ITALY

  • Italian police operation targets Pakistan attack suspects April 24, 2015

    Rome: Italian police said on Friday they were carrying out a "vast anti-terrorism" operation against an organisation inspired by al Qaeda that wanted to support attacks against Pakistan's government and US forces in Afghanistan. Police said they were issuing 18 arrest warrants in the operation centred on the Italian island of...
  • Shipwreck corpses brought ashore in Malta, another boat sinks off Greece April 20, 2015

    Catania: European Union foreign ministers met on Monday under pressure to produce more than words and save desperate migrants drowning in the Mediterranean, as bodies of the deadliest known wreck of its kind were brought ashore in Malta. The death toll from Sunday's disaster off the coast of Libya was uncertain...
  • Serena Williams has a solution to liven up Fed Cup April 20, 2015

    Italy: Seeing Serena Williams play three matches over two days in Fed Cup was a rare treat over the weekend. After all, the top-ranked player mostly limits her appearances in the team competition to her needs for Olympic qualification. If Fed Cup were to move away from its annual format, however, Williams...
  • Serena Williams beats Camila Giorgi to give US 1-0 lead over Italy April 18, 2015

    Italy: Top-ranked Serena Williams overcame a stiff challenge in the opening set for a 7-6 (5), 6-2 win over Camila Giorgi on Saturday to give the United States a 1-0 lead over Italy in a Fed Cup World Group playoff. Neither player broke serve in a highly competitive first set, which...
  • SC allows marine Massimiliano Latorre to stay in Italy till July 15 on health grounds April 9, 2015

    New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Thursday extended the deadline for Italian Marine Massimiliano Latorre, who along with a colleague is accused of killing Indian fishermen in 2012, to return to India on medical grounds. The apex court extended his return till July 15. Latore was supposed to return on April...
  • Top-ranked doubles player Roberta Vinci to miss Fed Cup against US April 8, 2015

    Rome: Top-ranked doubles player Roberta Vinci will miss Italy's Fed Cup World Group playoff against the United States with an inflamed right elbow. Captain Corrado Barazzutti selected Sara Errani, Flavia Pennetta, Camila Giorgi and Karin Knapp for the April 18-19 outdoor match on red clay in the southern town of Brindisi. Vinci...
  • SC to hear marine Massimiliano Latorre's plea for extension of stay in Italy on medical grounds April 7, 2015

    New Delhi: Italian Marine Massimiliano Latorre, who along with a colleague is accused of killing Indian fishermen in 2012, on Tuesday moved the Supreme Court seeking extension of his stay in Italy on medical grounds. A bench comprising justices AR Dave and Kurian Joseph fixed the plea of Latorre for hearing...
  • Netherlands, Italy need late equalisers in 2016 Euro qualifiers March 29, 2015

    The Netherlands and Italy needed late equalizers to rescue draws in European Championship qualifying on Saturday. And a pair of goals plus an assist by Gareth Bale put Wales atop its group. Klaas-Jan Huntelaar scored in injury time as the Netherlands drew with Turkey 1-1 in Amsterdam, and Eder scored the...
  • Serena and Venus Williams to play Fed Cup against Italy March 29, 2015

    Key Biscayne: Serena and Venus Williams say they plan to play for the U.S. Fed Cup team next month against Italy. The best-of-five match in Brindisi, Italy will be April 18-19. The United States and Italy are vying to return to the tournament's top tier. "We deserve to be back in," Serena...
  • Depleted England lose Danny Welbeck for Italy game March 28, 2015

    London: England manager Roy Hodgson will be without in-form striker Danny Welbeck and three other players for Tuesday's friendly against Italy in Turin due to injuries. Arsenal striker Welbeck limped off during England's 4-0 win over Lithuania at Wembley on Friday with a knee problem after scoring his sixth goal...
  • Italy coach Antonio Conte gets death threats after Marchisio injury March 28, 2015

    Italy coach Antonio Conte has received death threats from angry Juventus fans who blame his training methods for the injury that will probably rule midfielder Claudio Marchisio out for the rest of the season. Marchisio suffered ruptured knee ligaments during the warm-up for Friday's Italy's training session ahead of the Euro...
  • Italy coach Antonio Conte happy to pick players born outside country March 23, 2015

    Italy coach Antonio Conte believes that players of Italian descent should be free to decide whether they want to play for the "azzurri". Conte's latest call-ups, Argentine-born Franco Vazquez and Brazilian-born Eder, have caused a stir in Italy even though both players possess Italian passports. "I'm not the first (to call-up a...
  • Davis Cup: Kazakhstan beat Italy in first round March 8, 2015

    Astana: Kazakhstan completed a 3-2 win over Italy in their Davis Cup first round match on Sunday as Alexander Nedovesov upset Italian No. 1 Fabio Fognini in the deciding rubber. Host team Kazakhstan bounced back from 2-1 down after Saturday's doubles to reach the quarter-finals for the third year in...
  • Davis Cup: Mikhail Kukushkin beats Andreas Seppi to force decider March 8, 2015

    Kazakhstan: Kazakhstan's Davis Cup first-round match with Italy is heading to a deciding fifth rubber Sunday after Kazakh No. 1 Mikhail Kukushkin beat Andreas Seppi in straight sets to level the tie at 2-2. Following a lengthy first-set tiebreak, Kukushkin had all the momentum as he won 7-6 (8), 6-0, 6-4. Later...
  • Davis Cup: Italy beat Kazakhstan in doubles for 2-1 lead March 7, 2015

    Moscow: Italy's Fabio Fognini and Simone Bolelli defeated the Kazakh duo of Andrei Golubev and Alexander Nedovesov in doubles on Saturday to give their team a 2-1 lead in their Davis Cup first round meeting. Fognini and Bolelli, who was a replacement for the originally nominated Paolo Lorenzi, lost a marathon...
  • Europa League resumes with two big British-Italian matchups February 19, 2015

    Two matches between teams from Britain and Italy headline the last 32 of the Europa League as the continent's second-tier competition resumes at the knockout stage on Thursday. When Celtic and Inter Milan met for the first time, they contested the final of the 1967 European Cup to win the biggest...
  • France beat Italy 3-2, reach Fed Cup semis February 8, 2015

    Genoa: France recovered from 2-0 down to beat Italy 3-2 after a dominant doubles victory on Sunday to reach the Fed Cup semi-finals for the first time since 2007. Caroline Garcia and Kristina Mladenovic followed up their earlier singles victories by beating the world's top-ranked doubles pair, Sara Errani and Roberta...
  • Italy lawmakers fail to elect new president in 1st round January 30, 2015

    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...