May 12, 2014

Italy coast guard says 200 rescued after migrant boat sinks

Italy’s coast guard said 200 people were rescued on Monday after a boat packed with migrants sank in the Mediterranean between Libya and Italy, with Italian media reporting that several people also died. The coast guard said the rescue was being carried out by ...

Eternal City celebrates legacy of first emperor

May 11, 2014

Eternal City celebrates legacy of first emperor

Rome, a city that thinks in millenniums, is going through a bout of “Augustus fever” to mark the 2,000th anniversary of the death of its first emperor, who left his mark on Rome and Western civilization like few others. The Eternal City is staging ...

Knox struck 'mortal blow' in killing: Italy court

Apr 30, 2014

Knox struck 'mortal blow' in killing: Italy court

The Italian appeals court that reinstated the conviction against Amanda Knox in her British roommate’s 2007 murder said in a lengthy reasoning made public on Tuesday that Knox herself delivered the fatal blow out of a desire to “overpower and humiliate” the victim. Presiding ...

Berlusconi gets community service for tax conviction

Apr 16, 2014

Berlusconi gets community service for tax conviction

A court has ordered former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi to serve a tax fraud sentence by doing community service with the elderly, in a ruling that restricts his movements but not his political activity. The court ruled Tuesday that Berlusconi, one of Italy’s richest ...

Stolen Gauguin was on autoworker's kitchen wall for years

Apr 3, 2014

Stolen Gauguin was on autoworker's kitchen wall for years

A Paul Gauguin still life stolen from a wealthy collector’s home in Britain decades ago has been recovered after hanging for 40 years in a Sicilian autoworker’s kitchen. The worker bought the painting along with one of lesser value by another French artist, Pierre ...

Pope warns mobsters they risk going to hell

Mar 22, 2014

Pope warns mobsters they risk going to hell

Pope Francis has a warning for Italy’s mobsters: They will go to hell if they don’t repent and renounce their “blood-stained money and blood-stained power.” The pontiff on Friday delivered his most forceful denunciation yet of organized crime. The occasion was a prayer vigil ...

Mar 7, 2014

Sicilians send photo-snapping pastry into stratosphere

Sicilian amateur scientists have launched a model cannolo, a cream-stuffed pastry roll symbolic of the Italian island, into the stratosphere, capturing bizarre images of the dessert flying far above Earth last month. The “Sicilian Space Program,” which cost roughly €350, had symbolic importance as ...

Women turn against notorious Italian Mafia

Mar 5, 2014

Women turn against notorious Italian Mafia

As police patrol outside and pace the corridors of her office, anti-Mafia prosecutor Alessandra Cerreti talks about her specialty — breaking the power of the clans by turning their women. Only a handful of women have ever broken ranks with the ruthless and secretive ...

Italy's PM Renzi wins crucial confidence vote

Feb 25, 2014

Italy's PM Renzi wins crucial confidence vote

Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi won a crucial confidence vote in Parliament on his brand new government early Tuesday, managing at least for now to tamp down anger from among his own Democrats over his brash, quick rise to power. The vote in the ...

Italy's new premier sets to work amid ailing economy

Feb 23, 2014

Italy's new premier sets to work amid ailing economy

Matteo Renzi became Italy’s youngest premier on Saturday, promising a new era of stable government after using old-school politicking to engineer the ouster of a fellow Democrat he deemed too timid to get the nation back to work. The unabashedly ambitious Renzi, 39, quit ...