Italian lawmakers urge recognition of Palestine

2015-02-27 19:31

Italian lawmakers have backed a non-binding resolution that encourages the government to recognise Palestine as a state.

Italy: Libya is a ticking time bomb

2015-02-18 21:02

Italy has issued its strongest warning yet about the danger of ISIS establishing a stronghold in Libya from where it could attack Europe and destabilise neighbouring states.

Vatican offers free showers, shaves to homeless

2015-02-16 17:23

Homeless men and women have lined up off St Peter's Square to take advantage of Pope Francis' latest charitable initiative: a free shave and shower for the least fortunate.

More embassies in Yemen close

2015-02-13 18:13

Germany and Italy have closed their embassies in Sana'a after Shi'ite Houthi fighters took control of the Yemeni capital.

Tearful Concordia skipper pleads for mercy

2015-02-11 20:53

Costa Concordia captain Francesco Schettino broke down in tears in court on Wednesday as he made an emotional last-ditch appeal to judges to clear him of causing the 2012 disaster.

200 migrants missing in Mediterranean boat tragedy

2015-02-11 14:05

More than 200 migrants are missing after their boats sank in the Mediterranean Sea, according to survivors of the latest tragedy in the area, international agencies say.

Lawyer: Concordia captain had time to save all

2015-02-10 19:49

Prosecutors at the 2012 Costa Concordia shipwreck trial are insisting the captain's failure to promptly order an evacuation of the cruise ship is the sole reason why 32 people died.

Greece exits eurozone, euro collapses

2015-02-09 09:45

If Greece is forced out of the eurozone, other countries will inevitably follow and the currency bloc will collapse, says Greek finance minister.

World food prices fall unlikely to rally

2015-02-06 09:03

World food prices are unlikely to rise from their four-year slump as long as high production, low oil prices and limited import demand continue.

Migrating birds take turns leading the flock

2015-02-03 18:47

Flying in a V-formation is toughest for the leader, and migrating birds compensate by taking turns so that no one gets exhausted.


Homeless person gets funeral, buried in Vatican cemetery

2015-02-26 05:00

One of the homeless people who lived around St Peter's Square has been given a funeral and buried alongside German-speaking dignitaries on Vatican grounds, an official says.

Island struggles to cope with tide of migrants

2015-02-17 20:46

Authorities on the Italian island of Lampedusa have struggled to cope with a huge influx of newly-arrived migrants as aid organisations warned thousands more could be on their way.

Italian coastguard tries to rescue 1 000 migrants

2015-02-15 21:13

The Italian coastguard has launched a major rescue operation for more than 1 000 migrants in difficulty between the Italian island of Lampedusa and the Libyan coast.

Costa Concordia captain guilty, gets 16 years'

2015-02-11 21:20

An Italian court has convicted the former captain of the Costa Concordia cruise liner for his role in the 2012 shipwreck that killed 32 people, and sentenced him to 16 years in prison.

UN: At least 300 migrants missing in new sea tragedy

2015-02-11 18:20

Some 300 migrants who tried to cross the frigid Mediterranean in open, rubber boats, have been reported missing by survivors.

Tragedy at sea exposes holes in migrant safety net

2015-02-10 22:44

Horror over the fate of 29 African migrants killed by exposure as they tried to reach Italy by sea turned to anger over what humanitarian organisations said was an avoidable tragedy.

29 migrants die of hypothermia off Italian coast

2015-02-10 06:17

Twenty-nine African migrants have died of hypothermia after being intercepted by Italian authorities while trying to reach Europe by boat in rough and icy conditions.

Rome officials mull red light prostitution zone

2015-02-08 21:20

Rome's mayor and officials are considering a "red light" district to shield prostitutes from exploitation and families from embarrassment.

New Greek govt shakes up fashion rules

2015-02-04 19:00

The new Greek government is shaking up unspoken fashion rules in European politics.

Greek govt in Rome for talks on bailout

2015-02-03 16:45

Leaders of Greece's new leftist government were due in Rome as they continued a tour of European capitals to press their demands for debt relief.

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