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Rescuers in Italy are searching for eight Algerians who they believe were trying to swim ashore after the motor of their boat failed off Sardinia's southwest coast. Officials on November 17 said three people who stayed on the craft were taken to safety.

The migrants were off the island of Toro, near Sant'Antioco, on the southwest coast of Sardinia.

"In the afternoon of November 16 and this morning we recovered two bodies in the water," explained Giuseppe Minotauro of the...

An informal refugee camp in Rome which opened at the height of the crisis in 2015 was evacuated on Novermber 13, sending several vulnerable people onto the streets as winter sets in.

Located in an empty car park near one of Rome's main train stations, the Baobab camp would normally host around 300 people, mostly transiting for a few days or months. 

While the eviction had been expected for weeks, around 150 people were still at the camp on Tuesday morning when police vans...

Italy’s far-right League party intervened on October 28 to block efforts by a Muslim association to turn a former hospital chapel into a mosque.

The Muslim group last week made the highest offer for the chapel in the northern city of Bergamo at an auction organized by a local hospital, outbidding the Romanian Orthodox Church which had been using the building for its religious services.

But the project proved short-lived, with League leaders in the wealthy Lombardy region, which...

Two migrants were injured (one seriously) in Brindisi with baseball bats from a racist round, while a third attack on a young migrant would have failed due to the intervention of a passer-by. 

One of the two wounded is Elija, secretary of the Ghana city community, who has been living and working in Brindisi for several years. 

The other wounded is a boy from Senegal, residing in the dormitory. 

On the episodes investigates the Digos of Brindisi that in these hours is...

Lodi Mayor Sara Casanova on October 15 stood by controversial new regulations in the northern city that have seen the children of many migrants unable to have access to school canteens and school bus services. "The regulation will certainly remain in force," Casanova told ANSA.

 "The law must always be valid for everyone". The regulation demands that migrant parents must submit documentation from their countries of origin about their wealth and income, in addition to certification...

Italy’s far-right interior minister, Matteo Salvini, has ordered hundreds of refugees to be moved out of Riace, a small town in Calabria celebrated around the world as a model of integration.

The decision, which follows the house arrest earlier this month of the town’s mayor, Domenico Lucano, effectively shuts down a project that also provided work for Italians.

Salvini wrote on Twitter: “Who makes mistakes, pays. We cannot tolerate irregularities in the use of public funds,...

Matteo Salvini, Italy’s far-Right interior minister, has threatened to close the country’s airports to block the rumoured repatriation of migrants on charter flights from Germany.

In a move likely to anger Berlin, Mr Salvini, the head of the anti-immigrant League Party and deputy prime minister, on Sunday said he would shut the airports in the same way he defied EU laws and closed Italy’s ports to prevent migrant arrivals.

The minister was responding to reports that Angela...

An Italian man with extreme right-wing views has been convicted in a shooting rampage targeting immigrants and sentenced to 12 years in prison.

The 28-year-old Luca Traini was arrested by police in the main square of the central city of Macerata following the rampage that injured six immigrants and terrorized the city last February. The sentence included an aggravating circumstance of racial hatred.

Police said the suspect claimed to have been acting out of revenge after a...

The mayor of an Italian town known around the world as a model of integration has been put under house arrest for aiding illegal migration.

Domenico Lucano, who has been the mayor of the southern Italian town of Riace since 2004, is also accused of unlawful conduct in assigning contracts for rubbish collection services.

Lucano's partner, Tesfahun Lemlem, was banned from living in the town under the same charges.

The arrest on October 2 morning came amid a government...

A network of victims of sexual abuse by members of the clergy said on October 2 that it has evidence of four major cases of abuse in Italy that the Catholic Church failed to properly address.

Francesco Zanardi of the ECA Global network compared the cases to allegations by the Vatican's former ambassador to the United States, Carlo Maria Viganò, that Pope Francis and other Church officials mishandled accusations of sexual misconduct by retired American cardinal Theodore McCarrick....

"Masters and school staff must know who the children entrust at the end of the lessons, and therefore who goes to take must be recognizable" with this motivation the Lega members of the Parliament Simona Pergreffi and Daniele Belotti ask to ban the niqab to mothers who present themselves at school.

The representatives of the Carroccio, citing a ruling by the Supreme Court, wrote to the Minister of Education Marco Bussetti to the provincial school teacher of Bergamo Patrizia Graziani...

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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