Italy

In this video image made available by the Armed Forces of Malta from an overflying aircraft, a life raft carrying survivors  floats in the sea between Malta and the Italian island of Lampedusa, Oct. 11 2013. (AP Photo/ Armed Forces of Malta)

Another boat carrying many migrants capsizes off Sicily

ROME (AP) — For the second time in a week, a smugglers’ boat overloaded with migrants capsized in the Canal of Sicily on Friday as it made the perilous crossing from Africa to Europe. At […]

10/11/2013

Italian Andrea Bartali son of champion cyclist Gino Bartali, speaks with Holocaust survivor Giulia Baquis at the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial in Jerusalem, Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013, after a ceremony to induct Bartali into the prestigious Garden of the Righteous Among the Nations for his help rescuing Jews during World War II. (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner)

Cyclist Gino Bartali honored by Holocaust museum

ROME (AP) — Gino Bartali rarely spoke about this for all these years. During World War II, the champion cyclist — winner of the 1938 and 1948 Tour de France — helped rescue Jews in […]

10/10/2013

Italian Coast Guard personnel recover a body bag on their patrol boat in Lampedusa island, Italy, Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013. (AP Photo/Francesco Malavolta)

Italy holds suspected ship captain; death toll 275

LAMPEDUSA, Italy (AP) — Italy on Tuesday detained a 35-year-old Tunisian man suspected of being the captain of a boat carrying African migrants that sank off the tiny island of Lampedusa. Divers, meanwhile, recovered dozens […]

10/08/2013

AP Graphic shows how countries scored in international adult literacy test.

American adults score poorly on global test

WASHINGTON (AP) — It’s long been known that America’s school kids haven’t measured well compared with international peers. Now, there’s a new twist: Adults don’t either. In math, reading and problem-solving using technology — all […]

10/08/2013

Migrants answer a reporter's questions at a temporary camp in the Italian island of Lampedusa, Friday, Oct. 4, 2013.  (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)

Fisherman says migrants were too weak to grab lifesaver

LAMPEDUSA, Italy (AP) — The friends were heading out on a fishing trip, when one heard voices from the sea. Don’t be silly, Vito Fiorino told him — it’s only the seagulls’ early morning song. […]

10/04/2013

In this image made from video provided by the Italian Coast Guard and recorded on Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013, Italian Coast Guard rescue a survivor of a ship transporting hundreds of migrants which caught fire and sank off the Sicilian island of Lampedusa, Italy. (AP Photo/Italian Coast Guard)

Migrants used empty water bottles to stay afloat

LAMPEDUSA, Italy (AP) — Survivors of a fiery shipwreck that killed more than 100 African migrants clung to empty water bottles to keep themselves from drowning and were coated in gasoline, an Italian fisherman said […]

10/04/2013

Firefighters unload the body of a drowned migrant from a Coast Guard boat in the port of Lampedusa, Sicily, Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013. (AP Photo/Nino Randazzo, Health Care Service, HO)

Death toll in migrant boat shipwreck rises to 114

ROME (AP) — A ship carrying African migrants to Europe caught fire and capsized Thursday off the southern Italian island of Lampedusa, killing at least 114 people as hundreds were dumped into the sea, officials […]

10/03/2013

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Court in Knox trial allows new DNA test

FLORENCE, Italy (AP) – A court hearing Amanda Knox’s second appeals trial on Monday accepted a request to run additional DNA tests on the presumed weapon in the murder of Meredith Kercher, but rejected most […]

09/30/2013

Court President, Judge Giovanni Puliatti, sitting at center, is flanked by judges Sergio Compagnucci, right, and Marco Mezzaluna, left, in the court room of the converted Teatro Moderno theater for his the trial of Captain Francesco Schettino, in Grosseto, Italy, Monday, Sept. 23, 2013. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

Wrecked ship captain blames helmsman in Italy case

GROSSETO, Italy (AP) — The captain of the wrecked Costa Concordia, now on trial over the deadly disaster, blamed his helmsman Monday for botching a last-minute corrective maneuver that he contends could have prevented the […]

09/23/2013

The Costa Concordia is seen after it was lifted upright, on the Tuscan Island of Giglio, Italy, early Tuesday morning, Sept. 17, 2013. The crippled cruise ship was pulled completely upright early Tuesday after a complicated, 19-hour operation to wrench it from its side where it capsized last year off Tuscany, with officials declaring it a "perfect" end to a daring and unprecedented engineering feat. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

Concordia success boosts pride for shamed Italy

GIGLIO ISLAND, Italy (AP) — The extraordinary righting of the Costa Concordia from its watery Tuscan graveyard has given Italy a boost of sorely needed pride, helping erase the shame many felt after an Italian […]

09/17/2013

The Costa Concordia lies on its side on the Tuscan Island of Giglio, Italy, early Tuesday morning, Sept. 17, 2013.  (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

Shipwrecked Concordia declared vertical off Italy

GIGLIO ISLAND, Italy (AP) — The crippled Costa Concordia cruise ship was pulled completely upright early Tuesday after a complicated, 19-hour operation to wrench it from its side where it capsized last year off Tuscany, […]

09/16/2013

Reporters watch the Costa Concordia ship lying on its side on the Tuscan Island of Giglio, Italy, early Monday morning, Sept. 16, 2013. An international team of engineers is trying a never-before attempted strategy to set upright the luxury liner, which capsized after striking a reef in 2012 killing 32 people. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

Learn how parbuckling works

As crews work to raise the capsized Costa Concordia ship in Italy, learn about the process — known as parbuckling — in the brief video here.

09/16/2013

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