Latest Sicily News

Survivors of 2013 shipwreck honor dead on Italian island

Oct. 03, 2021 16:01 PM EDT

LAMPEDUSA, Sicily (AP) — Survivors of a 2013 capsizing, one of the Mediterranean's more deadly migrant tragedies, on Sunday joined residents of a tiny Italian isle in an anniversary ceremony to honor the 368 people who died. Participants in the memorial tossed flowers...

686 migrants dock in Lampedusa in biggest arrival in years

Sep. 28, 2021 08:41 AM EDT

LAMPEDUSA, Sicily (AP) — A rusty, overloaded fishing boat carrying 686 people docked on the island of Lampedusa in the single biggest arrival of migrants in Italy in years, amid new diplomatic efforts by Mediterranean governments to seek more European help in handling migrant flows. ...

Court acquits associate of Italy's ex-premier of Mafia deal

Sep. 23, 2021 14:12 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — An appeals court in Palermo, Sicily, acquitted a close associate of former Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi on Thursday of having negotiated with the Mafia during the 1990s. In 2018, a lower court convicted Marcello Dell’Utri, who had been a senator for...

Lemony marinade does double duty for roasted chicken

Sep. 13, 2021 08:11 AM EDT

In the market squares of Sicily and Calabria, street vendors baste thick swordfish chops with a bright blend of lemon juice and olive oil, grilling them over smoldering coals and filling the air with an alluring mix of char and sweet. The simple, ancient combination is called salmoriglio, and...

Tornado on southern Italian isle sweeps up cars, kills 2

Sep. 10, 2021 19:08 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — A tornado on a small Italian island in the Mediterranean Friday evening swept up several cars, killing two people and injuring several others, firefighters said. In a tweet, the firefighters said the twister struck on Pantelleria, which is south of Sicily,...

Decrepit smuggling boat with 539 migrants nears Italy

Aug. 28, 2021 09:38 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — Italian military vessels on Saturday aided a decrepit fishing boat crammed with 539 migrants that was approaching the tiny southern Italian island of Lampedusa. Alida Serrachieri, a nurse who runs the Doctors Without Borders’ operation on Lampedusa, said...

The Latest: Australia, New Zealand evacuate hundreds

Aug. 23, 2021 22:44 PM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia — Australia's prime minister says Australian and New Zealand officials evacuated more than 650 people from Kabul Airport over Monday night. Prime Minister Scott Morrison said that Tuesday five flights had left the airport in the busiest day of...

High heat: Spain clocks prelim record of 47.2 C (116.96 F)

Aug. 14, 2021 15:45 PM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Spain set a new provisional heat record of 47.2 degrees Celsius (116.96 Fahrenheit) on Saturday as Southern Europe sweltered under a relentless summer sun. Italy put 16 cities on red alert for health risks and Portugal warned 75% of its regions that they faced a...

Heat wave edges higher in southern Europe, fuels wildfires

Aug. 13, 2021 14:25 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — Intense heat baking Italy pushed northward towards the popular tourist destination of Florence Friday while wildfires charred the country's south, and Spain appeared headed for an all-time record high temperature as a heat wave kept southern Europe in a fiery hold. ...

Days of hot weather grip Southern Europe, North Africa

Aug. 12, 2021 10:54 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — Stifling heat kept its grip on much of Southern Europe on Thursday, driving people indoors at midday, spoiling crops, triggering drinking water restrictions, turning public libraries into cooling “climate shelters” and complicating the already difficult challenge...