Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte greets German Chancellor Angela Merkel | AFP

Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte greets German Chancellor Angela Merkel as she arrives in Rome on a state visit. IMAGES

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Rome’s ‘invisible’ migrants offer guide to Eternal City | AFP

The Eternal City’s famed monuments are given an African twist by refugees Abdul, Kaba and Sidia, who use anecdotes from their life journeys to show the Italian capital in a unique light.

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Rome’s ‘invisible’ migrants offer guide to Eternal City | AFP

The Eternal City’s famed monuments are given an African twist by refugees Abdul, Kaba and Sidia, who use anecdotes from their life journeys to show the Italian capital in a unique light.

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Pompeo confirms he was on Trump Ukraine call

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has confirmed that he was on the telephone call between President Donald Trump and the Ukrainian president that is the subject of an impeachment inquiry. “I was on the phone call,” Pompeo told reporters in Rome. (Oct. 2)

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Today in History for September 23rd

Highlights of this day in history: Richard Nixon gives his ‘Checkers’ speech; Rome’s Augustus Caesar born; Lewis and Clark finish trek to America’s West; Psychologist Sigmund Freud dies; Musicians Ray Charles and Bruce Springsteen born. (Sept. 23)

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Ministers from Italy’s new coalition government sworn in | AFP

The ministers of Italy’s new coalition government are sworn in at the Quirinale presidential palace in Rome, drawing a line under a crisis sparked by the far right with a more moderate and pro-European line-up. IMAGES

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Italy: Di Maio arrives at presidential palace in Rome for talks | AFP

The leader of Italy’s Five Star Movement Luigi Di Maio arrives at presidential palace for a final round of consultations with the Italian president Sergio Mattarella. IMAGES

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Migrant rescue ship with 147 migrants arrives off Lampedusa (2) | AFP Images

Spanish humanitarian ship Open Arms arrives off the island of Lampedusa with 147 migrants on board, after a judge in Rome suspended far-right Interior Minister Matteo Salvini’s decree banning them from Italy’s territorial waters. IMAGES

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Here are the top stories for Sunday, August 11th: Jail protocol followed prior to Epstein death; Children killed in daycare fire; NKorea tests weapon; LA-bound jet rains metal fragments onto Rome.

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Dozens of migrants still stuck on vessel in Italy port | AFP

An Italian coastguard vessel stranded in the Mediterranean with more than 130 migrants aboard has been allowed to dock in the eastern Sicilian port of Augusta but Rome refuses to let them disembark until a deal is struck with the EU.

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Heatwave hits Italian capital | AFP

A new heatwave is hitting Italy with temperatures as high as 37 degrees in Rome. Forecasters predicted new temperatures highs in a string of countries, including Belgium, Luxembourg and the Netherlands, where the mercury is set to reach 40 degrees Celsius (104 Fahrenheit) for the first time on Thursday.

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Italy: Police evict squatting migrants

Italian police have evicted migrants and others from an abandoned former school on Rome’s outskirts in the latest operation to empty occupied buildings of squatters. Residents set fire to mattresses and other garbage to form a barrier and prevent riot police from entering the building. But authorities doused the blaze and proceeded with the eviction.

Rome is hit by new rubbish crisis | AFP

In the Italian capital of Rome, piles of rubbish in the streets worry medical experts and exasperate residents, while tourists wonder how a European capital can put up with such a smelly burden.

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Fendi celebrates Lagerfeld at Rome’s ancient ruins | AFP

Italian label Fendi pays tribute to its late designer Karl Lagerfeld, who died in February after over half a century of collaboration with the brand.

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Vladimir Putin meets Giuseppe Conte in Rome | AFP

Russian president Vladimir Putin is welcomed by Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte in Rome. Italy’s populist government has called for an easing of sanctions, despite Moscow’s ongoing crisis with the West. IMAGES

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German migrant rescue captain appears in Italy court | AFP

The German captain of a migrant rescue ship appears in an Italian court, as her case sparks fresh tension between Rome and Berlin. IMAGES

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Here’s the latest for Saturday, June 14th: First mass in fire-damaged Notre Dame cathedral; HK leader shelves extradition bill; Tearful Amanda Knox accuses media of creating a false story; Zoo animals enjoy cold treats as Rome swelters.

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Italy faces threat of EU sanctions over high debt (Moscovici) | AFP

EU Economic Affairs Commissioner Pierre Moscovici announces that the European Commission has formally put Italy on notice for its deteriorating and huge debt, re-opening a battle with populist-led Rome. SOUNDBITE

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Behind the reporting: AP investigates Italy’s ‘Pain League’

Journalists Claire Galofaro, an AP national writer, and Frances D’Emilio, foreign correspondent in Rome, share their experience reporting on Italy’s Pain League’.

An Associated Press investigation finds that managers with Purdue Pharma’s international arm — Mundipharma — have been caught up in a sprawling corruption case in Italy alleging they paid a prominent pain doctor to help push opioids.