Marcello Giordani, tenor of beauty and heft, dies at 56
Tenor Marcello Giordani, renowned for a voice of beauty and heft that made him a star at the world's top opera houses, died Saturday. He was 56.
Migrants arrive in Europe with big hopes, many questions
MESSINA, Sicily (AP) — As the weary passengers aboard a rescue ship approached Sicily at the end of an agonizing journey from North Africa, 30-year-old Seke Awa called a friend back in Libya the...
Ocean Viking docks in Sicily, disembarks migrants
MESSINA, Sicily (AP) — A humanitarian ship has docked in Italy to disembark 182 men, women and children rescued in the Mediterranean Sea after fleeing Libya.
Italy to take in 182 migrants from humanitarian ship
ABOARD THE OCEAN VIKING (AP) — A ship carrying 182 migrants rescued in the Mediterranean Sea said Sunday that Italy has granted permission for its passengers to disembark in Sicily.
Bull’s creator will oversee repairs after vandal’s attack
NEW YORK (AP) — The artist who created New York's Charging Bull sculpture will oversee repairs to the gash left when a vandal attacked the bronze statue with an imitation banjo, the head of a...
Experts on watch for more explosions on Stromboli volcano
ROME (AP) — Scientists are keeping close watch for more spectacular explosions of lava and ash from Stromboli volcano, which appears to be in its most active phase in around 100...
Patience wears thin for migrants stranded off Italian coast
ROME (AP) — The Spanish rescue ship Open Arms resorted to serving pizzas to 107 increasingly angry and sometimes aggressive migrants who are stranded aboard, as Italy's interior minister stuck to...
Italian cycling great Felice Gimondi dies at age 76
ROME (AP) — Felice Gimondi, one of only seven cyclists to have won all three Grand Tours, has died. He was 76.
The Italian Cycling Federation (FCI) said efforts to resuscitate Gimondi failed...
ROME (AP) — Italy's anti-migrant interior minister says five nations agreed to take some of the rescued migrants waiting on an Italian coast guard ship.
PALERMO, Sicily (AP) — Jil Teichmann of Switzerland beat top-seeded Kiki Bertens in straight sets to win the Palermo Ladies Open on Sunday.
The eighth-seeded Swiss triumphed 7-6 (3), 6-2 to...
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis is appealing for swift, decisive action by governments so that more migrants don't die at sea.
Francis on Sunday bowed his head in silent prayer for the...
PALERMO, Sicily (AP) — Top-seeded Kiki Bertens of the Netherlands beat Jasmine Paolini on Friday to reach the semifinals of the Palermo Ladies Open.
ROME (AP) — Italy's interior minister says he won't let 140 rescued migrants off an Italian coast guard ship until Europe agrees to take them.
Bertens beat Krunic to reach Palermo quarterfinals
PALERMO, Sicily (AP) — Top-seeded Kiki Bertens of the Netherlands beat Serbian Aleksandra Krunic on Thursday to reach the quarterfinals of the Palermo Ladies Open.
Friedsam upsets No. 2 seed Cornet in Palermo
PALERMO, Sicily (AP) — Unseeded Anna-Lena Friedsam of Germany rallied after she was broken in the opening set to upset No. 2 seed Alize Cornet in the second round of the Palermo Ladies Open on...
Bertens drops only 1 game in Palermo opener
PALERMO, Sicily (AP) — Top-seeded Kiki Bertens rolled to a 6-0, 6-1 win over Ekaterine Gorgodze in the opening round of the Palermo Ladies Open on Tuesday.
Zidansek wins opening match of Palermo Open’s return
PALERMO, Sicily (AP) — Fourth-seeded Tamara Zidansek beat Lara Arruabarrena 6-2, 6-3 in Monday's opening match of the Palermo Ladies Open, which is marking its return after a five-year...
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ROME (AP) — Italian police and FBI agents have cracked down on a Palermo-area Mafia clan with ties to the U.S.-based Gambino crime family.
Police said that around 200 officers including FBI...
Camilleri, author of Montalbano detective series, dies at 93
ROME (AP) — Author Andrea Camilleri, creator of the best-selling Commissario Montalbano series about a likable, though oft-brooding small-town Sicilian police chief who mixes humanity with...
Italian court says wrong Eritrean accused of trafficking
ROME (AP) — A court in Palermo, Sicily, ruled Friday that the wrong Eritrean man was arrested and tried as a migrant smuggling kingpin and ordered him released from jail, a ruling cheered by...
ROME (AP) — The Latest on a migrant smuggling trial in Italy (all times local):
A court in Sicily has ruled that the wrong Eritrean man was put on trial as an alleged migrant...
ROME (AP) — Hail the size of oranges has injured 18 people in an Italian Adriatic city, while a blaze in Sicily forced beachgoers to flee.
Italian minister Salvini closes migrant center in Sicily
MILAN (AP) — Italy's hard-line interior minister on Tuesday closed a migrant center in Sicily he called the largest in Europe, as he underlined the decrease in migrant arrivals since the populist...
MILAN (AP) — Italian news agency ANSA says eruptions from a volcano on the Sicilian island of Stromboli sent about 30 tourists jumping into the sea for safety.
Rescue ship ‘bumped’ Italy police boat, in judge’s resizing
MILAN (AP) — A sea captain who forced a rescue ship carrying 40 migrants into an Italian island port against orders of authorities appears to have acted in accordance with maritime law, according...
BERLIN (AP) — The Latest on migration issues in Europe (all times local):
A judge has denied Italian prosecutors' request to uphold house arrest for the captain of a migrant...
Italian judge to rule on defiant migrant rescue ship captain
ROME (AP) — The German captain who defied Italian authorities and rammed her migrant rescue ship into a border police motorboat while docking remained under house arrest after questioning Monday...
This bright, tasty salad celebrates Sicilian ingredients
This light, bright salad celebrates ingredients that are abundant in Sicily.
Citrus fruits, in particular, flourish and come in many varieties. Taroccos, or blood oranges, are the most...
Migrant aid ship rams Italian police boat; captain arrested
LAMPEDUSA, Sicily (AP) — The German captain of a humanitarian rescue ship with 40 migrants aboard has been arrested after she rammed her vessel into an Italian border police motorboat while...
Young German captain takes on Italy’s hard-line minister
MILAN (AP) — The 31-year-old German captain with tied-back dreadlocks and a steady voice as she defies Sicily port authorities in defense of dozens of migrants rescued at sea has enraged Italy's...
CATANIA, Sicily (AP) — Mount Etna, Europe's most active volcano, is spewing ash and lava once again, but officials say the activity is taking place at its summit and does not pose a risk to...
Palermo still waiting to see where it will play next season
MILAN (AP) — It's not quite as easy as ABC for Italian soccer club Palermo.
With the regular season over and the promotion playoffs looming, Palermo is waiting to see if it will compete for...
MILAN (AP) — A judge in Sicily has dropped an investigation into two members of the Spanish aid group Proactiva Open Arms that stemmed from a standoff last year when the crew refused to hand over...
Review: Tembi Locke’s ‘From Scratch’ is a gorgeous read
"From Scratch: A Memoir of Love, Sicily, and Finding Home" (Simon & Schuster), by Tembi Locke
Not interested in yet another memoir of moving to Italy, discovering great food and falling...
Giro deal with Sicily to include start of 2021 race
MILAN (AP) — Giro d'Italia organizers have announced a deal with the Sicilian region to hold three stages on the island next year and the Grand Tour's start in 2021.
MILAN (AP) — Italy's Senate refused Wednesday to lift Interior Minister Matteo Salvini's immunity to face possible charges for refusing to allow migrants aboard an Italian coast guard ship to...
Vote on minister’s immunity puts Italian populists in bind
ROME (AP) — Should senators from Italy's anti-establishment 5-Star Movement strip the firebrand leader of the far-right League of his immunity from criminal prosecution, possibly jeopardizing the populist government in which the two parties are coalition partners?
Migrants disembark in Sicily as latest EU standoff ends
ROME (AP) — Europe's latest migrant standoff came to a conclusion Thursday as 47 migrants kept at sea for nearly two weeks while Italy pressured European countries to take them in finally disembarked from their rescue ship in Sicily.
The Latest: Migrants disembark from rescue ship in Sicily
ROME (AP) — The Latest on migrants in Europe (all times local):
The 47 migrants kept at sea for nearly two weeks as Italy pressured European countries to take them in have begun disembarking from their rescue ship in Sicily.
Europe's latest migrant standoff came to a conclusion Thursday in Catania as the Sea-Watch 3, operated by a German aid group, pulled into Catania's port and the migrants were being taken ashore to be identified and processed.
Italy: 5 EU nations will take in migrants stranded at sea
NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Italian Premier Giuseppe Conte says five European Union nations are stepping forward to help resolve the latest impasse involving migrants stuck at sea on a humanitarian ship, but he bemoaned the lack of a systematic EU way to deal with migrant rescues.
Italy to seek court ruling Dutch must deal with migrant boat
ROME (AP) — Italy has decided to ask the European human rights court to rule that the Netherlands must deal with a Dutch-flagged migrant rescue boat stranded off Sicily.
Italy lawmakers say ship’s migrants suffering mentally
ROME (AP) — Italian lawmakers boarded a migrant rescue ship within eyeshot of the island of Sicily on Sunday to inspect conditions for 47 men and boys nine days after they were rescued in the Mediterranean Sea.
The ship operated by German humanitarian group Sea-Watch picked up the migrants on Jan. 19 in waters off Libya. It was allowed to shelter Italy's territorial waters due to threatening weather Thursday, but the government refuses to let aid groups disembark in Italian ports.
UN, church officials press Italy to let migrants disembark
ROME (AP) — Three United Nations agencies appealed Saturday to Italy to allow 47 migrants off a private rescue ship after a week in cold weather and decried a "'boat-by-boat" approach that keeps vulnerable asylum-seekers at sea while European nations squabble.
Sea-Watch 3, operated by a German aid group, could be seen about a mile offshore from Syracuse, Sicily as fishermen, priests and others turned out for a solidarity rally in support of the stranded passengers.
47 migrants stranded off Sicily as Italy refuses entry
MILAN (AP) — Italy pressured the Netherlands on Friday to accept 47 migrants, including eight unaccompanied minors, who have spent seven days at sea aboard a humanitarian rescue ship that has been allowed to enter Italian territorial waters due to bad weather conditions.
Italian convert to Islam held on inciting terror charge
MILAN (AP) — Police in Sicily have arrested a 32-year-old Italian convert to Islam on terrorism charges for allegedly inciting contacts to participate in a holy war.
The news agency ANSA reported Wednesday that the suspect, identified as Giuseppe D'Ignoti, converted in 2011 while in jail and after his release identified himself as Moroccan and used Yussuf as his first name.
The Latest: Italy alleges extremists smuggled migrants
MADRID (AP) — The Latest on Europe's migrant crisis (all times local):
Italian police say they have broken up a migrant-smuggling ring allegedly organized by Tunisian extremists.
Carabinieri police in Sicily's capital said on Wednesday that some suspects were under investigation for allegedly advocating terrorist acts as well as aiding clandestine immigration.
They say warrants were issued for 14 suspects in Sicily and one in northern Italy, with several arrests made.
Ten injured in Italy earthquake
Quake from Mount Etna volcano jolts Sicily, sparks panic
ROME (AP) — An earthquake triggered by Mount Etna's eruption jolted eastern Sicily before dawn Wednesday, injuring at least 10 people, damaging churches and houses on the volcano's slopes and prompting panicked villagers to flee their homes.
Italy's Civil Protection officials said the quake, which struck at 3:19 a.m., was part of a swarm of some 1,000 tremors, most of them barely perceptible, linked to Etna's volcanic eruption this week.