Italian mafia boss arrested in Brazil after 30 years on the run


RIO DE JANEIRO - Brazilian police said on Tuesday they arrested an Italian mafia boss who had been on the run for 30 years and was convicted of killing over 20 people in the 1980s.

U.S. returns 25 stolen artefacts to Italy 26 May 2015

ROME - The United States returned 25 stolen artefacts to Italy including ancient vases, frescoes and manuscripts that had been illegally removed and found in museums, auction houses and private collections, police said on Tuesday.

Only new refugees to benefit from EU quotas in migrant crisis - draft 26 May 2015

BRUSSELS - The European Union will consider new refugees reaching Italy and Greece in its migrant quotas, not those already in camps, according to a proposal seen by Reuters to be presented on Wednesday, a concession to EU governments against the plan.


Bulgari brothers to face trial on tax evasion charges 26 May 2015

ROME - Two heirs to Italian luxury jeweller Bulgari denied wrongdoing on Tuesday after an Italian court ordered them to stand trial along with 11 others on suspicion of tax evasion.

Italian court bans unlicensed taxi services like Uber 26 May 2015

MILAN - An Italian court on Tuesday banned unlicensed car-sharing services such as those offered by Uber, in another setback for the fast-growing U.S. car service whose smartphone app summons rides at the touch of a button.


Bank of Italy urges Renzi to continue reforms 26 May 2015

ROME - Italy's central bank backed Prime Minister Matteo Renzi's calls for more fiscal flexibility on Tuesday, but also pointed to long-standing problems in the economy and called for reforms to be broadened and accelerated.


Italy coast guard rescues 70 Afghan, Iraqi migrants from crowded boat 24 May 2015

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.


Over 2,500 migrants still adrift, U.N. says ahead of SE Asia meeting

BANGKOK - More than 2,500 migrants could still be stranded on boats in the Bay of Bengal and Andaman Sea, according to estimates by the United Nations, as Thailand prepares to host a regional meeting it said was focused on "immediate action" to tackle the crisis.