Mar 6, 2015

Skiers in cable car drama as storms wreak havoc in Italy

Around 200 holiday skiers in the Italian Dolomites were winched to safety on Thursday after getting stranded in cable car cabins buffeted by 70 mph (130 kph) winds. The Ciampinoi cable car in the popular Val Gardena resort ground to a halt after a ...

Mar 5, 2015

World Press Photo award withdrawn after controversy

World Press Photo withdrew one of its leading global awards for photojournalism on Wednesday after a controversy over standards that focused on allegations about the ethics of an Italian prizewinner. The Amsterdam-based organization said in a statement that Giovanni Troilo had been disqualified because ...

Italy rescues more than 1,000 migrants at sea; 10 perish

Mar 5, 2015

Italy rescues more than 1,000 migrants at sea; 10 perish

In dramatic sea rescues north of Libya, a flotilla of ships saved more than 1,000 migrants and refugees, while 10 migrants perished in the southern Mediterranean, Italian officials said Wednesday. Rescue vessels, including from Italy’s coast guard and navy, and three cargo ships saved ...

Italy deploys 4,800 soldiers for security at sensitive sites

Feb 19, 2015

Italy deploys 4,800 soldiers for security at sensitive sites

Italian security chiefs on Tuesday approved a plan to put 4,800 soldiers on the streets throughout the country to help guard against potential militant attacks, the Interior Ministry said. A statement after a meeting of military and security officials said they would guard sensitive ...

Expert denies authenticating 'lost' Leonardo

Feb 12, 2015

Expert denies authenticating 'lost' Leonardo

Assertions that an eminent scholar had authenticated a portrait by Leonardo da Vinci tantalized art lovers with the prospect of a new masterpiece and inflated a backroom bidding war worth tens of millions of euros. Only Carlo Pedretti, longtime director of the Leonardo center ...

300 feared drowned in new Mediterranean migrant boat tragedy

Feb 12, 2015

300 feared drowned in new Mediterranean migrant boat tragedy

More than 300 migrants are feared drowned after their overcrowded dinghies sank in the Mediterranean, triggering calls for the world to act after the latest boat disaster in a perilous crossing from Africa to Europe. The victims were mainly from sub-Saharan Africa who had ...

Feb 8, 2015

Rome gives green light to red-light zone

Authorities in Rome have approved plans for a red-light zone where prostitution will be officially tolerated from April, officials said Saturday. Ignazio Marino, the Italian capital’s center-left mayor, gave his blessing on Friday evening to the experiment in the EUR business district south of ...