Pensioner given USD 16mn Picasso 'for act of kindness'

Italian police are trying to establish the true owner of a Picasso painting worth 15 million euros (USD 16 million) after confiscating it from a pensioner who says he was given it for free.

Judges consider verdict as Knox murder case nears finale

Judges at Italy`s top court retired to chambers Friday to consider whether to uphold the murder conviction of Amanda Knox in what could be the final act of an eight-year legal drama.

Italy seeks to blocks regional "anti-mosque law"

The Italian government has moved to block new building regulations for Lombardy which would make it virtually impossible to build any new mosques in the northern region, officials said Friday.

'Bunga bunga for everyone', Berlusconi back on campaign trail

Less than 24 hours after his final acquittal of paying for underage sex and abusing power, Silvio Berlusconi was back on the campaign trail Wednesday promising "Bunga bunga for everyone!".


Fearing attack, Italian coastguards seek weapons

Italy`s coastguard on Friday called on the government to change its status so that its 11,000 seamen can carry weapons, amid mounting concern over the possibility of attacks by people traffickers or terrorists.

Heavy rain leads to Genoa derby postponement

Heavy rain in Genoa on Saturday forced the postponement of the `Derby della Lanterna` between city rivals Sampdoria and Genoa in Italy`s Serie A.

Rome `devastated` as Feyenoord fans clash with police
Rome `devastated` as Feyenoord fans clash with police

One of Rome`s best-known squares was left looking like a war-zone after clashes between police and supporters of Feyenoord on Thursday.

Italy rescues more than 2,000 migrants off Libyan coast

The Italian coastguard launched a major rescue operation Sunday for more than 1,000 migrants in difficulty between the Italian island of Lampedusa and the Libyan coast.

Italy suspends operations at Libya embassy, evacuates nationals

Italy said Sunday it was pulling out staff from its embassy in Libya and suspending operations there because of mounting insecurity in the troubled country.

Germany, Italy close embassies in Yemen due to security fears

Germany and Italy have closed their embassies in Yemen, following other Western states worried about security as the Shi`ite Muslim Houthi militia tightens its grip on power.

More than 300 migrants died this week trying to reach Italy -UN agency

More than 300 people died trying to cross the sea from Africa to Italy this week, the U.N. refugee agency said on Wednesday, adding pressure on Europe to expand a border operation that lacks a clear mandate to save lives.

Italy cracks down on foreign fighters after Paris attacks

Italy's government is cracking down on foreign fighters in the wake of the Paris terrorist attacks, passing a decree that allows police to mount surveillance operations for suspected jihadis and provides stiffer jail terms for recruits.

300 feared drowned in new Mediterranean boat tragedy

More than 300 migrants are feared drowned after their overcrowded dinghies sank in the Mediterranean, triggering calls for the world to act after the latest boat disaster on the perilous crossing from Africa to Europe.

Berlin 2024 Olympic Games plan is on thin financial ice, claims expert
Berlin 2024 Olympic Games plan is on thin financial ice, claims expert

Berlin`s potential 2024 Olympic bid could be the wrong financial decision with the city deep in debt and lacking the infrastructure to host such a global event, the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW) said on Wednesday.

At least 25 migrants die after being picked up at sea: Italian official

At least 25 migrants died of hypothermia aboard Italian coast guard vessels after being picked up from an inflatable boat adrift near Libya, the chief health official on the Italian island of Lampedusa said on Monday.

Rome gives green light to red light zone

Municipal authorities in Rome have approved plans for a red light zone where prostitution will be officially tolerated from April, officials said today as a row over the initiative erupted.

Paris 2024 Games bid decision by June
Paris 2024 Games bid decision by June

Paris Major Anne Hidalgo will make a decision on whether the city will bid for the 2024 Olympics by June, her deputy Jean-Francois Martins said Friday.

Pope approves martyr status for slain Salvadoran archbishop

Pope Francis on Tuesday approved a decree declaring slain Salvadoran archbishop Oscar Romero a martyr for the church.

Italy`s Berlusconi wins early release from community service

Silvio Berlusconi will not have to serve the final 45 days of a one-year community service order he received for tax fraud, a judge ruled Monday.

Italy elects senior judge Sergio Mattarella as president
Italy elects senior judge Sergio Mattarella as president

Italian lawmakers elected Sergio Mattarella, a constitutional court judge and veteran centre-left politician, as president on Saturday, handing a welcome political victory to Prime Minister Matteo Renzi.