Latest Sicily News

On tiny Linosa, it's easy to adopt island's relaxed rhythms

Oct. 3, 2018 8:22 AM EDT

LINOSA ISLAND, Italy (AP) — There are no hotels, but islanders open up their simple, gaily painted homes to those seeking relaxed rhythms. No banks either, but there's not a lot money can buy here. The sole souvenir shop has a few knickknacks. Costs are modest for meals made from local ingredients —...

Dolce&Gabbana explore DNA with star-filled cast

Sep. 23, 2018 1:56 PM EDT

MILAN (AP) — Milan designers are embracing women of all shapes, sizes and ages, even if the young, thin model prevailed during this week's previews for next spring and summer. Marni's runway included women of different sizes while Dolce & Gabbana continued their embrace of models in a range of ages and...

Pope pays tribute in Sicily to priest slain by Mafia

Sep. 15, 2018 1:43 PM EDT

PALERMO, Sicily (AP) — Pope Francis appealed to Mafiosi to renounce their quests for power and money as he visited Sicily on Saturday to honor a priest slain by mob henchmen for trying to protect youths from the evil clutches of organized crime. The daylong trip by Francis to the Mediterranean island where...

Pope says populism should serve people, not stir up quarrels

Sep. 15, 2018 8:45 AM EDT

PALERMO, Sicily (AP) — Pope Francis is recommending a Christian kind of populism after being attacked by Italian politicians for defending migrants. Francis told a crowd of 100,000 at an outdoor Mass on Saturday that "the only possible populism" is a Christian one that "listens to and serves the people...

Academic in Trump probe hit with $56K fine, but where is he?

Sep. 12, 2018 3:38 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — No one seems to be able to find Joseph Mifsud, the Maltese academic at the center of the Russia investigation rocking Washington, but his legal woes are piling up on both sides of the Atlantic. On Tuesday, an Italian court ordered the missing 58-year-old to hand back more than 49,000 euros...

In the high mountains of Sicily, a quieter and wilder world

Aug. 28, 2018 10:34 AM EDT

GANGI, Sicily (AP) — Far from the packed beaches of Sicily's busy coastlines, there's a quieter and wilder world in its high mountains. In more dangerous times, this was where much of Sicily's population settled, building castles, towns, monasteries and churches on steep slopes and the tops of mountains as...

The Latest: UN refugee chief urges long-term EU solution

Aug. 26, 2018 1:24 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — The Latest on Europe's response to mass migration (all times local): 5:45 p.m. The United Nations' refugee agency says it's relieved that the latest Mediterranean Sea standoff over migrants is over, but is calling again for Europe to establish procedures for the proper disembarkation of people...

Italy: Catholic leaders reject politics at migrants' expense

Aug. 26, 2018 9:46 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — Italy's Catholic bishops offered to care for a majority of 140 migrants the country's government had prevented from leaving an Italian coast guard ship docked for days in a Sicilian harbor because politics shouldn't be practiced at the expense of the poor, prominent churchmen said Sunday....

Italy: Catholic church, Albania, Ireland to take migrants

Aug. 25, 2018 5:58 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — Catholic bishops, tiny Albania and Ireland agreed to take the 140 migrants blocked aboard an Italian coast guard vessel, Premier Giuseppe Conte said Saturday, announcing the end of 10-day standoff over the asylum-seekers but making clear an angry Italy could avenge a perceived lack of overall...

The Latest: Italian church will take most migrants from ship

Aug. 25, 2018 4:47 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — The Latest on Europe's response to mass migration (all times local): 10:45 p.m. Italian Premier Giuseppe Conte says the Italian Catholic church will take most of the migrants who have been stuck aboard an Italian coast guard ship for days. Conte's office quoted him as saying Saturday night that...