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1 dead, up to 12 missing in landslide on Italian island

Nov. 26, 2022 14:23 PM EST

MILAN (AP) — Heavy rainfall triggered a massive landslide early Saturday on the southern Italian resort island of Ischia that destroyed buildings and swept parked cars into the sea, leaving at least one person dead and up to 12 missing. The body of a woman was pulled from the mud,...

Italian premier presents economic measures on energy, family

Nov. 22, 2022 07:52 AM EST

ROME (AP) — Italian Premier Giorgia Meloni presented the government’s first economic policy initiatives Tuesday, announcing 21 billion euros in budget tweaks that would be used to help industry and families cope with soaring energy prices, as well as measures to incentivize couples to have more...

Long-serving Italian politician Roberto Maroni dies at 67

Nov. 22, 2022 07:13 AM EST

ROME (AP) — Roberto Maroni, a longtime leader of the right-wing Northern League party and a cabinet minister in ex-Premier Silvio Berlusconi’s three governments, died Tuesday at age 67, League leaders and the premier said. State-run RAI television cited a family statement saying...

French border checks in force over Italy's migrant policy

Nov. 13, 2022 16:09 PM EST

ROME (AP) — Lines formed Sunday at Italy’s northern border crossings with France following Paris’ decision to reinforce border controls over a diplomatic row with Italy about migration policy and humanitarian rescue ships that shows no end in sight. The Ventimiglia-Menton...

Meloni tells NATO it can count on Italy in Ukraine

Nov. 10, 2022 08:33 AM EST

ROME (AP) — Italian Premier Giorgia Meloni pledged Italy’s “strong commitment” to NATO and efforts to end Russia's invasion of Ukraine, taking a firm pro-alliance stance Thursday following the pro-Russia sentiments expressed by one of her governing coalition partners. Meloni...

EXPLAINER: What's behind Italy's migrant sea rescue standoff

Nov. 08, 2022 08:14 AM EST

MILAN (AP) — Italy’s new far-right-led government has blocked humanitarian rescue ships from accessing its ports, resulting in a standoff with charities that patrol the deadly central Mediterranean, rescuing people in trouble at sea. Nongovernmental organizations, as well as...

Ship refuses to leave Italy port until all migrants are off

Nov. 06, 2022 15:45 PM EST

CATANIA, Sicily (AP) — The captain of a charity-run migrant rescue ship refused Italian orders to leave a Sicilian port Sunday after authorities refused to let 35 of the migrants on his ship disembark — part of directives by Italy's new far-right-led government targeting foreign-flagged rescue...

German rescue ship enters Sicilian port, disembarks minors

Nov. 05, 2022 21:02 PM EDT

MILAN (AP) — Italy allowed a humanitarian rescue ship carrying 179 migrants to enter a Sicilian port and begin disembarking minors early Sunday, while refusing to respond to requests for safe harbor from three other ships carrying 900 more people in nearby waters. Italy's new...

New Italian government closes ports to NGO ships

Nov. 04, 2022 20:02 PM EDT

MILAN (AP) — Italy's new far-right led government adopted a measure Friday formalizing the closure of its ports to rescue ships run by humanitarian groups as four vessels with more than 1,000 migrants continued to press for a safe port. Interior Minister Matteo Piantedosi told...

Italy's far-right leader visits EU: "We are not Martians"

Nov. 03, 2022 17:00 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — New far-right Italian Premier Giorgia Meloni used her first visit to European Union headquarters in Brussels Thursday to declare that Italy will be a force to reckon with in EU affairs, leaving it unclear whether that was a promise or a threat from one of the bloc's powerful...