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Underground lab glimpses 'soul' of the Sun

2014-08-28 05:00

A lab sited under 1.4km of rock has detected particles from the Sun that help to measure activity at the very heart of our star, scientists say.

Italy will struggle without Russian gas

2014-08-26 17:45

Italy will struggle to stay warm this winter if Russia's conflict with Ukraine disrupts gas supplies and Libya veers towards collapse.

Blue shark sparks panic on Rome beach

2014-08-13 14:12

A blue shark that made a rare appearance in the shallow waters of a popular beach resort near Rome has sparked panic and excitement among holidaymakers.

Italy rescued nearly 100 000 migrants this year

2014-08-11 16:01

The Italian navy says it had rescued more than 2 000 migrants over the weekend from boats in the Mediterranean, bringing the number it has brought ashore this year to nearly 100 000.

F1 outrage: Monza's Parabolica corner tarred

2014-08-08 08:55

As if the host of new rules are not prohibiting 'real racing' in Formula 1, now the iconic Parabolica corner at Monza circuit has been altered ahead of the 2014 Italian GP.

Concordia captain sparks anger with seminar

2014-08-06 18:41

Italy's notorious shipwreck captain, accused of a fatal delay in sounding the alarm as his Costa Concordia cruise liner sank, has sparked outrage by giving a safety lecture to students.

Four die in flash flood at Italy festival

2014-08-03 16:41

Four people have died in a flash flood that tore through a festival in Italy, sweeping away residents, tents and cars in a muddy torrent.

20 dead, dozens missing in shipwreck off Libya

2014-07-30 09:35

More than 20 migrants have died and dozens are missing after their makeshift boat sank off the Libyan coast, the navy says.

Pope Francis makes plea for peace

2014-07-27 14:08

Pope Francis has made an emotional plea for peace in an impromptu addition to comments delivered at his weekly Angelus address in Saint Peter's Square.

Sudan 'apostate' arrives in Italy

2014-07-24 17:28

A Sudanese woman who has been spared a death sentence for converting from Islam to Christianity and then barred from leaving Sudan flew into Rome on an Italian government plane.

Mass grave site found in Italy

2014-07-21 07:30

Archaeologists in Italy have uncovered a cemetery in the 2 700-year-old port of Rome where they believe the variety of tombs found reflects the bustling town's multi-cultural nature.

Italian court clears Berlusconi in sex trial

2014-07-18 14:08

An Italian appeals court has overturned Silvio Berlusconi's conviction on charges of abuse of office and paying for sex with a minor, in a significant legal victory for the former PM.

F1 design legend slams 'ridiculous' DRS

2014-07-16 08:47

"I dislike the aerodynamics of current cars, allow normal overtaking without DRS," says Ferrari designer Mauro Forghieri - among other suggestions to spice up the sport.

New Panda: Fiat goes 4x4 with another 'cross'

2014-07-15 08:01

Following its debut at the 2014 Geneva auto show, the new Fiat Panda Cross, an off-road variant of its popular MPV, will make its debut in September.

Alitalia to cut jobs or face bankruptcy

2014-07-11 11:55

Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi has warned trade unions they must accept job cuts at Alitalia as part of a deal with Gulf airline Etihad or face bankruptcy.

New Ferrari boss hires 10 experts

2014-07-07 08:05

Ferrari's new team boss hopes to change his team's fortunes with the addition of 10 engineers, among them three engine experts from dominant Mercedes.

Pope calls exploitation of nature a sin

2014-07-05 13:12

Pope Francis has called for more respect for nature, branding the destruction of South America's rain forests and other forms of environmental exploitation a sin of modern times.

Costa Concordia wreck to be dismantled in Genoa

2014-07-01 08:26

The Italian government has announced that the wreck of the Costa Concordia cruise liner will be dismantled in the north-western port of Genoa, putting an end to a dispute that threatened to delay operations.

World Ducati week: Everybody ready?

2014-06-30 08:21

Ducati will treat its fans to a spectacular World Ducati Week with 15 riders expected to make appearances at the event.

UniCredit to cut 2 400 jobs

2014-06-29 10:15

Italy's UniCredit has reached a deal with unions to cut 2 400 jobs in the first stage of workforce reductions in the bank's restructuring plan.

Ferrari debuts R44-million F12 TRS

2014-06-25 11:47

The 2014 Ferrari Calvalcade, a parade of the automaker's top clients held on the Italian island of Sicily, saw the debut of a one-off extreme sports car - the R44-million F12 TRS.

Late Uruguay winner sinks Italy

2014-06-24 20:10

Luis Suarez was at the centre of another biting storm as Uruguay sensationally dumped 10-man Italy out of the World Cup.

Ferrari to unveil two cars at Goodwood

2014-06-20 08:48

Two vehicle debuts, two Formula 1 cars, Kimi Raikkonen and John Surtees. Ferrari prepares to wow fans.

Ferrari to unveil two cars at Goodwood

2014-06-19 12:53

Two vehicle debuts, two Formula 1 cars, Kimi Raikkonen and John Surtees. Ferrari prepares to wow fans at the 2014 Goodwood Festival of Speed in England.

 

SPIED: Ferrari 458 Speciale Spider

2014-08-27 07:22

Ferrari is working on a convertible version of its 458 Speciale. Spy photographers captured images of a new Spider variant at Ferrari HQ in Maranello, Italy.

220 migrants die in 3 shipwrecks off Libya, Italy

2014-08-25 14:44

More than 220 migrants have been reported dead following three shipwrecks at the weekend off the coast of Libya and Italy.

Spain, Italy struggle with surge in African migrants

2014-08-13 21:25

Spain and Italy are struggling to cope with a huge surge of African immigrants, plucking more than 2 300 people from flimsy vessels in just 24 hours.

Boat migrant arrivals to Italy up 500% in 2014

2014-08-13 05:20

The number of boat migrants arriving in Italy has soared by 500% in the first half of the year, already topping a 2011 record during the Arab Spring uprisings.

Vettel buys dad a R3.4-million Ferrari

2014-08-11 09:20

Red Bull's reigning champion Sebastian Vettel has bought his father a very expensive gift - A Ferrari California! Is the prancing horse sports car a sign of things to come?

World food prices hit six-month low in July

2014-08-07 13:43

Global food prices hit a six-month low in July led mainly by sharp declines in grains, oilseeds and dairy, which balanced out rising meat and firm sugar prices.

Five foreigners held for fraud

2014-08-06 07:19

Five Italian men have been arrested for fraud in the Eastern Cape after allegedly trying to sell heavy duty goods worth an estimated R3m.

Ferrari heads roll: Engine boss axed

2014-08-01 11:22

Like ousted Ferrari team boss Stefano Domenicali, engine boss Luca Marmorini has paid the price for the team's disappointing start to the new energy-boosted turbo V6 era.

Sudan 'apostate' meets Pope

2014-07-25 09:03

A Sudanese Christian woman whose death sentence for renouncing Islam sparked a global outcry that eventually led to an acquittal, has met Pope Francis after arriving in Italy en route to the US.

Italy arrests 5 over migrant 'massacre' at sea

2014-07-23 10:30

Italian police have arrested five migrants accused of the grisly murder of scores of fellow would-be refugees when fighting broke out on a boat making the treacherous crossing to Europe, local media reports.

749 migrants rescued in Italy, hundreds feared dead

2014-07-20 13:31

More than 700 migrants have been rescued in five different operations, while the International Organisation for Migration has warned that hundreds may have died at sea.

Italian navy rescues over 1 000 migrants

2014-07-17 20:19

Italy's navy has rescued more than 1 000 migrants from multiple boats intercepted crossing the Mediterranean over the past 24 hours.

Concordia floated for tow to Genoa

2014-07-15 17:43

Crews have successfully float the shipwrecked Concordia cruise ship ahead of towing it to a Genoa scrapyard.

Montezemolo: My 'duty' to fix F1

2014-07-14 10:43

'As it is now, we must do something. Otherwise Formula 1 has no chance," said Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo who believes drastic changes are needed in the sport.

Bottled water better in Italy

2014-07-10 18:30

The Italian government has failed to improve the quality of its drinking water, leaving people exposed to health risks from high levels of arsenic and fluoride.

Italy delays commercial debts goal

2014-07-06 13:25

Italy will settle the debt arrears it owes to private sector suppliers by the end of this year, says Economy Minister Pier Carlo Padoan.

Survivors: Traffickers left them to die like beasts

2014-07-02 05:00

Horrific accounts have emerged of how 30 migrants were left to die, bolted by traffickers into the suffocating hull of an overcrowded fishing boat.

30 migrants found dead on boat near Sicily

2014-06-30 16:12

As many as 30 corpses have been found on a boat packed with migrants off the coast of Sicily, Italy's navy says.

Italy: 30 bodies found in migrant boat

2014-06-30 08:01

About 30 bodies have been found in a migrant boat which was stopped between Sicily and the North African coast, Italian news agencies report, citing the navy and coastguard.

Ferrari debuts R44-million F12 TRS

2014-06-26 12:28

The 2014 Ferrari Calvalcade, a parade of the automaker's top clients held on the Italian island of Sicily.

Ferrari debuts R44-million F12 TRS

2014-06-25 11:14

The 2014 Ferrari Calvalcade, a parade of the automaker's top clients held on the Italian island of Sicily, saw the debut of a one-off extreme sports car - the R44-million F12 TRS.

Mafiosi excommunicated - pope

2014-06-21 22:32
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Pope Francis has taken on one of Italy's most dangerous organised crime groups, calling it an example of 'the adoration of evil' and saying Mafiosi are excommunicated.

Pope to miss procession but no health alarm

2014-06-20 06:33

Pope Francis will not walk in a traditional religious procession through the streets of Rome in order to save his strength for coming engagements, the Vatican says.

Knox defence turns to Italy's last resort court

2014-06-18 22:34

Amanda Knox's lawyers have formally ask top Italian court to rule; hoping for a new murder trial.

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