Italy

Italian lawmakers, rights activists clash over gay sex club scandal

Gay rights activists and conservative politicians clashed Tuesday after the chief of Italy's anti-discrimination office quit over allegations that money had been authorized for gay sex clubs.

Italian cops bust ring giving fake EU papers to 'enormous number'

Police said Monday they had busted a criminal ring that sold fake work papers to thousands of immigrants, allowing them to obtain Italian residency permits and access to the rest of the European Union.

Renzi resigns as head of Italy's Democratic Party

Former Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi stepped down Sunday from his role as head of country's ruling Democratic Party, but left the door open for his potential return to the post.

Italian lawmakers approve 20-billion-euro debt hike for bank rescue

Italy's lower house of parliament on Thursday approved a government bid to increase public debt by up to 20 billion euros (about 21.3 billion dollars) to fund a rescue package for Monte dei Paschi di Siena (MPS) and other ailing banks.

Cops bust Italy-Colombia cocaine trafficking ring ahead of 8-ton deal

Police said Thursday they have arrested 68 suspected members of an international drug trafficking ring made up of mobsters and businessmen that was about to smuggle eight tons of cocaine from Colombia to Italy.

Monument to Croatian scientist Rudjer Boskovic unveiled in Milan

On the occasion of the 230th anniversary of the death of Croatian scientist Rudjer Josip Boskovic, who died on 13 February 1787 in Milan, a monument by Croatian sculptor Ivan Mestrovic was unveiled in Milan on Monday.

Italian mayor blocks road to halt migrants

An Italian mayor has dumped a pile of earth on a road leading to a residential building to prevent migrants and refugees coming into his community, Ansa news agency reported on Monday.

Protests in Genoa against European far-right meeting

Protests were held in the north-western coastal Italian city of Genoa on Saturday against a meeting of European far-right parties.

Italy unveils new asylum, repatriation measures

The Italian government on Friday approved new measures to speed up the processing of asylum claims as well as the repatriation of migrants who cross the Mediterranean in a bid to reach Europe.

French farmer gets token sentence for helping migrants cross border

A farmer from southern France, who had sought to aid migrants, escaped with a token sentence on Friday after being convicted of helping undocumented immigrants cross into the country from Italy, his lawyer said.

Italy's UniCredit posts 2016 loss, setting aside money for loan risks

Italy's UniCredit bank posted a loss on Thursday for the full year, but is nevertheless confident its restructuring plan will pull the lender out of the red.

Italy denies German charge Fiat Chrysler cheated on emissions tests

German allegations that Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) cheated on emissions tests are unfounded, said Italian Transportation Minister Graziano Delrio on Wednesday.

Asylum applications reach 20-year high in Italy in 2016

Last year marked a new record for Italy as asylum applications reached a 20-year high, according to a new report out Thursday by a Milan-based think tank on migration.

Mafia boss's son arrested along with 44 others in Italian crackdown

Italian police on Tuesday arrested 45 suspected members of a powerful Mafia clan, including the boss's son.

Austria reports record arrivals over Alpine migration route

The inflow of migrants into Austria's Tyrolean mountains reached a record high last year, the local police chief said on Tuesday, warning that the region was facing mounting problems due to continued arrivals from neighbouring Italy.

Italy rescues over 1,500 migrants from Mediterranean over the weekend

Over 1,500 migrants were rescued from unseaworthy boats in the central Mediterranean off Libya at the weekend, Italy's Coastguard said Monday.

Report: Italian policemen who shot Berlin attacker moved for security

The Italian police officers who shot and killed a Berlin terrorist attacker on the run have been transferred from their original location near Milan.

Aid workers save 1,600 in 'nightmare' scenes in the Mediterranean

There were more dramatic scenes in the Mediterranean Sea on Saturday morning as rescue workers saved 300 people in the Strait of Sicily, the Italian coastguard told news agency Ansa.

Nine arrested for stealing EU funds for the needy in Italy

Italian police on Thursday arrested nine people they say conspired to embezzle large amounts of European Union funds meant for needy families in the southern Calabria region.

Italy unveils 200-million-euro Africa fund to curb migration

Italy on Wednesday unveiled a so-called Africa fund aimed at preventing potential migrants from leaving their homelands and traffickers from exploiting them.

Italian police bust arms traffickers to Iran, Libya

Italian police said Tuesday they have arrested a four-member ring that trafficked arms and dual-use materials to the embargoed countries of Iran and Libya.

Italy busts international human trafficking ring

Italian law enforcement has busted an international migrant smuggling ring that trafficked hundreds from Italy into France, police said Monday.

Tillerson sees key Italy role on Libya, Russia, Ukraine

The US sees Italy as a key partner on the geopolitical challenges in Libya, Russia, and Ukraine, US secretary of state nominee Rex Tillerson told La Stampa newspaper in an interview published Monday.

Less than half of Italians want to stay in EU, new study shows

Less than half of Italians want to remain in the European Union while over two-thirds blame it for not helping deal with the migrant crisis, according to a new study published Thursday by the Eurispes research institute.

Just five possible survivors remain in Italian hotel hit by avalanche

Rescue workers Wednesday recovered the body of a woman from the rubble of a hotel in central Italy that was buried by a massive avalanche last week, bringing the death toll to 24, according to officials.

Six killed in helicopter crash in earthquake-hit central Italy

A rescue helicopter crashed in central Italy on Tuesday, killing all six passengers on board as it returned from an operation at a ski resort, an emergency services spokesman told dpa.

Hopes dwindle as more bodies pulled from Italy hotel hit by avalanche

Hopes of finding survivors in the alpine Italian hotel buried by an avalanche last week were fading on Tuesday, as officials confirmed more bodies had been recovered from the rubble, bringing the death toll to 16.

Seven casualties, 22 missing at Italian avalanche-struck hotel

The death toll at an Italian hotel buried by an avalanche last week has risen to seven, while 22 guests and staff members remain missing, officials said Monday.

Hungarian bus company probed for negligence after Italy crash

Criminal negligence charges are being mulled against the owners of a bus that was in a fatal accident in Italy at the weekend, leaving 16 members of a Hungarian school group returning from a ski vacation dead, Hungarian police said Sunday.

Number of missing at Italy avalanche-struck hotel rises to 24

The number of people still missing in a central Italian mountain hotel that was buried by a massive avalanche earlier in the week has risen to 24, officials said Sunday.

Bus crash survivors tell of 'heroes' who saved their lives

Survivors of a bus crash that claimed 16 lives in northern Italy over the weekend told local media Sunday they were saved thanks to an heroic teacher and his wife, but also by an equally heroic student.

Five dead, 23 missing after avalanche hits Italian hotel

The death toll in an avalanche that buried a hotel in Italy earlier this week has risen to five and 23 people are still missing, officials told dpa on Saturday.

16 dead after bus carrying school pupils crashes in Italy

Sixteen people were killed and dozens were injured after a bus carrying a Hungarian high school group crashed and caught fire in Italy overnight, officials from both countries confirmed Saturday.

Four more survivors, two dead in Italian hotel hit by avalanche

The death toll in an avalanche that buried a hotel in quake-stricken Italy earlier this week has risen to four, but rescue operations continue with four more survivors recovered, firefighters said on Saturday.

Woman, four children pulled from Italian avalanche-struck hotel

A woman and four children were extracted alive from the rubble of an Italian hotel Friday, days after it was struck by an avalanche, Civil Protection Department chief Fabrizio Curcio confirmed Friday.

Report: Eight survivors, two children found in Italy hotel

Italian rescuers located a total of eight survivors, including two girls, at a central Italian hotel that was engulfed by an avalanche, local media report police as saying.

Officials: Two dead, two rescued after avalanche hits hotel in Italy

Two people have been confirmed dead after an avalanche engulfed a luxury mountain hotel in central Italy overnight, Civil Protection Emergency Department head Titti Postiglione told reporters on Thursday.

One dead after central Italy hit by series of quakes

Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni said no lives were lost after four powerful tremors shook central Italy on Wednesday.

Quakes shake snowbound central Italy

Three powerful tremors shook central Italy Wednesday, the National Institute of Geophysics and Vulcanology (INGV) reported Wednesday.

Mediterranean death toll exceeds 200 since January 1, IOM says

At least 219 people have died trying to reach Europe by crossing the Mediterranean in the first weeks of 2017, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) said Tuesday.

Italy saw deflation in 2016; first time since 1959

Italy experienced deflation last year, the first time it has done so since 1959, the Istat national statistics bureau confirmed Monday.

Mafia boss captured in Italy after two years on the run

A Mafia boss was arrested in Italy on Sunday after being on the run since 2014.

Italy's Renzi ready to return to politics after referendum defeat

After picking himself up from a crushing referendum defeat that led to his ouster as Italy's prime minister, Matteo Renzi said in an interview on Sunday that he is working on his political comeback.

Migrant boat with more than 100 aboard capsizes in Mediterranean

A boat carrying around 110 migrants capsized off the coast of Libya on Saturday, according to Flavio Di Giacomo, spokesman for the International Organization for Migration (IOM).

Italian premier released from hospital after heart procedure

Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni has been released from the hospital after undergoing a heart procedure, a spokeswoman told dpa on Saturday.

Number of unaccompanied child migrants in Mediterranean doubles

The number of child migrants who crossed the Mediterranean Sea to Italy without family more than doubled to 25,800 last year, the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) said Friday in Geneva.

Acid attack on Italian beauty queen puts her eyesight at risk

Doctors on Thursday were struggling to save the eyesight of a former Miss Italy finalist after an ex-boyfriend threw acid in her face, Italian news agency ANSA reported.

Somali refugee dead in Italy blaze

A Somali national died and two more suffered from smoke inhalation when a blaze broke in the Florence-area town of Sesto Fiorentino, Italian media reported Thursday.

Police in Italy and Germany bust migrant smuggling ring

Italian and German police have busted a six-member ring that smuggled asylum seekers into the European Union via the Balkans, state police in the Italian city of Ancona said Wednesday.

Italian counter-terrorism police arrest Tunisian radical Islamist

A Tunisian national suspected of being a member of a radical Islamist organization has been arrested in Italy, counter-terrorism police said on Tuesday.

EU parliament liberals reject alliance bid from Italy's populist M5S

The staunchly pro-EU Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE) caucus in the European Parliament declined to join forces with Italy's eurosceptic Five Star Movement (M5S) on Monday.

Italian eurosceptic party joins pro-EU caucus in European Parliament

Italy's populist, eurosceptic Five Star Movement (M5S) decided Monday to ditch its ties to the pro-Brexit UK Independence Party (UKIP) in favor of the staunchly pro-EU Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE) caucus in the European Parliament.

Greek, Italian mayors share Palme Prize for assisting migrants

Two mayors in Greece and Italy were Monday named co-winners of the 2016 Olof Palme Prize for their "inspiring leadership" in assisting "fellow human beings fleeing from war, terror, and misery."

2016 saw sharp drop in Mediterranean migrants, surge in deaths

The number of migrants who arrived on Europe's shores dropped by nearly two thirds last year, but the death toll in the Mediterranean jumped to 5,079, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the EU border agency Frontex said Friday.

Assets worth millions seized from ex Monte dei Paschi execs

Authorities have seized assets worth 22.6 million euros (23.6 million dollars) from two former executives at Italy's troubled Monte dei Paschi di Siena (MPS) bank.

Italy has fewer radical Islamists than rest of Europe, officials say

There are fewer radicalized Islamists in Italy than in the rest of Europe, despite the country lacking an effective terrorism prevention strategy, government officials said Thursday.

Report: Associate of Berlin attacker considered a radical Salafist

A Tunisian associate of Anis Amri, the attacker responsible for driving a truck into a Christmas market in Berlin last month, is a Salafist considered capable of taking radical action, German media reported.

Italy police confirm slain suspect's gun used in Berlin market attack

The gun used by suspected terrorist Anis Armi to shoot an officer near Milan on December 23 is the same as the weapon used to kill the Polish driver of a highjacked lorry in Berlin days before, Italian police confirmed Wednesday.

German police search for Christmas market attacker's contacts

Authorities in Germany raided the living quarters of two men suspected of having contact to the man who carried out a deadly attack on a Berlin Christmas market last month.

Report: Venice migrant centre woman died from blood clot

A 25-year-old Ivorian woman, whose death sparked a revolt at a migrant reception centre near Venice, died due to a pulmonary embolism or blood clot, Italian news agency ANSA reported local officials as saying Tuesday.

Report: Migrant centre workers released after protest in Italy

Protesting asylum seekers at a migrant reception centre near Venice in northern Italy allowed 25 operators to leave the facility early Tuesday after holding them hostage for several hours, local media reported.

Prosecutors: Berlin Christmas market gun likely the same as in Italy

There is a 99-per-cent probability the gun prime terror suspect Anis Amri used against police in Italy is the same weapon that killed the driver of a highjacked lorry in Berlin, Milan prosecutors said Monday.

Italian police: No evidence of Amri accomplices in Milan

There is no evidence that the man believed to be behind a Christmas market attack in Berlin last week has accomplices in the Milan area, Antonio de Iesu, the city's chief of police, said Friday.

EU commission approves support measures for Italy's Monte Paschi bank

The Italian government has received the green light from European Union authorities to provide liquidity measures for its ailing lender Monte dei Paschi di Siena (MPS).

Italy rescues nearly a thousand migrants from Mediterranean

The Italy coastguard has coordinated the rescue of around 900 people from three boats from the Mediterranean, local media reported Thursday.

Wounded Italian policeman says no heroism in stopping Berlin suspect

Stopping Berlin attack suspect Anis Amri was not an act of heroism, Italian policeman Cristian Movio said in an interview with an Italian newspaper published Tuesday.

ECB says Italy's MPS bank needs billions more in rescue funds

Ailing Italian bank Monte dei Paschi di Siena (MPS) needs to fill a larger capital gap than originally reported, the Italian bank stated late Monday citing new figures from the European Central Bank.

Body of Italian woman killed in Berlin market attack buried

The body of an Italian woman who was killed in Berlin after a truck ploughed into a crowded Christmas market last week has been buried in Italy.

Rome bans trucks from city centre during Christmas period

Heavy goods vehicles will be banned from the centre of Rome during the Christmas holiday period, as part of stepped up security measures for the Italian capital, Mayor Virginia Raggi said Friday.

AC Milan win shootout against Juventus in Super Cup game

AC Milan beat Juventus in a penalty shootout after a 1-1 draw Friday, to lift their third domestic trophy this year after the Serie A league and Italian cup titles clinched in May.

Italian government approves rescue package for Monte dei Paschi bank

The Italian government has approved an emergency decree to rescue stricken Monte dei Paschi (MPS) bank, Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni said after a cabinet meeting.

Italy MPS bank's recapitalization has failed, state rescue looms

Italy's Monte dei Paschi di Siena (MPS), the eurozone's most troubled lender, announced Thursday the failure of a critical recapitalization bid, paving the way for a state rescue and de-facto nationalization.

Italy inaugurates southern motorway - 54 years after building began

Italy's longest-running public works scheme, a motorway running through its impoverished and mafia-ridden southern Calabria region, was inaugurated Thursday, some 54 years after construction began.

Stolen Old Masters' paintings recovered in Ukraine to return to Italy

A collection of 17 Old Masters' paintings, stolen from a museum in Italy last year and later recovered in Ukraine, was due to return home on Wednesday, the Italian ministry for culture said in a statement.

Italian parliament approves 20-billion-euro bank rescue package

Italy's two houses of parliament on Wednesday approved a government request to increase the public debt by up to 20 billion euros (20.8 billion dollars) to fund a rescue package for ailing banks, starting with Monte dei Paschi di Siena (MPS).

Italy court issues first-ever "foreign fighter" terrorism conviction

An Italian woman who has moved to Syria to join Islamic State was convicted of terrorism and jailed for nine years on Monday, in the first-ever ruling handed in Italy against a so-called foreign fighter.

Ten people arrested in new corruption case at Rome city hall

Ten people have been placed under house arrest as part of a new corruption case concerning Rome's scandal-plagued local administration, the Italian financial crimes police, the Guardia di Finanza, said Monday.

Italy's Renzi says referendum was "not a loss, but a super-loss"

Former Italian premier Matteo Renzi said Sunday that a referendum defeat that cost him his job was a huge setback, but aborted plans to reopen a leadership contest within his own Democratic Party (PD).

Stier meets with new Italian foreign minister Angelino Alfano

Croatian Foreign Minister Davor Ivo Stier met with his new Italian counterpart Angelino Alfano during an official visit to the Vatican on Saturday.

Milan mayor expected to step aside amid probe into Expo contracts

Milan Mayor Giuseppe Sala is expected to announce Friday that he is temporarily stepping down because he has learned that he is under investigation for his work organizing the 2015 Expo world fair, according to local media reports.

Italy violated migrants' rights, European Court of Human Rights says

Italy violated the rights of migrants held on Lampedusa and in ships near Palermo by detaining them without clear and accessible legal basis, the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) said Thursday.

Italy's new government wins first vote of confidence

Italy's new government, led by former foreign minister Paolo Gentiloni, won its first vote of confidence in parliament on Tuesday, lining it up to rule the country for at least the next few months.

Reports: Chinese investors make delayed payment in AC Milan purchase

Chinese group Sino-Europe Sports have completed an advance payment of 100 million euros (106.5 million dollars) towards the purchase of Serie A club AC Milan, the ANSA news agency reported Tuesday.

Italy jails Tunisian for 18 years for huge deadly migrant shipwreck

A Tunisian man accused of causing a huge migrant shipwreck last year, in which at least 700 people are believed to have died, was sentenced Tuesday to 18 years' imprisonment, in a landmark ruling by an Italian court.

UN sounds alarm over horrors suffered by migrants detained in Libya

The breakdown of the Libyan justice system has left migrants in Libya facing torture, rape, slavery and death, the United Nations said in a report that urged the Libyan government to reform its detention centres.

Italy's UniCredit announces recapitalization, bad loan sale, job cuts

Italy's biggest bank by assets, UniCredit, unveiled Tuesday a major restructuring plan hinging on a 13-billion-euro (13.8-billion-dollar) recapitalization, the sale of 17.7 billion euros' worth of bad loans, and more aggressive job cuts.

Italy's new premier Gentiloni unveils new government: "I did my best"

A new Italian government was unveiled Monday by Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni, who kept most of the ministers who worked for his predecessor Matteo Renzi in an administration expected to stay in office for only a few months.

Italy's UniCredit raises 3.9 billion euros with Pioneer asset sale

Italy's biggest bank by holdings, UniCredit, said Monday it was going to cash in 3.86 billion euros (4.1 billion dollars) from the sale of its asset management firm, Pioneer, to France' Amundi, in a deal announced on the eve of a major restructuring plan.

Earthquake measuring 4.3 strikes central Italy

Central Italy was shaken by a magnitude-4.3 earthquake, one and a half months after the region was hit by a series of severe earthquakes, the national earthquake centre INGV reported Sunday.

Italy's foreign minister Paolo Gentiloni tapped as new premier

Italy's outgoing foreign minister Paolo Gentiloni was asked Sunday to form a new government by President Sergio Mattarella, making him Italy's prime minister designate and ending a week-old political crisis.

Italy's foreign minister Paolo Gentiloni set to become next premier

Italy's outgoing foreign minister Paolo Gentiloni got a presidential summons on Sunday, strongly suggesting that he was going to be asked to form a new government, ending a week-old political crisis.

Mattarella looking to usher in functioning Italian government quickly

Following crisis talks in Rome on Saturday, Italian President Sergio Mattarella said he will be taking steps soon to usher in a new government.

Italian president starts 48-hour round of talks on post-Renzi crisis

Italian President Sergio Mattarella was starting Thursday the hard slog of lifting his country from a political quagmire, triggered by Prime Minister Matteo Renzi's resignation following a bruising referendum defeat.

10 Italian school classes vote "Mein Kampf" among their top books

Ten classes of Italian high-school students included Adolf Hitler's anti-Semitic manifesto "Mein Kampf" among their 10 favourite books, a top official from the Ministry of Education said, as quoted in Thursday's La Repubblica newspaper.

ECB meets overshadowed by threat of crisis in Italy

The European Central Bank met on Thursday to consider launching another round of monetary stimulus but the meeting was overshadowed by the threat of a political and banking crisis in Italy.

UniCredit sells stake in Polish bank Pekao to strengthen capital

Italy's biggest bank by assets, UniCredit, said Thursday it was going to sell a 32.8-per-cent stake in Polish subsidiary Pekao to insurance company PZU and state development fund PFR for 2.4 billion euros (2.6 billion dollars).

Renzi quits as prime minister, leaving Italy in political quagmire

Italy was plunged into fresh political turmoil Wednesday, as Prime Minister Matteo Renzi resigned after complying with a request to oversee the parliamentary passage of key financial legislation.

Reports: AC Milan sale to Chinese group postponed to March

AC Milan's controlling company Fininvest and Sino-Europe Sports have agreed on moving the sale of the Serie A club to the China investors from December to March, Italian media reported Wednesday.

Brexit campaign congratulates Italy on referendum rejection

A campaign that backed Britain's referendum to leave the European Union congratulates Italians on voting against a constitutional reform referendum on Sunday, which ultimately led to Prime Minister Matteo Renzi seeking resignation.

President tells Italy's Renzi to delay quitting until budget approved

Italian President Sergio Mattarella thwarted Prime Minister Matteo Renzi's plan to quickly resign on Monday by telling the government head to keep doing his job until parliament sorts out the nation's budget for next year.