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‘Anyone who has been to the affected regions in northern Italy in the last 14 days and has a cough, shortness of breath, breathing difficulties or fever should self-isolate and phone their GP immediately.’

The St Patrick’s Day festival and other public events may face restrictions as a result of public health measures likely to force postponement of the (...)

 League leader Matteo Salvini in the Italian Senate in Rome on Wednesday. Photograph: Riccardo Antimiani/EPA

Italy’s senate has voted to strip Matteo Salvini, leader of the right-wing League party, of his legal immunity, paving the way for the former interior(...)

 A Libyan man  holds up his Libyan passport on the deck of the Alan Kurdi rescue ship. Photograph: Sally Hayden

“It’s beautiful,” said a father, as he gazed at the Sicilian coast looming before him. “My country could be beautiful but it needs 10, 15 years.” He (...)

Leoluca Orlando, the mayor of Palermo,  Sicily, points at a Palermo flag he has gifted the Alan Kurdi rescue ship. ‘I think what happens in Libya is a shame for the Italian government, it’s a shame for the European Union, it’s a shame for all European states.’ Photograph: Sally Hayden

As the Alan Kurdi rescue ship drew away from port in Palermo, Sicily, the city’s mayor waved a vigorous goodbye. “This is your home,” Leoluca Orlando (...)

People attend the inauguration of the Alan Kurdi rescue ship in Palma de Mallorca. File photograph: Jaime Reina/AFP via Getty Images

Palermo, Italy At the end of a long dock, past large container ships, cranes and warehouses, and framed by the twinkling lights of Palermo across the(...)

Activists’ banners declare “EU Get your Ships Together!” during a ministerial meeting about migration at Fort St Angelo in Vittoriosa, Malta. Photograph: Domenic Aquilina

Four EU countries have sought to break the deadlock over European migration policy, as Italy’s new government underlined its move away from the hardli(...)

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Malta has been sharply criticised by an influential European monitoring body for inadequately tackling financial crime, in a report highlighting the r(...)

Ollolai, Italy: 'Casa a 1 euro', or 'houses for €1', is a scheme aimed at luring new residents, which allows them to buy a house for the princely sum of just €1.

Feeling the post-holiday blues? Wishing you could still be somewhere a bit sunnier – and cheaper? Well, if you’re fed up with the high cost of living (...)

Italy’s far-right interior minister Matteo Salvini arriving for a meeting with League party members in Rome on Monday. Photograph: Filippo Monteforte/AFP/Getty Images

League leader Matteo Salvini’s drive for early elections in Italy hit a road bump on Monday with parliamentary party leaders failing to decide when th(...)

Lady Gregory. ‘The growing sophistication of her literary work’ is traced in new book.  Photograph:  Hulton Getty

Lady Gregory’s Early Irish Writings, 1883-1893 James Pethica, ed, Colin Smythe Lady Gregory’s writing life prior to meeting WB Yeats has generally (...)

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