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Italian police arrested a man accused of piloting a boat packed with about 500 desperate migrants that capsized last week, killing an estimated 350 people, investigators said Wednesday.

Renzi vows smuggler capture

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Premier Matteo Renzi on Monday vowed to capture "merchants of human lives" after the weekend's latest Mediterranean migrant-boat disaster in which as many as 900 people are feared to have died.

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Premier not backing down in Italicum tussle

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Premier Matteo Renzi on Monday failed to rule out the option of using a confidence vote in the Lower House to help the government's so-called Italicum electoral reform bill clear what he hopes will be its final reading in parliament.
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Italy and France reform needed says Draghi

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'Resolute action" is needed to implement structural reforms in France, Italy and Portugal, the three eurozone members where the European Commission has detected excessive imbalances, the European Central Bank said in its annual report Monday.
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Migrant-rescue NGO calls for boat donations

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A privately funded NGO dedicated to saving migrants at sea will resume its search and rescue operations in May in conjunction with Doctors Without Borders, Migrant Offshore Aid Station (MOAS) founder Regina Liotta Catrambone said Monday.
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Rossi relishes epic Argentine win

Sports. Italy's Valentino Rossi was able to savour one of the finest wins of his illustrious career after storming from eighth place on the grid to claim victory at the Argentine MotoGP Grand Prix on Sunday.

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Soccer: Thai 'Mr. Bee' expects AC Milan deal Sunday

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Thai businessman Bee Taechaubol was quoted as saying by Italian media on Monday that he will arrive in Italy this weekend and is confident of "signing and closing" an agreement to buy a stake in Serie A giants AC Milan from Silvio Berlusconi's Fininvest ho...




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Expo 2015

Hoteliers say occupancy risen to 60%

Milan hotel reservations up 50% ahead of Expo

May hotel reservations in Milan climbed 50% compared to last year as the city ramps up for Expo, which runs May to October.


Franceschini wants 'to give people a reason to return'

Milan Expo heralds 'extraordinary year' for tourism, minister says

Milan Expo 2015 is Italy's chance to "give the millions of people who will come a reason to appreciate Italy and to return," said Italian Minister for Tourism and Cultural Heritage, Dario Franceschini, on Monday.


Cameron, Hollande, Merkel, Putin have confirmed visit, Sala says

Milan Expo to draw world leaders, hopes for Michelle Obama

As the inauguration on May 1 of the food-themed Universal Exposition in Milan draws nearer, a number of world leaders have confirmed they will attend the event and Expo chief Giuseppe Sala has said organizers are hoping to draw United States First Lady.


Commissioner Sala 'ready to bet' exposition can be ready on time

7,430 workers battling to prepare Milan Expo

As many as 7,430 workers are battling to ensure the Milan Expo 2015 universal exposition pavilions are all ready for the opening May 1, Commissioner Giuseppe Sala said Friday.


Slow Food Planet lets users to experience traditions, flavours

Slow Food presents global app for Expo

Slow Food on Thursday presented an app allowing users to discover the world through its traditions, foods and flavors in view of Milan Expo 2015.


'We'll be very close' says commissioner

Expo will be 'nearly' ready says Sala

Everything will be "nearly ready" when the Milan Expo 2015 world's fair opens on May 1, Commissioner Giuseppe Sala said Wednesday.


3-mn-euro pavilion to focus on 'daily bread' message

Vatican presents 'simple' Expo pavilion

The Holy See will have a "minimalist" presence at Expo Milan 2015 with a pavilion costing 3 million euros, Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi, Expo Commissioner General for the Holy See, said Tuesday.


Exhibit about the Italy Pavilion at Milan Expo 2015

The making of Palazzo Italia, an icon in biodynamic cement

An exhibition at Milan State University illustrates the genesis of the Italy Pavilion at Expo 2015, the world's fair opening May 1 and continuing for six months.


Galletti invites EU counterparts to Biodiversity park in Milan

Minister promotes Italian nature at Expo

Environment Minister Gian Luca Galletti took advantage of an informal meeting with his European counterparts in the Latvian capital of Riga on Tuesday to invite them to admire Italy's natural beauty at a special themed area at Milan Expo 2015.


Work going at incessant pace says Moncalvo

Expo will be ready says Coldiretti

Work on the Milan Expo 2015 world fair will be completed in time for the doors to open on May 1, the head of farmers' association Coldiretti said Tuesday.


Italian projects to compete at EU contest during Expo

Young Italian scientists to compete at EU during Expo

A buoy that monitors coastal waters' pH is among the inventions by high school scientist to compete at the European Union Contest for Young Scientists during Expo.

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'To present Expo 2015, upcoming, main events'

PM, culture min. to Pompeii for Expo

Italian Premier Matteo Renzi and Culture Minister Dario Franceschini will present Expo 2015 opening and upcoming world fair related events in Pompeii next Saturday, Agriculture Minister Maurizio Martina tweeted at the weekend.


5000 residents helped create project

Milan 'Wheatfield' inaugurated at MiArt for Expo

The City of Milan inaugurated Wheatfield, a site-specific art project by American artist Agnes Denes, on Saturday as part of the MiArt 2015 modern and contemporary art festival.


Even for staff, accredited persons

No Expo entrance will be unguarded, Sala

No entrance to this year's Expo Milan world's fair will be left unguarded in the light of Thursday's shooting deaths of three men at the city's main courthouse, Expo Commissioner Giuseppe Sala said Friday.


Expo 'a place of peace' says Sala

North Korea to attend Expo says Sala

Milan Expo 2015 Sole Commissioner Giuseppe Sala announced Friday that the Democratic People's Republic of Korea will participate in the food-themed world's fair that kicks off May 1 for six months.


Set designer had threatened legal action over main streets

Ferretti reaches agreement on Expo project

Academy Award-winning set designer Dante Ferretti thanked former President Giorgio Napolitano for his assistance in negotiating an accord to complete Ferretti's project for the main streets at Milan's Expo 2015.


35-metre structure to display special effects shows daily

Expo's Tree of Life finished

The towering icon of Expo 2015, the Tree of Life, is now complete, and talk on Friday turned to the content of the special effects shows that the structure will offer hourly during the six months of the world's fair.


32% will be on food, according to farmers' group

Milan Expo to draw additional eight million foreign tourists to Italy

With three weeks to go before the start on May 1 of the much-awaited Universal Exposition world's fair in Milan, farmers' association Coldiretti has published a report saying the event will draw an additional eight million tourists to Italy this year.


Major shows delve into the art, culture and machinery of cuisine

Food, art, design celebrated in Milan

The exhibit "Arts & Foods: Rituals Since 1851" opens at the Triennale Museum in Milan on Thursday, and will remain throughout Milan Expo 2015, the food-themed world fair taking place from May to October.


32% of spending on meals and typical local food products

Expo tourists to spend 32% on food

Milan Expo 2015 is expected to draw an additional eight million tourists to Italy this year above expected levels, agriculture association Coldiretti said Thursday. This will translate into estimated spending of 5.

Coldiretti at Expo