ITALY

  • Italy lawmakers fail to elect new president in 1st round Yesterday

    Rome: Lawmakers failed to elect a new Italian president in balloting that tests Premier Matteo Renzi's ability to rally his fractured party behind a candidate that is also acceptable to opposition leader Silvio Berlusconi, whose support he has courted for the government's ambitious reform agenda. Even as the names on...
  • Italy migrant 'ghost ship' arrives in port January 3, 2015

    Corigliano Calabro: A ship abandoned by its crew and left drifting with 450 migrants on board reached Italy's jagged southern coast on Friday, ending the second gruelling "ghost ship" rescue operation this week. Women and children were among hundreds of migrants left stranded aboard the Ezadeen, which docked in the port...
  • Burnt-out ferry towed to Italy after deadly blaze January 3, 2015

    Brindisi: Tug boats hauled the burnt-out hulk of a ferry that caught fire off the coast of Greece into a southern Italian port on Friday, opening the way for an investigation into the blaze that killed at least 11 people. Listing visibly to starboard, the Norman Atlantic multi-deck car-and-truck ferry docked...
  • Italy: 98 still unaccounted for from fire-ravaged ferry January 1, 2015

    Brindisi: Stormy weather in the Adriatic Sea thwarted efforts to tow a fire-ravaged ferry to Italy so authorities can investigate the blaze that killed at least 11 people and search the ferry for more possible dead. Ninety-eight people were still unaccounted for Wednesday after a pre-dawn fire raced through the...
  • 'Will see' if marine is fit enough to return to India: Italy December 30, 2014

    Rome: The Italian government "will see" if one of the two marines accused of killing two Indian fishermen in 2012 is fit enough to return to India, Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni has said. The Foreign Minister said he "hopes" for results in the case of the two Italian marines Massimiliano...
  • 1 dead, hundreds stranded in Greek ferry disaster December 28, 2014

    Athens: A fire erupted on a ferry carrying 478 people from Greece to Italy on Sunday, leaving one person dead and trapping hundreds on top decks as gale-force winds and choppy seas hampered evacuation. The Italian Navy said that the victim and an injured person were transported by helicopter to the...
  • Hundreds trapped as ferry burns in heavy seas off Greece December 28, 2014

    Athens: Hundreds of passengers were trapped on a burning car ferry off Greece on Sunday, pleading to be rescued by a flotilla of nearby ships that battled storm conditions in open water to try to reach them. The Greek coastguard said 150 people had been saved from the Italian-registered Norman Atlantic,...
  • Passenger ferry catches fire off Greece; 466 passengers on board December 28, 2014

    Athens: A car ferry carrying 466 passengers and crew caught fire while sailing from Greece to Italy and its captain ordered its evacuation, coast guard officials said on Sunday. The Norman Atlantic, sailing from Patras in western Greece to the Italian port of Ancona, was 33 nautical miles off the small...
  • Kerala fishermen killing: Italy refuses to send marine back to India December 18, 2014

    New Delhi: In a move that could escalate tensions between India and Italy, the Italian government on Thursday refused to send its marine, serving a murder trial, back to India saying he is too ill to return. The Supreme Court had on Tuesday refused to extend Italian marine Massimiliano Latorre's...
  • SC refuses to extend Italian marine's stay in Italy December 16, 2014

    New Delhi: The Supreme Court has rejected a plea by Italian marine, accused of two shooting Kerala fishermen, to extend his stay in Italy. The apex court has asked Italian marine Massimiliano Latorre to return to India by January 16, 2015. Latorre had approached the SC seeking an extension of two...
  • Rome will bid to host 2024 Olympic Games: Matteo Renzi December 15, 2014

    Rome: Rome will bid to host the 2024 summer Olympic Games, Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi said on Monday. "All too often Italy seems resigned," Renzi said at an event in the Italian capital to launch the bid. "You can lose but what isn't acceptable is not to try to win,"...
  • US plane in emergency Italy stop after passengers, crew fell ill December 7, 2014

    Rome: A US Airways plane made an emergency landing in Rome on Saturday after two passengers and 11 members of the crew were taken ill, Italian media reported. The plane, which set off from Tel Aviv in Israel for Philadelphia in the United States, landed at the Fiumicino airport in the...
  • Ballon D'Or another painful reminder for Italy, says Gianluigi Buffon December 3, 2014

    Zurich: The FIFA Ballon D'Or award has become a painful reminder of the sorry state Italian football, Juventus and Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon said on Wednesday. Italy have not had a player on the final shortlist of three since Fabio Cannavaro was voted World Player of the Year in 2006. "The fact...
  • Indian women's hockey team to tour Italy November 23, 2014

    New Delhi: The Indian women's hockey team will visit Italian capital Rome for training and to play test matches on Dec 1-12 to prepare for the World League Round 2. Hockey India (HI) selectors Surinder Kaur, Harbinder Singh, Mamta Kharab, director high performance Roelant Oltmans, chief coach Neil Hawgood and coach...
  • Nobel summit moved to Rome after Dalai Lama visa row November 17, 2014

    Johannesburg: A summit of Nobel peace laureates scheduled to be held in Cape Town has been moved to Rome after the South African government failed to issue a visa to the Dalai Lama, organisers said on Sunday. The gathering will now take place in the Italian city from December 12-14, the...
  • Antonio Conte sees a positive in Mario Balotelli's struggles November 10, 2014

    Florence: Mario Balotelli is just another player and should be treated the same way as the others, Italy coach Antonio Conte said on Monday. Conte, who has called up Balotelli for the first time since he replaced Cesare Prandelli as Italy coach in August, said he would judge the maverick striker...
  • Watch: 5th edition of Slow Food Fest November 4, 2014

    The fifth edition of Slow Food Fest organised in Italy was about promoting good clean and fair food for everyone. ...
  • Euro Qualifiers: Big guns Netherlands, Italy and Belgium all struggle October 14, 2014

    Rome: The Netherlands fell to another surprising loss and fellow continental powers Italy and Belgium also struggled in European Championship qualifying on Monday, while Croatia showed off its goal-scoring credentials. Meanwhile, Wales stayed atop Group B with a 2-1 win over Cyprus and are on course to qualify for their first...
  • Euro Qualifiers: Italy stay perfect without Balotelli, Czechs win October 11, 2014

    Rome: Italy remained perfect without Mario Balotelli. The Netherlands, meanwhile, still appears to be in a post-World Cup slump. Giorgio Chiellini accounted for all three goals in Italy's 2-1 win over Azerbaijan in European Championship qualifying on Friday and World Cup semifinalist Netherlands labored to a surprisingly hard-earned 3-1 victory over...
  • Chiellini scores all three as Italy beat Azeris 2-1 in Euro Qualifiers October 11, 2014

    Defender Giorgio Chiellini scored three times, including an own goal, as Italy beat Azerbaijan 2-1 in their Euro 2016 Group H qualifier in Palermo on Friday. It was a struggle at times for Antonio Conte's team against an Azerbaijan side who defended in numbers and showed little ambition to go forward,...
  • Goal-fest expected in Euro 2016 qualifiers October 8, 2014

    The first "Week of Football" in qualifying for the 2016 European Championship could be a goal-fest for the continent's major powers. The second and third rounds of games in each of the nine groups will be spread from Thursday to Tuesday, with UEFA keen on "shining the spotlight on more teams"...
  • Italy coach Antonio Conte plays down dropping Mario Balotelli October 6, 2014

    Italy coach Antonio Conte has played down his exclusion of Liverpool forward Mario Balotelli for upcoming European Championship qualifying matches. Since transferring to Liverpool from AC Milan after the World Cup, Balotelli has yet to score in five appearances in the Premier League and was also left off last month's Italy...
  • Juventus defender Andrea Barzagli out for another month October 5, 2014

    Turin: Juventus and Italy defender Andrea Barzagli will be sidelined for another month after seeing a specialist on his injured right foot. Barzagli underwent surgery in July but has struggled since returning to training and is still in persistent pain. On Sunday, Juventus says Barzagli saw a specialist and a scan revealed...
  • Pakistan: PIA airhostess arrested in Italy for carrying drugs September 25, 2014

    Lahore: In yet another scandal involving PIA staff, an airhostess with the state-run airlines has been arrested in Italy after illegal drugs were recovered from her luggage at the Milan airport. The Pakistan International Airlines's flight-733 Lahore-Milan-Paris left for its destination from the Allama Iqbal International Airport Lahore on Tuesday. On...
  • Football can be big in India through ISL: Marco Materazzi September 22, 2014

    Chennai: Set to start his stint as managercumplayer of Chennaiyin FC, Italian World Cup winner Marco Materazzi on Monday promised to do his best to raise the profile of the game in the country through the Indian Super League which kicks off next month. Materazzi, a marquee playercummanager, said he would...
  • Roger Federer fires Switzerland into Davis Cup final September 14, 2014

    Geneva: Roger Federer secured Switzerland's place in the final of the Davis Cup for the first time since 1992 by comfortably beating Italy's Fabio Fognini in Geneva on Sunday. Roared on by a capacity crowd in the Palexpo Arena, Federer dismantled world number 17 Fognini 62 63 76 (4) in just...
  • Switzerland lead Italy 21 in Davis Cup semifinal September 14, 2014

    Geneva: Roger Federer got the day off on Saturday, and now he needs to play on Sunday to help Switzerland advance to their first Davis Cup final in 22 years. Without Federer, who was rested, Switzerland lost in doubles to Italy and had their lead cut to 21 in the semifinal. The...
  • Pope Francis marks 100 years from start of WWI September 13, 2014

    Redipuglia (Italy): Pope Francis on Saturday denounced those who profit from the "madness" of war at a ceremony in the north west of Italy to mark the 100th anniversary of the beginning of World War I. "In today's world, behind the scenes, there are interests, geopolitical strategies, lust for money and...
  • Federer, Wawrinka win as Switzerland lead Italy 20 in Davis Cup September 12, 2014

    Geneva: Roger Federer and Stan Wawrinka took Switzerland close to their first Davis Cup final in 22 years after cruising to straightsets wins in the opening singles against Italy on Friday. First, Federer beat 76thranked Simone Bolelli 76 (5), 64, 64 without dropping serve to delight a crowd of more than...
  • Roger Federer leads Switzerland's Davis Cup challenge September 11, 2014

    Having coming up short in his bid for an 18th Grand Slam title, Roger Federer is quickly turning his focus to the Davis Cup a trophy still missing from his collection. The former topranked player leads Switzerland against Italy in Geneva this weekend as his country bids to reach the...