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Palermo court says people smuggler arrested in Sudan is right man


ROME/PALERMO A suspected people smuggler who alleged he had been mistakenly arrested and extradited to Italy is indeed the man prosecutors had sought, Palermo magistrates said after investigating his identity.

Rescuers recover 17 bodies, pick up 1,128 boat migrants

ROME An Irish navy ship recovered 17 dead bodies on Thursday when it went to the aid of migrants packed onto a wooden boat off the coast of Libya, Italy's coastguard said, marking another deadly day of attempted sea crossings.

World, Libya, Jul 21 2016

Father of EU divorce clause demands tough stance on British exit

ROME A former Italian premier who wrote the European Union divorce clause that Britain is poised to trigger said on Thursday that Brussels should offer no concessions to London in looming negotiations to quit the trading bloc.

World, Jul 21 2016

Defeated Milan mayoral candidate vows to unite Italy's center-right

ROME The center-right candidate narrowly defeated in mayoral elections in Milan last month said he wanted to unite Italy's conservatives nationally to oust Prime Minister Matteo Renzi at the next election.

World, Jul 21 2016

Bodies of 21 women, one man found on migrant boat in Mediterranean: MSF

ROME The bodies of 21 women and one man were found on a rubber dinghy adrift near the Libyan coast on Wednesday, just hours after they had set sail for Italy, humanitarian group Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) said.

World, Libya Jul 21 2016

Hidden Senate scheming saves Berlusconi from court wiretaps

ROME Italy's Senate voted on Wednesday to block magistrates from using wiretaps as evidence against former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi in a trial where he is accused of bribing women to keep quiet over his "bunga bunga" sex parties.

World, Jul 20 2016

Italy courts Chinese investors to restore ancient sites

ROME Italy is courting Chinese investors to help spruce up some of its ancient temples and catacombs, a magnet for tourists but a drain on its strained public finances.

Jul 20 2016

Italian police break up migrant smuggling ring in one of biggest operations

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Italian police have broken up a criminal ring which smuggled at least 100 migrants from the northern city of Milan to other European countries in what authorities described as one of the biggest operations of its kind.

World, Jul 20 2016

Apollo sole bidder so far for Italy's four rescued banks: sources

MILAN U.S. fund Apollo Global Management is so far the sole bidder for four small Italian banks that were rescued from bankruptcy in November as a deadline to submit binding offers looms, several sources close to the matter said.

Deals, Jul 20 2016

Italy says 3,200 boat migrants rescued Tuesday, one body recovered

ROME Some 3,200 migrants were plucked from overcrowded boats off the coast of Libya on Tuesday and one dead body was recovered, Italy's coast guard said, as people smugglers operating in Libya took advantage of calm seas and warm weather.

World, Libya Jul 19 2016

Munich gunman fixated on mass killing, had no Islamist ties

MUNICH A German-Iranian teenager who shot dead nine people in Munich was a deranged lone gunman obsessed with mass killings who drew no inspiration from Islamist militancy, police said on Saturday. | Video