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Italian Court Rejects Berlusconi Bid to Halt Sex Trial

Posted January 14th, 2013 at 12:30 pm (UTC-5)
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An Italian court in Milan has rejected a request by former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi to suspend his sex scandal trial. Lawyers for Berlusconi argued that his role as leader of a center-right coalition standing in next month’s general election would be an impediment to the proceedings. Prosecutors have accused the defense of trying to […]

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Costa Concordia Remembered One Year After Sinking

Posted January 13th, 2013 at 3:55 am (UTC-5)
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Survivors of the Costa Concordia cruise ship and relatives of the 32 people who died are marking the first anniversary of the vessel’s grounding off the Italian island of Giglio. The group plans a full day of ceremonies Sunday, including the unveiling of memorials to the victims, a Mass in their honor and a minute […]

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Italian Consul Escapes Attack in Libya

Posted January 12th, 2013 at 6:20 pm (UTC-5)
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Gunmen have shot at a car carrying the Italian consul in the Libyan city of Benghazi but failed to harm him. Authorities say Guido De Sanctis was going home after work Saturday when the gunmen, riding in another car, fired several shots at his vehicle. Security officials said nobody was hurt in the attack because […]

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Former Italian PM Berlusconi Aligns With Northern League, Won’t Stand for PM

Posted January 7th, 2013 at 12:05 pm (UTC-5)
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Former Italian leader Silvio Berlusconi says he has struck a deal with the Northern League to jointly run in next month’s elections. But he will not stand as candidate for prime minister. Mr. Berlusconi announced the alliance during an interview with Italian radio. Northern League leader Roberto Maroni later told a news conference that as […]

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Italy’s Monti Says Ready to Lead, But Won’t Run in Election

Posted December 23rd, 2012 at 10:00 am (UTC-5)
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Italy’s caretaker Prime Minister Mario Monti says he would consider an offer to govern the country again but will not stand as a candidate in the February elections. Mr. Monti told a news conference Sunday that if one or more political forces were backing his agenda and asked him to be premier, then he would […]

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February Elections Seen for Italy

Posted December 22nd, 2012 at 12:55 pm (UTC-5)
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Italian President Giorgio Napolitano dissolved the country’s parliament Saturday, clearing the way for general elections expected in February. Prime Minister Mario Monti resigned Friday after parliament approved his controversial budget. Mr. Monti will lead an interim government until the elections. He is expected to announce on Sunday whether he will lead a centrist coalition that […]

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Italy’s Prime Minister to Resign

Posted December 8th, 2012 at 5:05 pm (UTC-5)
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Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti says he will resign after parliament passes next year’s budget law. The prime minister’s office announced the plan Saturday. Mr. Monti said if the budget law can be passed “quickly,” he would immediately confirm his resignation. Mr. Monti’s announcement came after a two-hour meeting with President Giorgio Napolitano, who has […]

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Three Die in Italy Floods

Posted November 13th, 2012 at 1:05 pm (UTC-5)
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Heavy rainfall and flooding has left at least three people dead in central Italy. Authorities say three power utility workers died when their car fell off a collapsed bridge in Tuscany late Monday. Thousands of people lost power as towns were cut off by rising waters that washed out roads, flooded homes and disrupted train […]

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Italian Scientists Resign to Protest Earthquake Ruling

Posted October 23rd, 2012 at 2:45 pm (UTC-5)
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Senior members of Italy’s government disaster assessment agency have resigned in protest, after seven scientists and experts were sentenced to jail for failing to give advance warning of a deadly earthquake that struck the central town of L’Aquila in 2009. Luciano Maimi, the head of the Major Risks Committee, was among several people to resign […]

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Italy, NATO Search for Migrants in Mediterranean

Posted September 7th, 2012 at 4:35 am (UTC-5)
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Italian and NATO rescue crews have saved dozens of migrants after their boat ran into trouble in the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of an Italian island. Italian officials say 54 people had been rescued by early Friday near the island of Lampedusa. Authorities say some of the migrants were pulled from the sea, while […]

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