Italian police disrupt protest to prevent olive grove removal

By Vincenzo Damiani and Giancarlo Navach BARI/MILAN, Mar 28 : Italian police broke up a protest by environmentalists trying prevent the removal of a grove of olive trees dating back centuries standing in the way of a 40 billion dollars pipeline to bring Asian gas to Europe. The trees, including some more than 100 years […]

G7 host Italy wants US to do more to foster stability in Libya

By Steve Scherer ROME, Mar 27 : Italy will push for greater US involvement in fostering stability in Libya when President Donald Trump and other world leaders meet in May, Italy’s deputy foreign minister said today. Italy hosts the annual meeting of seven of the world’s biggest industrialised economies (G7) in the town of Taormina […]

London fog over Rome as EU gropes for Brexit unity

By Alastair Macdonald ROME, Mar 23 : European leaders hope to paper over simmering disputes when they meet in Rome on Saturday to celebrate 60 years of union but with Britain filing for divorce next week, the mood will be sombre and unity under strain. Theresa May, who next Wednesday will launch a two-year countdown […]

Italy arrests Ghanaian for trafficking, torturing migrants

By Gavin Jones ROME, Mar 18 : Italian police said on Saturday they had arrested a Ghanaian man for alleged murder, rape, kidnapping and people-smuggling after migrants he is accused of mistreating attacked him at a reception centre on the Mediterranean island of Lampedusa. According to the arrest warrant, the African migrants turned on 20-year-old […]

Roman citizens defy law to help migrants

By Steve Scherer ROME, Mar 9 : Volunteers served macaroni in marinara sauce to dozens of migrants outside one of Rome’s biggest train stations this week, offering help to travellers largely ignored by institutions on the frontline of Europe’s migrant crisis. While other European cities including Milan have set up information centres and shelters for […]