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Fighters of a battalion loyal to Libyan General Khalifa Haftar pictured in the eastern city of Benghazi in December 2019. Both sides in Libya’s conflict agreed to a ceasefire, January 1, 2020. AFP

Libyan sides agree ceasefire after nine months of fighting

Both sides in Libya’s conflict agreed to a ceasefire from Sunday to end nine months of fighting, following weeks of international diplomacy and calls for a truce by power-brokers Russia and Turkey.

Turkey launches assault on Syrian Kurdish forces

Turkey launched an assault on Kurdish forces in northern Syria yesterday with air strikes and artillery fire reported along the border.
Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said Wednesday he will ask the European Commission to give Italy’s poorer south a special status to help boost employment and tackle organised crime.

Italy wants special EU status for poor south

Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said Wednesday he will ask the European Commission to give Italy’s poorer south a special status to help boost employment and tackle organised crime.
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Mafia ‘super fugitive’ Marco Di Lauro arrested after 14 years on the run

A mafia "super fugitive" dubbed Italy's second most dangerous man has been arrested after 14 years on the run.
Among those rescued are at least 13 minors, and their stay at sea had taken its toll on them, the Sea-Watch crew said [Salvatore Cavalli-AP]

Italy to allow rescued migrants to disembark after 10 days

Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte has said a group of 47 rescued refugees and migrants will be allowed to disembark the Sea-Watch NGO vessel they had been on for 10 days.
Giuseppe Conte. Vincenzo PINTO - AFP

Italian premier favours pause in Serie A after fan’s death, racism

Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said Friday he was in favour of a pause in Serie A fixtures in the wake of the death of a supporter before a midweek game between Inter Milan and Napoli which was also overshadowed by racist chants.

Italy summons Egypt ambassador over Giulio Regeni killing

Italy's foreign ministry formally summoned on Friday the Egyptian ambassador to Rome to prompt authorities in Cairo to "act rapidly" in investigating the torture and killing of an Italian researcher nearly three years ago, as pressure mounts on Egypt which voiced regret over Italy's lower house decision to break parliamentary ties.

Italian ex-premier Silvio Berlusconi to buy football club Monza

Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, who sold AC Milan after a trophy-laden three decades under his ownership a year ago, could be set to return to football by buying Serie C side Monza, according to press reports in Italy on Thursday.

Donald Trump promised to help Italy with debt

US President Donald Trump promised to help Italy finance its public debt, which is the largest in Europe, the daily Corriere della Sera reported Friday.

Arbitration Court overturns UEFA ban on AC Milan

The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) on Friday overruled a decision made by the European soccer body UEFA to ban AC Milan from next season’s Europa League competition.
African migrants, who according to the Libyan navy were rescued by the country's coast guard, are brought to the naval base of the capital Tripoli on June 21, 2018. MAHMUD TURKIA - AFP

Germany to take 50 migrants stranded off Italian coasts

Germany said Sunday it had agreed with Italy to take in 50 of the 450 migrants aboard two EU border agency vessels, matching similar pledges by France and Malta.

European Union leaders reach deal on migration

Leaders agreed that "controlled centres" could be set up in member states on a voluntary basis for "rapid and secure" processing to distinguish between irregular migrants and refugees eligible for asylum.
US President Trump and Russian President Putin will meet on July 16 in Helsinki, Finland, 4 days after NATO summit, White House says

Donald Trump, Vladimir Putin to have first summit in July

President Donald Trump and Russian leader Vladimir Putin are to have their first official summit in Helsinki, Finland on 16 July.
French President Emmanuel Macron

EU leaders back Africa, Balkans migrant reception centers

The idea of screening Europe-bound asylum-seekers in North Africa and the Balkans gained support from several European Union leaders on Sunday as tensions over how best to handle new arrivals threatened to undermine the bloc's unity.
German chancellor Angela Merkel

EU leaders tackle political flare-up over migrants

EU leaders headed to Brussels for emergency talks Sunday over migration as Italy's new populist cabinet turned away another rescue ship, vowing no longer to shoulder Europe's migrant burden.

Italy bans more migrant rescue boats

Italy’s Interior Minister, Matteo Salvini, has warned another migrant rescue mission off the Libyan coast that it would not be allowed to land its “human cargo” at an Italian port.

Italy and Malta under pressure to take in stranded migrant boat

Italy and Malta faced international pressure Monday to come to the aid of a rescue ship carrying hundreds of migrants which is stranded in the Mediterranean as the two countries refuse to allow them ashore.

Donald Trump remains isolated as G7 summit enters final day

A G7 summit dominated by disagreement over trade between the US and its key allies has failed to deliver a breakthrough as the meeting enters its second and final day.

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