Latest Sicily News

Italy's Salvini to stand trial for 2019 migrant standoff

Apr. 17, 2021 12:33 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — A judge on Saturday ordered former Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini to stand trial on kidnapping charges for having refused to let a Spanish migrant rescue ship dock in an Italian port in 2019, keeping the people onboard at sea for days. Judge...

Patience: In a major home project, the joy is in the work

Apr. 15, 2021 09:08 AM EDT

CASTELBUONO, Sicily (AP) — When my wife and I bought a hectare (about 2.5 acres) of countryside with three buildings on it in the mountains of Sicily four years ago, I didn’t expect – or want – the work to be done quickly. Little did I know it would become what feels like a lifetime...

Prosecutor: Salvini should not be tried for migrant policy

Apr. 10, 2021 09:34 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — An Italian prosecutor on Saturday told a court in Sicily that there's no reason to order right-wing leader Matteo Salvini to stand trial for alleged kidnapping for his role in keeping rescued migrants aboard a coast guard ship for days in the summer of 2019. ...

Italy enters 3-day Easter lockdown amid vaccination snags

Apr. 03, 2021 15:12 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — Italy entered a three-day nationwide coronavirus lockdown Saturday to deter Easter travel and get-togethers even as the country's variant-fueled spike in new infections began to wane. The government had announced last month that it would place all regions...

Protests grow in Italy over the wiretapping of journalists

Apr. 02, 2021 15:10 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — Italian journalists and lawmakers on Friday protested the wiretapping of reporters’ phone calls during investigations into Libya-based migrant trafficking and humanitarian rescue groups. Italian daily Domani reported that among the conversations...

Italy's PM decries 'neglecting' of elderly in vaccine access

Mar. 24, 2021 08:16 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — Italian Premier Mario Draghi on Wednesday decried that various interest groups are getting their members COVID-19 vaccines before people older than 80 receive the shots. In a speech to Italy's Senate, Draghi complained that not all the nation’s regions are...

Etna keeps up its spectacular explosions; ash rains on towns

Mar. 07, 2021 09:49 AM EST

ROME (AP) — A particularly spectacular blast from Italy's Mount Etna volcano belched out a towering cloud of ash and lava stone Sunday onto Sicilian villages, the latest in a series of explosions since mid-February. Italy’s national geophysics and volcanology...

Nearly 100 on trial in Sicily for suspected Mafia EU fraud

Mar. 04, 2021 10:32 AM EST

ROME (AP) — A trial began in Sicily on Tuesday for 97 suspected Mafia members and white-collar professionals allegedly in cahoots with mobsters in what prosecutors contend was a scheme that fraudulently garnered millions of euros in European Union agriculture funds. In...

Explainer: Mount Etna puts on its latest spectacular show

Feb. 25, 2021 11:11 AM EST

ROME (AP) — Mount Etna, the volcano that towers over eastern Sicily, evokes superlatives. It is Europe’s most active volcano and also the continent’s largest. And the fiery, noisy show of power it puts on for days or weeks, even years every so often, is always super...