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A military policeman walks next to bodies of migrants who drowned off La Playa beach in Catania in Sicily. Photograph: Reuters/Antonio Parrinello

Italy was shaken over the weekend by the deaths of six young Egyptians who drowned trying to swim 20m from a wooden fishing boat to the shore, and wh(...)

Italian police carry the body of a migrant who drowned after a shipwreck at La Playa beach in Catania in Sicily. The bodies of six migrants were recovered on the beach, and dozens of other passengers have been rescued. Photograph: Antonio Parrinello/Reuters

Six migrants drowned off the Italian island of Sicily today after attempting a dangerous passage from Africa in a fishing boat, according to the Itali(...)

Scotland Yard confirmed that Rancadore, 64, was arrested at 7pm yesterday by the force’s extradition unit.

A Mafia boss has been arrested in London after nearly two decades on the run. Domenico Rancadore, who is wanted by the Italian authorities, was held b(...)

Globalising indifference

Visiting the Sicilian island of Lampedusa on the first pastoral visit of his papacy last week, Pope Francis not only expressed solidarity with the tho(...)

Pope Francis speaks yesterday to migrants on the island of Lampedusa, where he celebrated Mass on a simple altar that sat on a fishing boat. Photograph: Alessandra Tarantino/Reuters

On a visit that seems destined to set the tone for his entire pontificate, Pope Francis yesterday railed against modern man’s “culture of comfort” whi(...)

Pope Francis made his first official trip outside Rome today with a visit to Lampedusa, the tiny island off Sicily that has been the first port of safety for untold thousands of migrants crossing by sea from North Africa to Europe. The choice of Lampedusa is a highly symbolic one for Francis, who has placed the poor at the centre of his papacy and called on the Church to return to its mission of serving them. Photograph: Alessandro Bianchi/Reuters

Pope Francis has visited the small Italian island of Lampedusa and laid a wreath in memory of the thousands of migrants from Africa who have died tryi(...)

Pope Francis’s first visit outside Rome is to an island seen as a meeting point between Africa and Europe. Photograph: AP Photo/Riccardo De Luca

In what is perhaps the clearest expression yet of his desire for a “church of the poor . . . and for the poor”, Pope Francis today visits the “boat pe(...)

A hearse enters a side entrance at the funeral for actor James Gandolfin at The Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine  in New York City today. Photograph: Mike Coppola/Getty Images

Family, friends and fans of actor James Gandolfini gathered at a Manhattan cathedral for his funeral today, a week after the 51-year-old star of The (...)

 James Gandolfini as Tony Soprano in a scene from one of the last episodes of the HBO TV series The Sopranos.

James Gandolfini, the burly actor best known for his Emmy-winning portrayal of a conflicted New Jersey Mafia boss in the groundbreaking TV series The (...)

Centre-left Ignazio Marino celebrates after being elected new mayor of Rome.

Italian politics has produced yet another helter-skelter moment with the centre-left Democratic Party (PD) walking away with almost all the spoils in (...)

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