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

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

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

Berlusconi takes comeback bid to Europe rights court

Nov 22, 2017 - 1:35 PM

Ahead of a general election set for the spring, the 4-time premier is hoping the court will rule against the 6-year ban imposed over his 2012 conviction for tax fraud

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

Sicilian Mafia boss of bosses Toto Riina dies – reports

Nov 17, 2017 - 2:14 PM

Salvatore 'Toto' Riina, dies in the prisoners' wing of a hospital in Parma in northern Italy just before 4:00 am, according to the country's main dailies and ANSA news agency

TOTO RIINA. Mugshot of Mafia boss Toto Riina after his arrest in 1993. Image from Wikipedia.

Mamma Mia! Dismay, disbelief as Italy fails to qualify to World Cup

Nov 14, 2017 - 10:28 AM

Italy not being at the World Cup is a new experience for most of the country's fans

TRAGIC. Italy fails to qualify for the World Cup for the first time in 60 years, losing 0-1 aggregate to Sweden. Photo by Miguel Medina/AFP

Top seed Rublev into NextGen tennis semifinals

Nov 10, 2017 - 4:53 PM

Russian star Andrey Rublev becomes the third semifinalist of the inaugural tournament after Hyeon Chung of South Korea and Croatia's Borna Coric

SEMIFINALIST. Russia's Andrey Rublev reacts after a point against South Korea's Hyeon Chung during their men's singles tennis match of the first edition of the Next Generation ATP Finals in Milan on November 8, 2017. Photo by Marco Bertorello/ AFP

Italian priest tells raped girl she asked for it

Nov 10, 2017 - 12:17 PM

'I'm sorry but if you swim in the piranha tank you cannot complain if you lose a limb,' Lorenzo Guidotti, a parish priest in Bologna writes on Facebook, according to Italian media reports

Holy smoke! Pope Francis bans selling of cigarettes in Vatican

Nov 09, 2017 - 10:24 PM

'The reason is very simple: the Holy See cannot contribute to an activity that clearly damages the health of people,' says a Vatican City statement

NO SMOKING. Pope Francis blesses a faithful during the weekly audience in Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican on November 8, 2017. Photo by Filippo Monteforte/AFP

South Korean Hyeon Chung powers into Next Gen semi-finals

Nov 09, 2017 - 7:16 PM

The 54th-ranked Chung makes it two wins out of two in the round robin format being used in the inaugural edition of the under-21 version of the ATP Tour finals

'Put down those smartphones!' Pope Francis tells bishops

Nov 08, 2017 - 8:41 PM

The Pope says 'At a certain point the priest leading the ceremony says 'lift up our hearts'. He doesn't say 'lift up our mobile phones to take photographs'

ENOUGH SNAPS. Pope Francis waves during his weekly audience at St.Peter's Square in Vatican city, on November 8, 2017. Photo by Filippo Monteforte/AFP

LOOK: Lovi Poe gets starstruck as she meets Eddie Redmayne

Oct 29, 2017 - 4:35 PM

Lovi meets the actor during an event for luxury watch brand Omega

Rome to negotiate with regions after autonomy victory

Oct 25, 2017 - 6:42 AM

Over 95% of those who took part in referendums on Sunday, October 22, in the northern regions of Veneto and Lombardy, home to Venice and Milan respectively, supported more powers being devolved from the Italian capital

REFERENDUM. A citizen casts his ballot at a polling station during an autonomy referendum in Venice, on October 22, 2017.  Andrea Pattaro/AFP

EU parliament chief "fears" spread of small nations as Italy votes

Oct 22, 2017 - 6:48 PM

'That's why nobody in Europe intends to recognize Catalonia,' says European Parliament chief Antonio Tajani

EU Parliament chief Antonio Tajani says the region should fear the 'spread of small nations' amid the crisis over Catalonia. File photo by Pau Barrena/AFP

Italy, U.S. to share fingerprint databases in terror fight

Oct 20, 2017 - 6:10 PM

Rome and Washington will be able 'to access data contained in the national identification fingerprint systems' in a move 'to create a network to verify the identity of migrants, asylum seekers or refugees'

MINNITI AND DUKE. Italy's Interior Minister Marco Minniti (L) welcomes Acting Secretary of the Department of Homeland security Elaine Duke on October 19, 2017 near the Aragonese Castle of Ischia during the welcome ceremony of the G7 summit of Interior Ministers with European Union representatives and members of the private sector as Google, Facebook, microsoft and Twitter.  Photo by Andreas Solaro/AFP

Pope Francis names 35 new saints, most of them martyrs

Oct 15, 2017 - 11:40 PM

The new saints include 30 martyrs massacred in Brazil in the 17th century, 3 teens slain in 16th-century Mexico, a Spanish priest, and an Italian priest

A tapestry hanged on the facade of St Peter's basilica shows Andrea de Soveral, Ambrogio Francesco Ferro, Matteo Moreira, and thirty martyrs murdered in Brazil in the 17th century, during a holy mass for the canonization of 35 new saints on October 15, 2017 at St Peter's square.  Pope Francis celebrates a Holy Mass today with canonizations of 35 new saints, including thirty martyrs murdered in Brazil in the 17th century by Dutch Calvinists, three Mexican teenagers who died in the 16th century, and Italian Capuchin Angelo d'Acri and the Spanish priest Faustino Miguez of the Incarnation. / AFP PHOTO / Tiziana FABI

Italy's high-rise forests take root around the world

Oct 08, 2017 - 8:05 PM

The brainchild of Milanese architect Stefano Boeri, the Bosco Verticale (Vertical Forest) uses more than 20,000 trees and plants to adorn high-rise buildings

TO GO WITH AFP STORY BY CELINE CORNU - A picture taken on September 5, 2017 shows the architectural complex designed by Studio Boeri, the "Bosco Verticale" (Vertical Forest) in the Porta Nuova area in Milan. / AFP PHOTO / MIGUEL MEDINA / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY MENTION OF THE ARTIST UPON PUBLICATION - TO ILLUSTRATE THE EVENT AS SPECIFIED IN THE CAPTION

Italian couple and son die after falling into volcanic crater

Sep 12, 2017 - 11:52 PM

Media reports say the 11 year old boy was the first to fall after crossing the barriers His father then his mother both fell in as they tried to rescue him

The week in photos: August 19-25, 2017

Aug 26, 2017 - 8:22 AM

This week s selection of photo highlights here and around the world

GOOD FOR 3RD. Kaitlin de Guzman scored 12.3 to clinch the bronze medal in beam event of women's artistic gymnastics competition of the 29th SEA Games on August 22, 2017 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Photo by PSC-POC Media

Hero boy saved little brother when Italy quake struck

Aug 23, 2017 - 8:17 AM

Eleven year old Ciro the last child to be pulled from the rubble on the Italian island of Ischia saved his little brother s life when the deadly earthquake struck rescuers workers say

This video grab made available on August 22, 2017 by Italy's Vigili del Fuoco (Firefighters) show firefighters evacuating Ciro, a 11-year-old boy, from the rubble of his house after an earthquake hit the popular Italian tourist island of Ischia, off the coast of Naples, causing several buildings to collapse. Vigili del Fuoco / AFP

Last child saved after earthquake hits Italian island

Aug 22, 2017 - 6:43 PM

UPDATED Firefighters dig with their bare hands to reach 11 year old Ciro the last of 3 brothers buried in debris when the quake struck

This photo released by Italy's Vigili del Fuoco (firemen) shows Mattias, an Italian boy who was trapped in the rubble of his collapsed house, being rescued by Italian firemen, in Ischia, on August 22, 2017, after an earthquake hit the popular Italian tourist island of Ischia, off the coast of Naples, causing several buildings to collapse overnight .  A magnitude-4.0 earthquake struck the Italian holiday island of Ischia, causing destruction that left two people dead at peak tourist season, authorities said, as rescue workers struggled early to free two children from the rubble. / AFP PHOTO / Vigili del Fuoco / Handout / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / HO / VIGILI DEL FUOCO" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

Two dead, children trapped after quake hits Italy holiday island

Aug 22, 2017 - 11:02 AM

UPDATED A 4 0 magnitude earthquake strikes the Italian holiday island of Ischia causing destruction that left two persons dead at peak tourist season