Refugees

Italy’s 'ghost boats' depict refugees' high-risk journeys

A recent rise in the number of boats abandoned by refugees in the Italian island of Sicily has transformed parts of its coastal landscape.

Europe

Italy's northern regions back greater autonomy

Voters overwhelmingly demand more regional control over tax revenues and immigration from central government.

Lombardy and Veneto back greater autonomy from Rome

Europe

Italy's rich northern regions seek greater autonomy

Lombardy and Veneto vote in a non-binding referendums to gain more control over its financial affairs.

Europe

First Brexit and Catalonia, now Italy holds autonomy referendum

Italy's wealthy northern regions of Lombardy and Veneto are going to vote on whether to take more control over their own affairs. The result of the ballots will not be binding.

Europe

Anti-tourism sentiment grows in overcrowded Venice

The ancient city of Venice is sinking, but its also shrinking. Its 54,000 citizens are steadily leaving, complaining the city has been overrun by tourists.

Europe

Italy's high-end fashion brands help restore Roman monuments

Some of the biggest names in Italian fashion are helping to restore ancient Roman monuments to their former glory. The government is turning to private businesses to help pay for the huge cost of renovating sites such as the Colosseum.

Europe

One of world's most wanted people smugglers faces trial

Prosecutors say he is responsible for sending thousands of people on boats from Libya to Europe, with more than 1,500 drowning on the way. But his lawyers say they have got the wrong man.

Europe

Death on the Mediterranean

Although the number of lives lost has fallen, refugees crossing the Mediterranean are dying at a quicker rate.

Death on the Mediterranean

Refugees

Refugees dying at quicker rate in Mediterranean

Rights groups concerned as likelihood of drowning increases on 'most dangerous' route and as conditions worsen in Libya.

IOM: Refugees dying at quicker rate in Mediterranean

Europe

The Shape of Water wins the Golden Lion at Venice Film Festival

Guillermo del Toro's The Shape of Water was awarded the Golden Lion award at the Venice Film Festival on Saturday.

Arts & Culture

The global refugee crisis, as documented by Ai Weiwei

The Venice film festival is under way, and one of the movies tipped for the Golden Lion prize is a documentary by Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei.

Europe

Earthquake kills two, injures dozens on Italian island

The 4.0-magnitude earthquake damaged buildings and caused a blackout on the holiday island off the coast of Naples.

Earthquake kills two, injures dozens on Ischia island

Middle East

Italy to return envoy to Cairo, ending Regeni standoff

The murder of Italian graduate student Giulio Regeni led the Italian government to recall its envoy in April 2016.

Italy to return envoy to Cairo, ending Regeni standoff

Europe

German NGO halts refugee rescue operations off Libya

Aid group suspends sea-borne missions after MSF halted the use of its largest boat because of 'hostile environment'.

German NGO halts refugee rescue operations off Libya

Europe

Italy: Kidnapper planned to 'auction' UK model online

Man held after allegedly capturing young woman and advertising her for 'best offer on pornography sites', police say.

Italy: Kidnapper planned to 'auction' UK model online