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Romans threatened with water rationing as Italy’s heatwave drags on

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A tourist shelters from the sun near the Colosseum in Rome. Italy is gripped by drought as the summer heat continues with no sign of rain. Photograph: Andrew Medichini/AP

Half of capital’s 3 million residents could have water switched off for eight hours a day after Italy’s driest spring for 60 years

July 24, 2017 — More than a million residents of Rome are facing water rationing for up to eight hours a day as the prolonged heatwave that has ravaged southern Europe takes its toll on the Italian capital. Continue reading Romans threatened with water rationing as Italy’s heatwave drags on

Italy in migrant row with Austria as Europe arrivals top 100,000

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BORDER SIGN. A picture taken in the village of Spielfeld, Austria, on February 20, 2017 shows a border crossing at the Austrian-Slovenian border. Rene Gomolj/AFP

Italy summons Austria’s ambassador after Vienna threatens to send troops to the border to stop migrants entering, as the number crossing the Mediterranean topped 100,000 this year

ROME, Italy (Jul. 5, 2017) — Italy summoned Austria’s ambassador Tuesday, July 4, after Vienna threatened to send troops to the border to stop migrants entering, as the number crossing the Mediterranean topped 100,000 this year. Continue reading Italy in migrant row with Austria as Europe arrivals top 100,000

Pollution from rigged German Volkswagens to kill 1,200 – study

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EMISSIONS SCANDAL. This file photo taken on September 22, 2015 shows the logo of German car maker Volkswagen in Hanover, central Germany. File photo by Julian StratenSchulte/ DPA/ AFP

‘The researchers estimate that 1,200 people in Europe will die early, each losing as much as a decade of their life, as a result of excess emissions generated,’ the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, which took part in the study, explains

PARIS, France (Mar. 4, 2017  ) — Pollution from 2.6 million Volkswagen cars sold in Germany between 2008 and 2015, rigged to appear eco-friendly, will cause 1,200 premature deaths in Europe, a study of the fraud’s health impacts said Friday, March 3. Continue reading Pollution from rigged German Volkswagens to kill 1,200 – study

Italy pledges to help displaced, rebuild after quake

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The clock of the damaged town hall tower is seen in the ancient city of Norcia following an earthquake in central Italy, October 31, 2016. REUTERS/Remo Casilli

“We will do everything necessary to put your towns back together,” Renzi said at a news conference after a meeting with Italy’s reconstruction commissioner and civil protection chief

October 31, 2016 — Italy set out plans on Monday to help thousands of people staying in hotels and temporary accommodation in central Italy after the fiercest earthquake in decades struck regions already rocked by repeated tremors in the past two months.  Continue reading Italy pledges to help displaced, rebuild after quake

Mediterranean migrant deaths in 2016 hit record 3,800 – UN

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DANGEROUS JOURNEY. Migrants hang from a boat as they wait to be rescued in the Mediterranean Sea, some 12 nautical miles north of Libya, on October 4, 2016. File photo by Aris Messinis/AFP

The most dangerous route is between Libya and Italy, where the UN has recorded one death for every 47 arrivals this year

GENEVA, Switzerland (Oct. 27, 2016) — At least 3,800 migrants and refugees have perished this year while trying to cross the Mediterranean to reach Europe, the highest ever toll ever on the perilous route, the United Nations (UN) said Wednesday, October 26.  Continue reading Mediterranean migrant deaths in 2016 hit record 3,800 – UN

Strong twin quakes rock central Italy

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A picture shows rubble due to earthquakes in the village of Visso, central Italy, on October 26, 2016. Tiziana Fabi/AFP

Several dozen people were treated for light injuries or shock, civil protection chief Fabrizio Curcio told a late night press conference, but no serious injuries had been reported

VISSO, Italy (Oct. 27, 2016) — Two strong earthquakes rocked central Italy on Wednesday, October 26, toppling buildings and injuring dozens of people according to initial reports, two months after a devastating tremor killed nearly 300 in the same region.  Continue reading Strong twin quakes rock central Italy

Italy says 6,500 migrants rescued since July 28

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In this file photo, migrants and refugees wait to disembark from a Maltese coast guard patrol vessel after being rescued at sea, on April 15, 2016, at the Messina harbor in Sicily. Giovanni Isolino/AFP

More than 89,000 people, most from sub-Saharan Africa, have arrived in Italy by sea since the start of the year

ROME, Italy (Aug. 1, 2016) — The Italian coastguard said the bodies of 5 migrants were recovered from the Mediterranean Sunday, July 31, while more than 6,500 people had been rescued off Libya since Thursday, July 28.  Continue reading Italy says 6,500 migrants rescued since July 28

Migrant smuggling flight grounded in Greek police bust

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MIGRANTS IN GREECE. Refugees from Iraq cook their meal in the make-shift camp for refugees in Idomeni, north Greece, some meters from the borderline with FYROM, March 16, 2016. File photo by Orestis Panagiotou/EPA
According to the police, the network had successfully sent 12 groups of migrants to Italy, with each passenger paying the smugglers between 4,500 to 7,500 euros

ATHENS, Greece (Mar. 18, 2016) — Six suspected members of a trafficking network were arrested in Greece as they prepared to fly 7 Iraqi migrants to Italy in a light aircraft, Greek police said Thursday.

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EU, Turkey strike deal to send back migrants

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PROTEST. Refugees stage a sit-in on rail tracks during a protest of migrants near their camp at the border between Greece and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM), near Idomeni, Greece, March 12, 2016. File photo by Nake Batev/EPA
Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu is now set to formally sign off on the accord at a final meeting with EU leaders

BRUSSELS, Belgium (Mar. 18, 2016) — EU leaders approved a controversial deal with Turkey to curb the huge flow of asylum seekers to Europe, with all migrants arriving in Greece from Sunday to be sent back.

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EU’s founding members back two-speed Europe

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The Flag of the European Union flies outside of the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France, June 30, 2014. Patrick Seeger/EPA
The foreign ministers of Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg and the Netherlands issue a joint communique in which they admit to being ‘concerned about the state of the European project’

ROME, Italy (Feb. 10, 2016) — The 6 founding members of the European Union on Tuesday, February 9, reiterated their commitment to “ever closer union”, even it means leaving less enthusiastic partners like Britain behind.

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