Prosecutor seeks 26 years for Costa Concordia captain

Jan 27, 2015

Prosecutor seeks 26 years for Costa Concordia captain

Prosecutors asked a court to convict the captain of the Costa Concordia and sentence him to 26 years in prison Monday for the 2012 shipwreck off Tuscany that killed 32 people, saying the term is hardly excessive given the death toll. Prosecutor Maria Navarro ...

Italy unveils record haul of antiquities from Swiss raids

Jan 22, 2015

Italy unveils record haul of antiquities from Swiss raids

Authorities on Wednesday unveiled what they said was a record haul of rare antiquities illegally looted from Italy and discovered during raids on Swiss warehouses belonging to a Sicilian former art dealer. Police estimated the value of the 5,361 vases, kraters, bronze statues and ...

Italy has expelled nine suspected jihadis since December

Jan 19, 2015

Italy has expelled nine suspected jihadis since December

Italy has expelled nine suspected jihadis since late December, and a top minister vowed on Sunday that authorities would order more expulsions in a heightened terrorism crackdown. Interior Minister Angelino Alfano told reporters that the expelled include five Tunisians and citizens from Turkey, Egypt, ...

Jan 16, 2015

Norman Atlantic probable death toll said at least 27

The Italian prosecutor investigating a deadly fire on the Norman Atlantic ferry on Thursday indicated that at least 27 people had likely perished in the disaster. The new estimate follows receipt from Greek authorities of a definitive list of who was on board the ...

Migrant-smugglers' latest tactic: Put ships on autopilot

Jan 3, 2015

Migrant-smugglers' latest tactic: Put ships on autopilot

Smugglers who bring migrants to Europe by sea appear to have adopted a new, more dangerous tactic: cramming hundreds of them onto a large cargo ship, setting it on an automated course to crash into the coast, and then abandoning the helm. It happened ...

'Massacre' averted as Italians seize crowded, runaway migrant ship

Jan 1, 2015

'Massacre' averted as Italians seize crowded, runaway migrant ship

The Italian Coast Guard said Wednesday it had narrowly averted a catastrophe by intercepting a runaway freighter that was on a collision course with the country’s rocky shoreline with 768 people on board. In the second major maritime drama of recent days, officers revealed ...

Fire-ravaged ferry still not secured; 98 unaccounted for: Italy

Jan 1, 2015

Fire-ravaged ferry still not secured; 98 unaccounted for: Italy

Stormy weather in the Adriatic Sea thwarted efforts Wednesday to tow a fire-ravaged ferry to Italy so authorities can investigate the blaze that killed at least 11 people and search the ferry for more possible dead. Ninety-eight people were still unaccounted for Wednesday after ...