Italy sends Eritreans to Sweden to seek asylum under EU plan

ROME - Italy sent a first group of Eritrean asylum seekers to Sweden on Friday as part of a European Union relocation plan aimed at easing the burden on border states amid the continent's biggest migration crisis since World War Two.

U.N.'s Ban rejects calls to keep refugee chief amid crisis 08 Oct 2015

UNITED NATIONS/GENEVA - U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has disregarded a request from a large number of member states to keep the U.N. high commissioner for refugees in his job for an extra year to cope with the worsening refugee crisis, diplomats said.


UniCredit officials probed for helping businessman linked to Mafia - document 08 Oct 2015

FLORENCE/MILAN - Anti-mafia prosecutors in Florence have placed three top officials at leading Italian bank UniCredit under investigation for allegedly doing business with an entrepreneur linked to the Sicilian mafia, according to a search warrant issued by the prosecutors.


Party swapping all the rage among fickle Italian parliamentarians 08 Oct 2015

ROME - In the land of Niccolo Machiavelli, it is perhaps unsurprising that the Italian parliament should be riven by intrigue, treachery and double-dealing.


Austrian chancellor casts doubt on EU migrant 'hotspot' plans 08 Oct 2015

VIENNA - Austrian Chancellor Werner Faymann cast doubt on the workability of the so-called migrant hotspots European leaders plan to create by the end of next month in Greece and Italy to help manage large numbers of refugees.

Former Italian missionary kidnapped in southern Philippines 08 Oct 2015

MANILA - An Italian man, who was a former missionary priest, has been abducted by armed men from his restaurant in the southern Philippines, security officials said on Thursday, the latest in a string of abductions targeting foreigners in the south.

Italy to begin relocating Eritrean refugees this week 06 Oct 2015

ZAGREB - Italy will begin relocating refugees this week under a European Union plan that aims to spread the burden of the continent's biggest migrant crisis since World War Two, the EU's migration commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos said on Tuesday.


Vivendi raises stake in Telecom Italia to 19.9 percent 06 Oct 2015

MILAN - French media group Vivendi confirmed on Tuesday that it has raised its stake in Telecom Italia to 19.9 percent, in a move that brings its overall investment in Italy's former monopoly network operator to more than 3 billion euros ($3.4 billion).


Italy leaves gay couples waiting at the altar 05 Oct 2015

ROME - Rosario Murdica and Gianni Finocchietti always wanted to get married in Italy, but after 30 years together they lost hope of ever tying the knot in their home country and instead said their vows in Portugal.

EU's border protection agency asks for 775 more guards to handle migrants 05 Oct 2015

WARSAW - The European Union's border protection agency Frontex has requested 775 more guards from member states to help Italy, Greece and other countries register migrants arriving from Libya and Turkey, almost doubling the size of the operation.


Tunisian mediator group wins Nobel Peace Prize for aiding move to democracy

OSLO/TUNIS - Tunisia's National Dialogue Quartet won the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday for helping build democracy in the birthplace of the Arab Spring, an example of peaceful transition in a region otherwise struggling with violence and upheaval. | Video