Italy conducting 2 operations to rescue 1,200 migrants
The two fishing boats are carrying 800 and 400 migrants, respectively, the BBC reported on Tuesday. The boat carrying 400 people, which is believed to have set out from Tobruk in Libya, was still without help late on Monday evening, according to an unofficial hotline for migrants in distress, Alarm Phone.It said it had raised an urgent alarm with the authorities of Italy, Greece and Malta on Sunday
Over 40 migrants killed after ship crashes into rock in Italy
The vessel sank after it rammed against rocks during rough weather, the Adnkronos news agency said. The accident occurred when the vessel was trying to land with more than 100 people aboard near the coastal town of Crotone, BBC reported. "Forty-three bodies have been found along the coastline," the Coastguard said in a statement.
Italy's support for Ukraine 'subject of debate' amid widespread protests
Local media reported that protesters held banners, placards and rainbow flags at the events on Saturday, demanding negotiation and diplomatic efforts to solve the crisis in Ukraine, Xinhua news agency reported. "More arms for hugs, no more wars!" read one banner carried by a man who wore a rainbow scarf in Rome.
Italian economy facing downgrades amid inflation, energy concerns
Moody's on Wednesday slashed its assessment of the country's banking system from "stable" to "negative", and said it expects conditions for the banking sector to deteriorate further over the coming 12 to 18 months, especially with regard to the performance of bank loans and broader earnings, reports Xinhua news agency.
Italy's new cabinet wins final confidence vote
The final tally in the Senate was 115 votes in favour of confirming Meloni's government, 79 against and five abstentions, Xinhua news agency reported. On Tuesday, the government easily won approval in the lower house of parliament, with 235 votes in favour, 154 against and five abstentions. The two confidence votes are a step required by the Italian constitution for a new government to become fully operative.
Italy's new cabinet wins confidence vote in lower house
The cabinet must now pass the second confidence test in the senate on Wednesday in order to become fully operative. Ahead of the vote, Meloni outlined the key points of her government's programme, vowing to lead the country as best she can through what she described as some of the toughest times in decades. She also pledged to follow European Union (EU) rules, Xinhua news agency reported.
Far-right leader Giorgia Meloni becomes Italy's first woman Prime Minister
The official announcement on Friday came after she met President Sergio Mattarella at the Quirinale Presidential Palace here, reports Xinhua news agency. Meloni, 45, received the mandate to form a new cabinet less than a month after her victory in the country's snap election on September 25.
Italians told to turn their heating down amid energy crisis
Under a new government decree, buildings will face an extra fifteen days without central heating, the BBC reported. Italians will also be told to turn their heating down by one degree, and off for an extra hour a day. Some buildings will be exempt, including nurseries and hospitals.
Iran warns of 'reciprocal response' should EU continue 'double-standard behaviour'
Hossein Amir-Abdollahian made the remarks in a phone conversation with his Italian counterpart Luigi Di Maio, in which the two sides also discussed the latest international developments, bilateral ties and talks on the revival of a 2015 nuclear deal, according to state news media on Wednesday. He further said the two countries agreed on a new roadmap for developing ties during his recent trip to Rome, Xinhua news agency reported.