Aug 31, 2015

'Largest ever' Mediterranean gas field found off Egypt

Italian energy giant Eni on Sunday announced the discovery of the “largest ever” offshore natural gas field in the Mediterranean, in Egypt’s territorial waters. The discovery, confirmed by Egypt’s oil ministry, could hold a potential 850 billion cubic meters (30 trillion cubic feet) of ...

One-day record for migrant rescues in sea near Libya: 4,400

Aug 23, 2015

One-day record for migrant rescues in sea near Libya: 4,400

Italy’s coast guard says it coordinated the rescue of some 4,400 migrants in a single day, a record-setting number, as smugglers took advantage of ideal sea conditions off Libya to launch a fleet of overcrowded, unseaworthy boats. The coast guard on Sunday said 22 ...

Rome's regal Quirinal Palace now open to all

Aug 15, 2015

Rome's regal Quirinal Palace now open to all

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Popes and royals resided there in glorious splendor. An emperor dreamed in vain of doing so, too. Nowadays presidents live there. The Quirinal Palace, crowning one of Rome’s ancient hills, is a storied gem whose architectural marvels, elegant gardens and fascinating history— four conclaves ...

Over 1,000 more migrants rescued over weekend in Mediterranean

Aug 10, 2015

Over 1,000 more migrants rescued over weekend in Mediterranean

More than 1,000 migrants were rescued trying to cross the Mediterranean over the weekend, Italy’s Coast Guard said Sunday, with further tragedies narrowly averted. Several inflatable dinghies intercepted on Sunday were so overcrowded they risked capsizing, and one boat was listing badly when it ...

Aug 9, 2015

Italian man killed by wild boars in Sicily

A 77-year-old Italian man was killed by a group of wild boars on Saturday as he tried to defend his dogs from the charging animals near his home in Sicily, local police reported. Salvatore Rinaudo was walking his dogs in the countryside outside the ...