Latest Sicily News

The Latest: Italy alleges extremists smuggled migrants

Jan. 9, 2019 1:50 PM EST

MADRID (AP) — The Latest on Europe's migrant crisis (all times local): 5:25 p.m. Italian police say they have broken up a migrant-smuggling ring allegedly organized by Tunisian extremists. Carabinieri police in Sicily's capital said on Wednesday that some suspects were under investigation for allegedly...

Quake from Mount Etna volcano jolts Sicily, sparks panic

Dec. 26, 2018 8:42 AM EST

ROME (AP) — An earthquake triggered by Mount Etna's eruption jolted eastern Sicily before dawn Wednesday, injuring at least 10 people, damaging churches and houses on the volcano's slopes and prompting panicked villagers to flee their homes. Italy's Civil Protection officials said the quake, which struck...

Sicilian airport reopens amid Mount Etna's latest eruption

Dec. 25, 2018 12:28 PM EST

ROME (AP) — Italy's Catania airport resumed full operations a day after an ash cloud from Mount Etna's latest eruption forced it to shut down, while fiery red lava could be seen shooting from the volcano in eastern Sicily on Tuesday. Ashes coated streets and sidewalks in the mountain towns of Zafferana...

300 uncounted dead: 2015 migrant shipwreck yields new clues

Dec. 20, 2018 4:04 PM EST

ROME (AP) — Before their lives ended in an underwater deathtrap, before they lined up 100 to a row on a Libyan beach to board a boat with no anchor, the young men from the parched villages of the Sahel had names. Two forensic investigators, one crisscrossing Africa and another in a university laboratory in...

Police arrest 84 in European crackdown on Italian mob

Dec. 5, 2018 2:32 PM EST

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — In an investigation that underscored an Italian crime syndicate's role as a leading player in international cocaine trafficking, police in four countries arrested at least 84 suspected mobsters Wednesday in a series of carefully coordinated raids. Those detained allegedly work...

Police: Upper ranks of Sicilian mob dismantled with arrests

Dec. 4, 2018 11:32 AM EST

ROME (AP) — Italian authorities said Tuesday they had dismantled the rebuilt upper echelons of the Mafia in the Sicilian capital by arresting 46 people, including the man presumed to have taken over as provincial kingpin after the death of "boss of bosses" Salvatore "Toto" Riina. Based on wiretaps, police...

The Latest: 3 arrested in Greece for smuggling migrants

Nov. 26, 2018 12:00 PM EST

ROME (AP) — The Latest on migrants in Europe (all times local): 6 p.m. Greek authorities say they have broken a criminal ring that smuggled migrants that had entered Greece illegally to Italy by using small vessels departing from remote beaches. A police statement Monday said three men have been arrested...

5 Egyptians accused of smuggling migrants direct to Sicily

Nov. 26, 2018 8:38 AM EST

ROME (AP) — Italian police say they have detained five Egyptians accused of smuggling a boatload of 264 migrants from Libya to Sicily. The overloaded fishing boat pulled into the Ragusa port Saturday, its third day at sea, and the migrants disembarked and were registered. Police said Monday that the...

Italy, on trail of Mafia boss, seizes villas, yacht and more

Nov. 24, 2018 11:09 AM EST

ROME (AP) — Anti-Mafia authorities in Sicily on the trail of the No. 1 fugitive Mafia boss have confiscated 1.5 billion euros ($1.67 billion) in property. The seizure of tourist resorts, a 21-meter (70-foot) yacht, companies and other property Saturday was called one of the biggest hauls in Italy's...

The Latest: 2 men stabbed, robbed in Greek migrant camp

Nov. 20, 2018 11:51 AM EST

ROME (AP) — The Latest on migrants and asylum-seekers in Europe (all times local): 5:45 p.m. Greek authorities say two migrants required hospital treatment after being robbed by other residents in an overcrowded camp in the north of the country. Police said Tuesday the men, an Iranian and an Iraqi...