Timeline Italy 2016-Present

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2016        Jan 9, Italian police opened a murder investigation after Ashley Olsen (35) of Summer Haven, Florida, was found dead in Florence, her neck bruised and scratched. Cheik Tidiane Diaw (27), who had arrived in Italy from Senegal in recent months, was arrested Jan14 at his brother's apartment after DNA evidence linked him to the murder. On Dec 22 Tidiane was convicted and sentenced to 30 years in prison.
    (AP, 1/10/16)(AP, 1/14/16)(AP, 12/22/16)

2016        Jan 13, Italian police arrested 11 people for allegedly running an illegal online gaming business which garnered millions of euros in bets every day.
    (Reuters, 1/13/16)

2016        Jan 14, Swiss authorities said they have returned to Italy 45 boxes of ancient Etruscan art stolen during illegal excavations and stashed away for more than 15 years, including two rare sarcophaguses.
    (AFP, 1/14/16)

2016        Jan 16, In northwest Italy a pre-dawn explosion blamed on a gas leak has killed five people in the apartment building where they lived in Arnasco.
    (AP, 1/16/16)

2016        Jan 23, In Italy tens of thousands demonstrated in almost 100 cities to urge the government to grant gay and lesbian couples civil unions and recognize their families.
    (SSFC, 1/24/16, p.A2)

2016        Jan 25, Italy and Iran signed billions of dollars of business deals at the start of a visit to Europe by Iranian President Hassan Rouhani aimed at rebuilding his nation's ties with the West after years of economic sanctions.
    (Reuters, 1/26/16)
2016        Jan 25, Giulio Regeni (28), an Italian Cambridge University PhD student, mysteriously disappeared in Cairo. On Feb 3 his corpse was found on the outskirts of Cairo. Regeni's body was stabbed repeatedly and exhibited cigarette burns and other signs of torture. Regeni had written articles critical of the Egyptian government, An autopsy later showed he was interrogated for up to seven days before he was killed.
    (AFP, 2/4/16)(AP, 2/11/16)(Reuters, 3/1/16)

2016        Jan 29, Italian anti-mafia police nabbed fugitive mobster bosses Giuseppe Ferraro (47) and Giuseppe Crea (37), after discovering them "living like animals" in a mountain hideout stocked with an arsenal of weapons.
    (AFP, 1/29/16)

2016        Jan 30, Hundreds of thousands of people protested in Rome's Circus Maximus arena against a civil unions bill for same-sex couples, a hot-potato issue for PM Matteo Renzi's government.
    (AFP, 1/30/16)

2016        Feb 8, President Barack Obama and Italian President Sergio Mattarella met to discuss efforts to fight the spread of the Islamic State in Libya.
    (AP, 2/9/16)

2016        Feb 19, Italian author Umberto Eco (b.1932) died at home in Milan. His books included the best-selling medieval thriller, "The Name of the Rose" (1980). The book was adapted for the big screen by Jean-Jacques Annaud in 1986, starring Sean Connery and Christian Slater.
    (AP, 2/20/16)

2016        Feb 23, It was reported that Italy has agreed that US forces can use an airbase in Sicily to launch drone strikes against Islamic State targets in Libya on a case-by-case basis.
    (AFP, 2/23/16)

2016        Feb 29, Italian police raided an abandoned slaughterhouse near Rosarno in Calabria that African migrant farmworkers use as a dormitory, part of a recently launched crackdown on labor exploitation.
    (AP, 2/29/16)

2016        Mar 8, Swiss authorities said they have arrested 15 people suspected of belonging to the powerful Italian 'Ndrangheta crime organization, and are holding them pending extradition.
    (AFP, 3/8/16)

2016        Mar 12, In the Italian Alps six backcountry skiers died in an avalanche, others were rescued and emergency workers were still looking for more possible victims.
    (AP, 3/12/16)

2016        Mar 18, Italian ships picked up some 600 migrants and recovered one body, as European leaders met in Brussels to try to stem the flow of migrants to the continent.
    (Reuters, 3/18/16)

2016        Mar 19, Italy's coast guard said more than 900 migrants were rescued in four separate operations in the Strait of Sicily.
    (Reuters, 3/19/16)

2016        Mar 24, Egyptian police reportedly identified people linked to the murder of Italian student Giulio Regeni, after killing four members of a criminal gang and finding the victim's passport at one of their apartments.
    (AFP, 3/25/16)

2016        Mar 27, Italian authorities announced the arrest of Djamal Eddine Ouali (40), an Algerian man who was part of a counterfeiting ring that provided forged documents to people involved in the Paris and Brussels terrorist attacks.
    (SFC, 3/28/16, p.A2)

2016        Mar 30, Italian policed arrested a nurse (55) on suspicion of murdering 13 elderly patients in the intensive care ward where she had worked for decades. The alleged murders all took place in 2014 and 2015, although she had worked there for many years prior to that.
    (AP, 3/31/16)

2016        Apr 6, It was reported that Chinese author Cao Wenxuan and German illustrator Rotraut Susanne Berner have been awarded the Hans Christian Andersen Prize for children's literature during the Bologna Children's Book Fair.
    (AP, 4/6/16)

2016        Apr 6, Italy's coast guard rescued more than 300 migrants from a packed boat in which they had traveled hundreds of km (miles) from Egypt to the Strait of Sicily.
    (Reuters, 4/7/16)

2016        Apr 11, In Italy a clutch of banks and other financial institutions agreed to create a fund called Atlante to bail out troubled rivals and thus allay fears of a systemic crisis in Italian banking.
    (Econ, 4/16/16, p.61)

2016        Apr 12, Italian PM Matteo Renzi became the highest-ranking European leader to visit Tehran since its nuclear deal with world powers. Renzi began a two-day visit to the Islamic republic aimed at restoring ties that before sanctions had seen Italy ranked as Iran's top European trading partner.
    (AFP, 4/12/16)
2016        Apr 12, Gianroberto Casaleggio (b.1954), Italian entrepreneur and political activist, died. He and Beppe Grillo co-founded the Five Star Movement (M5S) in 2009.

2016        Apr 14, Britain, France, Germany, Italy and Spain agreed to share information on company ownership to make it harder for criminals and tax cheats to avoid the law.
    (SFC, 4/16/16, p.A2)

2016        Apr 17, Italians voted in a referendum on the duration of offshore drilling concessions in territorial waters, as nine regional governments sought to wrestle some influence over energy policy from the central government in Rome.
    (AP, 4/17/16)

2016        Apr 28, Italian police arrested four people suspected of conspiring to join Islamic State in the Middle East in a probe that revealed a plan to carry out a militant attack in Italy.
    (Reuters, 4/28/16)

2016        May 2, A UN arbitration court ruled that India should release Italian marine Salvatore Girone, who has been detained in Delhi for more than four years, and allow him to return home.
    (Reuters, 5/2/16)

2016        May 5, Italian Premier Matteo Renzi hailed the new Alfa Romeo sedan by Fiat Chrysler, which he says will add 3,400 jobs in Italy and symbolizes the country's economic potential.
    (AP, 5/5/16)
2016        May 5, In Italy Renato Soru, a leftist politician and chairman of multinational telecoms company Tiscali, was handed a three year jail sentence for tax evasion. Soru Soru, who founded Tiscali in 1998, is the head of PM Matteo Renzi's Democratic Party (PD) in Sardinia and a PD member of the European Parliament.
    (Reuters, 5/5/16)

2016        May 11, Italy's parliament gave a green light for the introduction of gay civil unions in the last major Western country not to legally recognize same-sex relationships.
    (AFP, 5/11/16)

2016        May 21, Italy’s PM Matteo Renzi (41) launched his campaign to win an October referendum on constitutional reform, staking his political future on an attempt to finally give Italy stable governments.
    (Reuters, 5/21/16)

2016        May 25, The Italian navy said a large wooden fishing boat overcrowded with migrants capsized off the coast of Libya, with some 550 people rescued and five found dead so far. An estimated 100 people were missing from the smugglers' boat.
    (Reuters, 5/25/16)(AP, 5/29/16)
2016        May 25, Italy's Mount Etna, Europe's highest and most active volcano, erupted spewing red torrents of lava into the sky.
    (Reuters, 5/26/16)
2016        May 25, The European Union's agency for judicial cooperation said a Portuguese national and a Russian were arrested in Rome last week on suspicion of being involved in espionage for hire.
    (AP, 5/25/16)

2016        May 26, Italian officials said another migrant boat has capsized in the Mediterranean off the coast of Libya. Some 20 bodies were spotted in the sea. Officials said 88 people had been rescued. Later estimates by police and humanitarian organizations ranged from around 400 to about 550 missing in the sinking of a wooden fishing boat being towed by another smugglers' boat from the Libyan port of Sabratha.
    (Reuters, 5/26/16)(AP, 5/26/16)(AP, 5/29/16)

2016        May 27, The Italian navy vessel Vega rescued 135 migrants and picked up 45 bodies in the Mediterranean.
    (AP, 5/28/16)

2016        May 28, Italian coast guard and navy ships, aided by an Irish naval vessel, saved more than 500 migrants from smugglers' boats in the Mediterranean off Libya.
    (AP, 5/28/16)

2016        May 29, In Italy Rome student Sara Di Pietrantonio (22) died before dawn after Vincenzo Paduano (27) first set her car afire. Investigators said her attacker used a cigarette lighter to set her face on fire after dousing her with alcohol.
    (AP, 5/30/16)

2016        May 31, French company Technip signed a preliminary $500 million deal to upgrade a key Libyan oil facility, along with Italy's Eni and Libya's state oil company.
    (AP, 5/31/16)

2016        Jun 5, In Italy an anti-establishment movement was the favorite as voters headed to the polls to pick a new mayor in Rome, among a handful of city hall contests in urban centers that tested the prime minister's governing Democratic Party. Virginia Raggi of the 5-Star Movement took 35.3 percent of the vote in Rome, trailed by Premier Matteo Renzi's Democratic Party candidate Roberto Giachetti, with just under 25 percent. Since no candidate took more than 50 percent in balloting, the top two face a runoff June 19.
    (AP, 6/5/16)(AP, 6/6/16)

2016        Jun 8, Italian officials said Medhanie Yehdego Mered (35), an Eritrean man suspected of running a huge human trafficking network that sent thousands of migrants to Europe, leaving many to die on the way, was extradited overnight from Sudan to Italy. A woman claiming to be his half-sister said he was just a simple carpenter.
    (Reuters, 6/8/16)(AFP, 6/10/16)
2016        Jun 8, Italian media reported that a policeman has shot dead a migrant who stabbed him during a brawl in the vast tent camp in San Ferdinando on the outskirts of Rosarno.
    (AFP, 6/8/16)

2016        Jun 9, Italian police arrested two Ukrainians suspected of trafficking Syrians to Italy on a sail boat, and launched a probe to find the criminal organization ultimately responsible.
    (Reuters, 6/10/16)

2016        Jun 11, Italy’s conservative Milan daily Il Giornal newspaper published Hitler's political manifesto "Mein Kampf," angering Premier Matteo Renzi and the country's tiny Jewish community. The daily is publishing volumes exploring Third Reich history and defended its decision by arguing that reading "Mein Kampf" is the "true antidote to the toxins of national socialism."
    (AP, 6/11/16)
2016        Jun 11, Italy's coast guard said it had picked up at sea 1,348 migrants in 11 rescue operations between Sicily and North Africa, bringing the total number of people saved over the past three days to more than 3,000.
    (Reuters, 6/11/16)
2016        Jun 11, Thousands of people marched in colorful gay pride events in Croatia, Italy, and Poland urging support for minority rights in the mostly Catholic nations.
    (AP, 6/11/16)

2016        Jun 12, In Italy at least 3 people were killed and several others injured in Milan when a residential building partially collapsed following an explosion due to a suspected gas leak.
    (Reuters, 6/12/16)

2016        Jun 19, Italians began voting for mayors of their largest cities in a ballot that will test PM Matteo Renzi's popularity. The anti-establishment M5S, founded by comic Beppe Grillo, triumphed in the mayoral runoff elections. Virginia Raggi (37), a lawyer from the 5-Star Movement with a three-year stint as a city councilwoman, took 67.2 percent of the vote in a two-person runof  to become the first woman to head Rome’s City Hall.
    (Reuters, 6/19/16)(AP, 6/20/16)

2016        Jun 22, Italy's highest court confirmed a lower-court decision making it easier for gays to adopt a partner's biological child but the decision did not give long-sought automatic recognition to the families of same-sex couples.
    (AP, 6/22/16)

2016        Jun 23, In Italy  Virginia Raggi, Rome's first female mayor, took office pledging to raise more than a billion euros a year for flagging public services with a crackdown on waste, mismanagement and corruption.
    (AFP, 6/23/16)

2016        Jun 26, Ernesto Fazzalari (46), Italy's second most sought-after fugitive, was captured as he slept in his bed in a hideout in the Calabrian mountains after 20 years on the run. Prosecutor Federico Cafiero De Raho described Fazzalari as "a merciless killer" and a protagonist of the 1991-1992 turf feud between 'ndrangheta clans that bloodied the Taurianova town area.
    (AP, 6/26/16)(SFC, 6/27/16, p.A2)

2016        Jun 27, Italian police, in a crackdown on the Lo Russo crime clan, arrested 24 suspects in an alleged extortion scheme targeting bread sales in grocery stores, supermarkets and street vendors.
    (AP, 6/27/16)

2016        Jun 29, The Italian navy said it has recovered the migrant ship that sank off Sicily April 18, 2015, with an estimated 700-800 people aboard in one of the worst known tragedies of the Mediterranean migrant crisis.
    (AP, 6/29/16)

2016        Jun 30, Italian authorities significantly lowered the estimated number of migrants who died in the April 18, 2015, shipwreck that spurred Europe to beef up Mediterranean rescue efforts, suggesting the final death toll could be around 500 rather than 800.
    (AP, 6/30/16)
2016        Jun 30, Italy’s coast guard said 10 women died in a sinking boat packed with migrants off the coast of Libya today and hundreds of other people were rescued in two separate operations.
    (Reuters, 6/30/16)
2016        Jun 30, Colombian, Italian and US police seized 11 tons of cocaine and arrested 33 people today and over the last few days from a mafia-linked ring which refined the drug in the jungles of Colombia and smuggled it out in containers of tropical fruits.
    (Reuters, 6/30/16)
2016        Jun 30, In Italy Wisconsin student Beau Solomon disappeared in Rome a day after arriving there. On July 4 police discovered his body in the Tiber river in Rome. A suspect identified as Massimo Galioto (40) was soon arrested.
    (AP, 7/4/16)(AP, 7/5/16)

2016        Jul 2, In Italy US Staff Sgt. Halex Hale (24) was last seen at a friend's cookout in Sacile, near Aviano Air Base north of Venice. His body, clad in a swimsuit, was found on July 12 in a river in Sacile.
    (AP, 7/10/16)(AP, 7/12/16)

2016        Jul 4, Italian police arrested 25 Eritreans, 12 Ethiopians and an Italian who they said belonged to an organization that had smuggled thousands of migrants into Europe from Africa.
    (AP, 7/4/16)

2016        Jul 5, In Italy Amedeo Mancin, described as a local soccer club hooligan, beat Emmanuel Chidi Namdi of Nigeria in the north-central town of Fermo when he tried to defend his wife after Mancin insulted her with a racial slur and started to drag her. Namdi was bludgeoned, fell into a coma and died the next day.
    (AP, 7/7/16)

2016        Jul 6, Italian police arrested 11 people accused of crimes linked to public events, including last year's Milan Expo, and channeling money they collected to the Sicilian mafia.
    (Reuters, 7/6/16)

2016        Jul 12, In Italy at least 27 people were killed in a head-on collision between two passenger trains in the southern Italian region of Puglia.
    (AFP, 7/12/16)(Reuters, 7/13/16)

2016        Jul 13, In Italy convicted Cosa Nostra "boss of bosses" Bernardo Provenzano (b.1933), who reputedly led the Mafia's powerful Corleone clan, died in Milan. He was captured in 2006 in Sicily following decades of hiding in the countryside.
    (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bernardo_Provenzano)(AP, 7/13/16)

2016        Jul 14, Qatar Airways announced an agreement to purchase a 49-percent stake in Italy's second largest carrier, Meridiana.
    (AP, 7/14/16)

2016        Jul 15, Rescuers saved 366 migrants from rickety boats trying to cross the Mediterranean to Italy but at least 20 people were reported to have drowned. The survivors were mainly from Nigeria, Ethiopia, Eritrea and Bangladesh.
    (Reuters, 7/16/16)

2016        Jul 18, In northern Italy a court in Ivrea convicted former Olivetti executive Carlo De Benedetti and 12 others of manslaughter and other offenses over workers' deaths or illnesses blamed on asbestos exposure. The industrialist received a 5-year-2-month prison term. He will not be jailed while his appeals are heard.
    (AP, 7/18/16)

2016        Jul 20, The Italian coast guard coordinated five separate rescue operations that saved 567 migrants. The bodies of 21 women and one man were found in a pool of fuel at the bottom of one smuggler’s boat.
    (AP, 7/21/16)

2016        Jul 26, The Vatican and the Bank of Italy signed a key cooperation agreement aimed at regularizing their relations and ending years of Italian mistrust over Holy See finances.
    (Reuters, 7/26/16)

2016        Aug 2, Italian financial police arrested the former CEO of Veneto Banca and seized millions in cash, shares and property as part of a wide-ranging investigation.
    (AP, 8/2/16)

2016        Aug 4, Italy's anti-corruption authority (ANAC) confirmed that it is investigating Rome's public rubbish management agency as concerns grew that waste problems plaguing the capital could turn critical.
    (Reuters, 8/4/16)

2016        Aug 24, A magnitude 6-6.2 earthquake struck central Italy. 17 deaths were confirmed in Amatrice alone. The preliminary death toll was 38. The death toll soon climbed to 290. A Polish geologist said it was caused by the slow but constant under-surface movement of the African Plate toward Europe.
    (AP, 8/24/16)(AFP, 8/25/16)(AP, 8/27/16)

2016        Aug 29, The Italian coastguard rescued some 6,500 migrants off the coast of Libya in one of its busiest days of life-saving in recent years.
    (AFP, 8/29/16)

2016        Sep 5, The Italian navy rescued nearly 500 boat migrants off the coast of Libya and recovered the bodies of six people who fell out of a leaking rubber vessel.
    (Reuters, 9/5/16)

2016        Sep 6, Italian police said they had broken up a criminal network that smuggled mostly Syrian refugees across the Balkans to Western Europe.
    (Reuters, 9/6/16)

2016        Sep 7, Italian rescuers brought more than 350 migrants to shore in Sicily, along with the bodies of five women and two men who had died on the perilous journey.
    (Reuters, 9/7/16)

2016        Sep 12, A government source said Italy will set up a military hospital and deploy 300 doctors, nurses and soldiers in Libya at the request of the United Nations-recognized government in Tripoli.
    (Reuters, 9/12/16)

2016        Sep 13, In Italy Tiziana Cantone (31) committed suicide after failing in a long legal battle to get a pornographic video removed from the internet. On Sep 16 Italian prosecutors in Naples said they have opened an investigation into possible charges of instigation to suicide.
    (AP, 9/16/16)

2016        Sep 15, The European Union's border agency Frontex said some 23,000 irregular migrants arrived in Italy in August, most crossing the Mediterranean from Libya on what has become the main immigration route into Europe.
    (AP, 9/15/16)

2016        Sep 16, In Italy Carlo Azeglio Ciampi (b.1920), former PM (1993-1994) and President (1999-2006), died. He was a highly respected economist who helped usher in the euro as treasury minister.
    (AP, 9/16/16)

2016        Sep 21, Italian prosecutors said they have dropped a money laundering case against the son of Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan. The allegation that Bilal Erodogan, 35, was involved in money laundering while studying in Italy last year was first made by Murat Hakan Uzan, an exiled member of one of Turkey's richest families and an opponent of the president.
    (Reuters, 9/21/16)

2016        Sep 25, In Italy protesters took to small boats in Venice this evening to demonstrate against huge cruise ships being allowed to pass through the Italian city's canals.
    (AP, 9/26/16)

2016        Sep 26, Italian officials warned that Switzerland could face consequences after voters in the border canton of Ticino approved a referendum calling on authorities to grant preference to Swiss workers over foreigners in employment.
    (AP, 9/26/16)

2016        Sep 30, Investigators said Italian police have found two Van Gogh paintings that were stolen from an Amsterdam museum in 2002 hidden in a farmhouse near an organized crime syndicate's Naples-area stronghold. Investigators seized some 20 million euros ($22 million) worth of assets, including farmland, villas and apartments, which they say are linked to two Camorra drug kingpins, Mario Cerrone and Raffaele Imperiale.
    (AP, 9/30/16)

2016        Oct 3, Some 6,055 migrants bound for Europe were rescued in the Mediterranean Sea off North Africa and 22 found dead, one of the highest numbers in a single day according to Italian and Libyan officials.
    (AP, 10/4/16)

2016        Oct 5, Italian police arrested Antonio Pelle, a fugitive top mob boss who escaped from a hospital in 2011 — finding him at home in a bunker built between the bathroom and his son's bedroom.
    (AP, 10/5/16)

2016        Oct 13, In Italy Dario Fo (90), playwright and 1997 Nobel Prize laureate, died. His plays included “The Accidental Death of an Anarchist” (1970).
    (SFC, 10/14/16, p.D10)(Econ, 10/22/16, p.82)

2016        Oct 15, Shareholders of Italy’s Banco Popolare and Banca Popolare de Milano approved their merger. The new bank will be called Banco BPM.
    (Econ, 10/22/16, p.62)

2016        Oct 17, Italian PM Matteo Renzi flew to the United States for a high-profile visit that he hopes will boost his flagging campaign for a referendum on constitutional reform.
    (Reuters, 10/17/16)

2016        Oct 18, Pres. Obama threw his support behind efforts that Italian PM Matteo Renzi is taking to overhaul the country’s political system and enhance its economy. Obama hosted Renzi for the final official visit and state dinner of his presidency.
    (SFC, 10/19/16, p.A4)

2016        Oct 20, In Italy the Milan city council bestowed honorary citizenship on the Dalai Lama over the objections of Chinese Embassy, which said the gesture would have a negative impact on bilateral relations and regional cooperation.
    (AP, 10/20/16)

2016        Oct 23, Italian officials said that 14 bodies have been recovered in a two-day period on smugglers' boats packed with migrants. In all 5,700 migrants were rescued from dozens of small boats and rubber dinghies over the previous two days.
    (AP, 10/23/16)

2016        Oct 26, In central Italy a pair of strong earthquakes struck late today in the same region hit by a deadly quake in August. The only death in the aftermath was attributed to a heart attack in a 73-year-old man.
    (AP, 10/27/16)

2016        Oct 30, Italy's most powerful earthquake in 36 years stuck the country's mountainous center, panicking shell-shocked residents for the third time in two months and flattening a world famous 600-year-old basilica. The 6.6 magnitude quake hit near the small mountain town of Norcia. There were no reports of anyone dying.
    (AFP, 10/30/16)

2016        Nov 15, In Italy more than 1,000 people marched under torchlight through the Medieval center of Soave where the mayor is fending off plans to house more than 100 migrants.
    (AP, 11/16/16)
2016        Nov 15, A group of 188 Eritreans headed to Germany from Italy as the first tranche of 500 that Germany pledged to take monthly from Italy.
    (SFC, 11/16/16, p.A2)

2016        Nov 22, Italy's coastguard said that 1,400 people had been saved in 12 separate migrant rescue operations over the last 24 hours with least eight people dead and an unknown number missing.
    (AFP, 11/22/16)

2016        Dec 4, Millions of Italians voted in a knife-edge constitutional referendum that left PM Matteo Renzi sweating on his future and the rest of Europe braced for the fallout if he is forced to quit. PM Renzi won just over 40 percent of the vote in the referendum, a far worse result than polls had predicted.
    (AFP, 12/4/16)(Reuters, 12/5/16)

2016        Dec 7, Italian Premier Matteo Renzi said he would resign this evening now that Parliament has approved the 2017 national budget, a step required by the nation's president before he would let the leader step down. Pres. Mattarella had asked him to stay long enough to secure passage of the budget.
    (AP, 12/7/16)(Econ, 12/10/16, p.51)

2016        Dec 11, Italian Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni was tapped to form a new, Democrat-led government and end a political crisis so the country can quickly tackle pressing problems.
    (AP, 12/11/16)

2016        Dec 12, Italian energy company Eni said it would sell a 30 percent stake in an offshore Egyptian gas field to Rosneft. The Russian company will pay $1.125 billion for the holding in the Shorouk concession, which contains the giant Zohr gas field, and $450 million to cover past expenditures on the project.
    (AP, 12/12/16)

2016        Dec 13, Italy convicted Mohammed Ali Malek (28), a Tunisian man accused of being the captain of a migrant boat that sank on April 18, 2015, killing almost 700 people. He was found guilty of multiple manslaughter and people-smuggling and sentenced to 18 years in jail. The court also sentenced Syrian Mahmud Bikhit (26) to five years in prison on charges of people-smuggling. Survivors said Bikhit had been Malek's cabin boy.
    (Reuters, 12/13/16)
2016        Dec 13, Italy's largest bank, UniCredit, said it will unload 17.7 billion euros ($18.8 billion) in soured loans, raise billions in new money and shed thousands of jobs as it seeks to re-launch the company under new management.
    (AP, 12/13/16)

2016        Dec 14, Italian PM Paolo Gentiloni won the backing of the fragmented Senate, allowing his government to formally take office as a new threat emerged to the legacy of predecessor Matteo Renzi.
    (Reuters, 12/14/16)

2016        Dec 16, The governments of Italy's two biggest cities came under judicial scrutiny, with Milan's mayor suspending himself from his duties and a top aide in Rome's administration put under arrest. Milan Mayor Giuseppe Sala was under investigation in a case involving tender bids at last year's Expo world fair. Raffaele Marra, an aide to Mayor Virginia Raggi of the 5-Star Movement, was arrested on suspicion of corruption linked to a 2013 real estate deal.
    (Reuters, 12/16/16)

2016        Dec 17, Rome's Mayor Virginia Raggi was stripped by her populist Five Star Movement (M5S) party of the power to make "important decisions" after a close advisor was arrested for suspected corruption.
    (AfP, 12/18/16)

2016        Dec 19, An Italian court convicted an Italian woman and her Albanian husband in absentia on terrorism charges for traveling to Syria to join the Islamic State group. This was the first trial in Italy involving foreign fighters operating inside the war zone.
    (AP, 12/19/16)
2016        Dec 19, A draft report released by a European Parliament probe accused France, Italy and Spain of trying to slow down the introduction of tougher auto emissions tests despite knowing that the old ones were causing more pollution.
    (AP, 12/19/16)

2016        Dec 23, In Italy  Anis Amri, the Tunisian man suspected in a deadly attack on a Christmas market in Berlin, was killed early today in a shootout with police in Milan during a routine patrol outside a train station.
    (AP, 12/23/16)

2016        Dec 30, Italy said it will seek to deport more migrants who have no right to be in the country and will open new detention centers to hold them before their expulsion.
    (Reuters, 12/31/16)

2016        Italy ranked as the world’s 8th biggest economy, just ahead of Brazil.
    (Econ, 1/30/16, p.68)

2017        Jan 1, In Italy a bomb squad officer in Florence lost an eye and had to have a hand amputated after a suspicious package he was examining exploded before dawn.
    (AP, 1/1/17)

2017        Jan 4, Italy vowed to increase deportations of migrants whose asylum requests have been rejected, after a riot in a reception center sparked by the death of a young woman.
    (AFP, 1/4/17)

2017        Jan 9, Italy's anti-establishment 5-Star Movement voted to cut its ties with the anti-EU UK Independence Party (UKIP) and to hook up instead with the Liberals in the European Parliament. The liberal group rejected the request, ending a short-lived courtship.
    (Reuters, 1/9/17)(AP, 1/9/17)

2017        Jan 10, UKIP founder Nigel Farage said Farage said that all differences with 5-Star had been resolved and that Italy's anti-establishment 5-Star Movement has backtracked from plans to quit the UKIP grouping in the European Parliament.
    (Reuters, 1/10/17)
2017        Jan 10, Italian police announced the arrest of a London-resident nuclear engineer and his sister on suspicion of running a cyber snooping operation targeting politicians, public bodies and companies. Media cited charge sheets which identified them as Giulio Occhionero (45) and his sister Francesca Maria Occhionero.
    (AFP, 1/10/17)

2017        Jan 18, In Italy four powerful earthquakes, magnitude 5.1-5.7, reverberated through the Amatrice area still recovering from deadly tremors last year. More than 130,000 homes were without electricity.
    (AFP, 1/18/17)
2017        Jan 18, In Italy the four-star spa Hotel Rigopiano in the central Abruzzo region was struck by an avalanche following earthquakes in the region. At least 30 people were missing, including at least two children. By Jan 21 rescuers found 11 survivors, but 24 people remained missing. By Jan 26 the final death toll reached 29 as all remaining bodies were pulled from the rubble.
    (AP, 1/19/17)(AFP, 1/20/17)(Reuters, 1/22/17)(SFC, 1/27/17, p.A2)

2017        Jan 20, In northern Italy a bus carrying Hungarian students home from a school ski trip to France slammed into a highway barrier and burst into flames just before midnight, killing at least 16 people. 39 others survived, but some were seriously injured.
    (AP, 1/21/17)

2017        Jan 23, Pope Francis blasted the "money stained with blood" and "evil power" wielded by Italian organized crime as he met the heads of the country's anti-mafia squad.
    (AFP, 1/23/17)

2017        Jan 24, In central Italy a helicopter ferrying an injured skier off the slopes crashed into a mountainside and killed all six people aboard in the Abruzzo area.
    (AP, 1/24/17)

2017        Jan 25, Hundreds of Italians whose homes were devastated in a series of deadly earthquakes protested in Rome at the slow pace of government aid as the death toll from the Jan 18 avalanche-hit hotel rose to 24.
    (AFP, 1/25/17)

2017        Jan 30, Italian police said they had dismantled a major people smuggling network responsible for trafficking hundreds of people across Europe.
    (AFP, 1/30/17)

2017        Jan 31, Italian police arrested three citizens on suspicion of smuggling helicopters and surface-to-air missiles into Libya and Iran between 2011 and 2015 in violation of international embargoes.
    (Reuters, 1/31/17)

2017        Jan 16, It was announced the Italy’s Luxottica, a maker of fancy specs, will merge with Essilor, a French producer of eye lenses.
    (www.essilor.com/en/investors/essilor-and-luxottica/)(Econ, 1/21/17, p.54)

2017        Feb 1, Italy launched a new fund to help African countries control their borders, in the latest of a slew of measures pushed by the European Union to stop migrants reaching Europe.
    (Reuters, 2/1/17)

2017        Feb 4, In Italy dozens of the illegal fliers appeared mysteriously around Rome picturing a stern-looking Pope Francis, a list of accusations against him, and the words "Where's your mercy?".
    (AFP, 2/6/17)

2017        Feb 5, Italy's premier emphasized the significance of NATO and outlined a new agreement between Italy and Libya to fight human trafficking during a phone call with U.S. President Donald Trump.
    (AP, 2/5/17)

2017        Feb 10, Italy adopted measures to accelerate the asylum process, easing pressure on shelters and speeding deportations of those whose appeals are rejected.
    (Reuters, 2/10/17)

2017        Feb 11, Police in Sicily confiscated four olive companies, farmland, villas and other property that anti-Mafia prosecutors contend belong to the business empire of Italy's top Mafia boss, who has been on the run for more than 20 years.
    (AP, 2/11/17)

2017        Feb 14, An Italian court convicted a Moroccan-born man and his wife on charges of international terrorism in connection with an Islamic State plot to carry out attacks in Rome during the Holy Year in 2016. Abderrahim Moutaharrik, and his wife, Salma Bencharki were sentenced to six years and five years in jail, respectively.
    (AP, 2/14/17)

2017        Feb 16, In Italy taxi drivers in Rome, Milan and Turin staged wildcat strikes to protest proposed legislation they say will favor Uber and other car-sharing services.
    (AP, 2/16/17)

2017        Feb 19, Italy's ex-prime minister Matteo Renzi resigned as head of the center-left Democratic Party (PD), triggering a leadership battle as the country's ruling party grapples with the threat of a split.
    (AFP, 2/19/17)

2017        Feb 20, A Portuguese court ordered police to extradite former CIA agent Sabrina de Sousa to Italy, where she is due to serve a four-year prison sentence. De Sousa was among 26 Americans convicted for kidnapping suspect Osama Moustafa Hassan Nas, also known as Abu Omar, from a Milan street on Feb. 17, 2003.
    (AP, 2/21/17)

2017        Feb 21, Investigating magistrates in Italy froze millions of euros worth of assets belonging to prominent banker Giampietro Nattino, who they believe used the Vatican bank and another Holy See financial department for market manipulation.
    (Reuters, 2/21/17)
2017        Feb 21, Thousands of Italian taxi drivers protesting legislation they say will favor Uber clashed with riot police, intensifying a weeklong cab strike that has crippled transportation in Rome, Milan and Turin.
    (AP, 2/21/17)

2017        Feb 24, Italian police said nearly 100 staff at the Loreto Mare hospital in Naples have been questioned in connection with a widespread absenteeism scandal, including a doctor who skived off to play tennis.
    (AFP, 2/24/17)

2017        Feb 28, The Italian foreign ministry said in a statement that an inspection had found "irregularities" in granting visas at its consulate in the Iraqi city of Irbil and that the head of the visa section has been replaced. Visa-seekers, including Syrians, Arab and Kurdish Iraqis, had allegedly paid as much as 10,000 euros ($10,600) for visas instead of the actual 90-euro ($96) fee.
    (AP, 2/28/17)

2017        Mar 2, In Italy three skiers were killed in an avalanche in the northern Alps. Another five people were injured at Plan de la Gabba.
    (AP, 3/2/17)
2017        Mar 2, In southern Italy two African workers were killed late today after fire broke out at a camp housing hundreds of migrants who pick fruit and vegetables near Foggia.
    (Reuters, 3/3/17)(AP, 3/3/17)

2017        Mar 9, In Italy an overpass collapsed onto the A14, the main Adriatic coast highway, crushing a car and reportedly killing two people inside.
    (AP, 3/9/17)

2017        Mar 10, Fugitive Italian mobster Giulio Perrone, who had been living in Mexico under a false identity, was jailed in Rome after being extradited from Mexico. He had been tracked down by Italian police on Facebook.
    (AFP, 3/11/17)

2017        Mar 11, Italian riot police moved in to quell violent protests in Naples sparked by the first major rally in the southern city by the anti-immigrant Northern League leader.
    (AP, 3/11/17)

2017        Mar 21, In Italy Don Luigi Ciotti, an anti-mafia priest campaigner, kicked off a day of national protest against organized crime, urging Italians to resist the mob and denouncing recent threats against him as cowardly.
    (AP, 3/21/17)

2017        Mar 22, In southern Italy police in Calabria detained  Santo Vottari (45), a fugitive mobster, who authorities say is the boss of an 'ndrangheta crime clan involved in a feud that culminated in a 2007 gangland-style massacre in Germany.
    (AP, 3/22/17)

2017        Mar 25, On the 60th anniversary of the founding of the EU, 27 European leaders signed a document in Rome enshrining a pledge to give member nations more freedom to form partial alliances and set policy when unanimity is out of reach.
    (AP, 3/25/17)
2017        Mar 25, In Italy a woman's body was found stuffed in a suitcase that was floating at a marina in the Adriatic port of Rimini.
    (AP, 3/27/17)

2017        Mar 28, A Gambian boy (16) was rescued by a Spanish frigate after a rubber boat packed with 147 migrants sank in the Mediterranean shortly after leaving Libya a few days earlier. The sole survivor was transferred to an Italian Coast Guard ship. 140 others disembarked at a different port March 30 and several identified the boy as having been on the same boat. Aid groups said this reduced the death toll to five.
    (Reuters, 3/29/17)(Reuters, 3/31/17)

2017        Mar 29, Italy's parliament gave final approval to a law outlining comprehensive standards of care for unaccompanied migrant children arriving in Italy, including a strict prohibition of turning them away at the border.
    (AP, 3/29/17)

2017        Mar 30, Italian police arrested three Kosovans in the lagoon city of Venice after one was caught on a phone intercept proposing they bomb the famed Rialto bridge while others lauded the recent attack in London. A minor was also detained.
    (AP, 3/30/17)

2017        Apr 3, Italy-based Menarini-Silicon Biosystems, Inc. announced it has completed the agreement to purchase all the assets and relevant business related to the CELLSEARCH® Circulating Tumor Cell System from Janssen Diagnostics, LLC. The acquisition includes the CELLSEARCH® Circulating Tumor Cell Test — the first and only clinically validated blood test cleared by the US Food and Drug Administration for detecting and enumerating circulating tumor cells (CTCs) to help manage patients with metastatic breast, prostate, and colorectal cancers.

2017        Apr 9, In Italy former Mexican governor Tomas Yarrington was arrested for alleged involvement in laundering drug money after a five-year manhunt. He led the northern state of Tamaulipas from 1999-2005 and is being sought by the United States for alleged drug money laundering.
    (AFP, 4/9/17)
2017        Apr 9, Italian Gabriele Del Grande (34) was clapped in cuffs by Turkish police during interviews with people who had fled Syria for a book he is writing on the conflict and the birth of the Islamic State (IS) group. Grande was released after two weeks and returned home on April 24.
    (AFP, 4/19/17)(AP, 4/24/17)

2017        Apr 10, The new US administration of Donald Trump scuppered efforts by the Group of Seven (G7) industrialized countries in Rome to reach a common stance on energy when it asked for more time to work out its policies on climate change.
    (Reuters, 4/9/17)

2017        Apr 11, G7 industrialized nations meeting in Rome urged Russia to pressure the Syrian government to end the six-year civil war, but rejected a British call to impose new sanctions on Moscow over its support of President Bashar Assad.
    (AP, 4/11/17)

2017        Apr 13, In Italy the takeover of AC Milan was completed, with Silvio Berlusconi selling the club to a Chinese consortium, after 31 years in charge. The deal valued Milan at 740 million euros (about $800 million) and required the investors, led by businessman Yonghong Li, to spend 350 million euros ($372 million) over three years on improvements.
    (AP, 4/13/17)

2017        Apr 15, In northern Italy Emma Morano (117), the oldest person in the world, died at her home in Verbania.
    (SSFC, 4/16/17, p.A3)(Econ, 4/29/17, p.74)

2017        Apr 19, UNESCO awarded its prestigious Felix Houphouet-Boigny Peace Prize to migrant rescue association SOS Mediterranee and Lampedusa Mayor Giuseppina Nicolini, whose tiny Italian island is on the frontline of the refugee crisis.
    (AFP, 4/19/17)

2017        Apr 20, US Pres. Donald Trump met with Italy’s PM Paolo Gentiloni for talks on trade and security.
    (SFC, 4/21/17, p.A5)

2017        Apr 21, Italy handed the Libyan coast guard the first two of 10 boats to rescue migrants from foundering smugglers' boats, as part of a strategy Rome hopes will reduce the huge numbers of the rescued from reaching Italian shores.
    (AP, 4/21/17)

2017        Apr 22, Veteran Italian cyclist Michele Scarponi (37) was killed after colliding with a van while out training on his bike, plunging the cycling world into mourning.
    (AFP, 4/22/17)

2017        Apr 24, In Italy some two-thirds of Alitalia employees in a referendum nixed the industrial plan the government had linked to the airline’s survival. Alitalia has been losing 2 million euros ($2.2 million) daily and faced bankruptcy.
    (AP, 4/25/17)

2017        Apr 30, Italians voted for a new Democratic Party chief. The primary was expected to return Matteo Renzi to its leadership.
    (AP, 4/30/17)

2017        May 2, A prosecutor based in Sicily told Italian senators his office has found no links or contacts between migrant smugglers and humanitarian organizations operating rescue boats in the Mediterranean.
    (AP, 5/2/17)

2017        May 3, Italian health authorities announced they would recall up to 7,000 children in northern Italy to be re-vaccinated after determining that some children didn't receive the necessary doses. A nurse, identified by authorities only as P.E., is accused of having botched thousands of vaccinations from 2009-2015, intentionally or not.
    (AP, 5/3/17)

2017        May 7, Two groups of survivors told the Italian and Libyan coastguards that hundreds drowned when their rubber boats began to deflate before rescuers arrived. At least two boats sank over the weekend. As many as 245 migrants were feared to have died in the Mediterranean.
    (Reuters, 5/8/17)(AP, 5/9/17)

2017        May 10, Italian police said they have found indirect links between Islamic militants and a Somali-run migrant trafficking and money transfer ring that was busted in overnight raids in southern Italy.
    (AP, 5/10/17)
2017        May 10, In Italy three sisters, ages 4, 8 and 20, died after their camper burst into flames as they slept, in what news reports said might have been an intentional attack aimed at Roma, also known as Gypsies.
    (AP, 5/10/17)

2017        May 12, In Italy G7 finance ministers began two days of talks on the global economy, taxation and terrorist financing in the southern city of Bari. Officials raised concerns about risks to global growth from the Trump administration's policy proposals including tax reform.
    (Reuters, 5/12/17)

2017        May 13, In Bari, Italy, G7 financial leaders pledged stronger cooperation against cyber-crime and not to use foreign exchange to gain competitive advantage, but stuck to their cautious wording on trade, their final communique showed.
    (Reuters, 5/13/17)

2017        May 15, Italian police arrested 68 people, including a priest and the head of a Catholic volunteer group called "Mercy," accusing them of being in cahoots with a major mafia clan that skimmed millions in public funds destined for one of Italy's biggest migrant welcome centers.
    (AP, 5/15/17)

2017        May 18, In Italy Ismail Hosni (20) stabbed a policeman and two army officers in Milan after they asked to see his identity papers.
    (Reuters, 5/19/17)

2017        May 19, Italy's government declared a new law making a series of childhood vaccinations a condition of school inscription in a move triggered by a spike in measles cases.
    (AFP, 5/19/17)

2017        May 20, Comic Beppe Grillo, the head of Italy's populist 5-Star Movement, led thousands in a 15-mile march to demand a guaranteed minimum income for citizens.
    (AP, 5/20/17)
2017        May 20, The Italian coast guard said some 2,100 migrants have been rescued at sea to be brought to safety in Italy over the last 24 hours. Some 5,000 migrants bound for Italy were rescued in waters off the coast of Libya over the last 48 hours by Italian and Libyan coastguards.
    (AP, 5/20/17)(AFP, 5/20/17)

2017        May 23, US Pres. Donald Trump arrived in Rome following his Middle East visit.
    (AP, 5/23/17)
2017        May 23, The US government filed a civil lawsuit accusing Italy-American Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV of using software to bypass emission controls in diesel vehicles.
    (AP, 5/23/17)

2017        May 25, Italy's culture minister promised to fight a court ruling that removed the directors of five museums credited with helping boost revenues after years of poor management. The administrative court for the Lazio region, which surrounds Rome, had ruled that the evaluation process was confused and opaque, and questioned the hiring of foreigners to some of the posts.
    (Reuters, 5/25/17)
2017        May 25, An Italian court opened the way for a class action lawsuit against automaker Volkswagen over its emissions scandal.
    (AP, 5/25/17)   

2017        Jun 1, The European Commission said it had agreed to in principle to a bail-out by the Italian government of Monte dei Paschi di Siena, the world’s oldest bank.   
    (Econ 6/10/17, p.74)

2017        Jun 6, Authorities in Sicily said they have detained 15 people accused of running a high-end migrant smuggling racket that planned to bring to Italy even people sought by Tunisian authorities for alleged links to jihadist groups.
    (AP, 6/6/17)

2017        Jun 11, Italy held mayoral elections in some 1,000 towns and small cities across the country. The anti-establishment populist 5-Star Movement (M5S) suffered a big setback after failing to make the runoff vote in almost all the big cities being contested.
    (AP, 6/11/17)(AFP, 6/12/17)
2017        Jun 11, In Italy G7 environment chiefs meet for potentially difficult talks 10 days after Donald Trump sparked a rift with US partners by pulling out of the Paris climate change accord.
    (AFP, 6/11/17)

2017        Jun 12, In Italy a two-day meeting of environment chiefs from the Group of Seven club of industrialized democracies ended with the US again disassociating itself from a statement underlining the importance of implementing the 2015 Paris deal on curbing carbon emissions.
    (AFP, 6/12/17)

2017        Jun 16, Italians and tourists alike struggled to get around as a nationwide transport strike forced the cancellation of Alitalia flights, the closure of subway stations and the suspension of bus service.
    (AP, 6/16/17)

2017        Jun 19, In Italy Carla Fendi (79), one of the five sisters who transformed the family leather goods business into a global luxury fashion house long known for its furs, died following a long illness.
    (AP, 6/20/17)

2017        Jun 23, The European Central Bank declared that Italy’s Banca Popolare di Vicenza and Veneto Banca were failing or likely to fail. Two days later the Italian government pronounced them dead.
    (Econ 7/1/17, p.61)

2017        Jun 25, People in more than 100 Italian towns and cities voted to pick municipal mayors in a run-off ballot. Center-right parties hammered their center-left rivals in the mayoral elections, putting pressure on the ruling Democratic Party (PD) ahead of a national vote due in less than a year.
    (Reuters, 6/25/17)( Reuters, 6/26/17)

2017        Jun 26, Three migrants died off the Libyan coast this evening, during Italian-led rescue operations in which thousands more were pulled to safety from rickety boats.
    (Reuters, 6/27/17)

2017        Jun 28, Former CIA agent Sabrina de Sousa said she is returning to Italy this week to serve a three-year sentence for taking part in the kidnapping of a Muslim cleric in Milan 14 years ago.
    (AP, 6/28/17)
2017        Jun 28, A cyber-attack wreaked havoc around the globe, crippling thousands of computers, disrupting operations at ports from Mumbai to Los Angeles and halting production at a chocolate factory in Australia. ESET, a Slovakian company that sells products to shield computers from viruses, said 80 percent of the infections detected among its global customer base were in Ukraine, with Italy second hardest hit with about 10 percent. The malware seemed to be a variant of past campaigns, derived from code known as Eternal Blue believed to have been developed by the US National Security Agency (NSA).
    (Reuters, 6/28/17)

2017        Jun 29, Italy's Premier Paolo Gentiloni pressed his European Union allies to take in more migrants, saying the relentless arrival of tens of thousands on Italy's shores is putting his country under enormous strain.
    (AP, 6/29/17)

2017        Jul 3, France, Germany and the European Union pledged more money for Libya's coast guard and more support for Italy to cope with a surge of migrant arrivals from Africa.
    (AP, 7/3/17)

2017        Jul 5, Italian Finance Minister Pier Carlo Padoan said the government is taking control of bank Monte dei Paschi under a relaunch plan agreed by European officials that includes the disposal of a massive 28.6 billion euros ($32.5 billion) in bad loans.
    (AP, 7/5/17)
2017        Jul 5, Italian authorities arrested Eli Bombataliev (38) of Chechnya on terror charges. He was accused of fighting with the Islamic State group in Syria and participating in a deadly attack on foreign and Russian journalists in Chechnya.
    (AP, 7/8/17)

2017        Jul 7, Former Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi, the head of the ruling Democratic Party, said Italy should allow only a "fixed number" of migrants into the country as it grapples with a wave of people arriving by sea from North Africa.
    (AFP, 7/7/17)
2017        Jul 7, In Italy part of a four-storey apartment block in Torre Annunziata, near the port city of Naples, collapsed. Over the next 24 hours eight bodies were pulled from the rubble.
    (Reuters, 7/7/17)(AP, 7/8/17)

2017        Jul 11, In Italy Chloe Ayling (20) was reportedly abducted after coming to Milan for a photo shoot, apparently a phony setup. She was drugged by her abductor and held in a small town in the northwestern Piedmont region. The suspect dropped her off near the British Consulate in Milan on July 17. On July 18 Lukasz Pawel Herba, a Polish citizen living in Britain, was arrested in the kidnapping of the British model.
    (AP, 8/5/17)(AP, 8/8/17)(SFC, 8/8/17, p.A2)
2017        Jul 11, Iran Railways said it has signed a preliminary agreement with Italy's state railway to construct two high-speed links in Iran. Four memoranda of understanding were signed worth some $1.36 billion.
    (AP, 7/11/17)

2017        Jul 20, In Italy a Rome court convicted dozens of defendants in a wide-ranging corruption trial that revealed a system of kickbacks and intimidation to gain control of city contracts, but acquitted all of the defendants on key charges of mafia-style association. Massimo Carminati (59) was sentenced to 20 years in prison. His right-hand man and fellow defendant Salvatore Buzzi (61) was handed a 19-year jail term.
    (AP, 7/20/17)(AFP, 7/20/17)

2017        Jul 23, Vatican authorities began to turn off some 100 fountains, including two Baroque masterpieces in St. Peter's Square, due to a prolonged drought affecting the tiny city state and the city of Rome which surrounds it.
    (Reuters, 7/24/17)

2017        Jul 28, Italy approved sending Italian naval ships to help the Libyan coast guard combat migrant trafficking following a request by the North African nation.
    (AP, 7/28/17)
2017        Jul 28, Italy's parliament gave final approval to a new program making a slate of childhood vaccinations mandatory for school children up to age 16.
    (AP, 7/28/17)

2017        Aug 2, The Italian parliament gave the go-ahead to a naval mission aimed at boosting the Libyan coastguard in its fight against human traffickers and further reducing the number of migrant arrivals on Italy's coasts.
    (AFP, 8/2/17)
2017        Aug 2, Italian authorities impounded a German NGO's migrant rescue boat on suspicion of facilitating illegal immigration. The Iuventa was operated by the Jugend Rettet organization.
    (AFP, 8/2/17)
2017        Aug 2, Qatar said it has concluded a 5 billion euro deal with Italy for seven navy vessels, part of a military cooperation agreement between the two countries.
    (Reuters, 8/2/17)

2017        Aug 5, In Italy Cardinal Dionigi Tettamanzi (b.1934), once seen as a possible contender to become pope, died. A prolific writer, Tettamanzi helped Pope John Paul draft some of his encyclicals and was seen by some Vatican watchers as a potential candidate to replace the Polish pontiff when he died in 2005.
    (Reuters, 8/5/17)

2017        Aug 9, In southern Italy four men were shot dead in an apparent gangland killing. Mario Luciano Romito, a well-known local crime boss, and his brother-in-law Matteo De Palma were traveling together when a car drew alongside and fired at them. Police said two other victims, believed to be farmers, were targeted because they had witnessed the attack in the Puglia region.
    (Reuters, 8/9/17)

2017        Aug 11, Police in southeastern Italy arrested four suspects late today and seized weapons to head off more gangland-style murders in a region popular with vacation-goers where four people were killed.
    (AP, 8/12/17)

2017        Aug 13, The Italian government welcomed Libya's decision to bar foreign vessels from a stretch of water off its coast. Libya's navy last week ordered foreign vessels to stay out of a coastal "search and rescue zone" for migrants headed for Europe, saying the measure was aimed at non-governmental organizations it accuses of facilitating illegal migration.
    (AFP, 8/13/17)

2017        Aug 14, In Italy Maurizio Diotallevi (62) confessed to authorities to killing his sister, Nicoletta Diotallevi (59), whose hacked-off legs were accidentally found in a Rome trash bin while her head and remaining body parts were later discovered in a garbage container on another street.
    (AP, 8/16/17)

2017        Aug 16, British police arrested Michal Konrad Herba (36), the brother of Lukasz Pawel Herba, a man accused of the recent abduction of British model Chloe Ayling in Italy, following a request from the Italian authorities.
    (AFP, 8/16/17)

2017        Aug 21, Italy’s health ministry said two of 114 tested egg samples have shown traces of the insecticide fipronil, making the country the latest to become embroiled in a Europe-wide scandal.
    (AFP, 8/21/17)
2017        Aug 21, In Italy an earthquake hit the tourist-packed holiday island of Ischia this evening, killing two people, injuring dozens and trapping three young brothers who survived for up to 16 hours before being rescued.
    (Reuters, 8/22/17)

2017        Aug 24, In Italy migrants in a Rome piazza threw rocks, bottles and gas cans at police in riot gear who were using water jets to clear out about 100 mostly Ethiopian and Eritrean asylum-seekers as part of a security operation criticized by humanitarian groups.
    (AP, 8/24/17)

2017        Aug 27, Five mountain climbers died in the Austrian Alps in Wildgerlostal on Mount Gabler, east of Innsbruck. Two Italian mountain climbers died after falling into a crevasse in the Italian Alps. A day earlier Another Italian climber died after being hit by boulders in the Valtellina Alpine area.
    (AP, 8/27/17)

2017        Aug 28, The leaders of France, Germany, Italy and Spain met in Paris with counterparts from Libya, Niger and Chad to discuss ways to curb illegal migration across the Mediterranean Sea to European shores.
    (AP, 8/28/17)

2017        Aug, In Italy anonymous hackers broke into the 5-Star's web platform, called "Rousseau" after the 18th century Swiss-born philosopher, and obtained secret data on its members and donors.
    (Reuters, 10/5/17)

2017        Sep 1, In Italy Chinese artist Ai Weiwei’s documentary "Human Flow," premiered at the Venice Film Festival. He used the film to make viewers see both the scale and the humanity of the migrant crisis.
    (AP, 9/1/17)

2017        Sep 2, Italian news agency ANSA said that about 800 Algerians had reached Sardinia aboard smugglers' boats directly from their homeland so far this year. Gov. Francesco Pigliaru has asked Italy's government to work with Algerian authorities to stop the flow.
    (AP, 9/2/17)

2017        Sep 3, In Italy Guerlin Butungu (20), Congolese asylum-hopeful who was rescued at sea and brought to Italy in 2015, was nabbed aboard a train by police as the last of a gang of four young males suspected of raping a Polish tourist on a beach, beating her companion unconscious and raping a Peruvian woman barely an hour later in the resort town of Rimini. Three others were arrested a day earlier.
    (AP, 9/3/17)
2017        Sep 3, In Uruguay  Rocco Morabito (51), a top crime syndicate boss convicted of drug trafficking and on the run from Italy since 1994, was arrested in Montevideo. He was living in a luxury villa in a seaside resort town under an alias and using a false Brazilian passport.
    (AP, 9/4/17)

2017        Sep 8, In Italy prosecutors in Florence were investigating allegations by two US students that they were raped by Carabinieri policemen who escorted them home in a patrol car from a nightclub. The women accused the officers of raping them early Sep 7 in their apartment building.
    (AP, 9/8/17)

2017        Sep 10, In Italy torrential rain triggered flooding that killed at least six people in the Tuscan port of Leghorn, including a family of four who were trapped by rising water in a basement. Two persons were reported missing.
    (AP, 9/10/17)

2017        Sep 14, In Italy fans of the old Latin Mass descended on Rome for their 10-year anniversary pilgrimage. In 2007 Pope Benedict XVI passed a law allowing greater use of the Latin Mass.
    (AP, 9/14/17)

2017        Sep 23, Italy's anti-establishment 5-Star movement picked lawmaker Luigi Di Maio (31) to lead the movement.
    (Reuters, 9/24/17)

2017        Sep 26, Italian police arrested the mayor of a city near Milan on corruption charges as part of an investigation into the infiltration of the 'ndrangheta organized crime clan of southern Italy in the north's business and political establishment. Police issued 27 arrest warrants, many accused in the 'ndrangheta's cocaine trafficking operations and hailing from the mob's Calabrian hub in San Luca.
    (AP, 9/26/17)   

2017        Sep 29, A London judge said Polish-born Michal Herba (36), a man accused of being part of a July plot to kidnap a British model in Milan, should be extradited to face charges in Italy. Herba is also the brother of the model's alleged kidnapper.
    (Reuters, 9/29/17)

2017        Oct 1, Italian Foreign Minister Angelino Alfano said North Korea's ambassador to Italy will be expelled from the country in protest over Pyongyang's recent nuclear and ballistic missile tests. Italy, however, would not sever its diplomatic relations with North Korea because he said it was useful to maintain a channel of communication.
    (Reuters, 10/1/17)
2017        Oct 1, Qatar Airways said it has completed the acquisition of a 49 percent stake in Italy's AQA Holding, the new parent company of Italy's second largest carrier Meridiana.
    (AP, 10/1/17)

2017        Oct 4, Italian police said they have seized 11 million euros ($13 million) in assets and arrested 37 people, including two Carabinieri officers, accused in a Sicilian Mafia extortion racket involving fruit, fish and drugs.
    (AP, 10/4/17)

2017        Oct 7, In Italy Anis Hanachi (25) was arrested on an international warrant issued by France while riding a bicycle in the center of the northern city of Ferrara. He is believed responsible for radicalizing his elder brother Ahmed Hanachi, who stabbed two women to death on Oct 1 in Marseille.
    (AP, 10/9/17)

2017        Oct 11, The Italian government won the first of three confidence votes on a fiercely contested electoral law that would allow the formation of multi-party coalitions before the ballot, a factor likely to hurt 5-Star Movement.
    (Reuters, 10/11/17)

2017        Oct 12, The Italian government won the last of three confidence votes it had called on a contested electoral law that is likely to penalize the anti-establishment 5-Star Movement in next year's election.
    (Reuters, 10/12/17)

2017        Oct 19, In Italy a Spanish tourist (52) was struck and killed in one of the aisles at the Basilica of Santa Croce in Florence.
    (AP, 10/19/17)

2017        Oct 20, Meeting in Italy G7 countries and tech giants including Google, Facebook and Twitter agreed to work together to block the dissemination of Islamist extremism over the internet.
    (AFP, 10/20/17)
2017        Oct 20, Italian news reports said a Moroccan father and three of his four children have died in an apartment fire in the northern lakeside city of Como. Fire crews found flammable material inside the apartment, suggesting the blaze might have been set intentionally by someone there.
    (AP, 10/20/17)

2017        Oct 22, Voters in the northern Italian regions of Lombardy and Veneto voted in referendums on autonomy.
    (AP, 10/22/17)

2017        Oct 23, Political leaders in northern Italy claimed an overwhelming mandate to seek greater autonomy from Rome after referendums backed the party's autonomy bid by more than 95 percent in Lombardy and Veneto. In Lombardy less than half of the electorate turned out. The votes were legal, but not binding on Rome.
    (AP, 10/23/17)

2017        Oct 24, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) reported a 50 percent increase in third quarter net earnings, with all markets contributing to growth even as sales were flat globally.
    (AP, 10/24/17)

2017        Oct 26, Italy's upper house Senate approved a new electoral system that is expected to handicap the anti-establishment 5-Star Movement at a forthcoming national election and favor mainstream political blocs. The bill has already been approved by the lower house and now only needs a green light from the head of state to become law.
    (Reuters, 10/26/17)

2017        Oct 30, The leaders of India and Italy held talks in New Delhi and signed a slew of agreements that mark a thaw in their relations following the fatal 2012 shootings of two Indian fishermen by Italian marines who mistook them for pirates.
    (AP, 10/30/17)
2017        Oct 30, Montenegro’s defense minister said the Greek and Italian air forces will protect the airspace over the newest NATO-member state. Montenegro joined NATO in June as the military alliance's 29th member.
    (AP, 10/30/17)

2017        Nov 3, An Italian court said police have seized 50 million euros worth of Tramadol tablets, a synthetic opiate, destined to be sold by the Islamic State (IS) group in Libya to raise funds for attacks.
    (AFP, 11/3/17)
2017        Nov 3, Britain, Canada, Germany, Italy, and the Netherlands issued a statement late today critical of Egypt’s detention of Ibrahim Metwaly, who was helping investigate the 2016 murder of Italian student Giulio Regeni. Metwaly was taken by airport security in September while heading to Geneva to attend a UN conference on enforced disappearances.
    (Reuters, 11/5/17)

2017        Nov 5, Sicilians cast their ballots in a regional vote seen as a barometer for Italy's general election next year, with the populist Five Star Movement (M5S) challenging a resurgent right as a divided left flounders.
    (AFP, 11/5/17)

2017        Nov 6, In Italy G7 health ministers meeting in Milan issued a joint statement that says “climate and environmental-related factors can aggravate existing health risks and create new threats”.
    (AP, 11/6/17)

2017        Nov 10, The Italian government said the country will phase out the use of coal for national electricity needs by 2025 as part of developing a sustainable and competitive energy strategy.
    (AP, 11/10/17)

2017        Nov 14, The Italian diocese of Como defended its decision to ordain a seminarian accused in a book and an investigative TV report of having engaged in gay sex with a fellow teenager while both studied at the Vatican's youth seminary.
    (AP, 11/14/17)

2017        Nov 16, Italy's former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi won an appeal against paying his ex-wife alimony, as a court told Veronica Lario to repay checks totaling some 60 million euros ($70 million). Berlusconi had insisted Lario was wealthy enough to support herself with her portfolio of 16 million euros, family jewels and publishing house.
    (AFP, 11/16/17)

2017        Nov 17, In Italy Mafia boss Salvatore "Toto" Riina (87) died in a hospital in Milan while serving 26 life sentences as the mastermind of a bloody strategy to assassinate Italian prosecutors and law enforcement trying to bring down the Cosa Nostra.
    (AP, 11/17/17)

2017        Nov 24, Italian police launched a campaign to reduce the murder rate against women on the eve of the UN-backed International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. Femicides now account for 37 percent of the total compared to 24 percent a decade ago.
    (AFP, 11/24/17)

2017        Dec 1, The Palestinians accused the organizers of the Giro d'Italia cycle race of being "complicit in Israel's military occupation" by starting the 2018 race from Jerusalem.
    (AFP, 12/1/17)

2017        Dec 6, In Italy Mattia Del Zotto (27) was arrested on suspicion he poisoned his entire family with a chemical once used to kill rodents, leading to the deaths of his grandparents and an aunt, and the hospitalization of five others.
    (AP, 12/7/17)

2017        Dec 8, Britain, France, Germany, Sweden and Italy called on the United States to put forward detailed proposals for peace between Israel and the Palestinians and described as "unhelpful" a decision by President Donald Trump to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital.
    (Reuters, 12/8/17)

2017        Dec 9, Italy's governing Democrats led a rally in Como to warn about fascism making a comeback in the nation that once suffered under fascist dictator Benito Mussolini and which is now seeing a rash of right-wing protests against migrants.
    (AP, 12/9/17)
2017        Dec 9, Libya said it will set up a joint commission with Italy in a bid to fight back against people traffickers and tackle the problem of illegal migration following talks in Tripoli between Italian Interior Minister Marco Minniti and Libya's PM Fayez al-Sarraj.
    (AFP, 12/9/17)

2017        Dec 14, Italian police in Sicily searched the homes and businesses of known allies of mobster Matteo Messina Denaro (55), looking for hidden bunkers where the fugitive godfather may be hiding.
    (AFP, 12/14/17)

2017        Dec 15, In Spain Norbert Feher (36) of Serbia killed three people, including two Civil Guards, who were investigating a Dec. 5 shooting that injured two people in Teruel province. Feher was arrested the next day. Italy had already issued a European arrest warrant for Feher for homicides and home invasion robberies.
    (AP, 12/15/17)

2017        Dec 17, The remains of Victor Emmanuel III, who reigned as Italy's king through two world wars and died in exile in 1947, were flown back from Egypt for reburial at a family mausoleum near Turin.
    (Reuters, 12/17/17)

2017        Dec 19, Police in southern Italy said they have arrested seven people on charges of trafficking Nigerian women for prostitution.
    (AP, 12/19/17)

2017        Dec 20, In Italy the current and former CEOs of oil giant Eni were ordered to face trial on corruption charges for the alleged payment of bribes over the $1.1 billion sale of one of Africa's richest oil blocks in Nigeria. CEO Claudio Descalzi and his predecessor Paolo Scaroni were among 15 defendants who will face trial in Milan.
    (AP, 12/20/17)

2017        Dec 22, Italy organized a first airlift of refugees from Libyan detention centers after coming under international criticism for helping the Libyan coast guard block migrants from leaving by boat.
    (AP, 12/22/17)

2017        Dec 24, Italian PM Paolo Gentiloni said he would propose to parliament transferring some of the country's 1,400 troops stationed in Iraq to Niger to fight people smuggling and terrorism.
    (Reuters, 12/24/17)

2017        Ian Campbell authored “The Addis Ababa Massacre: Italy’s National Shame.”
    (Econ 7/22/17, p.66)

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