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UPDATED: Fri., April 5, 2019

G-7 ministers vow to better fight migrant trafficking

Interior ministers from the Group of Seven advanced economies pledged Friday to jointly tackle world’s top security challenges, including fighting migrant trafficking.


A defiant Italy becomes the first G-7 country to sign on to China’s Belt and Road Initiative

Italy has signed a memorandum of understanding with China in support of Beijing’s “Belt and Road” initiative, which aims to weave a network of ports, bridges and power plants linking …


UPDATED: Wed., March 20, 2019

Italy: Bus driver abducts 51 children, sets vehicle on fire

A bus driver in northern Italy abducted 51 children and their school chaperones Wednesday, threatening the hostages’ lives for 40 minutes and setting the bus on fire at a Carabinieri …


Tens of thousands march in anti-racism rally in Milan

Tens of thousands of people have marched in Italy’s financial capital against policies by the populist government that they say promote racism.


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 24, 2019

Europe court orders Italy to pay damages to Amanda Knox

Europe’s human rights court on Thursday ordered Italy to pay Amanda Knox financial damages for police failure to provide legal assistance and an independent interpreter during a long night of …


Aid ship with 311 migrants ignored by Italy, heads to Spain

Spain’s Foreign Ministry says it has given permission to an aid boat carrying 311 rescued migrants to set course for Spain after Italy and other Mediterranean countries did not answer …


Michael Gerson: Pathogens couldn’t care less about Italian politics

FLORENCE, Italy – It was here in 1614 that Tommaso Caccini preached a sermon in the church of Santa Maria Novella denouncing Galileo and other scientists who held the heretical …


UPDATED: Sat., Dec. 8, 2018

Rap concert stampede in Italy leaves 6 dead, over 50 hurt

Teenagers panicked before a rap concert at a jammed Italian disco, setting off a stampede that killed five of them and a mother who had brought her daughter to the …


UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 1, 2018

Venice floodwaters ease; Italian storms kill 2 more people

Wearing colorful disposable boots, tourists enjoyed outdoor cafes Thursday in St. Mark’s Square in Venice as waters receded from an exceptional high tide.


Climate change is upending the predictability of Italy’s wine industry

In a region celebrated for the prosecco and pinot grigio it ships around the world, Italy’s particularly sensitive white wine grapes have become a telltale of even gradual temperature increases …


Italy-flagged migrant rescue ship challenges Italian policy

An Italian-flagged rescue ship set sail Thursday for the deadly migrant smuggling route in the central Mediterranean Sea, challenging moves by Italy’s populist government to shut down such humanitarian operations.


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 2, 2018

Italy arrests mayor for allegedly aiding illegal immigration

The mayor of a small town in southern Italy that became a model for immigrant integration was placed under house arrest Tuesday for allegedly aiding illegal immigration, a move that …


UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 10, 2018

U.N. teams to assess migrant treatment in Austria, Italy

The new U.N. human rights chief on Monday announced plans to send teams to Italy and Austria to examine migrants’ treatment, drawing a quick retort from Vienna.


Starbucks reveals opulent store in Milan, the culmination of Howard Schultz’s Italian dream

A 1983 trip to Italy gave rise to Schultz’s vision for Starbucks as a purveyor not just of coffee beans and equipment, as it was when he joined the company, …


Migrants aboard Italian coast guard ship begin hunger strike

Many of the 150 migrants stranded aboard a coast guard ship for a ninth day began a hunger strike Friday out of frustration that Italy won’t let them disembark in …


Rights official: Italy is unjustly holding migrants on boat

A delegation from Italy’s rights office on Thursday visited the 150 migrants who have been kept onboard a coast guard vessel for days and concluded they were being held unjustly.


Who would have thought getting naked outside Italy’s tomb of the unknown soldier was a bad idea?

A couple of tourists who recently visited Italy’s “tomb of the unknown solider” decided to strip down and bathe in the fountain in front of it. Now police are looking …


Flash flood hits hikers in gorge in southern Italy; 8 dead

Heavy rain flooded a gorge filled with hikers Monday in the southern region of Calabria, killing at least eight, Italy’s civil protection agency said. At least another five were missing


UPDATED: Sat., Aug. 18, 2018

Italy’s leader demands safe roads; bridge toll rises to 43

Italy’s president demanded guarantees Saturday that all the nation’s roads are safe following the Genoa highway bridge collapse, after he hugged and comforted mourners at a state funeral for many …


Anger engulfs families as Italy buries its bridge victims

With anger and grief, Italians began burying some of their dead Friday from the Genoa highway bridge collapse, holding funerals in the victims’ hometowns. Several angry families rebuffed the offer …


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 15, 2018

Italy hunts for blame in bridge collapse that killed 39

As more bodies were pulled Wednesday from a mountain of jagged concrete and twisted steel left by a highway bridge collapse that killed 39, prosecutors focused on possible design flaws …


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 14, 2018

Italian bridge collapse sends cars plunging, killing 26

A 51-year-old highway bridge in the Italian port city of Genoa collapsed in a driving rain Tuesday, killing at least 26 people and injuring 16 others as it sent dozens …


Tanker truck explosion in Italy kills 2, injures up to 70

A tanker truck carrying flammable material exploded Monday after rear-ending a stopped truck on a crowded highway near the northern Italian city of Bologna, killing at least two people, injuring …


Trump, Conte express alignment on immigration at White House

Two political outsiders, President Donald Trump and Italy’s new premier expressed solidarity on migration issues Monday as they showed signs of a fledgling alliance at a time when the U.S. …


UPDATED: Sat., July 14, 2018

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

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

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 …