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Terrorist cell planned to blow up bridge in Venice, say police

A jihadist terrorist cell planned to blow up the 16th-century Rialto Bridge spanning Venice's Grand Canal, Italian police said on Thursday.

Boy, 16, likely sole survivor of shipwreck off Libya; 146 missing

A 16-year-old boy appeared to be the sole survivor of a migrant shipwreck off the coast of Libya in which 146 are feared dead, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) said Wednesday.

Italy passes law to protect unaccompanied child migrants

Italy on Wednesday passed a law granting unaccompanied migrant children and teens the same protections as Italian minors.

Body in suitcase may be that of jailed German's missing Chinese wife

A suitcase containing the body of an Asian woman has been fished out of the port in the Italian city of Rimini, raising speculation that it could be that of a missing Chinese woman whose German husband is in jail on suspicion of her murder.

'We want Europe': Thousands rally in Rome to cheer on the EU at 60

Thousands of European Union supporters marched Saturday in Rome to mark the bloc's 60th anniversary, with members of older generations growing emotional when asked about what the EU means to them.

Italy police grants asylum seeker humanitarian residency after attack

An Italian police commissioner on Thursday granted a humanitarian residency permit to a Nigerian asylum seeker after he barely survived a racially motivated attack.

Host of EU summit Rome tightens security after London attack

Italian Interior Minister Marco Minniti met with intelligence and anti-terrorism officials Thursday to assess threat levels after the London attack and ahead of an EU summit in Rome.

Italy's taxi drivers strike over proposed Uber regulations

Taxi drivers went on strike across Italy on Thursday over a government proposal to regulate new market players, such as Uber.

Four terrorist cell suspects arrested in Italy

Italian police have arrested four suspected members of a terrorist cell that spread propaganda on social media, police tweeted Thursday.

Cops capture fugitive Italian Mafia boss after 10 years on the run

A 'Ndrangheta Mafia boss who has been in hiding for 10 years was captured by Italian police at dawn on Wednesday.

Gazprom, Eni signal intent to jointly develop Southern Gas Corridor

Italian oil and gas giant Eni said on Tuesday that it has signed a memorandum of understanding with its Russian counterpart Gazprom to jointly develop the so-called Southern Gas Corridor from Russia to Europe.

Alitalia airline workers confirm April 5 strike over planned cuts

Alitalia unions confirmed their strike call Monday after a government-mediated meeting with management over the loss-making airline's turnaround plan failed to bring the two sides to an agreement.

Thousands of refugees rescued off Libyan coast

More than 3,000 migrants and refugees have been rescued off the coast of Libya in 24 hours, the Italian news agency Ansa reported on Sunday.

Human trafficker suspected of torture arrested in Italy

A people smuggler who allegedly tortured refugees in Libya has been arrested in Italy after he was recognized by migrants there and nearly killed by a lynch mob, police said on Saturday.

Sicilian airport reopens after Mount Etna volcano ash causes closure

Sicily's Catania airport reopened Saturday after authorities closed the facility due to plumes of volcanic ash from the volcano Mount Etna.

Air traffic controllers strike to ground hundreds of Alitalia flights

Alitalia said Friday it has cancelled 40 per cent of its domestic and international flights next Monday due to a national strike by air traffic controllers and ground crews.

Italy police seized 2.6 billion euros in assets from Mafia in 2016

Italy's finance police seized assets worth 2.6 billion euros (2.8 billion dollars) from the Mafia last year, the corps said in its annual report out Thursday.

Fiat Chrysler February sales outperform European auto industry

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) said Thursday its European sales outperformed the industry in February compared to the same month last year, as the company dealt with emissions probes in Germany and the United States.

Painting by Hitler features in Italian exhibition on art and madness

An exhibition about art and madness in northern Italy will feature a painting by Adolf Hitler, despite the late German dictator's work being far from a masterpiece, organizers said Friday.

Italy's few female managers are among lowest paid in EU

Italy has nearly the lowest proportion of women in managerial positions and one of the highest managerial wage gaps in Europe, the EU statistics office Eurostat said Monday.

Italian police bust fake fuel smuggling ring

Police said Saturday they had arrested seven suspects and busted a smuggling ring that brought fake diesel fuel from northern Europe into Italy.

Berlin market attacker was habitual drug user, prosecutor says

The Berlin Christmas market attacker, Anis Amri, was a habitual drug user and may have been on his way to Sicily when he was shot by Italian police, Milan prosecutor Alberto Nobili said on Saturday.

Nearly 2,000 migrants rescued from Mediterranean in 2 days

Within two days authorities have saved nearly 2,000 migrants in the Mediterranean from possible drowning.

Three skiers confirmed dead in northern Italy avalanche

Three skiers died after they were buried in an avalanche near the ski resort of Courmayeur in northern Italy, Alpine Rescue officials confirmed Thursday.

Italy grants partial pardon to ex-CIA agent in rendition case

A former CIA agent who was expected to be extradited to Italy from Portugal on Wednesday will not have to serve any prison time after the Italian president granted her a partial pardon.

Italy restores, returns IS-vandalized busts to Syria

Two ancient Roman busts, which were transported to Italy after being vandalized by the Islamic State extremist group in the Syrian city of Palmyra, have been restored and returned to Damascus, the Italian ministry of culture said Tuesday.

Italy's Mount Etna erupts, but poses no threat so far

Sicily's Mount Etna volcano erupted on Monday evening, a spokesman for the National Institute of Geophysics and Vulcanology (INGV) told dpa on Tuesday.

Syrian refugees arrive in Italy with help from Christian groups

A group of 50 Syrian refugees, more than half of them children, landed in Italy early Monday, entering the country on humanitarian visas obtained with the help of a lay Catholic NGO, Protestant organizations and the Italian government.

Francis, first pope to visit Anglicans in Rome, weighs S Sudan trip

Pope Francis became the first leader of the Catholic Church to visit the Anglican community in Rome on Sunday, where he said he was considering a trip to famine-struck South Sudan.

Italy deports two over suspected contact with Berlin attacker

Italy has deported two Tunisian asylum seekers who have been classed as a danger to national security, the Interior Ministry in Rome said on Saturday.

Italian police arrest 55 doctors, nurses for being clock-in cheats

Police on Friday arrested 55 doctors, nurses, and other staffers at a Naples public hospital for being clock-in cheats.

Italy seizes millions from dodgy Rome businessman

Italian police on Friday seized assets worth 40 million euros (42.4 million dollars) from a Rome businessman who falsely claimed residence in Dubai to dodge taxes.

Strike grounds hundreds of Alitalia flights

Employees of loss-making Italian airline Alitalia walked off the job Thursday after government-mediated talks failed to break the deadlock, causing the airline to cancel hundreds of flights.

Italy seizes 20 million in assets from Mafia clan

Italian police on Thursday seized assets worth 20 million euros (about 21 million dollars) from a renowned clan of the Neapolitan Camorra Mafia.

Naples doctor nabbed with 50 kilograms of drugs in car boot

Police in Naples on Thursday arrested an Italian doctor who was driving around with 50 kilograms of drugs in the boot of his car.

Italy's 'Red Thing' could make impact in election debut, polls show

Two polls conducted for RAI public broadcaster released Wednesday showed a new entity that split from Italy's ruling Democratic Party

Alitalia strike set for Thursday, hundreds of flights cancelled

Employees of Italy's loss-making airline Alitalia will go on strike Thursday, air transport unions confirmed, after government talks with both sides failed to break the deadlock.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Pope Francis denounces persecution of Rohingya Muslims

Pope Francis on Wednesday denounced the persecution of the Rohingya people of Myanmar, just because they are Muslim.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Abbas meets Pope for Palestinian embassy opening in Vatican

Pope Francis on Saturday received Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas shortly before the opening of a Palestinian embassy in the Vatican City, the Vatican confirmed.

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.

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.

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.

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.

McDonald's opens in the Vatican despite protests

A branch of the fast-food chain McDonald's opened in Vatican City, the seat of the Catholic Church, on Saturday despite protests from residents and cardinals.

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.

Vatican welcomed 4 million visitors in 2016

In 2016, 4 million visitors travelled to Vatican City for religious events, the Prefecture of the Papal Household announced on Thursday.

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.

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.

In Christmas message of peace, Pope speaks of suffering in Syria

Pope Francis called for peace on Earth and consideration for the victims of war and terrorism in his Christmas message given from the loggia of St Peter's Basilica in the Vatican on Sunday.

Pope Francis' Christmas Eve message: remember the needy children

Pope Francis called on worshippers to remember less fortunate children during a Christmas Eve mass in St Peter's Basilica.

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.

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.

Reports: Berlin attack suspect was in Italian jail for four years

The man being sought on suspicion of having launched this week's terrorism attack on a Berlin Christmas market was in an Italian jail for four years before being released because he could not be deported, according to Italian media reports.