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Rome court says migrant ship can enter Italy's waters, overriding Salvini

Aug 14 2019

ROME/MADRID An administrative court in Rome ruled on Wednesday that a Spanish rescue ship carrying around 150 migrants should be allowed to enter Italian territorial waters in defiance of a ban imposed by Interior Minister Matteo Salvini.

Explainer: Italy's Salvini snarled in political crisis of his own making

Aug 14 2019

ROME Italian Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini, who heads the far-right League party, announced last Thursday that he would file a motion of no-confidence in the government and wanted early elections.

In new migrant standoff, Italy's Salvini blocks two NGO boats

Aug 13 2019

ROME Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini said on Tuesday he was working to prevent two rescue ships operated by French and Spanish charities from bringing more than 500 migrants to Italy in the latest Mediterranean stand-off.

Italian Senate called to set debate on Salvini's election bid

Aug 12 2019

ROME Right-wing League leader Matteo Salvini's drive for early elections in Italy hit a road bump on Monday with parliamentary party leaders failing to decide when the Senate should debate his no-confidence motion in the government.

Italian PM stands by League over Russia funding scandal

Jul 24 2019

ROME Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said on Wednesday he had continued trust in the League party within his coalition government despite allegations it had sought illicit funds from Russia.

Sink-or-swim showdown beckons for Italy's fractious coalition

Jul 21 2019

ROME Italy's fractious coalition partners are gearing up for a showdown this week that is likely to determine if the government will collapse, triggering autumn elections, or survive to the end of the year.

Italy's Salvini to see Di Maio with government's fate hanging in balance

Jul 19 2019

ROME Italian Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini said on Friday he would meet coalition partner and leader of the 5-Star Movement Luigi Di Maio amid speculation that the increasingly unwieldy government might collapse.

Italy's warring coalition parties warn of government collapse

Jul 18 2019

ROME The leaders of Italy's coalition partners the League and 5-Star Movement warned on Thursday the government could collapse following mutual recriminations over the election of the next European Commission president.

Italy's warring coalition parties warn of govt collapse

Jul 18 2019

ROME, July 18 The leaders of Italy's coalition partners the League and 5-Star Movement warned on Thursday the government could collapse following mutual recriminations over the election of the next European Commission president.

Italy's Salvini angers Conte by muscling into budget debate

Jul 15 2019

ROME Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini met leading economic players on Monday to discuss the forthcoming 2020 budget, angering Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, who accused him of trespassing onto his own political territory.

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Iran tanker heads to Greece, U.S. warns against helping vessel

An Iranian tanker at the center of an angry confrontation between Iran and Washington sailed for Greece on Monday after it was freed from detention off Gibraltar, as Washington called the release unfortunate and warned Greece and Mediterranean ports against helping the vessel.