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

Italy applauds Libya's decision on migrant 'search and rescue' zone

Aug 13, 2017 - 11:30 PM

The measure is aimed at non governmental organizations which Libya accuses of facilitating illegal migration

NEW ARRIVALS. In this file photo, migrants and refugees arrive at the Trapani port, with the Aquarius vessel on July 22, 2016 after being rescued at sea. Stringer/AFP

Police nab fireman for arson as Italy blazes rage

Aug 11, 2017 - 10:03 PM

The 28 year old arsonist is filmed on a security camera setting hedges and rubbish bins alight before returning to base sounding the alarm and rushing along with the colleagues to put the fire out

1 dead as Italy heatwave breaks in Alps

Aug 05, 2017 - 4:39 PM

The tragedy follows the deaths of two senior citizens who were caught up in wild fires in Abruzzo and Matera

HEATWAVE. A man refreshes himself with the waters of a fountain at Piazza Castello in Turin on August 2 as they seek relief during a heatwave that continues to grip southern Europe. Photo by Marco Bertorello/AFP

Italy moves to end migrant crisis with naval mission, NGO crackdown

Aug 03, 2017 - 9:03 AM

The twin moves come as new figures revealed a surprise drop in July in the number of mainly African asylum seekers and economic migrants arriving at the country s southern ports

RESCUED. Members of the Aquarius rescue ship run by NGO SOS Mediterranee and Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) help a migrant from Libya to board the ship after his rescue, in the Mediterranean Sea, 20 nautic miles from the Libyan coast, on August 2, 2017. Angelos Tzortzinis/AFP

Gangster head of Mafia Capitale sentenced to 20 years

Jul 20, 2017 - 8:09 PM

Massimo Carminati is accused along with 45 others of operating a mafia style network that used extortion fraud and theft to divert millions of euros destined for public services into their own pockets

MAFIA CAPITALE TRIAL. Prosecutor Giuseppe Cascini (L) speaks next to the lawyer of Massimo Carminati, Bruno Giosue Naso (R) on November 5, 2015 at Rome's tribunal, on the opening day of the Mafia Capitale trial, a case related to the alleged infiltration of City Hall by a mafia network. File photo by Alessandro Di Meo/AFP

Italy delays citizenship rights bill under migrant pressure

Jul 17, 2017 - 6:19 PM

Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni gives his personal commitment to ensure the bill is approved in the autumn

Italy in migrant row with Austria as Europe arrivals top 100,000

Jul 05, 2017 - 8:25 AM

Italy summons Austria s ambassador after Vienna threatens to send troops to the border to stop migrants entering as the number crossing the Mediterranean topped 100 000 this year

BORDER SIGN. A picture taken in the village of Spielfeld, Austria, on February 20, 2017 shows a border crossing at the Austrian-Slovenian border. Rene Gomolj/AFP

Italy urges EU ports to take migrants as pressure builds

Jul 02, 2017 - 10:30 PM

UPDATED Rome wants a regional maritime command center to oversee all rescue operations from Greece to Libya to Spain

NEW ARRIVALS. In this file photo, migrants and refugees arrive at the Trapani port, with the Aquarius vessel on July 22, 2016 after being rescued at sea. Stringer/AFP

Italy to pay up to 17-B euros to deal with two troubled banks – gov't

Jun 26, 2017 - 7:28 AM

Italy will pay up to 17 billion euros 19 billion to break up two insolvent Venetian banks which have posed a threat to country s banking system

VENICE VIEW. A picture taken from the Rialto bridge shows a general view of the Canale Grande (Grand Canal) in Venice on April 8, 2017. Miguel Medina/AFP

Jessica Chastain, Gian Luca Passi de Preposulo marry in Italy

Jun 11, 2017 - 2:34 PM

Jessica and Gian Luca marry after 5 years of dating

Gian Luca Passi de Preposulo and actress Jessica Chastain attend the Oscars Foreign Language Film Award Reception February 20, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. The 87th Oscars will take place on February 22 at Hollywood's Dolby Theatre. AFP PHOTO / ROBYN BECK / AFP PHOTO / ROBYN BECK

U.S. partners vow to pursue climate fight without Trump

Jun 11, 2017 - 10:27 AM

4th UPDATE Italy and the overwhelming majority of countries regard Paris as irreversible and non negotiable says Italian Environment Minister Gian Luca Galletti

HEADING TO BOLOGNA. In this file photo, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt speaks during a briefing at the White House June 2, 2017 in Washington, DC. Brendan Smialowski/AFP

World leaders vow to defend climate pact after Trump pullout

Jun 02, 2017 - 9:31 AM

UPDATED With France s Emmanuel Macron taking the lead they lash Trump s decision as misguided and vow to defend an accord they portrayed as crucial for the planet s future

CLIMATE CHANGE. In this file photo, US President Donald Trump gives the thumbs-up as he makes his way to board Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC on May 4, 2017. File photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP

Canada's Trudeau meets Italy earthquake survivors

May 29, 2017 - 12:45 AM

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau takes a tour of the abandoned red zone in the Italian town of Amatrice

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (L) listens to Italy's Foreign Affairs Minister Angelino Alfano during a visit in earthquake-devastated village Amatrice, on May 28, 2017. Amatrice is part of the area affected by the earthquake that occurred in August 2016 in central Italy. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / Emiliano GRILLOTTI

G7 in historic split as Trump goes his own way

May 28, 2017 - 12:43 AM

In a telling sign of the divisions now plaguing the G7 this year s statement comes in at a meager 6 pages – down from 32 pages last year

FAMILY PHOTO. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, US President Donald Trump, Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni, French President Emmanuel Macron, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, and Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May, pose for a family photo at the ancient Greek Theater of Taormina during the Heads of State and of Government G7 summit, on May 26, 2017 in Sicily. Photo by Miguel Medina/AFP

Macron, Trudeau 'bromance' fires up internet

May 27, 2017 - 9:24 AM

The reaction to the telegenic pair s encounter in the picturesque hillside town of Taormina provides some light relief from a summit otherwise devoted to thorny issues such as climate change and the threat of extremism

BROMANCE? Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (R) and French President Emmanuel Macron talk during a bilateral meeting as they attend the Summit of the Heads of State and of Government of the G7, the group of most industrialized economies, plus the European Union, on May 26, 2017 in Taormina, Sicily. Photo by Stephane De Sakutin/AFP

How to explore 4 Italian cities for P60,000 – all in

May 14, 2017 - 6:40 PM

Find out how you can visit Milan Como Verona and Venice all for P60 000

FASHION CAPITAL. Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, one of the world's oldest shopping malls, features some of the biggest clothing brands. Photo by Don Kevin Hapal/Rappler

Italy rescues 480 migrants, recovers 7 dead

May 14, 2017 - 5:16 PM

The migrants attempted to cross the Mediterranean Sea from North Africa

Italy expels Tunisian linked to Berlin market attacker

May 13, 2017 - 11:09 PM

The Tunisian had given Berlin Christmas market attacker a telephone and stayed in contact with him after his departure for Germany the ministry said

The challenge of being a Milan OFW

May 09, 2017 - 6:00 PM

Working multiple jobs is the reality for many OFWs in Milan

MULTIPLE JOBS. Junjun Paran selling Filipino treats outside the Philippine Consulate office in Milan, Italy. Photo by Don Kevin Hapal/Rappler

Italian FM in Libya for talks on peace and migrants

May 07, 2017 - 12:45 AM

Italian Foreign Minister Angelino Alfano meets with Government of National Accord head Fayez al Sarraj and Vice President Ahmad Meitig

PEACE TALKS. Italian Foreign Minister Angelino Alfano arrives in Libya on May 6. Photo from Wikipedia