News from italy

Italian coastguard rescued 86 people from a sinking boat

February 2018 |
Sixty-four people are dead after an over-crowded dinghy sank on its way to Italy from Libya. The Italian coastguard rescued 86 people from the boat just hours after it started sinking. Among the survivors was a 3-year-old girl whose mother drowned....

Last month, Sicily welcomed nearly 900 migrants rescued in Mediterranean waters

January 2018 |
Last month, Sicily welcomed nearly 900 migrants rescued in Mediterranean waters off the coast of Libya. Over half of those migrants were transported to Augusta aboard the Aquarius, a boat operated by charity group SOS Mediterranee along with...

Italy and Libya will set up a joint commission against human trafficking

January 2018 |
Italy and Libya will set up a joint commission to fight back against human trafficking and illegal migration, the Tripoli government said in early-December. This announcement came after talks in the Libyan capital between Italian Interior Minister...

Pope Francis renewed a call for "wisdom and prudence" over U.S. President Trump's controversial decision

January 2018 |
On Dec. 10, Pope Francis renewed a call for “wisdom and prudence” over U.S. President Trump’s controversial decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. “The Holy Father renews his appeal for the wisdom and prudence of everyone, and raises...

Pope Francis has called for the English wording of the Lord's Prayer to be changed

January 2018 |
Pope Francis has called for the English wording of the Lord’s Prayer to be changed because it implies God “induces temptation.” The prayer asks God to “lead us not into temptation.” The pontiff told Italian broadcasters he believed the wording...

Salvatore "Toto" Riina died at age 87 in prison

January 2018 |
The Sicilian mafia’s “boss of bosses” died at age 87 in prison. Salvatore “Toto” Riina leader of the Cosa Nostra, was serving multiple life sentences for ordering the murders of 150 people. He died while in a medically induced coma following cancer...

Female mobster behind a reshuffle of the Sicilian mafia

January 2018 |
A female mobster suspected of being the mastermind behind a reshuffle of the Sicilian mafia after a series of high profile arrests was taken into custody in December. Mariangela Di Trapani, 49, was arrested on charges of having managed the business...

PM Paolo Gentiloni Praises Italy's Migrant Policy as U.N. Cites Humanitarian Crisis

December 2017 |
Italy is “the only country with a decent migration policy in Europe” in recent years. Il PM italiano Paolo Gentiloni e l’economista Mario Draghi, Presidente della Banca Centrale Europea sono recentemente intervenuti dal palco in occasione del...

Two men have been arrested and charged as suspects in murder and human trafficking

December 2017 |
Two men, one Libyan and the other Egyptian, have been arrested and charged in Italy as suspects in murder and human trafficking. The Spanish ship Cantabria, which works as part of the EU’s Sophia anti-trafficking operation, brought the bodies of 26...
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