Migrant trafficker jailed for 18 years for 2013 shipwreck off Italy

PALERMO, Italy - An Italian court on Wednesday found a Tunisian man guilty of trafficking migrants and sentenced him to 18 years in jail for contributing to a 2013 shipwreck that killed 366 people, a judicial source said.

Italian police arrest North Africa cell and five suspected Islamic State supporters

MILAN, Italy - Italian police said on Wednesday they had arrested two people in Rome suspected of plotting attacks in Italy and North Africa, and five others in Italy and Albania who were planning to join hardline militant group Islamic State.

World, Africa, 01 Jul 2015

Italian finance minister says euro ministers still open to Greek deal

LONDON - Italian Economy Minister Pier Carlo Padoan said on Wednesday that euro zone finance ministers were still open to reaching a debt deal with Greece.

Greece 01 Jul 2015

Italy recovers first bodies from deadliest migrant shipwreck

ROME - Italy's navy said on Tuesday it had retrieved the first bodies from the wreck of a boat that sank in the Mediterranean three months ago, killing up to 800 migrants attempting to cross from Libya to Europe.

World, Libya 30 Jun 2015

Tsipras becomes unlikely hero for Europe's euroskeptics

ROME - European anti-establishment parties of all political colors are rallying behind Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras in his stand-off with creditors, which threatens to force Athens out of the euro zone and undermine the single currency.

Greece 29 Jun 2015

Italy begins to recover hundreds of migrant bodies from shipwreck

ROME - Italy's navy said on Monday it had begun to recover the bodies of up to 800 migrants from a fishing boat that sank in the Mediterranean three months ago, a tragedy that prompted the European Union to expand sea rescue operations.

World, United Nations, 29 Jun 2015

European bank shares slump on fears Greece crisis will spread

LONDON - European bank shares stumbled towards their biggest daily fall for four years on Monday, led by big lenders in Italy, Spain and France, after Greece closed its banks and imposed capital controls as it faced the prospect of leaving the eurozone.

France, Greece, Spain 29 Jun 2015

Media reports allege Australian politics infiltrated by Italian mafia

SYDNEY - Two Australian media organisations reported on Monday that Australian politics has been infiltrated at high levels by the Italian mafia, although there was no suggestion of direct links between lawmakers and the criminal syndicate.

World, Australia, 28 Jun 2015

Slowboat to China: No quick fix for luxury yacht firm Ferretti

SARNICO, Italy/SINGAPORE - When Chinese industrial conglomerate Weichai Group snapped up cash-strapped Italian luxury yacht builder Ferretti in 2012, the deal looked like a match made in heaven.

28 Jun 2015

Hungary sounds the alarm about new front in EU's migrant crisis

BICSKE, Hungary - It's a long way from the beaches of Greece and Italy where shipwrecked migrants drag themselves ashore, but in the fields of Hungary a migration crisis is playing out that in its scale is no less dramatic than the scenes in the Mediterranean.

World, United Nations, Greece 26 Jun 2015

Kerry urges Iran to make 'hard choices', says US ready to walk

VIENNA - An Iranian nuclear agreement is possible this week if Iran makes the "hard choices" necessary, but if not, the United States stands ready to walk away from the negotiations, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Sunday. | Video