Migrants in Europe: Desperate journeys across mountains

Over the last three months, at least 1500 migrants have embarked on a dangerous journey over the Alps, crossing from Italy into France, defying freezing temperatures and heavy snow.

Human Rights

Cardinal Law, centre of church sex abuse cover-up, dies

US Cardinal Bernard Law has died in Rome. Accused of covering up sexual abuse by priests in the Boston Archdiocese, Law had resigned in disgrace and was offered a position in the Vatican.


Climate change threatens olive trees across Mediterranean

Environmental groups have warned that the olive oil industry across the Mediterranean, worth billions of dollars, is under threat due to climate change.


Mafia boss Toto 'the beast' Riina dies in jail

The ruthless figurehead, seen as the boss of bosses of the Sicilian Mafia, died while serving 26 life sentences.

Mafia boss Toto 'the beast' Riina dies at 87


Droughts and storms hit Italy's white truffles hard

Delicate crop from Italy and central Europe decreased by 30 percent over the past 25 years due to weather changes.

Droughts and storms hit Italy's white truffles hard

World Cup

'Shock': Italy out of World Cup for 1st time since 1958

Sweden holds firm to qualify for 2018 World Cup in Russia with a 1-0 aggregate win in a hard-fought play-off.

Counting the Cost

Lombardy, Veneto and the economics of autonomy

How could the autonomy referendums in Italy's two richest regions, Lombardy and Veneto, affect Italy's economic future?


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.


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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.