Italy coast guard rescues 70 Afghan, Iraqi migrants from crowded boat


ROME - Seventy Afghan and Iraqi migrants were rescued from a packed boat off the southeastern coast of Italy and brought to shore on Sunday, Italy's coast guard said.

Italian couple suspected of skimming off migrant money - prosecutor 24 May 2015

ROME - An Italian couple have been arrested on suspicion of running a charity that skimmed off state money intended to help manage rising numbers of migrants, a prosecutor in the southern city of Naples said.

Five Tunisian migrants die in shipwreck 23 May 2015

TUNIS - At least five Tunisian migrants died on Saturday when their boat sailing to Italy capsized off the Tunisian coast, officials said.

Italian nun moves towards sainthood in first Kenyan ceremony 23 May 2015

NYERI, Kenya - An Italian nun, who tended the sick and wounded in World War One in east Africa and died in 1930 in Kenya, was beatified on Saturday, taking the final step before sainthood at the first ceremony of its kind in the African nation.

Accused arms smuggler left Tunisia for Italy before museum attack - official 22 May 2015

TUNIS/MILAN - A Moroccan man supplied arms for a March attack on Tunisia's Bardo Museum and then boarded a migrant boat for Italy, where he is now held, a Tunisian government official said on Friday.

EU to propose relocating 40,000 refugees from Italy, Greece 22 May 2015

BRUSSELS - The European Commission is set to propose next week that 40,000 asylum seekers who have arrived by boat in Italy and Greece should be relocated across the continent in response to what it considers an emergency situation in both countries.


Italy passes law to tackle rampant corruption 21 May 2015

ROME - Italy made a fresh attempt at tackling rampant corruption on Thursday when the Chamber of Deputies approved a strongly contested law stiffening penalties for various types of graft and balance sheet fraud.


Tunisia says Moroccan held in Italy supplied weapons for museum attackers 21 May 2015

TUNIS/MILAN - The Moroccan arrested in Italy on suspicion of involvement in the Islamist militant attack on Tunisia's Bardo Museum provided the weapons, a Tunisian official told Reuters on Thursday.


Italy says over 900 migrants rescued at sea, one dead 21 May 2015

ROME - More than 900 migrants were rescued in one day from three overcrowded boats en route to Europe from North Africa, an Italian coast guard official said on Thursday. One body was recovered.


Telecom Italia welcomes foreign investors as Vivendi entry looms 20 May 2015

ROZZANO, Italy - Telecom Italia's chairman said he welcomed foreign investors in the Italian phone company as French media group Vivendi prepared to become the largest shareholder.


Islamic State faces battle in Iraq, bombs in Syria

BAGHDAD/BEIRUT - Islamic State poured more fighters into Ramadi on Monday as security forces and Shi'ite paramilitaries renewed efforts to retake the western Iraqi city that fell to the Islamists a week ago in a major setback for the government.