Italian PM Giuseppe Conte names Five Star Movement leader Luigi Di Maio as foreign minister and Roberto Gualtieri as finance minister in a new crisis-busting government that will be sworn in on Thursday.
Once considered enemies on different ends of the political spectrum, Italy’s Five Star Movement and the Democratic Party have come together to avoid an election populist Matteo Salvini was well placed to win.
Italian aid group Mediterranea Saving Humans says a ship it operates has rescued about 100 migrants, including eight pregnant women and 22 children, and is asking Italian authorities to provide a safe port for them.
The deal between populist 5-Star Movement and centre-left Democratic Party, two historic enemies, is set to bring to an end what Italian newspapers have dubbed “the craziest crisis ever”.
President Sergio Mattarella seeks swift end to weeks of political turmoil while Democratic Party raises bar for coalition deal with 5-Star.
Italy's Interior Minister Matteo Salvini likes to present himself as a devout Christian but the head of the Catholic Church has taken starkly different political stances.
Two days of talks are scheduled after Italy's dysfunctional anti-immigrant government dramatically fell apart with the resignation of Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte.
Announcing his resignation, Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte made a blistering attack on his own interior minister, Matteo Salvini, accusing him of sinking the ruling coalition and endangering the economy for personal and political gain.
The move comes after Spanish navy set sail in an attempt to save migrants stuck in the boat off the coast of Italy.
Italy's Interior Minister Matteo Salvini has appeared to buckle under pressure to ease the political standoff over a migrant rescue ship, saying he would allow minors to disembark after being at sea for two weeks.
More than 500 rescued migrants are stuck in the Mediterranean on two NGO boats as Italy and Malta continue to deny them access to their ports.
Interior Minister Matteo Salvini declared last week that his right-wing League party no longer supports Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte and is pressing for a no-confidence vote in the next few days.
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