Four children and woman rescued, two days after Italy avalanche

By Antonio Denti PENNE, Italy, Jan 20 : Four children and a woman were pulled clear today from the wreckage of a mountain hotel in central Italy flattened two days earlier by an avalanche, the national fire service said. A further five people had been located, trapped under tonnes of snow and debris, and rescuers […]

Spate of strong earthquakes hit snowbound central Italy, one dead

By Philip Pullella and Isla Binnie ROME, Jan 19 : One man died in a series of strong earthquakes which hit central Italy, a region devastated by deadly tremors last year, while heavy snow raised fears for the safety of others in the region. Yesterday four quakes of magnitude 5.2 and higher struck near the […]

Italian PM Gentiloni’s heart procedure completely successful -doctors

By Steve Scherer and Antonella Cinelli ROME, Jan 11 : Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni is making an excellent recovery following a “completely successful” heart procedure at a Rome hospital, doctors said today. The 62-year-old, who took office last month, had emergency angioplasty to unblock a blood vessel late yesterday. “The full success of the […]

Pope condemns radical Islamist attacks as “homicidal madness”

By Philip Pullella VATICAN CITY, ROME, Jan 9 : Pope Francis condemned militant Islamist violence as “homicidal madness” today and said leaders should improve social conditions that serve as fertile ground for fundamentalism and radicalisation. Before diplomats from more than 180 countries, he also forcefully restated a call to ban nuclear weapons, saying experiments by […]

Pope comforts Italy quake survivors at emotional meeting

By Philip Pullella VATICAN CITY, Jan 5 : Pope Francis today encouraged victims of Italy’s recent earthquakes that killed some 300 people to “rebuild hearts” as well as houses by seeking the reconciliation that can come from tragedies. The pope delivered an impromptu talk to several thousand people from areas hit by a string of […]

Italy’s 5-Star Movement unveils ethics code; critics cry hypocrisy

By Isla Binnie ROME, Jan 2 : Italy’s anti-establishment 5-Star Movement said today it would not automatically require its politicians to step down if they come under legal investigation, prompting critics to accuse it of hypocrisy. Italy’s largest opposition group presents itself as a squeaky-clean counterweight to mainstream parties, which have repeatedly come under corruption […]