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Italy: Republic in Southern Europe
Italy, officially the Italian Republic, is a country in Southern and Western Europe. Located in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea, Italy shares open land borders with France, Switzerland, Austria, Slovenia and the enclaved microstates San Marino and Vatican City. Italy covers an area of 301,340 km2 (116,350 sq mi) and has a largely temperate seasonal and Mediterranean climate. With around 61 million inhabitants, it is the fourth-most populous EU member state and the most populous country in Southern Europe.

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Driver hijacks, sets ablaze school bus in Italy, children flee unharmed

A bus full of schoolchildren was hijacked and set on fire by its own driver on Wednesday in an apparent protest against migrant drownings in the Mediterranean, Italian authorities said.
Reuters - Published

Italy's 5-Star hit as Rome party figure arrested for graft

A senior figure in Italy's ruling 5-Star Movement was arrested on Wednesday on suspicion of corruption, dealing an embarrassing blow to group that has always tried to project a squeaky clean image.
Reuters - Published

Videos for Italy

Driver Kidnaps School Bus Full Of Kids & Sets It On Fire [Video]Driver Kidnaps School Bus Full Of Kids & Sets It On Fire

Newser reports a bus driver in northern Italy abducted 51 children on Wednesday! The driver set the vehicle on fire before being stopped by a police blockade. Officers broke the glass in the back door..

Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 00:32Published

Driver Abducts 51 Schoolchildren on Bus in Italy [Video]Driver Abducts 51 Schoolchildren on Bus in Italy

A bus driver in northern Italy abducted 51 children and their chaperones Wednesday, threatening them over a 40-minute ordeal before setting the vehicle on fire when he was stopped by a Carabinieri..

Credit: Time     Duration: 01:05Published

Italy: Land artist ploughs giant portrait of Xi Jinping with tractor [Video]Italy: Land artist ploughs giant portrait of Xi Jinping with tractor

Days before the arrival of the Chinese President, a land artist has used his tractor to plow out a huge portrait of the Chinese leader in a field in northern Italy.

Credit: euronews (in English)     Duration: 00:40Published

Italy medics blame 'anti-vaxxers' for measles outbreak [Video]Italy medics blame 'anti-vaxxers' for measles outbreak

Emergency measures keep vaccinations compulsory while growing movement says it should be personal choice.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 03:12Published

Watch: Angels of Beauty erase graffiti from famous Italian facades using lasers [Video]Watch: Angels of Beauty erase graffiti from famous Italian facades using lasers

Generations of visitors to cities such as Florence have left their mark. But this unwanted legacy is being erased thanks to lasers which remove graffiti from historic buildings without damaging their..

Credit: euronews (in English)     Duration: 00:20Published

'The ports remain closed,' Italy's Matteo Salvini warns migrant rescue NGO [Video]'The ports remain closed,' Italy's Matteo Salvini warns migrant rescue NGO

Matteo Salvini has reiterated Italy's ports are closed to migrant rescue boats after an NGO ship asked to dock.

Credit: euronews (in English)     Duration: 00:52Published

Accused Mob Boss Killer Wrote Pro-Donald Trump Messages On His Palm Prior To Appearing In Court [Video]Accused Mob Boss Killer Wrote Pro-Donald Trump Messages On His Palm Prior To Appearing In Court

Newser reports that the man charged in the killing of reputed mob boss Francesco "Franky Boy" Cali appeared in court on Monday with pro-Donald Trump slogans written on his palms. While waiting for a..

Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 00:35Published

Cristiano Ronaldo Could Be Fined For Grabbing Crotch [Video]Cristiano Ronaldo Could Be Fined For Grabbing Crotch

Cristiano Ronaldo has been charged with improper conduct by UEFA after his crotch-grabbing celebration in a Champions League match last week. The second-leg tie between Juventus and Atletico Madrid saw..

Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 00:49Published

Harley-Davidsons race, slide and crash on snowy slope [Video]Harley-Davidsons race, slide and crash on snowy slope

Austin Teyler speeds up a snow-covered slope on a borrowed Harley-Davidson in record time to win the annual "Race & Snow" event in Italy

Credit: Reuters - Sports     Duration: 01:44Published

Ronaldo to face disciplinary action over celebration gesture [Video]Ronaldo to face disciplinary action over celebration gesture

Cristiano Ronaldo faces disciplinary action from UEFA on Thursday for his celebration in last week's Champions League win over Atletico Madrid

Credit: Reuters - Sports     Duration: 00:32Published

Prosecutors Investigating Alleged Poisoning Of Moroccan Model Who Testified Against Berlusconi [Video]Prosecutors Investigating Alleged Poisoning Of Moroccan Model Who Testified Against Berlusconi

A 34-year-old Moroccan model — who was a key witness in the trial against former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi over allegations that he paid for sex with an underage woman while in office..

Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 00:38Published

Italy Looks To Impose 'Flip-Flop Fines' On Tourists After String Of Rescues [Video]Italy Looks To Impose 'Flip-Flop Fines' On Tourists After String Of Rescues

According to a report by Mother Nature Network, travelers should leave their flip-flops at home if they are planning on hiking the network of cliffside trails connecting the picturesque Mediterranean..

Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 00:55Published

Mob Boss May Have Been Lured Outside By Staged Accident [Video]Mob Boss May Have Been Lured Outside By Staged Accident

According to Newser, the investigation into the shooting death of reputed crime boss Francesco "Frank" Cali has turned up new information. NYPD Chief of Detectives Dermot Shea told reporters that Cali..

Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 00:33Published

S&P 500 dips amid trade uncertainty [Video]S&P 500 dips amid trade uncertainty

The S&P 500 slipped on Thursday, snapping a three-day streak of gains. Fred Katayama reports.

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:20Published

Italian Court Ruling That a Woman Was Too Ugly to Be Raped Sparks Outrage [Video]Italian Court Ruling That a Woman Was Too Ugly to Be Raped Sparks Outrage

Italy’s Justice Ministry has ordered a preliminary inquiry into an appeals court ruling that overturned a rape verdict in part by arguing that the woman who was attacked was too ugly to be a credible..

Credit: Time     Duration: 01:16Published

Fashion, an escape for female inmates in Italy [Video]Fashion, an escape for female inmates in Italy

Four women prisoners turned designers from Venice had their work showcased at the launch of ethical fashion brand About A Worker's second collection in Paris. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:20Published

Juve better than us, admits Atletico's Simeone [Video]Juve better than us, admits Atletico's Simeone

SHOWS: TURIN, ITALY (MARCH 12, 2019) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 1. (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) ATLETICO MADRID COACH, DIEGO SIMEONE, SAYING: "Honestly, I feel calm because the guys in the field have tried to do

Credit: Reuters - Sports     Duration: 01:37Published

Allegri delighted with Ronaldo and Juve's performance [Video]Allegri delighted with Ronaldo and Juve's performance

Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri praises three-goal Cristiano Ronaldo after his side knock Atletico Madrid out of the Champions League.

Credit: Reuters - Sports     Duration: 01:17Published

US Citizens Will Not Need a Visa for Some EU Travel [Video]US Citizens Will Not Need a Visa for Some EU Travel

Instead, Americans will have to fill out a bit more paperwork before traveling to the Schengen area starting in 2021.

Credit: Newsy Studio     Duration: 01:29Published

Troubled France-Italy high speed railway hits further major delay [Video]Troubled France-Italy high speed railway hits further major delay

The troubled high speed rail project between France and Italy has hit another delay - the Italian Prime Minister has put construction tenders for the scheme on hold.

Credit: euronews (in English)     Duration: 01:13Published

Italy's prime minister halts project to build train line to France [Video]Italy's prime minister halts project to build train line to France

The move is designed to calm a dispute over the project which had threatened to bring down the government.

Credit: euronews (in English)     Duration: 00:50Published

US Citizens Will Need Visa for EU Travel Starting in 2021 [Video]US Citizens Will Need Visa for EU Travel Starting in 2021

​On Friday, the European Union announced that visitors from the U.S. will need a visa to travel within the European Schengen area.

Credit: Newsy Studio     Duration: 01:08Published

Climate change protesters pour fake blood outside Downing Street [Video]Climate change protesters pour fake blood outside Downing Street

The demonstrators say they hope the stunt will force the British government into action over climate change. Rough cut (no reporter narration)

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:00Published

New AS Roma coach Ranieri arrives in Rome [Video]New AS Roma coach Ranieri arrives in Rome

Claudio Ranieri arrives in Rome to take up the role as AS Roma coach, just one week after being sacked by Fulham

Credit: Reuters - Sports     Duration: 00:48Published

 

Xi says China ready to take ties with Italy into new era

China is ready to strengthen its "global strategic partnership" with Italy, Chinese President Xi Jinping wrote in an Italian daily on the eve of his visit to the euro zone's third-largest economy.
Reuters - Published

As Xi heads to Italy, China takes Belt and Road controversy in its stride

Misunderstandings over China's Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) are "hard to avoid", a senior Chinese diplomat said on Wednesday ahead of a trip to Europe by President Xi Jinping during which Italy is..
Reuters - Published

Italian police escort migrant boat, open trafficking probe

An Italian charity ship was escorted into the port of Lampedusa by police on Tuesday after rescuing 49 Africans in the Mediterranean, with Interior Minister Matteo Salvini calling for the crew to be..
Reuters - Published

Italy's Salvini in new migrant boat stand-off

Interior Minister Matteo Salvini said on Tuesday he would not let an Italian-flagged charity ship disembark 49 Africans rescued in the Mediterranean, setting up a fresh confrontation with humanitarian..
Reuters - Published

Italy's La Scala returns Saudi cash over human rights concerns

Italy's La Scala opera house has decided to return more than 3 million euros ($3.4 million) in funding to Saudi Arabia after a plan to work closely with the country was widely criticized, including by..
Reuters - Published

Russian and U.S. diplomats to hold Venezuela talks in Italy this week

United States Special Representative for Venezuela Elliott Abrams and Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov are due to meet in Rome this week to discuss the situation in Venezuela, diplomats..
Reuters - Published

Brexit delay not uncontroversial among EU: Merkel's chief of staff

Chancellor Angela Merkel's chief of staff on Monday said the issue of extending the delay for Britain's exit from the European Union is not uncontroversial among EU states, adding he could not rule out..
Reuters - Published

Today in History for March 18th

On this day in history: Russian cosmonaut first man to walk in space; Mahatma Gandhi is sent to prison for civic disobedience, Italy's Mussolini agrees to enter WWII; Terri Schiavo's feeding tube..
USATODAY.com - Published

Migliozzi wins Kenya Open for 1st European Tour title

Italian golfer Guido Migliozzi won his first European Tour title with a one-stroke victory at the Kenya Open on Sunday
USATODAY.com - Published

As Xi heads to Italy, Vatican says China should not fear Church

A top Vatican official says China's government should not fear "distrust or hostility" from the Roman Catholic Church, writing amid speculation over whether President Xi Jinping will meet Pope Francis..
Reuters - Published

Italian leaders push for change in gun laws

New leadership in Italy has brought some new changes to the country since 2018. Right-wing, pro-gun advocates have risen in power, changing the nation's perspective on gun culture. Now, a push for a..
CBS News - Published

Quagliarella scores again as Sampdoria wins 5-3 at Sassuolo

Veteran forward Fabio Quagliarella celebrated his first Italy call up in four years with yet another goal to help Sampdora win 5-3 at Sassuolo in Serie A
USATODAY.com - Published

Italian gun laws change as leaders push "legitimate defense"

Long a major exporter of firearms to the U.S., Italy now appears to be importing at least some aspects of America's gun culture
CBS News - Published

AP Photos: Nets for soccer goals made on an Italian island

AP Photos: Nets for soccer goals made the old-fashioned way on a picturesque Italian island
USATODAY.com - Published

Italy's drive to join China's Belt and Road hits potholes

The ancient Silk Road was a network of trading routes that stretched from China to Italy, transporting goods, skills and ideas half way around the world.
Reuters - Published

Factbox: Draft Italy Belt and Road MOU has broad outlines, few specifics

Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte is due to sign a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Chinese President Xi Jinping next week endorsing Beijing's ambitious "Belt and Road" investment program.
Reuters - Published

Stop justifying women-killers, Italy PM tells judges

Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte on Thursday criticized judges who granted mitigating circumstances to murderers of women on the grounds they were blinded by jealousy or disappointment.
Reuters - Published

Italy's Salvini defends F-35 orders as necessary for country

Italian Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini on Thursday defended the country's plans to buy 90 Lockheed Martin Corp F-35 fighter jets, following recent media reports suggesting that the order would be..
Reuters - Published

Italy should back Brexit delay if requested: foreign minister

Italy should support a delay to Britain's exit from the European Union if London makes such a request, Italian Foreign Minister Enzo Moavero said on Thursday.
Reuters - Published

Italy would accept extension to article 50 on Brexit: junior minister

Italy would accept an extension of article 50 on Britain's exit from the European Union if London requests it, junior foreign minister Guglielmo Picchi said on Wednesday.
Reuters - Published

Italy to defend strategic interests in China 'Belt and Road' accord: paper

Italy will protect its strategic infrastructure such as telecoms and avoid transferring key know-how as part of a planned agreement with China, Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said in an interview..
Reuters - Published

Italy says MOU with China not meant to upset strategic alliances

The Memorandum of Understanding Italy is drawing up with China is not meant to upset strategic alliances, Italy's Deputy Prime Minister Luigi Di Maio said on Tuesday in a bid to soothe U.S. concerns.
Reuters - Published

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