Italy


Watch this GT-R overtake 16 cars on the first lap!

2014-04-16 12:45

Porsche, Aston Martin, Audi... Watch Nismo GT-R racer Alex Buncombe crush his opponents.

Italy reports 900 migrants rescued at sea

2014-04-11 16:21

Italy has rescued 896 migrants crossing the Mediterranean by boat, the navy says, after the government warned of an "emergency" caused by a surge in new arrivals.

Ford reveals chic S-Max Vignale

2014-04-09 14:14

Ford's S-Max Vignale concept, shown at the Salone del Mobile in Milan, Italy, indicates the automaker's goal of grabbing its share of the premium car market. It's rolling out VIP Vignale Lounges...

Ex-Berlusconi official arrested for mafia collusion

2014-04-03 20:54

Italian police arrested a former member of Silvio Berlusconi's government, accusing him of colluding with the mafia to quash competition against his family's petrol distribution business.

Stolen Gauguin found in factory worker's kitchen

2014-04-02 20:58

Italy has recovered a painting worth millions of euros by Paul Gauguin, stolen in London in 1970, bought by an Italian factory worker for a pittance and hung in his kitchen for almost 40 years.

Germans seize cocaine addressed to Vatican

2014-03-23 21:16

German weekly Bild am Sonntag have reported that customs officials intercepted a cocaine shipment destined for the Vatican in January.

Italy picks up 4 000 migrants at sea in 4 days

2014-03-20 19:16

Italian authorities say they have rescued more than 4 000 would-be migrants at sea over the past four days as the war in Syria and instability in Libya spawn new refugees.

Berlusconi's 2-year political ban upheld on appeal

2014-03-19 14:03

Italy’s highest court has upheld a two-year political ban against Silvio Berlusconi stemming from his tax fraud conviction.

Berlusconi secretary caught with 24kg cocaine

2014-03-13 21:14

Italian police have arrested Federica Gagliardi, a woman who acted as Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi's secretary at two international summits in Canada in 2010, on suspicion of smuggling 24 kg of cocaine.

Mother arrested in stabbing deaths of 3 children

2014-03-09 16:48

Authorities in the northern Italian city of Lecco say they have arrested a mother who confessed to stabbing to death her three young daughters.

Italy investigates fresh collapses in Pompeii

2014-03-03 09:25

Italy's culture minister has demanded explanations after more collapses this weekend in the Roman city of Pompeii, concerns have been raised about the state of the treasured archaeological site.

Pope to hold retreat outside Vatican - a first

2014-02-27 21:06

Pope Francis, cardinals, bishops and other Holy See officials will hold their week-long Lenten spiritual retreat outside the Vatican for the first time in living memory.

Italy's PM in last-minute haggle over cabinet

2014-02-22 07:55

Italy's Matteo Renzi hopes to have the final make-up of his new cabinet soon, but has been forced into a last-minute haggle over key posts, according to Italian media reports.

Italy’s Silvio Berlusconi is finally divorced

2014-02-19 18:26

Italy's former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi is officially divorced, paving the way for a possible future marriage with a woman almost 50 years his junior, the Italian media report.

Ship rescues refugees off Italy, two dead

2014-02-18 14:02

A Greek cargo ship has rescued over 120 refugees believed to be Somalis and recovered two bodies from a boat off Italy's Lampedusa island, the site of two deadly shipwrecks last year.

Gay activist says she was detained at Olympics

2014-02-17 17:35

An Italian gay-rights activist says she was detained by police at the Olympics after being stopped while carrying a rainbow flag that read in "Gay is OK".

Ferrari to reveal brutal California T

2014-02-13 11:28

Ferrari is set to unveil its new 412kW California T at the 2014 Geneva auto show. The automaker says its new V8 has the “most exhilarating soundtrack any turbo has yet yielded”.

Electric superbike due in 2015

2014-02-12 21:27

Energica Ego, a 100kW electric superbike, has been delayed until 2015. Ahead of launch, the bikemaker answers questions ranging from range to never missing 'the right gear' again.

Italian rescue underway in Mediterranean

2014-02-05 20:32

The Italian navy say it is busy rescuing about 1 000 migrants from six vessels that were spotted trying to cross the Mediterranean.

Mafioso escapes after jail van attack

2014-02-04 07:00

A suspected member of Italy's notorious Calabrian mafia serving a life sentence for murder has escaped after accomplices staged a spectacular assault on a prison van.

Amanda Knox will never go willingly back

2014-01-31 21:05

Amanda Knox says she will never go willingly back to Italy after the restoration of a guilty verdict.

Knox co-defendant found at hotel near border

2014-01-31 13:34

Police have found Amanda Knox's ex-boyfriend near Italy's border after he and the US student were convicted for a second time in the death of UK student Meredith Kercher.

Amanda Knox saddened by 'unjust' verdict

2014-01-31 07:29

Amanda Knox has lamented what she called the "unjust" verdict handed down by an Italian court that re-convicted her for the 2007 murder of her British housemate Meredith Kercher.

 

Watch this GT-R overtake 16 cars on the first lap!

2014-04-16 09:43

Porsche, Aston Martin, Audi... Watch Nismo GT-R racer Alex Buncombe crush his opponents by passing 16 cars on the opening lap of the Blancpain Endurance series in Monza, Italy.

Italy sells Venice island in online auction

2014-04-15 12:45

An island in the Venice lagoon, a former monastery on the southern coast are among prime properties Italy has put on an online auction

Italian govt brings in new management

2014-04-15 10:25

The government of Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi has put new faces onto the boards of the country's biggest state-controlled companies.

Italy sounds alarm as 4 000 immigrants land

2014-04-09 21:41

Italy said that 4 000 immigrants have reached its shores by boat in the past two days - the highest number since it launched a naval operation to rescue them at sea.

Italy vows rigour to change EU fiscal rules

2014-04-09 11:01

Italy's new government has given its clearest indication yet that it plans to push for an easing of European Union fiscal rules after convincing its EU partners.

Italy cops arrest 24 for plotting violent secession

2014-04-02 22:31

Italian police have arrested two dozen separatists including a former parliamentarian on suspicion of gathering arms to violently split the wealthy northern region of Veneto from the rest of Italy.

Pope, Obama agree to combat human trafficking

2014-03-27 19:09

US President Barack Obama and Pope Francis have agreed a "common commitment" to eradicate human trafficking during a historic first meeting.

Italy's wage cut woes

2014-03-21 12:54

Industrial decline is eating away at Southern Europe's embattled workforce.

Italy moves to root mafia out of agriculture

2014-03-19 15:30

Italy's leading agriculture industry association has launched a drive to root out mafia infiltration, which is costing the sector billions of euros.

Dutch to return Italian high-speed trains

2014-03-18 11:08

Dutch national railways has announced that it has reached an agreement with Italian train builder AnsaldoBreda to return engines and carriages.

Infertiles suffer more mental woes?

2014-03-11 13:00

A new study suggests infertile couples suffer from more mental disorders than their fertile counterparts.

Third collapse in Italy's ancient Pompeii

2014-03-04 07:58

A wall in the ancient city of Pompeii has collapsed, the third piece of the Unesco world heritage site to crumble after days of heavy rain in southern Italy, authorities say.

Italy to stave off Rome bankruptcy

2014-03-02 16:11

Matteo Renzi's new Italian government has approved an emergency decree to bail out Rome city council.

Captain of Costa Concordia back on board

2014-02-27 19:30

The disgraced former captain of a luxury cruise liner that capsized has went back on board for the first time since the 2012 shipwreck that killed 32 people.

Porsche tells owners 'stop driving your GT3'

2014-02-21 08:11

Porsche is recalling all 785 models of its 911 GT3 sports car sold in 2014 after two caught fire and has warned owners not to drive them - just in case.

Electric superbike due in 2015

2014-02-19 14:16

Energica Ego, a 100kW electric superbike, has been delayed until 2015. Ahead of launch, the bikemaker answers questions. Read more.

Ethiopian hijacker threatened to crash plane

2014-02-17 21:28

An Italian passenger says the man who hijacked an Ethiopian Airlines jet threatened to crash it if the pilot kept trying to get back into the cockpit.

Ferrari to reveal brutal California T

2014-02-13 11:42

Ferrari is set to unveil its new 412kW California T which it claims has the “most exhilarating turbo soundtrack yet”.

Lambo's R3.2m Huracan: 700 to be sold!

2014-02-13 10:06

The Lamborghini Huracan has a hefty price tag equivalent to about R3.2-million, already 700 units have been pre-ordered before the car has even been officially launched.

Costa Concordia manoeuvre done before

2014-02-10 22:08

A document admitted as evidence to an Italian court indicated that the dangerous manoeuvre that led to last year's deadly Costa Concordia shipwreck had been performed before.

Italy to probe credit ratings agencies

2014-02-05 16:08

Italy is probing international credit rating agencies over a series of downgrades that hit the country at the height of the eurozone debt crisis.

Diver dies on Costa Concordia shipwreck

2014-02-02 13:06

A diver has died while working on the shipwrecked Costa Concordia, apparently gashing his leg on an underwater metal sheet while preparing the wreck for removal.

Kercher family still seeking truth

2014-01-31 14:37

The family of murdered student Meredith Kercher says it was still "on a journey for the truth" after an Italian court reinstated a guilty verdict against Amanda Knox and Raffaelle Sollecito.

Knox could face return to Italy after conviction

2014-01-31 08:14

What now for Amanda Knox? Legal experts say Italy return a strong possibility after conviction. Here's how that might play out:

Court finds Knox, Sollecito guilty of murder

2014-01-30 23:20

A Florence court has handed down guilty verdicts for US student Amanda Knox and her former Italian boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito for the murder of Briton Meredith Kercher.

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