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# sicily - Wednesday 26 December, 2018

Four injured in Sicily earthquake following Mount Etna eruption

The volcano, which is the most active in Europe, erupted on Monday.

# sicily - Monday 24 December, 2018

Mount Etna, the biggest active volcano in Europe, has erupted (but it's not believed to be dangerous)

More than 130 seismic shocks were recorded around the volcano afterwards.

# sicily - Tuesday 4 December, 2018

Italian police arrest Mafia 'godfather' in major raid

The suspects are accused of extortion, illegal gun possession, arson, Mafia association and other crimes, investigators said.

# sicily - Saturday 15 September, 2018

Pope Francis travels to Sicily to honour a priest shot dead by the Mafia

The trip comes at a difficult time for the pontiff.

# sicily - Friday 17 November, 2017

Notorious Sicilian mafia 'boss of bosses' dies in prison after fighting cancer

The mobster, who was nicknamed ‘The Beast’ for his cruelty, died in hospital in the early hours of this morning.

# sicily - Friday 12 August, 2016

Town made famous by The Godfather has entire council dissolved for being run by the Mafia

Corleone, Sicily, is the town Godfather protagonist Vito Corleone is named after.

# sicily - Friday 7 August, 2015

Five arrested over migrant drowning incident

Irish Defence Forces members are to get counselling after rescuing hundreds of migrants

# sicily - Thursday 6 August, 2015

LÉ Niamh arrives in Sicily carrying 367 people saved by the Irish crew

The bodies of 25 people, including four children, are also on board.

# sicily - Thursday 14 August, 2014

Europe's most active volcano is back with a bang

Mount Etna began eruption again on the island of Sicily last Monday.

# sicily - Saturday 24 May, 2014

# sicily - Saturday 7 December, 2013

Over 100 Syrian refugees rescued from boat off Sicily coast

Their rescue comes just days after another group of 120 refugees, mainly Syrians, were saved after their ship was found adrift off of Calabria.

# sicily - Monday 25 November, 2013

From The Daily Edge It literally rained rocks in Italy, and here's a video Whole Lotta Lava

It literally rained rocks in Italy, and here's a video

Not exactly a grand soft day.

# sicily - Wednesday 16 October, 2013

Dublin-bound Ryanair flight diverted to Italy after passenger is taken ill

The plane landed in Sicily shortly after take off from Malta after a member of an Irish dancing troupe took ill.

# sicily - Friday 11 October, 2013

Up to 50 migrants dead as boat sinks off Sicily

The incident comes just over a week after the tragedy in Lampedusa.

# sicily - Friday 4 October, 2013

The 9 at 9: Friday

The weekend is about to begin, but here are the nine things you want to know as you start your Friday.

# sicily - Thursday 3 October, 2013

At least 82 asylum-seekers dead after boat capsizes off Italian island

The local mayor of Lampedusa said 82 bodies had been recovered by emergency workers, including those of two children and several women.

# sicily - Sunday 11 August, 2013

Men drowned after jumping from boat thinking they were onshore

The migrants had jumped from a fishing boat in Sicily. They were originally from Egypt and aged between 17 and 27 years of age.

# sicily - Friday 9 August, 2013

From The Daily Edge 9 unbelievable things from the obituary of a 91-year-old veteran RIP

9 unbelievable things from the obituary of a 91-year-old veteran

Flight Lieutenant Tony Snell shows us how it’s done.

# sicily - Thursday 9 May, 2013

Charred bodies of Canadian mafiosi found in Sicily

The bodies of the two men were found riddled with about 30 bullets, in an operation dubbed “Argo” by Italian and Canadian police.

# sicily - Friday 8 March, 2013

Mount Etna flash eruption lights up Sicilian sky Italy This post contains videos

Mount Etna flash eruption lights up Sicilian sky

Raw footage from Italy’s most active volcano this week.

# sicily - Thursday 5 January, 2012

Minor eruptions at Mount Etna mark first activity of 2012

Sicilians woke up to see plumes of smoke from the active volcano this morning, though there has been no flight disruption.

# sicily - Wednesday 23 November, 2011

Video: Deadly flooding, mudslides strike Sicily Italy This post contains videos

Video: Deadly flooding, mudslides strike Sicily

At least three people have been killed in flash flooding and mudslides caused by torrential rain in the region.

Three die as Italy hit by torrential rain Italy This post contains videos

Three die as Italy hit by torrential rain

At least three people, including a young boy, have been killed in southern Italy due to torrential rains.

# sicily - Wednesday 27 April, 2011

NATO F-16 bomber crash-lands after Libyan mission

A fighter-bomber crash-lands at the Sicilian air base of Sigonella, 360 miles north of the Libyan capital Tripoli.

# sicily - Monday 21 March, 2011

Ryanair's Trapani flights diverted over Libyan assault

Military action in Libya has forced the closure of Trapani Airport in Sicily to all civilian traffic “for an indefinite period”.

The 9 at 9: Monday

Nine things you need to know by 9am: Coalition forces claim to have destroyed Gaddafi’s command centre; plans for a supercasino on the banks of the Liffey and the ‘gay cure’ iPhone app that got a 4+ rating from Apple.

# sicily - Thursday 26 August, 2010

THE OWNER of a small Sardinian snack bar has become an unlikely icon for the proprietors of small Italian businesses after incurring the wrath of McDonalds – all because his outlet has a ‘Mc’ in the name.

32-year-old Ivan Puddu called his café McPuddu’s – only to end up receiving letters from McDonald’s solicitors, who claimed that he was deliberately trying to confuse punters by fooling them into thinking it was a McDonald’s franchisee.

Puddu stood his ground – explaining later that his speciality dish, a stuffed pasta filled with sheep’s cheese, mint and potato – was probably not going to be mistaken for a Big Mac.

“Over here, the parcels are made by hand on Sundays in Sardinian homes,” he told La Repubblica. “They are good, old-fashioned and a family ritual.”

Puddu hasn’t had the money to fight the order – so instead has had to nail a plank of wood over the Mc- prefix to his bar’s name.

But now even the local government has stood up to offer its help, claiming to shoulder any legal costs Puddu might incur by defending his case. The pasta parcels, known as culurgiones, “have been around a lot longer than the cheeseburger” according to the regional agricultural assessor.

The cause has gathered steam with other food producers, who argue that Italy loses billions every year because of foreign copies of its native cuisines.

# sicily - Monday 9 August, 2010

A MAN ACCIDENTALLY shot 11 of his wedding guests when celebrating his new marriage, the BBC reports.

The man was firing an AK-47 to mark the occasion, but lost control of the weapon and accidentally fired at his wedding guets. Eight people were injured in the shooting, and three more were killed including the groom’s father.

Two of the groom’s aunts were also killed.

A few weeks ago, a wedding photographer was killed in Sicily after being accidentally shot by guns he had asked the wedding party to pose with. Photographer Calogero Scimeca, 45, was struck in the head when one of the guns went off.

Firing guns to celebrate a wedding is a tradition in the south of Italy and across Turkey.