Italy

Tank warfare in Venice plan gets 24 arrested for plotting secession from Italy

Italian police arrested two dozen separatists including a former parliamentarian on Wednesday on suspicion of gathering arms to violently split the wealthy northern region of Veneto from the rest of...

Italy's Calabrian mafia earns more than McDonald's

Pope Francis meets the faithful after leading an audience with families of victims of the mafia in Rome.

With a turnover of 53 billion euros ($A80.53 billion) in 2013, the 'Ndrangheta mafia from southern Italy made more money last year than Deutsche Bank and McDonalds put together, a new study says.

Former mafia man Domenico Rancadore wins battle against extradition to Italy

Julia Fioretti A fugitive Sicilian mafioso arrested in Britain last year after living a quiet suburban life under an alias for two decades won a battle against extradition on Monday when the court found that...

Italy court confirms Berlusconi ban from public office

Banned: former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi is prevented from running for office.

Italy's highest appeals court on Tuesday confirmed a two-year ban from public office over a conviction for tax fraud.

Italy's toxic 'Triangle of Death' probed

Naples

Italy's premier has urged the swift implementation of a series of measures adopted to protect people living in a so-called Triangle of Death, where toxic mafia dumps are blamed for rising cancer...

Italy warns India marines case could hurt EU ties

Italian government envoy Staffan de Mistura speaks to journalists after a court hearing at the Supreme Court in New Delhi.

Philip Pullella Italy said on Monday India's relations with the European Union would be seriously damaged if New Delhi uses anti-piracy and anti-terrorism legislation to try two Italian marines accused of killing...

Thieves dig tunnel, rob Italy post office

Thieves armed with toy weapons who dug a tunnel into a post office in Florence stole 70,000 euros ($A110,210) after locking terrified staff in the vault, police told AFP.

Amanda Knox's ex-boyfriend denies plan to flee Italy

Amanda Knox's former Italian boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito, insisted Friday he had no plans to flee his country when police apprehended him near the northeastern border with Austria and Slovenia,...

Silvio Berlusconi's sex scandal drives coverage of Italy, report finds

(FILES) - In this files picture taken on May 25, 2012 former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi reacts during a press conference at the senate in Rome. An Italian court on October 19, 2013 ordered a two-year ban from parliament and elections for scandal-tainted former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi as part of a tax fraud case, Italian media reported. Berlusconi can appeal the ruling and the ban would in any case have to be approved by the Senate, where Berlusconi has a parliamentary seat.  AFP PHOTO / FILIPPO MONTEFORTE

Stephanie Anderson Australia’s obsession with the sex scandals of former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi pushed coverage of the country to increasing levels, new research has found.

Silvio Berlusconi expelled from Senate in Italy

Silvio Berlusconi

Italy’s senate stripped Silvio Berlusconi of his parliamentary seat, a dramatic and humiliating expulsion, even as other troubles loom on his horizon.

Italy sends in lawyers to stop adoption of caesarean baby

Challenge:The Rome government is considering taking part in a last-minute challenge to the adoption of Alessandra Pacchieri's baby in Britain.

Nick Squires, John Bingham, Claire Duffin Italy has intervened in the legal dispute over the mother whose baby was forcibly delivered by caesarean section on the secret orders of a British court.

Volcanic eruption shuts Italy airport

Eruption: Lava spews out of  Mount Etna volcano in Sicily, forcing the closure of a nearby airport.

The eruption of the Mount Etna volcano in Sicily has forced the closure of nearby Catania airport.

Panettone sales defy Italy's crisis

The iconic panettone.

Isla Binnie Cash-strapped Italians are refusing to let recession stop them enjoying their iconic panettone Christmas cake, and are even embracing variations on the tightly regulated recipe.

Syrian chemical weapons: Italy to host transfer

Arsenal: Italy will host the transfer of Syria's chemical weapons. Ships from Norway, Denmark, Russia and China are providing security for the operation.

Steve Scherer Italy will honour a pledge to host the transfer of Syria's chemical weapons arsenal despite growing domestic opposition.

Hundreds feared dead as migrant boat sinks off Italy

Migrant boat

Ship carrying African migrants to Europe caught fire and capsized on Thursday off the southern Italian island of Lampedusa, killing at least 133 people as hundreds were dumped into the sea, officials...

Italy migrant boat disaster due to crackdown, says United Nations official

The boat disaster that left 300 people feared dead off the Italian coast is the result of a repressive policy toward irregular immigrants, a United Nations official says.

Vatican cleric denies charges of plotting to fly dirty money to Italy in private jet

Monsignor Nunzio Scarano in Salerno, Italy.

A senior Catholic cleric arrested as part of a sweeping probe of the scandal-plagued Vatican bank has rejected accusations of money-laundering and corruption, Italian media reports.

'World's biggest cocaine dealer' deported to Italy

An Italian mafia capo alleged to be the biggest cocaine trafficker in the world will be deported to Italy on Saturday, a day after being arrested in a Colombian shopping mall, prosecutors said.

Italy bus crash kills at least 36 people

Bus crash victims

Alessandra Migliaccio At least 36 people have died after a bus came off a flyover and plunged 30 metres down a slope in southern Italy.