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Belgium’s Philippe Gilbert celebrates as he crosses the finish line to win the 12th stage of the Giro d’Italia, Tour of Italy cycling race from Imola to Vicenza, Italy, Thursday
Mount Etna spits lava as it erupts near Catania, Sicily, Italy, on Friday
A group of 300 sub-Saharan Africans sit on board the Italian Finance Police vessel Di Bartolo as their boat is left to adrift off the coast of Sicily.
A worker in sanitary outfit holds a boy as migrants disembark from the Iceland Coast Guard vessel Tyr, at the Messina harbour, Sicily, southern Italy, on Wednesday
Migrants wait to disembark from military ship “Bettica” following a rescue operation at sea on Tuesday in the port of Salerno, southern Italy
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Over 200 illegal migrants cram into a boat as they are shipped to the Italian mainland after being rescued by Italian Guardia di Finanza boat ‘Denaro’ in the Mediterranean Sea
Rescued migrants walk along the quayside after disembarking from the Italian Navy vessel Bettica in the Sicilian harbour of Augusta on Wednesday
Rescuers help children to disembark in the Sicilian harbor of Pozzallo, Italy, early on Monday. About 100 migrants, including 28 children, were rescued on Sunday by a merchant vessel in the Sicilian Strait while they were trying to cross. Another smuggler’s boat crammed with hundreds of people overturned off Libya’s coast on Saturday as rescuers approached, causing what could be the Mediterranean’s deadliest known migrant tragedy and intensifying pressure on the European Union Sunday to finally meet demands for decisive action
The ‘Frecce Tricolori’ Italian Air Force acrobatic squad flies over Rome on Tuesday to mark the 154th anniversary of the Italian Unification in 1861
A man stands between two trolleys loaded with bags containing his clothes and personal belongings outside the entrance of Fiumicino airport in Rome
A guest wearing a Moschino cap leaves after the unveiling of the Max Mara women’s autumn-winter 2015-16 collection in Milan
A migrant and her son leave the immigration centre through a fence on the southern Italian island of Lampedusa on Thursday. Hundreds of thousands of migrants have arrived in southern Italy in unsafe boats, their departure from Libya facilitated by people smugglers operating freely in conditions of near-anarchy
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Immigrants wait to board a ship on Wednesday in Lampedusa, Italy. Hundreds of migrants have recently arrived in Lampedusa fleeing the attacks by militant group Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant, known as Isis, in Libya
Cuirassier presidential guards line up at the Vittoriano (Unknown Soldier) monument prior to the arrival of Italy’s new President Sergio Mattarella in Rome on Tuesday. President Mattarella has vowed to fight corruption, organised crime and embrace economic and electoral reform
A volcanic eruption illuminates the clouds around the Etna volcano, near Catania, Sicily island, southern Italy, early on Monday
Italy’s Prime Minister Matteo Renzi talks during a joint news conference with Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel at the end of a meeting at the Galleria dell’Accademia in Florence, Italy.
A man known as Marcello Di Finizio stands on the ledge of St Peter’s facade to protest against the so-called Bolkestein directive on Monday at the Vatican. The Bolkestein directive is an EU directive aimed at opening up Europe’s services sector to cross-border competition
This image released by Nasa on Monday shows the easily recognised ‘boot of Italy‘, with Sicily at its toe. On a clear night looking east, the pattern of night lights shows populations concentrated mainly along the coastlines.
Balloons featuring Italian Prime minister Matteo Renzi as Pinocchio are displayed during a general strike called by several trade unions in protest against the government’s economic policy, on Friday in Rome
Italian Police prepare to face up to demonstrators in Rome, Italy on Wednesday during a a demonstration in Rome against the government’s Jobs Act labour reform bill