Smugglers responsible for putting migrants to sea in inadequate vessels say they do not force refugees to board any boat against their will.
Costa Rica reached the second round of the World Cup as Bryan Ruiz's header saw them to a 1-0 win over Italy which also knocked out England.
At least 14 people have died and 200 rescued after a boat reportedly capsized in the Mediterranean, some 160km south of the island of Lampedusa.
Right-wing politician Gianluca Buonanno put on blackface makeup in Parliament in a tirade against supposedly unfair benefits to immigrants in Italy.
Italy's navy has rescued the migrants from boats trying to reach Europe in a special operation launched after the Lampedusa disaster.
Nine illegal immigrants detained in Italy have stitched their lips together with thread from their bedsheets in a protest to demand their release.
Tens of thousands marched in protest in Naples on Saturday against illegal dumping they blamed on the Mafia.
Juventus president Andrea Agnelli has called for a reassessment of anti-discrimination rules, but says Italy does not have a problem with racism.
The EU's Jose Manuel Barroso has pledged to rebuild Italian refugee centres after the migrant shipwreck on Italy's shores that claimed 302 people.
Italy's soccer authorities have ordered AC Milan to play its next game behind closed doors and fined the club €50 000 following abusive chants.
More than 300 African asylum seekers are feared dead after a boat carrying them to the Italian island of Lampedusa capsized on Thursday.
Over 300 people have been feared dead after a boat, believed to be carrying around 500 people - mostly Eritreans and Somalis - capsized.
More than 100 people drowned and over 200 were unaccounted for after a boat packed caught fire and sank off the southern Italian island of Lampedusa.
The province of Emilia-Romagna in Italy is a foodie's paradise, offering a wealth of gastronomic delights, from Parma ham to Moden a balsamic vinegar.
As the threat of US-led strikes on Syria looms large, Italy is preparing for a dramatic rise in refugee landings on its shores.
Some of Italy's top politicians have rallied behind the country's first black minister after a spectator threw bananas at her during a speech.
Italy is changing - but the racist "joke" made about minister Cécile Kyenge shows why progress is so painfully slow.
A Milan court has sentenced Italy's former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi to seven years in prison for paying for sex with a minor.
Two police officers have been shot and wounded outside the prime minister of Italy's office as the country's new government was sworn in.