An officer looks at a monitor showing  the area where a boat believed to be crowded with  as many as 700 migrants capsized in the waters north of Libya on Sunday. Photograph: Angelo Carconi/AP

From the moment that the Matteo Renzi-led government announced last November that the Italian navy-run “Mare Nostrum” search-and-rescue operation in (...)

US president Barack Obama  and Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi arrive for a joint news conference at the White House in Washington. Photograph: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi yesterday told US president Barack Obama the Mediterranean “has become a cemetery”, such is the effect of the bu(...)

Shipwrecked migrants disembark from a rescue vessel as they arrive in the Italian port of Augusta in Sicily on April 16th. As many as 41 migrants drowned after a small boat carrying refugees sank in the Mediterranean, Italian media said, days after 400 were lost in another shipwreck. Photo: Giovanni Isolino/AFP

The already tense situation in the coastal waters off Sicily became significantly more worrying this morning following reports that unidentified Libya(...)

Rescued migrants line up after disembarking at the southern Italian port of Corigliano, Italy, on Wednesday.  Photograph: Francesco Arena/ANSA via AP

Italy’s ongoing boat people crisis off its southern coast took a serious turn for the worse on Thursday when 15 Muslim migrants were arrested and cha(...)

Two years ago, Barone caught his mother, Francesca Bellocco, “in flagrante” in the family summer home in Calabria with Domenico Cacciola, member of a rival ‘Ndrangheta crime family

The Public Prosecutor’s Office in Reggio Calabria this week served up a chilling reminder of mafioso methods and mindset when it revealed that 22-year(...)

African migrants after they were rescued from the sea off the coast of Libya, at a centre for illegal migrants in Misrata, Libya. Photograph: EPA/STR

As southern Italy braced itself for the arrival of more migrant “boat people”, Amnesty International yesterday berated European governments for their(...)

Pope Francis and Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Ankara last November. Diplomatic sources said the statement contradicted the message of peace and friendship the pontiff delivered during his three-day visit. Photograph: EPA/STR

Pope Francis yesterday sparked anger in Turkey when he called the first World War massacre of 1.5 million Armenians by the Ottoman Empire, “the first(...)

France’s President Francois Hollande (left)  with French diplomat Laurent Stefanini. File photograph: Bertrand Langlois/AFP/Getty Images

Paris will not withdraw the nomination of career diplomat Laurent Stefanini as ambassador to the Holy See, sources at the Élysée Palace and the foreig(...)

Rescuers and police help an injured person at  the Justice Palace in Milan, Italy, after a man opened fire in a courtroom.   Photograph:  Daniel Dal Zennaro/EPA 1:11

A defendant in a bankruptcy proceeding in Milan’s main courthouse has shot and killed three people connected to his case, police say.Claudio Giardiell(...)

Anti-G8 protesters hide behind a burning car as they fight police on July 21st, 2001, in Genoa, Italy. Photograph: Sean Gallup/Getty Images

In a landmark judgment, the European Court of Human Rights yesterday found Italy guilty of using “torture” against protesters at the G8 Summit in Gen(...)