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Non-national migrant rescue ships will no longer be able to dock in Italy, after the country declared its ports were not safe due to the coronavirus pandemic.

"Given the spread of Covid-19, Italian ports cannot guarantee the necessary prerequisites to be qualified as 'places of safety,'" the government decree says.

While it does not mention migrants specifically, the order refers to search and rescue operations, which pluck thousands of migrants from the Mediterranean each year...

A 57-year-old doctor who tested positive for coronavirus and who was working in a hospital in the town of Codogno has died.

Marcello Natali had been hospitalised in Cremona before being transferred to Milan after developing double pneumonia. In one of the last interviews he gave before he was tested for COVID-19, he told Euronews that he had had to work without gloves: "They have run out," he said.

He also said that in Codogno and a nearby town, Casale, 14 out of 35 doctors...

Nutella has been forced to issue an apology after sharing a comment of support for a "racist cartoon" on Instagram. 

On Wednesday a cartoon was shared on Instagram showing two white children with Nutella around their mouths.

Both children are pointing at a black child alongside the caption: “Who ate all the Nutella?” 

The post used a hashtag for World Nutella Day which took place on 5 February.

The Nutella social media account, which has a blue tick signalling it...

There have been no confirmed cases of coronavirus in Italy at the time of writing.

Tensions increased after some 7,000 people were held on a cruise ship in an Italian port following the isolation of two Chinese passengers over fears they could be carrying the coronavirus, despite preliminary tests coming up negative.

Italian newspapers have reported cases of bullying or discrimination against Chinese people following the outbreak of the disease, which has now killed 170 in...

Matteo Salvini, leader of Italy's far-right League, is embroiled in a diplomatic spat with Tunisia after he accused a 17-year-old of being a drug dealer.

Out campaigning in the working class neighborhood of Pilastro in Bologna ahead of a crucial regional election at the weekend, Salvini rang the bell of a Tunisian family's home and asked: "Can you let me in? I'd like to ask you whether it's true you deal drugs in the neighborhood as we've been told?"

The incident, which was...

In an interview with the Israeli newspaper Israel Hayom, former Italian Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini said he would recognise Jerusalem as the Israeli capital if he becomes prime minister. “Yes, absolutely”, Salvini said, answering a reporter’s question. On 6 December 2017, US President Donald Trump reversed decades of foreign policy and announced that Washington would recognise the ancient city as the capital of Israel and move its embassy to Jerusalem. The US move was heavily...

Serie A unveiled its 'No To Racism' posters at its headquarters in Milan on Monday. Those posters depicted the faces of three monkeys.

Italian clubs AC Milan and Roma quickly condemned the artwork, with Milan chief executive Ivan Gazidis stating the images "came as a surprise, were insensitive and badly timed".

Here is how the national press in Italy and users on social media reacted to the controversy.

News website Il Post reported the artwork on Monday, saying that "...

Pope Francis has announced sweeping changes to the way the Roman Catholic church deals with cases of sexual abuse of children, abolishing the rule of pontifical secrecy that previously covered them.

Two documents issued by the pope back practices that have been in place in some countries, particularly the US, such as reporting suspicion of sexual abuse to civil authorities where required by law.

The documents, which put the practices into universal church law, also forbid...

Mario Balotelli has expressed his gratitude for the support he received in the wake of racist abuse which saw him set to walk off at Verona - and claims those responsible should be ashamed.

The forward picked up the ball and kicked it into the stands before making to leave the pitch in the 54th minute of the Serie A match at Stadio Marc’Antonio Bentegodi. Footage later appeared which showed Balotelli was reacting to racist abuse, with monkey chants clearly audible.

Balotelli...

A court in Italy's Milan has rejected an appeal on lifting a burqa and veil ban in public places that came into force in Lombardy in 2016.

The northeastern region adopted the regulations that explicitly outlawed the use of Islamic face coverings in public.

The decision was approved by a trial court before it was taken to the appeal court in Milan, local media reported Thursday.

Ali Abu Shwaima, the chairman of the Lombardy Islamic Center, said there has never been a...

Their children cannot eat pork or meat that is not slaughtered according to the halal method.

For this a group of Bengali Muslims asked the leadership of the elementary school attended by their children, in Mestre, to be able to have "halal" meat according to the rules of the Koran on the menu of the canteen.

The case broke out on the occasion of the first meeting of the families of the students with the teachers of the primary "Cesare Battisti", where the classes have over 60...

Europol, the European police agency, issued a “Strategic Report” earlier Tuesday, saying that right-wing violence is on the rise in many EU states. The confidential report, cited by German media, says that the extremist groups seek to boost their “combat skills” by recruiting military and police members. The report noted that extremist groups are getting “increasingly popular among younger and better educated demographics.”

EU police agency Europol warned of growing far-right violence...

FIFA president Gianni Infantino labeled the situation of racism inside Italian soccer stadiums “very serious” following the latest incident of offensive chants.

A 2-2 draw between Atalanta and Fiorentina on Sunday was suspended briefly during the first half due to racist chants.

The referee ordered a warning to be read over the stadium’s loudspeaker after the chants were apparently made by Atalanta fans toward Fiorentina fullback Dalbert Henrique, a Brazilian player who is...

A football pundit has been banned from an Italian TV station after making a shocking racist comment about Inter Milan's Romelu Lukaku.

Luciano Passirani said of the former Manchester United striker: "If they go one-on-one with you you're dead, you fall to the ground. 

"The only way to out-muscle him is to give him ten bananas to eat..."

Director of the station Fabio Ravezzani went on air almost immediately and apologised for the comments, making clear that Passirani...

Institutional racism is prevalent in criminal justice systems across the European Union and has created a "justice gap" in such cases, a new study has found.

The research, carried out by the European Network Against Racism (ENAR), has found "deeply-rooted institutional racism" affects all parts of the justice process, from the very reporting of the crime to sentencing.

This is despite data suggesting that the occurrence of racially-motivated crimes are on the rise in many EU...