncertain election stalked by populism

Mar 04, 2018 - 6:56 PM

Tensions between far-right and anti-fascist activists mar a gloomy campaign dominated by fears about immigration and economic malaise

ELECTIONS. A man reads the lists of candidates before to vote on March 4, 2018 at a polling station in central Rome. Italians vote today in one of the country's most uncertain elections, with far-right and populist parties expected to make major gains and Silvio Berlusconi set to play a leading role. Photo by Andreas Solaro/ AFP

Slovak police free all suspects held after journalist murder

Mar 03, 2018 - 11:22 PM

In Italy, prosecutors have suggested that the 'Ndrangheta may have been behind the killing of Jan Kuciak and his fiancee Martina Kusnirova

FUNERAL. A cross stands on the grave of murdered journalist Jan Kuciak, who was slain as he was about to publish an explosive report on alleged high-level corruption linked to the Italian mafia, prior to his funeral at a cemetery in Stiavnik, Slovakia, on March 3, 2018. Photo by Vladimir Simicek/AFP

Suspect arrested in Italy after gun attack on foreigners

Feb 03, 2018 - 8:14 PM

(2nd UPDATE) 6 people including 'persons of color' have allegedly been injured, with 4 of them seriously hurt, in what local media calls a racially motivated attack

3 dead as packed Italy commuter train derails

Jan 25, 2018 - 4:02 PM

(UPDATED) The regional train was enroute from the town of Cremona to the center of Italy's economic capital

DERAILED. Italian rescuers, police and firefighters work on the site of a train derailment, on January 25, 2018 near Milan. Photo by Piero Cruciatti/AFP

Around 1,400 migrants rescued in Med, 2 bodies recovered

Jan 17, 2018 - 8:44 AM

Nearly 1,000 people have been rescued and brought to Italy since the start of the year, down 60% on arrivals registered in the same period last year

SAVED. Illegal migrants from Arab and African nationalities arrive at a naval base in the capital Tripoli late on January 15, 2018, after they were rescued off the coast of Zuwara, 130 kilometers (81 miles) West of the Libyan capital. Mahmud Turkia/AFP

Ferrero nears deal for Nestle's U.S. candy operations

Jan 11, 2018 - 8:10 AM

The acquisition would see Ferrero become the third-largest sweets producer in the United States behind Hershey and Mars

CANDY HEAVEN. Nestle's chocolates are seen on February 21, 2008 at a supermarket in the company's headquarters in Vevey, Switzerland. Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

Naples pizza-making wins UNESCO heritage status

Dec 07, 2017 - 9:45 PM

The art of the 'pizzaiuolo' joins UNESCO's list of 'intangible heritage,' securing the coveted status alongside a host of cultural treasures

WORLD HERITAGE. Members of the Pizzaioli Acrobats Coldiretti perform 'twirling' pizza to celebrate the Unesco decision to make the art of Neapolitan 'Pizzaiuolo' an 'intangible heritage,' on December 7, 2017 in Naples.  Tiziana Fabi/AFP

Filipino director wins at Sulmona Film Festival in Italy

Dec 06, 2017 - 11:04 AM

The film festival lauded 'Imago' director Raymund Ribay Gutierrez

AWARD-WINNING. 'Imago' adds an award from the Sulmona Film Festival in Italy to its shelf. Screengrab from Facebook.com/IMAGO-film

Naples pizza twirling seeks nod as UNESCO 'intangible'

Dec 02, 2017 - 6:09 PM

Naples' candidacy for pizza twirling has created a buzz in the southern Italian city where the art has been handed down for generations

A competitor removes his pizza from the oven during the 2014 Pizza makers World Championships in Naples on September 3, 2014. AFP PHOTO/MARIO LAPORTA / AFP PHOTO / MARIO LAPORTA

Berlusconi ordered to trial over alleged witness tampering

Dec 01, 2017 - 7:49 AM

The ruling is the latest chapter in the scandal involving Karima El-Mahroug who the veteran politician was accused of paying for sex

TRIAL. This file photo taken on December 10, 2016 shows Silvio Berlusconi on December 10, 2016 at the Quirinale Palace in Rome. Vincenzo Pinto/AFP