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UPDATED: Sat., July 14, 2018, 4:13 p.m.

Italy: France, Malta offer to take quarter of 450 migrants

Italy said Saturday that Malta and France had agreed to take 100 of the 450 migrants who were rescued from a fishing boat in the Mediterranean, claiming victory in the …


UPDATED: Sat., June 30, 2018, 3:06 p.m.

Spanish boat saves 60 migrants but Italy locks its ports

A Spanish rescue boat plucked 60 migrants Saturday from a patched-up rubber dinghy in the Mediterranean Sea near Libya, igniting another political row between Italy and Malta over who should …


UPDATED: Tue., June 26, 2018, 4:40 p.m.

Italy, others to take migrants but fate of NGO ship unclear

Italy and at least three other countries agreed Tuesday to accept migrants from an aid ship that has been in a holding pattern off Malta for five days, but the …


Italy’s interior minister turns gaze to ‘Roma question’

Italy’s hard-line interior minister, who recently sparked a multinational showdown by refusing entry to a Mediterranean Sea rescue boat packed with 630 migrants, is now taking aim at Italy’s minority …


Spain saves 933 migrants, waits for another 630 on Aquarius

Spain’s maritime rescue service said it has saved 933 people and recovered four bodies from dozens of migrant boats attempting the perilous crossing of the Mediterranean Sea over the past …


Migrant aid ship on way to Spain as Italy draws deeper line

Italy escalated its quarrel with France over migration Wednesday, challenging the bordering country to take in more asylum-seekers and demanding an apology after the French president accused the new Italian …


Italy sends 2 ships to help bring migrants to Spain

Italy dispatched two ships Tuesday to help take 629 migrants stuck off its shores on the dayslong voyage to Spain in what is forecast to be bad weather, after the …


Spain offers to take migrant ship amid Italy-Malta standoff

Spain stepped up Monday and offered to take in a rescue ship carrying more than 600 migrants after Italy and Malta refused. The diplomatic standoff had left the migrants stranded …


UPDATED: Sat., June 2, 2018, 11:32 a.m.

New Italian government vows to create jobs, deport migrants

Italy’s new populist leaders commemorated the founding of the Italian republic by attending a pomp-filled military parade Saturday – and then promised to get to work creating jobs and expelling …


Populists take power in Italy, with euro-skeptic agenda

Populists took power in Italy for the first time Friday with the swearing-in of a new government fusing in a coalition a political movement that delights in pillorying the establishment …


Italy gets western Europe’s 1st populist govt on second try

Italy’s anti-establishment 5-Star Movement and the right-wing League succeeded Thursday in forming western Europe’s first populist government, which will be headed by a political novice whose first try was rejected …


Italian turmoil hits global markets, sending stocks plunging

Stocks in the U.S. and Europe sank Tuesday following political turmoil in Italy, which stoked fears of instability in the euro bloc.


Italy’s premier-designate quits bid to form government

Italy’s political landscape grew even shakier Sunday after the president refused to approve a proposed Cabinet minister with views critical of the euro currency and the premier-designate quit his bid …


Italy steps toward populist government as Conte gets mandate

Italy’s president asked political neophyte Giuseppe Conte to try to form a government Wednesday, giving the euroskeptic 5-Star Movement and anti-immigrant League a shot at running western Europe’s first populist …


Italian researchers develop lighter, cheaper robotic hand

Italian researchers on Thursday unveiled a new robotic hand they say allows users to grip objects more naturally and featuring a design that will lower the price significantly.


UPDATED: Sat., March 31, 2018, 9:31 p.m.

Italy museum aims to show Casanova as more than just a lover

A museum is opening in the Venetian hometown of Giacomo Casanova, the 18th-century adventurer and bon vivant, in hopes of educating visitors about more than just his notorious womanizing.


Euroskeptic parties surge in Italy vote, but no majority

Two populist and stridently anti-European Union political groups – both fierce rivals – surged in Italy’s parliamentary election at the expense of the country’s traditional powers, but neither gained enough …


Italians stage protests in violence-marred election campaign

Italians demonstrated Saturday against racism, revivals of fascism, labor reforms, mandatory vaccines and other hotly-debated issues, at some points clashing with police, as antagonism flared between far-left and far-right activists …


UPDATED: Sat., Feb. 3, 2018, 7:44 p.m.

Police: Extreme-right gunman shoots 6 Africans in Italy

An Italian gunman with extreme right-wing sympathies shot and wounded six African immigrants Saturday in a two-hour drive-by shooting spree, authorities said, terrorizing a small Italian city where a Nigerian …


Italy: As election nears, film imagines Mussolini’s comeback

A new film that comically imagines dictator Benito Mussolini returning to present-day Italy and trying to stage a comeback opened Thursday, in the middle of an election campaign that has …


Smuggling boat sinks in Mediterranean, 64 feared dead

As many as 64 African migrants, including a mother whose surviving 3-year-old child desperately clung to her as she drowned, are feared dead after a traffickers’ overcrowded rubber dinghy from …


Italian government sets parliamentary election for March 4

The Italian government on Thursday set March 4 as the date for electing the next parliament, formally launching what is shaping up to be an especially bruising campaign.


UPDATED: Sun., Dec. 24, 2017, 8:15 p.m.

Pope on Christmas: Bethlehem trek’s like today’s migrations

VATICAN CITY – Pope Francis in Christmas Eve remarks Sunday likened the journey of Mary and Joseph to Bethlehem to the migrations of millions of people today who are forced …


Anti-migrant leader pushes to win national power in Italy

The leader of an Italian party that hopes to capitalize on growing resentment of migrants and asylum-seekers told supporters in Rome Sunday it would be ‘splendid’ if he wins national …


UPDATED: Sat., Nov. 25, 2017, 9:27 p.m.

France to tackle violence on women; Italy grapples with same

French President Emmanuel Macron on Saturday launched an initiative to combat violence and harassment against women in France, aiming to erase a sense of shame that breeds silence among victims …


UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 24, 2017, 4:46 p.m.

Amazon workers in Germany, Italy stage Black Friday strike

Workers at a half dozen Amazon distribution centers in Germany and one in Italy walked off the job Friday, in a protest timed to coincide with “Black Friday” to demand …


Facebook apologizes to Mafia boss family after posts removed

Facebook is apologizing to the family of the “boss of bosses” of Italy’s Mafia for having removed messages of condolences that flowed in after his death last week.


Italy coach Ventura fired after missing World Cup

Italy coach Gian Piero Ventura has been fired following the Azzurri’s failure to qualify for the World Cup. Ventura leaves in disgrace, widely criticized for his tactical decisions that left …


Italy defeat no surprise: Sweden is its bjte noire

MILAN – Italy’s failure to qualify for the World Cup for the first time in six decades shouldn’t come as a shock to those who believe in fate, destiny and …


Boy with rare disease gets new skin with gene therapy

Doctors treating a critically ill boy with a devastating skin disease used experimental gene therapy to create an entirely new skin for most of his body in a desperate attempt …