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Italy intercepts Chinese UAVs being smuggled to Libya

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Italian authorities have seized Fei Long-1 unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) - disguised as wind turbine parts - that were being smuggled to Libya in...

Italy-Niger relations hold steady amidst global tensions

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Although relations with France and the USA are at an all-time low, the connection between Niamey and Rome remains strong. Italian Foreign Minister Antonio Tajani...

Italian firearms and tactics specialist chooses SA made firearm laser training...

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Cape Town-based electronics design and manufacturing company Jacstech will supply a complete firearm laser training system to Italian firearms and tactics specialist SIRT. Jacstech’s Jorgen...

Fincantieri signs ten-year maintenance contract for Egyptian FREMM frigates

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Italy’s Fincantieri has signed a €260 million contract with Egypt for the maintenance of two FREMM frigates over a ten year period. The company made...

New Irini force commander

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The European Union (EU) naval deployment in the Mediterranean Sea – Operation Irini – has a new man at the helm of its multinational...

Africa/United States defence co-operation under the spotlight

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Forty-three African defence chiefs and senior military leaders attended the annual African Chiefs of Defence conference hosted by US (United States) Africa Command in...

Elettronica to supply electronic warfare systems for Angola’s new corvettes

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Italian electronic warfare (EW) specialist Elettronica has been selected to supply the EW systems for the Angolan Navy’s new BR71 Mk II corvettes that...

Niger receives AB 412 helicopters from Italy

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Niger’s military has taken delivery of two AB 412 helicopters from Italy, and will receive another two helicopters next year. The two aircraft were handed...

Italian Air Force visits SA on study tour

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Two Italian Air Force aircraft, a KC-767 tanker and a C-130J Super Hercules transport, spent a week in South Africa as part of an...

Migrant boat with ten dead bodies arrives in Sicily

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A boat carrying the bodies of ten migrants found dead at sea arrived in Sicily on Friday, along with dozens of people it rescued...

Italian Navy warship patrolling the Gulf of Guinea

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The Italian Navy’s Carlo Bergamini class frigate Antonio Marceglia has departed Italy for the Gulf of Guinea, where it will take part in the...

Prosecutors probe terrorism among reasons behind Italy region hacking – sources

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Italian prosecutors are considering terrorism among the reasons behind a cyber attack that shut down all services offered by the Lazio region through its...

Nearly 600 rescued migrants disembark from charity boat in Italy

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Hundreds of migrants rescued in the central Mediterranean disembarked on Friday in the southern Italian town of Augusta, in Sicily, after Rome-based maritime authorities...

Italy eases curbs on arms sales to Saudi Arabia and UAE

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Italy has loosened restrictions on arms exports to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, government sources said on Tuesday, in a move aimed...

MSF denounces seizure of migrant rescue vessel in Italy

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French medical charity Medecins Sans Frontieres said on Monday an MSF vessel that rescued hundreds of migrants and refugees in the Mediterranean last month...

Italy calls for African task force to tackle Islamic State threat

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Alarmed by the spread of Islamic State across Africa, Italian Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio said on Monday he wanted to set up an...

Italy to ask EU to pay Libya to stop migrant departures...

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Italy's government is set to ask the European Union to pay Libya to stop migrant boats leaving its coast, newspaper la Repubblica reported on...

More than 1 400 migrants arrive on Italy’s Lampedusa

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Fifteen boats packed with hundreds of migrants landed on the southern Italian island of Lampedusa on Sunday, and officials said they were expecting numbers...

France, Germany, Spain, Italy: condemn this week’s killing of foreigners in...

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France, Germany, Spain and Italy on Friday condemned this week's killing of foreign citizens during an ambush in Burkina Faso. The joint statement - issued...

At least 40 migrants drown in shipwreck off Tunisia

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At least 40 migrants drowned in a shipwreck off Tunisia as they tried to cross the Mediterranean to Italy, United Nations and Tunisian officials...

Italy repatriates ambassador and bodyguard killed in Congo

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The bodies of Italy’s ambassador to the Democratic Republic of Congo and his bodyguard arrived back in Rome on Tuesday aboard a military aircraft,...

Egyptian Navy receives Italian frigate

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The Egyptian Navy has taken delivery of the first of two FREMM frigates from Italy, with the Al Galala arriving in Egypt at the...

Italian police arrest two over hacking at defence group Leonardo

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Police arrested two people on Saturday who have worked at Leonardo for their alleged role in hacking the Italian defence group’s computers to steal...

Italy condemns detention of fishermen seized off eastern Libya

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Italian Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio accused Khalifa Haftar’s administration in eastern Libya of “unacceptable” behaviour on Thursday for detaining 18 sailors who were...

Italy sends help to Banksy’s overloaded migrant rescue boat

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The Italian coastguard sent help on Saturday to a rescue boat funded by British street artist Banksy after the vessel issued urgent calls for...

France, Germany, Italy threaten sanctions over arms for Libya

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The leaders of France, Germany and Italy on Saturday threatened for the first time to use sanctions against countries that continued to violate a...

Turkey, Italy agree Libya needs political solution – Turkish defence ministry

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Turkey and Italy’s defence ministers agreed at talks on Tuesday on the need for a political solution to Libya’s conflict, according to a readout...

France, Germany and Italy call for end to Libya fighting

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France, Germany and Italy on Thursday called on forces in Libya to cease fighting and for outside parties to stop any interference in a...

Italy considering sale of two FREMM frigates to Egypt

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Italy is considering the sale of two FREMM frigates to Egypt, months after it was reported the two countries were close to signing a...

Production cuts coming for ATR

Franco-Italian turboprop maker ATR is the latest aircraft manufacturer to prepare for production cuts due to the coronavirus crisis, with its chief executive telling...

Released Italian aid worker safely home

Silvia Romano, an Italian aid worker kidnapped 18 months ago in East Africa, landed in Rome at the weekend a day after being freed. Gunmen...

Italy impounds migrant rescue ships

The Italian coastguard impounded two charity rescue boats at Palermo port citing “technical and operational” irregularities, which the owners denounc as an excuse to...

Italy orders coronavirus tests on boat migrants

Italy ordered migrants on a rescue ship off its coast quarantined on another vessel to test for the coronavirus instead of allowing disembarkation. The Alan...

Italy closes ports to migrant vessels

Italian ports cannot be considered safe because of the coronavirus epidemic and charity migrant boats will not be allow to dock government ruled. The decision...

Egypt, Italy in talks on possible FREMM buy

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The Egyptian Navy is said to be close to purchasing a pair of European Multi-Purpose Frigate (FREMM) warships from Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri. On 4 February,...

Ocean Viking allowed to port in Italy

A charity ship carrying people rescued in the Mediterranean said it had permission to dock in Italy as European governments tried to agree where...

Embarrassing Italian foreign policy

Italy scrambled to salvage diplomatic credibility on Thursday after its bid to play a central role in resolving Libya’s long-running conflict derailed, revealing failures...

Italy grants migrant rescue ship access

Italian authorities agreed to grant the Open Arms ship port access to disembark 62 African migrants, the founder of the Spanish rescue mission said. ...

Leonardo investing in solar-powered drones

Italian defence and aerospace group Leonardo invested in a company developing solar-powered drones potentially capable of unlimited flight with no refuelling. The drone, expected...

Tribute paid to Italian POWs at Zonderwater

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A memorial to the prisoners of war (POWs) held at Zonderwater outside Pretoria during World War II was held over the weekend. Zonderwater was the...

Charity rescue ship can dock in Italy

Italy will allow a French charity rescue ship to disembark 104 migrants after the vessel spent 11 days at sea waiting for authorisation to...

Thirteen Med migrants drown

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The Italian coastguard recovered the bodies of 13 women who died after a crowded migrant boat capsized in heavy weather as rescue boats approached...

Italy arrests three on suspicion of torture

Italian prosecutors ordered the arrest of three people suspected of torturing migrants in a Libyan detention centre. The men, a 22-year-old Guinean and two...

Spanish warship collects migrants in Italy

A Spanish warship collected 15 rescued migrants from an Italian port after transiting the Mediterranean to fetch the small group in a high-profile manoeuvre...

Migrant vessel Open Arms docks in Lampedusa

Nearly a hundred migrants stranded on the Open Arms rescue ship off Lampedusa disembarked on the Italian island on Tuesday night, ending a stand-off...

Lives of children in the Mediterranean should have priority over politics

The fate of 130 children aboard rescue ships in the Mediterranean Sea should not be put at risk by political point-scoring, the UN said,...

Rome court rules migrant ship can enter Italian waters

An administrative court in Rome ruled a Spanish rescue ship carrying around 150 migrants should be allowed to enter Italian territorial waters in defiance...

Italy in another migrant ship stand-off

Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini is working to prevent two rescue ships operated by French and Spanish charities from bringing more than 500 migrants...

UN agency concerned by fines for migrant rescue vessels

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A move by Italian lawmakers to impose fines of up to €1 million on vessels and organisations carrying out search and rescue operations off...

EU/Italy asylum stand-off over

The European Union ended a standoff with Italy over African immigration, agreeing to take 116 asylum-seekers rescued at sea but denied permission to go...