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In Naples, 32-year-old Senegalese street vendor Cisse Elhadji Diebel was about to collect his wares and go home, when he was shot three times by two strangers on a scooter by the central train station.

One of the bullets hit his femur, for which he has undergone surgery. Another missed him. The third is now lodged in the phone he was carrying in his pocket.

While gun and gang violence have long marred Naples, alarm bells are ringing over the rapid rise in racist assaults - at...

Despite a decision by the European Court of Human Rights to halt the evacuation of a Roma camp in northern Rome, Italian police and municipal authorities evicted its roughly 300 residents on July 26.

The operation at Camping River started in the early morning and deployed a large police contingent, continuing throughout the day. By early afternoon, however, more than 100 residents were still outside the camp's gate with their belongings and said they had nowhere to go.

Some of...

More than 450 migrants have been rescued from the Mediterranean - sparking a row between Italy and Malta over who is responsible for them.

The migrants were spotted on an overcrowded wooden vessel near the Italian island of Linosa and more than 100 nautical miles from Malta.

A ship operated by EU border agency Frontex and a vessel owned by Italy's tax police picked them up, but Italy's interior minister Matteo Salvini refused to let them dock and ordered the boats to head south...

A burkini-clad woman was asked to leave a municipal swimming baths in Florence on July 7, sources said Monday night.

Leftwing Power to the People Councillor Miriam Amato called on sports pointman Andrea Vanucci to send a circular to all municipal baths telling them to let women in burkinis use their facilities.

"What happened on Saturday is unacceptable," she said.

A lifeguard asked the woman to leave the children's pool where she was playing with her baby son.

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The European Union has found itself in an internal crisis as Italy blocked the second batch of the 3 billion euros that the bloc promised to pay Turkey for supporting the Syrian refugees.

Speaking to journalists in a closed-door briefing in Brussels, an EU official said Italy has demanded that the bloc agree on a fund package for Rome and refuses to withdraw the monetary block on the funds allocated for Turkey unless the EU strikes a deal with Italy.

During the two-day EU...

Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini called on Malta to take in a rescue vessel carrying more than 200 migrants, and insisted the NGO-operated ship be impounded and its crew detained.

“For the safety of the crew and passengers we have asked Malta to open its ports,” the leader of the far-right League tweeted, claiming the vessel is in Maltese waters. “It is clear that the ship will then have to be seized, and its crew detained. [It should] never again be out trafficking at sea.”...

A rescue vessel carrying 629 migrants is stranded in the Mediterranean after Italy's new interior minister refused permission for it to dock.

Matteo Salvini, leader of the right-wing League, said Malta should accept the Aquarius but he was rejected.

Malta says the German charity SOS Méditerranée picked up the migrants in Libyan waters, which means they fall under Italy's jurisdiction.

Italy is the main entry for migrants crossing from North Africa to Europe.

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One of Italy’s largest mainstream newspapers has sacked a veteran journalist for daring to write that most of what is found in the papers today is fake news, because they “care nothing for the truth.”

In the most forceful paragraph of the essay in La Repubblica that cost him his job of 18 years, Piergiorgio Odifreddi wrote that “the majority of the news that goes to print or that is read online is obviously fake news: not only stories on religion and politics, which are sectors...

Thousands of people turned out saturday for an anti-racist march in the central Italian city of Florence in memory of a black man from Senegalese shot dead by a racist attacker.

Idy Diene, a legally resident street vendor aged 54, was gunned down Monday by a 65-year-old man. Then he initially intending to kill himself and leaving behind a suicide note for his family.

A peaceful throng of Italians joined members of Senegalese local associations in Santa Maria Novella square in...

Police have arrested a Catholic priest accused of using exorcism sessions to sexually abuse a number of vulnerable young women, including a girl aged 14.

Maria Antonietta Troncone, the co-ordinating prosecutor, said that Father Michele Barone had allegedly beaten, insulted and threatened the women and subjected them to sexual acts while “liberating” them from demonic possession. They were encouraged to sleep in the nude with him and his mistress, she said, with one woman told that she...

International aid group Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders) said on Wednesday it had dealt with 24 cases of sexual harassment or abuse among its 40,000 staff last year, and dismissed 19 people as a result.

MSF said it had released the figures to demonstrate transparency after the scandal at British charity Oxfam, whose deputy head resigned this week after The Times newspaper reported some staff working in Haiti after the 2010 earthquake paid for sex with prostitutes....

A right-wing Italian gunman shot and wounded six African immigrants in a two-hour drive-by shooting spree Saturday, terrorizing a small Italian city where a Nigerian man was arrested days earlier in the gruesome killing of a teenager, police said.

The shooting suspect was identified as Luca Traini, a 28-year-old Italian with no previous record. Traini had run for town council on the anti-migrant Northern League's list in a local election last year in the town of Corridonia, but the...

Immigration has been thrust to the fore of Italy’s election campaign after a politician from a right-wing party warned that “the white race” was in danger of dying out.

The debate over race, integration and multiculturalism is shaping up as one of the key issues in the March 4 election, in a country which has rescued around 600,000 migrants and refugees in the Mediterranean in the last four years, most of whom arrived by boat from Libya.

Attilio Fontana, a prominent politician...

A trainee lawyer was kicked out of a courtroom in Italy's Bologna for wearing the Muslim headscarf, reports said Thursday.

The 25-year-old Muslim woman identified as Asmae Belfakir, who attended the hearing as a trainee lawyer, was told by the judge to take off her headscarf or leave the courtroom at the Emilia-Romagna regional administrative court.

The Moroccan-born woman refused to take off her headscarf and chose to leave the hearing.

Having completed a law degree at...

Renowned Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine militant Leila Khaled was stopped by Italian border police in Rome after she disembarked a flight from Amman, according to Italian press reports. She was expected in the Italian capital as well as in the southern city of Naples to give talks on the 50th anniversary of the foundation of the PFLP, but was sent back to Amman. Italy’s Department of Public Security issued a statement insisting that the stopping of Khaled was a purely...