Latest Sicily News

Scything Zen: Ancient way to cut grass also a state of mind

Jun. 19, 2018 1:39 PM EDT

CONTRADA PETRARO, Sicily (AP) — Spring is ending and summer approaches. The grass is now long, finished growing. For us, it's time to scythe. This is a beautiful, and slightly sad, time of year for my wife and me, when the fields of grass and flowers on our 3 acres of farmland in the mountains of northern...

The Latest: Migrant ship passengers represent 31 countries

Jun. 17, 2018 5:04 PM EDT

VALENCIA, Spain (AP) — The Latest on the influx of migrants into Europe (all times local): 4:00 p.m. The United Nations refugee agency is warning against a repeat of the standoff that left a private rescue ship carrying 629 migrants at sea for a week. A convoy consisting of the aid ship Aquarius and two...

Sea convoy reaches Spain as migration debate roils Europe

Jun. 17, 2018 3:47 PM EDT

VALENCIA, Spain (AP) — An aid group's ship and two Italian military vessels docked Sunday at the Spanish port of Valencia, ending a weeklong ordeal for hundreds of people who were rescued from the Mediterranean Sea only to become pawns in a European political fight. The Italian coast guard vessel Dattilo...

From Missoni to Dolce&Gabbana, Milan men bask in street wear

Jun. 16, 2018 6:15 PM EDT

MILAN (AP) — Milan designers continue to cast their eyes toward Millennials with a focus on street wear — but without giving up tailored luxury and technical innovations. Menswear collections for next spring and summer were being shown Saturday during the second day of Milan Fashion Week. The focus...

The Latest: France sends asylum team to meet rescue boat

Jun. 16, 2018 1:35 PM EDT

MADRID (AP) — The Latest on the influx of migrants to Europe (all times local): 7:35 p.m. France's Interior Minister says the country's office in charge of asylum will send a team to Spain to identify refugees from the rescue ship Aquarius who could be eligible to come to France. Minister Gerard Collomb's...

Migrant aid ship on way to Spain as Italy draws deeper line

Jun. 13, 2018 5:49 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — Italy escalated its quarrel with France over migration Wednesday, challenging the bordering country to take in more asylum-seekers and demanding an apology after the French president accused the new Italian government of irresponsible behavior for refusing entry to a rescue ship with hundreds...

The Latest: Aid group refuses migrants from US Navy ship

Jun. 13, 2018 4:21 PM EDT

CATANIA, Sicily (AP) — The Latest on the flow of migrants into Europe (all times local): 10:05 p.m. A German humanitarian group says it is declining to take aboard 41 migrants rescued by a U.S. Navy ship because Italy has refused to assign the group's ship a port where it can dock. Sea Watch, whose rescue...

Migrant rescue ship standoff in Mediterranean divides Europe

Jun. 12, 2018 2:52 PM EDT

POZZALLO, Sicily (AP) — Italy's populist government on Tuesday lashed out at France for criticizing its refusal to allow safe harbor for a rescue ship with 629 migrants, instead sending two military vessels to take on some of the migrant passengers in the waters off Sicily and escort the ship on a dayslong...

The Latest: US Navy confirms Mediterranean rescue operation

Jun. 12, 2018 2:20 PM EDT

CATANIA, Sicily (AP) — The Latest on Europe's response to mass immigration (all times local): 8:10 p.m. The U.S. Navy has confirmed that one of its ships was involved in a rescue operation in the Mediterranean. The U.S. Sixth Fleet, which is based in Naples, Italy, said in a brief statement to The...

Italy's new leaders get tough on migrants; Spain steps up

Jun. 11, 2018 7:13 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — Italy's new "Italians first" government claimed victory Monday when the Spanish prime minister offered safe harbor to a private rescue ship after Italy and Malta refused to allow it permission to disembark its 629 migrant passengers in their ports. The Aquarius, a rescue vessel operated by aid...