ROME — A ship carrying African migrants toward Italy catches fire and capsizes off the Sicilian island of Lampedusa, spilling hundreds of passengers into the sea. Seventy-eight bodies are recovered and some 260 people are unaccounted-for. By Nicole Winfield. Developing. SENT: 500 words.


ROME — He's the Great Houdini of world politics. Buffeted by scandal, convicted of corruption, abandoned by allies, Silvio Berlusconi has been written off countless times over the two decades in which he has dominated Italian politics — and each time he made a miraculous escape from the political dead. A chronicle of Berlusconi's amazing escapes. 1100 words expected by 1500 GMT.


MOSCOW — Russian investigators are expected to file piracy charges against more of the Greenpeace activists who protested at an Artic drilling platform last month. All 30 people on board the Greenpeace ship were detained and jailed, including two journalists. Timing uncertain.


TIRANA, Albania — Albania's new Socialist premier says former British Prime Minister Tony Blair will assist as an adviser in Albania's efforts to join the 28-nation European Union. SENT: 130 words.



LONDON — While the U.S. economic outlook has become murkier because of the partial shutdown of the government, the picture in Europe — so long the laggard of the global economy — has gotten brighter. By Pan Pylas. SENT: 570 words.


LONDON — Financial markets remained fixated on developments in Washington as the partial shutdown of the U.S. government entered its third day and showed few signs of being resolved soon. By Pan Pylas. SENT: 580 words sent. To be updated 1350 GMT


MILAN — The CEO of Italian bank Unicredit says Italy doesn't run the risk of default, but needs urgent reforms to promote growth. By Colleen Barry. SENT: 130 words.


LONDON — British authorities have proposed new regulations for payday lenders — the firms that offer short-term loans at sky-high interest rates. SENT: 130 words.



ZURICH — FIFA opens a two-day board meeting that will finally discuss moving the 2022 World Cup in Qatar away from its traditional summer slot after months of debate about a switch. By Graham Dunbar. 700 words, by 1330 GMT.


MADRID_Fiorentina are without strikers Mario Gomez and Giuseppe Rossi against Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk in the Europa League, and Tottenham looks to maintain its place as one the favorites to win Europe's second-tier competition with a group match against downtrodden Anzhi Makhachkala. By Paul Logothetis. 700 words by 2300 GMT.