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8 dead migrants recovered off Italian island of Lampedusa

Feb. 03, 2023 11:11 AM EST

MILAN (AP) — The bodies of eight migrants have been recovered by Italy's coast guard during an operation overnight that also rescued 42 survivors in the central Mediterranean off the island of Lampedusa, authorities said Friday. Another two people, a newborn and a man, fell into...

Italy, Libya sign $8B gas deal as PM Meloni visits Tripoli

Jan. 28, 2023 13:07 PM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Italy’s prime minister held talks in Libya on Saturday with officials from the country’s west-based government focusing on energy and migration, top issues for Italy and the European Union. During the visit, the two countries' oil companies signed a gas deal worth $8 billion —...

Italian diplomatic property vandalized in Germany, Spain

Jan. 28, 2023 04:17 AM EST

MILAN (AP) — Italy’s premier said in a statement Saturday that Italian diplomatic property had been the target of vandalism in Germany and Spain. Premier Giorgia Meloni said that the car of diplomat Luigi Estero had been set ablaze in Berlin, while the Italian consulate in...

Algeria, Italy look to broaden ties beyond coveted energy

Jan. 23, 2023 12:25 PM EST

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Italy and Algeria moved to broaden ties through a series of memorandums signed Monday during a two-day visit by Italian Premier Giorgia Meloni, who said the two countries are in the process of building “an extraordinary bridge” that would hopefully transform Italy into...

Italy's Meloni eyes boost in strong energy ties with Algeria

Jan. 22, 2023 14:35 PM EST

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Italian Premier Giorgia Meloni arrived Sunday in Algeria for a low-key two-day visit as the two nations look to build up a strategic partnership and Italy works to further wean itself off Russian energy with help from the gas-rich North African country. ...

Italy's most-wanted Mafia boss nabbed after 30 years on run

Jan. 16, 2023 15:12 PM EST

ROME (AP) — Italy’s No. 1 fugitive, a Mafia boss convicted of helping to mastermind some of the nation’s most heinous slayings, was arrested Monday when he sought treatment at a private clinic in Sicily after three decades on the run. Matteo Messina Denaro was tried in absentia...

Italy's Meloni makes first state visit to meet with Francis

Jan. 10, 2023 07:16 AM EST

ROME (AP) — Italian Premier Giorgia Meloni, who came to power on a campaign motto of “God, Family, Fatherland” made her first official visit to see Pope Francis on Tuesday, fulfilling what she said was a hoped-for opportunity to better understand the Argentine pontiff. Meloni...

German charity ship taking 108 rescued migrants to Italy

Dec. 19, 2022 18:17 PM EST

ROME (AP) — A ship operated by a German charity was sailing on Monday toward a northern Italian port with 108 migrants aboard after rescuing them in recent days from two unseaworthy vessels in the central Mediterranean. The charity Sea-Eye said its ship, Sea-Eye 4, plucked up 68...

Aid groups dock 2 rescue vessels with 500 migrants in Italy

Dec. 11, 2022 11:03 AM EST

ROME (AP) — Two European aid groups docked their rescue vessels in Italian ports on Sunday and some 500 would-be refugees disembarked, even as the government insisted it wasn’t backing down on its hard line against migrant smuggling operations from North Africa. The Geo Berents,...

Italy's La Scala opens season to Ukrainian protests

Dec. 07, 2022 17:23 PM EST

MILAN (AP) — Italy’s most treasured opera house, Teatro alla Scala, opened its new season Wednesday with the Russian opera “Boris Godunov,” against the backdrop of Ukrainian protests that the cultural event is a propaganda win for the Kremlin during Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. ...