Central Italy earth quake

Prince Charles to visit Italian town hit by deadly earthquake

He will tour the old town of Amatrice on Sunday with mayor Sergio Pirozzi who said after the disaster: "The town isn't here any more."

Prince Charles will visit a former school which houses emergency services and reconstruction staff and will lay a wreath at a memorial in the grounds.

The magnitude-6.2 quake struck on 24 August last year, killing 297 people.

Magazine sued by quake-hit Amatrice over cartoon

Amatrice, where most of the 295 victims lived, filed an aggravated defamation complaint against the satirical French weekly magazine.

One of the images, labelled as lasagne, showed a stack of rubble with bloody feet emerging from it.

Italian magistrates will decide whether the case can proceed.

The town of Amatrice, which was one of the hardest hit by 24 August's 6.2 magnitude earthquake, is famous as the home of the dish called spaghetti all'amatriciana.

Charlie Hebdo Italy earthquake cartoon sparks anger

The cartoon which features in its current issue refers to the town of Amatrice, one of the areas hardest hit by the 6.2 magnitude earthquake last week.

Amatrice is home of spaghetti all'amatriciana, a dish with ingredients including tomato sauce, and guanciale ham.

The image shows an injured man and a woman standing next to a pile of rubble from which feet can be seen. Each of the standing figures has been named after a pasta dish.

Italy earthquake: State funeral for 37 victims in Amatrice

Coffins of the victims, including those of two children, were laid out in a marquee on the edge of the town.

The venue was chosen at the last minute after relatives rejected a plan for the funeral to be held in a hangar in Rieti, about 40 miles (64km) away.

PM Matteo Renzi and President Sergio Mattarella were among the mourners.

Of the 292 people known to have died in last Wednesday's earthquake, 242 were from Amatrice or nearby Accumoli.

Mafia eyeing Italy's quake rebuild?

The earthquake that struck central Italy before dawn on Wednesday flattened entire villages in ancient towns like Amatrice, but even newly constructed buildings that were supposed to be quake-proofed, including a school, were destroyed.

"The risks are there, it's impossible to hide. And post-earthquake reconstruction is historically a delicious morsel for criminal groups and business interests," anti-mafia prosecutor Franco Roberti told the Italian daily La Repubblica.

Italy earthquake: Amid the rubble, a couple says 'I do'

And then four days before the big day, part of the church crumbled in an earthquake.

Still, Ramon and Martina Adazzi tied the knot Sunday in the town of Acquasanta Terme, near the epicenter of a devastating earthquake in central Italy that has killed at least 291 people and flattened entire villages.

Italy earthquake: Museums to donate Sunday revenue to quake relief

Many churches and other medieval buildings were destroyed when the magnitude-6.2 quake struck Amatrice and other parts of the central region.

Amatrice's mayor said he wanted to restore his town to its former glory.

The country's prime minister and president both attended a funeral for 35 victims on Saturday.

Lingering after the service at a sports hall in the town of Ascoli Piceno, Prime Minister Matteo Renzi talked to some of the mourners.

"We will decide all together how to get going again," he told one young person. "But don't give up, that is crucial."

Italy quake rescuers ask locals to unlock their wi-fi

The Italian Red Cross says residents' home networks can assist with communications during the search for survivors.

On Wednesday a 6.2 magnitude earthquake struck central Italy and killed more than 240 people.

More than 4,300 rescuers are looking for survivors believed to still be trapped in the rubble.

Mark Zuckerberg headed to Italy after earthquake

The Facebook (FBTech30) CEO announced his trip on Wednesday afternoon and said he will hold a live question and answer session while there on Monday. Anyone who has a question, Italy-related or otherwise, can leave it in the comments section of his post.

Quake victims mourned

In the town of Ascoli Piceno, a state funeral was held in a local gym, a basketball net the backdrop of the altar.

Thirty-five coffins adorned with flowers and framed photographs sat in three rows for victims from the town of Arquata del Tronto.

Taped at the foot of each coffin was a white paper bearing the name of the deceased.

Before the ceremony, family members clustered around each coffin; at one, a teenager sat beside it on the floor, weeping inconsolably. One family encircled a coffin with peach-colored flowers and held each other in a long embrace.