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October 31, 2014
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  • 11/07/2014 | Argentina

    PM Renzi highlights ties between Italy and Argentina amid holdouts dispute

    In a letter addressed to President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner and sent today, Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi expressed his support to Argentina in the dispute with holdouts.

  • 27/01/2014 | Argentina

    Italy's Letta says EU able to deal with Argentina crisis

    The European Union and the common euro currency are stronger than they were a year ago and much better positioned to resist any shocks stemming from a currency crisis in Argentina, Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta said today.

  • 23/04/2014 | Argentina

    'Give the unemployed their hope back'

    During his weekly general audience at the St. Peter’s square at the Vatican, Pope Francis called to "give the unemployed their hope back." World "crisis" and "squandering" are to blame for leaving millions without jobs, the pontiff said.

  • 19/06/2014 | Argentina

    Italian bondholders 'willing to collect anywhere'

    Lawyer Tullio Zembo said Italians holding Argentina’s restructured debt bonds “are willing to collect anywhere” although he considered the current legal situation that has raised default fears in the South American country “extremely difficult.”

  • 07/11/2013 | Argentina

    Telecom Italy sells Fintech its shares in Telecom Argentina

    The board of directors of Telecom Italy has decided on selling all of its Argentine holdings to Fintech, according to its CEO Marco Patuano.

  • 11/11/2013 | Argentina

    'Argentina presents incredible long-term growth opportunities,' Fintech chief tells WSJ

    In an interview to the US financial newspaper, the head of Fintech Advisory, David Martinez, stressed "Argentina presents incredible long-term growth opportunities, in my view the highest in Latin America."

  • 14/11/2013 | Argentina

    Telecom Italia to sell Telecom Argentina stake for $960 mln

    Telecom Italia said today it had agreed to sell its entire stake in Telecom Argentina to Fintech Group for $960 million. The Italian telecoms group was in talks with the investment fund to sell its 22.7 stake in Telecom Argentina, as part of a new strategy aimed at raising 4 billion euros ($5.4 billion) to avoid a credit downgrade and revive its business.

  • 04/06/2011 | Argentina

    CFK returns to BA after 3-day Italian visit

    President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner returned to Buenos Aires after spending three days in Italy on an official visit that included various meetings with other heads of State, and participation in Italy’s Unification celebrations in Rome. The President arrived to the Military Base at Jorge Newbery Metropolitan airport at 8.03AM.

  • 24/09/2013 | Argentina

    Fears of monopoly grow as Telefónica increases stake in Telecom Italy

    By Pablo Jimenez
    Ambito.com
    Spanish telecommunications giant Telefónica has confirmed the purchase of a further stake in Telco, the biggest shareholder of Telecom Italy. The company, which operates heavily in South American markets such as Argentina and Brazil, now holds two-thirds of the Italian enterprise.

  • 04/10/2013 | Argentina

    Italian Senate panel recommends Berlusconi expulsion from Senate

    A cross-party Italian Senate committee today voted to recommend that centre-right leader Silvio Berlusconi be expelled from the Senate following his conviction for tax fraud in August.

  • 01/04/2011 | Argentina

    Bond holders, Paris Club in Italian Foreign Minister's agenda

    After meeting with President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, the Italian Foreign Minister, Franco Frattini unveiled his interest on finding a solution for the Italian bond holders of Argentine titles that were not part of the debt-swap and also how the negotiations between Argentina and the Paris Club continue.

  • 31/05/2011 | Argentina

    CFK arrives in Rome for official two-day visit

    President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner arrived to Rome today at 5.20PM local time (12.20PM Argentina), to head an official two-day visit in which commercial agreements will be closed. The President will meet with Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, and is also to attend the official celebrations for the Italian Unification’s 150th anniversary.

  • 01/06/2011 | Argentina

    CFK calls for 'restart' of bilateral relations with Italy

    As she continued her Italian tour, President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner tried to seduce Italian businessmen into investing in Argentina, later adding that her trip meant a “restart” of the relationship between both countries.

  • 25/08/2014 | World

    Media reports warn Francis has become target of IS terrorists

    Pope Francis has become a target by Islamic State (IS) terrorists, as part of the group’s plan against the West, the Roman newspaper Il Tempo reported, citing Italian secret service and Israeli sources.

  • 13/05/2014 | World

    Italy threatens to let refugees enter the EU unless help increases

    Italy has threatened to allow refugees to cross its borders into neighbouring countries unless the European Union takes charge of a sea operation to manage the flow of migrants crossing in boats from North Africa.

  • 26/07/2014 | World

    Pope Francis renews attack on mafia in region scarred by toxic waste

    Pope Francis called for nature to be protected from criminal abuse today during a visit in the southern Italian town of Caserta, near Naples, in a region long blighted by illegal toxic waste dumps and the pervasive grip of the Camorra mafia.

  • 27/07/2014 | World

    Costa Concordia completes its voyage to the scrap yard

    The wrecked Costa Concordia cruise liner limped into its last port. It was towed to the Italian city of Genoa to be broken up for scrap, two-and-a-half years after running aground and sinking with the loss of 32 lives.

  • 22/04/2014 | World

    Italy rescues over 1,000 immigrants in 48 hours

    Italy rescued from the sea and took to Sicilian coasts over a thousand immigrants in the last 48 hours with the Navy operation Mare Nostrum.

  • 30/04/2014 | World

    Berlusconi’s daughter on a career on politics: ‘Never say never’

    Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi's eldest daughter has given her first public indication  that she may consider a future in politics as her father prepares to begin a community-service sentence for tax fraud.

  • 12/05/2014 | World

    14 dead after migrant boat sinks south of Sicily

    Italian naval and coast guard vessels recovered 14 bodies and rescued around 200 people after a migrant boat sank in the sea between Libya and southern Sicily, authorities said today, a day after dozens were drowned in a similar incident.

  • 18/03/2014 | World

    Italy court confirms Berlusconi 2-year ban from public office

    Italy's highest appeals court today confirmed a two-year ban from public office for centre-right leader and former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi over a conviction for tax fraud.

  • 20/03/2014 | World

    Pope to workers: the unemployed face 'social exclusion' risks

    Employment not only involves an economic benefit but mainly men’s dignity, Pope Francis said today during an audience with workers of the Italian Steel Works company “Acciaierie di Terni”  and warned the unemployed face the risk of “social exclusion.”

  • 15/04/2014 | World

    Berlusconi ordered to do community service for tax conviction

    An Italian court today ordered former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi to serve a tax fraud sentence by doing community service and set travel restrictions that will limit his ability to campaign for next month's European Parliament elections.

  • 22/02/2014 | World

    Renzi takes office as Italy's PM

    Italian center-left leader Matteo Renzi took office as his country's youngest prime minister, facing pressure to show immediate results after he forced out his predecessor over the slow pace of economic reforms.

  • 24/02/2014 | World

    Italy PM Renzi wins confidence vote

    Prime Minister Matteo Renzi won his first confidence vote in parliament, pledging to cut labour taxes, free up funds for investment in schools and pass wide institutional reforms to tackle Italy's economic malaise.

  • 25/02/2014 | World

    Italy Renzi wins final confidence vote

    Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi won a final parliamentary vote of confidence today after pledging to slash red tape and "revolutionise" the economy.

  • 18/02/2014 | World

    Italian Court confirms Berlusconi’s divorce

    The tribunal of Monza has officially confirmed the divorce between former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi and his second wife, Miriam Raffaella Bartoloni (known as Verónica Lario), local media informed.

  • 19/02/2014 | World

    Renzi expects Italy gov't in place by Monday

    Italian Prime Minister-designate Matteo Renzi said he expected his new government to be in place in time for a formal vote of confidence in parliament on Monday, after he wrapped up consultations with the main political parties.

  • 21/02/2014 | World

    Italy's Renzi to be sworn after unveiling cabinet

    Italian centre-left leader Matteo Renzi unveiled his cabinet after formally accepting the mandate to form a government he said would remain in place until 2018.

  • 15/02/2014 | World

    Italy's Napolitano to tap young Renzi as PM

    Italy's president may ask young centre-left leader Matteo Renzi to become its youngest ever prime minister after a party coup that forced Enrico Letta to resign as premier of the euro zone state struggling to pull out of recession.

  • 16/02/2014 | World

    Italian President summons centre-left's Renzi, seeks new Gov't

    Italian President Giorgio Napolitano summoned Matteo Renzi to a meeting on Monday at which he is expected to ask the centre-left leader to form a government that must overhaul one of the most troubled economies in the euro zone.

  • 17/02/2014 | World

    Italy PM-designate Renzi to start coalition talks tomorrow

    Italian center-left leader Matteo Renzi said today he would begin official consultations to form a new government in the next 24 hours and expected to lay out a program of reforms to be completed within the next few months.

  • 31/01/2014 | World

    Italy police recover blood cloth from relic of Pope John Paul

    Police today recovered the piece of cloth stained with the blood of the late Pope John Paul, a day after they found the stolen gold and glass case which once contained the relic.

  • 13/02/2014 | World

    Italy PM Letta to resign after party withdraws support

    Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta said he would tender his resignation on Friday, opening the way for centre-left leader Matteo Renzi to take the helm of Italy's third government in less than a year.

  • 14/02/2014 | World

    Italy PM Enrico Letta tenders resignation

    Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta met with President Giorgio Napolitano and tendered his resignation a day after his own party voted that he should step down and make way for another government.

  • 02/12/2013 | World

    Rome accused of fiddling as Pompeii crumbles

    Collapsing walls at the ancient Roman city of Pompeii have raised fresh concerns about Italy's efforts to maintain one of the world's most treasured sites, preserved for 2,000 years but now crumbling from neglect.

  • 27/01/2014 | World

    Thieves steal Pope John Paul's blood from Italy church

    Thieves broke into a small church in the mountains east of Rome over the weekend and stole a reliquary with the blood of the late Pope John Paul II, a custodian said today.

  • 30/01/2014 | World

    Knox and Sollecito once more found guilty of Briton's murder

    The verdict, after 12 hours of deliberations, confirmed Knox and Sollecito's original 2009 conviction. Knox's sentence was increased to 28 years and six months and Sollecito was sentenced to 25 years. Knox did not attend the retrial, however, having gone home to the United States after the previous appeal.

  • 19/11/2013 | World

    Italy declares state of emergency in Sardinia after deadly cyclone

    A cyclone killed 18 people and made hundreds homeless as extreme rainfall flooded eastern parts of the Mediterranean island of Sardinia.

  • 21/11/2013 | World

    Court says Berlusconi had sex with underage in prostitution case

    Sufficient proof that former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi had sexual relations with nightclub dancer Karima El Mahroug in exchange for cash and gifts led to his conviction in his underage prostitution case.

  • 29/11/2013 | World

    Berlusconi 'bribed witnesses' in prostitution case, Italy court says

    An Italian court accused former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi of bribing witnesses to give false testimony in a trial linked to the case in which he has been charged with paying for sex with a minor.

  • 13/11/2013 | World

    Telecom Italia says Consob gathering information on bond, Argentina

    Telecom Italia said officials along with Italy's finance police, were at its offices to gather information about its 1.3 billion-euro convertible bond and the planned sale of its stake in Telecom Argentina.

  • 14/11/2013 | World

    Pope meets Italy's Napolitano, warns about world crisis 'painful' effects

    Prio to his meeting with with Italian President Giorgio Napolitano today, Pope Francis warned about the effects of the global crisis, considering unemployment one of its “most painful” consequences. “It is necessary to multiply efforts in order to strengthen any sign of recovery,” the pontiff stated.

  • 15/11/2013 | World

    Berlusconi party at risk as splinter group formed

    The secretary of Italian centre-right leader Silvio Berlusconi's party said he would form a breakaway group that would back Prime Minister Enrico Letta's fragile coalition in defiance of the media magnate, who faces expulsion from parliament this month.

  • 13/10/2013 | World

    Italy to step up patrols in hope of saving migrants from shipwreck

    Italy is to step up naval and air patrols in the southern Mediterranean to try to prevent repeats of the shipwrecks which have drowned hundreds of African migrants this month.

  • 19/10/2013 | World

    Two-year ban from public office for Berlusconi

    A Milan court ruled that former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi should be barred from holding public office for two years following a conviction for tax fraud.

  • 29/10/2013 | World

    Italian Senate committee delays decision on Berlusconi vote

    An Italian Senate Committee postponed a decision on whether a vote to expel former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi from the upper house should be secret, further delaying the moment when his political fate will be sealed.

  • 04/10/2013 | World

    Pope, in Assisi, calls on Church to shun vanity

    The Roman Catholic Church, from the lowliest priest to the pontiff himself, must strip itself of all "vanity, arrogance and pride" and humbly serve the poorest members of society, Pope Francis said today.

  • 11/10/2013 | World

    Migrant boat sinks off Sicily, 200 people in sea

    A migrant boat capsized between Sicily and Tunisia today and hundreds of people were in the sea, the Italian navy said, and the national news agency ANSA said corpses had been spotted.

  • 12/10/2013 | World

    Death toll in Sicily migrant boat rises to 34

    Italian and Maltese naval vessels have recovered 34 bodies and rescued 206 people from a migrant boat while a rescue ship was dispatched to help another boat in distress, the Italian navy said.

  • 26/09/2013 | World

    Italy president reprimands Berlusconi party over resignation threat

    Italian President Giorgio Napolitano issued a severe rebuke to Silvio Berlusconi and ruled out taking any action to stop his conviction for tax fraud after allies threatened to walk out of parliament over his legal problems.

  • 29/09/2013 | World

    Italian president hopes to solve political crisis without new vote

    Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta will meet the president today to try to chart a way out of a deep political crisis after Silvio Berlusconi pulled his ministers out of the government and called for new elections.

  • 02/10/2013 | World

    Wall Street ends down on second day of shutdown

    US stocks ended lower on the second day of a partial US government shutdown shortly before congressional leaders and President Barack Obama were scheduled to meet to discuss the budget impasse and raising the US debt limit.

  • 14/09/2013 | World

    Hundreds of fleeing Syrian refugees reach Italian coast

    Hundreds of Syrian refugees have been rescued in rough seas and brought to Italy's southern coast in the last 24 hours, the Italian coastguard said.

  • 24/09/2013 | World

    Ex-pope Benedict denies covering up sexual abuse

    Former Pope Benedict has denied that he tried to cover up sexual abuse of children by priests, in his first direct published comments since he stepped down.

  • 04/08/2013 | World

    Berlusconi says Italian government must continue

    Centre-right leader Silvio Berlusconi has affirmed that Italy's shaky government, a coalition of his party with the centre left, must continue despite severe tensions after the supreme court confirmed his conviction for tax fraud.

  • 07/08/2013 | World

    Head of Italian ruling party calls on Berlusconi to resign

    The head of the party that leads Italy's government called for Silvio Berlusconi to resign from politics after he lost his appeal against a tax fraud conviction, worsening tensions in the fragile left-right coalition.

  • 19/08/2013 | World

    Wall Street little changed after large weekly loss

    US stocks were little changed today, following the Dow industrials' largest weekly drop in more than a year, as traders positioned for an expected move by the Federal Reserve to scale back its economic stimulus.

  • 01/08/2013 | World

    Italy's top court confirms Berlusconi prison sentence

    Italy's supreme court today upheld a jail sentence against Silvio Berlusconi for tax fraud in a devastating blow to the former prime minister that could throw the country's fragile coalition government into crisis.

  • 01/08/2013 | World

    Berlusconi says tax fraud sentence completely unfounded

    Former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi said a prison sentence against him for tax fraud confirmed by the country's supreme court was completely unfounded and that he would push for reforms of the justice system.

  • 03/08/2013 | World

    Berlusconi lays out price of preserving Italian government

    Italy's centre right must push through justice reform or withdraw from the coalition government, Silvio Berlusconi told his People of Freedom (PDL) party after his conviction for tax fraud was upheld by the supreme court.

  • 29/07/2013 | World

    Pope Francis talks about Vatican bank, gays, in flight back to Italy

    Pope Francis said the troubled Vatican bank must become "honest and transparent" and that he will listen to the advice of a commission he has set up on whether it can be reformed or needs to be shut down altogether. He also referred to gay people saying they should not be judged or marginalized and should be integrated into society.

  • 29/07/2013 | World

    Italian bus plunges off viaduct, 38 people killed

    Thirty-eight people were killed and at least 18 injured when a bus plunged 25 metres (80 ft) off a viaduct in Italy, in the second major transport disaster in southern Europe in less than a week.

  • 30/07/2013 | World

    Italy's top court begins Berlusconi case hearing

    Italy's supreme court heard today Silvio Berlusconi's last appeal against a jail sentence and ban from public office for tax fraud in a case which could threaten the survival of the shaky coalition government.

  • 22/06/2013 | World

    Tens of thousands march in Rome against unemployment

    Thousands of workers and unemployed people marched in Rome to protest against record unemployment and call on Enrico Letta's two-month-old government to deliver more than empty rhetoric on the issue.

  • 24/06/2013 | World

    Italy court sentences Berlusconi to 7 years in prison on sex charges

    A Milan court sentenced former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi today to seven years in jail and banned him from public office after finding him guilty of paying for sex with a minor and abusing his powers of office to cover up the affair.

  • 09/07/2013 | World

    Spacewalkers leave space station for outside chores

    Two astronauts left the International Space Station today for a day of maintenance tasks, including installing a power cable needed for a new Russian laboratory due to arrive later this year.

  • 06/05/2013 | World

    Seven-times Italian PM Giulio Andreotti dies

    Giulio Andreotti, seven times Italian prime minister and one of the country's most prominent post-war figures, has died at the age of 94, family sources said today.

  • 08/05/2013 | World

    Seven killed, two missing after ship hits tower in Italian port

    Seven people were killed and two were missing after a container ship crashed into a concrete control tower in the northern Italian port of Genoa, rescuers said.

  • 12/06/2013 | World

    Italy's overcrowded prisons close to collapse

    Gazing at the glories of Rome from its best viewpoint on the Janiculum Hill, the cluster of old buildings immediately below and to the left look like yet another of the Holy City's hundreds of churches.

  • 30/04/2013 | World

    New Italy PM Letta wins final confidence vote

    Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta won a final parliamentary confidence vote in his new coalition government, bringing to an end the prolonged political crisis since February's inconclusive election.

  • 01/05/2013 | World

    Italy's Letta faces early squeeze over anti-austerity drive

    Italy's new prime minister, Enrico Letta, is preaching an end to austerity while pledging to meet European Union debt targets and his fledgling coalition is already at odds over how to pay for cuts to an unpopular housing tax.

  • 01/05/2013 | World

    Italy investigates racist slurs against first black minister

    The Italian government ordered an investigation into slurs on right-wing websites against the country's first black minister, a case that has put Italy's racial problems back in the spotlight.

  • 26/04/2013 | World

    Italian government could be settled on Saturday

    Italian prime minister-designate Enrico Letta could announce a new government on Saturday and spell out its programme early next week, political sources said, while outgoing premier Mario Monti said he did not expect to be a minister.

  • 27/04/2013 | World

    Italy's center-left Letta names new government

    Italian center-left politician Enrico Letta he had won support of other parties to form a coalition government that will include one of former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi's closest allies as deputy prime minister.

  • 29/04/2013 | World

    Italy's Letta launches gov't with call for growth

    Italy's new Prime Minister Enrico Letta pledged to push for a change to the European Union's focus on austerity and pursue growth and jobs in an inaugural speech today.

  • 23/04/2013 | World

    Italian president begins talks on new coalition

    Italy's president launched urgent talks that could lead to the naming of a prime minister after two months of post-election stalemate that has weighed on a stagnant economy and alarmed Rome's partners in the euro zone.

  • 23/04/2013 | World

    Italy president set to announce choice for prime minister

    Italy's president Giorgio Napolitano is set to announce on Wednesday his choice of prime minister to form a new government and pull the euro zone's third largest economy out of a two-month political rut.

  • 24/04/2013 | World

    Italy names centre-left's Letta as new premier

    Italian President Giorgio Napolitano asked centre-left deputy leader Enrico Letta to form a new government, signalling the end of a damaging two-month vacuum since elections in the euro zone's third largest economy in February.

  • 20/04/2013 | World

    Napolitano elected for second term as Italy president

    The Italian parliament re-elected 87-year-old President Giorgio Napolitano to serve a second term in an attempt to resolve the political stalemate left by February's inconclusive election.

  • 21/04/2013 | World

    Italy's Grillo denounces party deal making over president

    The leader of Italy's anti-establishment 5-Star Movement, Beppe Grillo, criticised the re-election of President Giorgio Napolitano as a desperate attempt to retain power by a discredited establishment.

  • 22/04/2013 | World

    Italy President to hold talks tomorrow on government formation

    Italian President Giorgio Napolitano will start a "rapid" series of meetings tomorrow to seek the formation of a government to end the country's two-month political deadlock, his office said today.

  • 18/04/2013 | World

    Italy parliament fails to elect state president

    Italy's parliament failed to elect a new state president in its first vote with divisions in the centre-left alliance torpedoing a quick victory for its official candidate Franco Marini.

  • 19/04/2013 | World

    Prodi quits Italy president race, leaving centre-left in chaos

    Former Prime Minister Romano Prodi withdrew from the race for the Italian presidency, deepening the chaos in the centre-left after party rebels helped his old enemy Silvio Berlusconi scupper his candidacy.

  • 19/04/2013 | World

    Italy centre-left leader Bersani quits after vote debacle

    Centre-left leader Pier Luigi Bersani announced his resignation after party rebels sabotaged two separate candidates he had backed for state president, deepening Italy's political chaos.

  • 30/03/2013 | World

    Italy president pledges to stay to deal with crisis

    Italian President Giorgio Napolitano ruled out standing down early to make way for new parliamentary elections, following the failure of attempts to form a government this week.

  • 06/04/2013 | World

    Italy cabinet approves 40 billion euros of state payments to firms

    Italy's caretaker cabinet approved a decree to pay some 40 billion euros of the state's debts to private companies over the next 12 months.

  • 09/04/2013 | World

    Italy's Bersani to meet Berlusconi, rules out 'grand coalition'

    Italian center-left leader Pier Luigi Bersani confirmed he would meet his center-right rival Silvio Berlusconi soon, but held out little hope of a breakthrough in the political stalemate since February's inconclusive election.

  • 25/03/2013 | World

    Sex trial of Italy's Berlusconi delayed until April 22

    Judges in the Italian city of Milan said today they would delay Silvio Berlusconi's trial on charges of paying for sex with a minor until April 22, pending a decision on whether to transfer the case to the city of Brescia.

  • 26/03/2013 | World

    Italy foreign minister resigns over marines' return to India

    Italian Foreign Minister Giulio Terzi resigned over his government's decision to return two marines to India to face trial for the murder of local fishermen while on anti-piracy duty.

  • 29/03/2013 | World

    Hundreds of migrants rescued off Italian coast

    Italian coastguards said they had intercepted almost 700 mostly African migrants trying to get to the country on board 10 flimsy and rickety boats.

  • 13/03/2013 | World

    Italy three-year debt cost at 2013 high after downgrade

    Italy's three-year borrowing costs rose to their highest since December after Fitch cut its credit rating last week, but the country also managed to sell the top planned amount of a new 15-year bond.

  • 16/03/2013 | World

    Italy parliament elects speakers as tensions continue

    Italy's centre-left alliance scraped a narrow victory in a vote to appoint the new speakers of parliament on but the fragile margin of success underlined how hard it will be to form a stable government after last month's deadlocked election.

  • 23/03/2013 | World

    Italy Berlusconi says primed for snap vote if no deal clinched

    Silvio Berlusconi, the 76-year-old leader of Italy's centre-right bloc, told thousands of supporters gathered in central Rome he was ready for a snap vote as his rival began talks to try to form a government.

  • 05/03/2013 | World

    Italian president mulls new technocrat gov't

    President Giorgio Napolitano is considering appointing a new technocrat government led by a non-politician as one way out of Italy's political stalemate, sources said.

  • 07/03/2013 | World

    Berlusconi sentenced to 1 year jail in wiretap trial

    An Italian court sentenced former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi to a one-year jail term for making public the taped contents of a confidential phone call in a case related to a 2005 banking scandal.

  • 08/03/2013 | World

    Fitch cuts Italy credit rating after election impasse

    Ratings agency Fitch added to Italy's mounting problems today by cutting its credit rating due to the political uncertainty after last week's election, deep recession and rising debt.

  • 27/02/2013 | World

    Italy's parties seek way out of election stalemate

    Italy's stunned political parties searched for a way forward after an inconclusive election gave none of them a parliamentary majority and threatened prolonged instability and a renewal of the European financial crisis.

  • 02/03/2013 | World

    Italy's Grillo lists conditions for backing a gov't

    The 5-Star Movement that emerged as Italy's largest party after a deadlocked election might support a government if it changed electoral law, cut politicians' expenses and set a two-term limit for parliamentarians, its leader has told a magazine.

  • 03/03/2013 | World

    Italy's Grillo says he supports non-binding online vote on euro

    The leader of the 5-Star Movement has said he wants an online vote on Italy's membership of the euro, in an interview with a German magazine published.

  • 25/02/2013 | World

    Huge protest vote leaves Italy facing deadlock

    A huge protest vote by Italians enraged by economic hardship and political corruption left the euro zone's third-largest economy facing a dangerous vacuum today after an election in which no group won enough votes to form a government.

  • 26/02/2013 | World

    Italy's center left to win lower house, Senate deadlocked

    Italy's center-left coalition will win a majority in the lower house of parliament but the upper house will be deadlocked, the Interior Ministry said after almost all votes were counted.

  • 27/02/2013 | World

    Italy's debt costs leap to highest since October

    Italy's borrowing costs rose to their highest in four months at the first bond auction since an election that raises the prospect of prolonged political instability.

  • 21/02/2013 | World

    Monti: 'Germany's Merkel not involved in Italian election'

    Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti rowed back from comments suggesting that German Chancellor Angela Merkel had expressed opposition to his political rivals on the center-left days before an election next week.

  • 23/02/2013 | World

    Vatican accuses Italian media of false reports ahead of conclave

    The Vatican today accused the Italian media of spreading "false and damaging" reports in what it condemned as a deplorable attempt to influence cardinals who will meet in a secret conclave next month to elect a new pope.

  • 24/02/2013 | World

    Italians vote in crucial election for euro zone

    Italians voted in one of the most closely watched and unpredictable elections in years, with pent-up fury over a discredited elite adding to concern it may not produce a government strong enough to lead Italy out of an economic slump.

  • 07/02/2013 | World

    ECB says will monitor impact of euro strength

    The European Central Bank will monitor the economic impact of a strengthening euro, ECB President Mario Draghi said today, feeding expectations the climbing currency could open the door to an interest rate cut.

  • 10/02/2013 | World

    Italy's Monti slams Berlusconi as vote day nears

    Outgoing Prime Minister Mario Monti accused his media magnate rival Silvio Berlusconi of trying to buy votes with impossible promises as Italy's election campaign entered its last phase.

  • 12/01/2013 | World

    Disgraced former Juventus director to try politics

    Controversial former Juventus director Luciano Moggi, who was at the heart of a 2006 match-fixing scandal, will stand as a candidate in Italian parliamentary elections in February.

  • 14/01/2013 | World

    Key witness in Berlusconi sex trial to testify today

    The nightclub dancer who is the main witness in the sex trial of Italy's former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi is to testify today, her lawyer said.

  • 03/02/2013 | World

    Berlusconi offers big tax cuts in 'last great battle'

    Italy's former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi announced his "last great electoral and political battle" with a sweeping promise to cut taxes and the cost of government if his center-right wins elections this month.

  • 06/01/2013 | World

    Italy's center-left leads in three-way vote race

    Italy's center-left coalition, led by Pier Luigi Bersani, has a comfortable lead less than two months before the election, and outgoing Prime Minister Mario Monti's bloc may win up to 15 percent, a poll said.

  • 07/01/2013 | World

    Berlusconi strikes election, wants to be economy minister

    Italy's former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi said he had reached an agreement with the Northern League to run together in elections in February and that he wanted to be economy minister in a future centre-right government.

  • 08/01/2013 | World

    Berlusconi slams 'feminist' judges for huge divorce settlement

    Former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi today slammed a panel of three "feminist and communist" female judges for ruling that he owed his estranged wife 200,000 euros ($260,000) per day as part of a divorce settlement.

  • 23/12/2012 | World

    Italy's Monti says would consider standing at election

    Italian caretaker Prime Minister Mario Monti said he would be ready to run for a second term in next year's election if he was asked to do so by political forces that adopted his reform agenda.

  • 24/12/2012 | World

    Monti posts reform agenda online, urges debate on Italy

    Outgoing Prime Minister Mario Monti posted his reform agenda online today, urging Italians to join a debate on their country's future as potentially bitter election campaign gets underway two months before Italy goes to polls.

  • 30/12/2012 | World

    Italy leftist PM candidate Bersani tops opinion poll, Monti second

    Centre-left leader Pier Luigi Bersani is favorite among Italians to lead the next government, with outgoing technocrat Prime Minister Mario Monti second most popular and Silvio Berlusconi coming a close third, a poll showed.

  • 16/12/2012 | World

    Italy awaits Monti's decision on political future

    Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti stood before the cold stones slabs that hold the remains of St Francis and prayed to the man who preached what the Franciscans call "the gift of discernment" - the wisdom and courage to make the right choice.

  • 21/12/2012 | World

    Italy PM Monti resigns, elections likely in February

    Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti tendered his resignation to President Giorgio Napolitano today, the president's office said, paving the way for national elections in February.

  • 22/12/2012 | World

    Italy dissolves parliament, Monti mulls future

    Italy's head of state dissolved parliament and opened the way to a February election, with doubts growing over whether outgoing Prime Minister Mario Monti will participate in what promises to be a bitter campaign.

  • 10/12/2012 | World

    Europe leaders praise Monti, call next gov't to stick to reform agenda

    European partners heaped praise on outgoing Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti today, and called for the next government to stick to his reform agenda after his surprise decision to resign rattled financial markets.

  • 11/12/2012 | World

    Italy's Monti leaves political future open

    Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti said he wanted to influence political debate in whatever role he fills after elections next year but he left his future open following speculation he may remain in politics.

  • 14/12/2012 | World

    Rialto in jeans, as Venice finds cash for repair

    The merchants of Venice always had an eye for a ducat to be made in the Rialto, but covering its boutique-lined marble bridge with ads for blue jeans might seem a commercial step too far, even for city built on trade.

  • 05/12/2012 | World

    Berlusconi gives strong hint he will stand in Italian election

    Italian former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi gave a strong hint today that he would stand in next year's election, declaring he would not allow Italy to spiral into recession and saying he had been "besieged by requests" to run.

  • 08/12/2012 | World

    Berlusconi says will run to become Italian PM for fifth time

    Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi said he would run to become the country's leader for a fifth time, and that his PDL party would vote to pass next year's budget.

  • 08/12/2012 | World

    Italy PM Monti says he will resign when budget approved

    Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti announced today that he intended to resign once next year's budget is approved in parliament after Silvio Berlusconi's party withdrew its support for his technocrat government this week.

  • 25/11/2012 | World

    Italy centre left picks candidate for next prime minister

    Italy's centre left voted to choose the candidate who will be the leading contender to succeed Mario Monti as prime minister after a election in March and take charge of steering the country through a deep recession.

  • 27/11/2012 | World

    Protective barrier to ring Rome's Colosseum

    A protective barrier will ring the Colosseum so that tourists do not get too close to the outside walls of the ancient monument in case of falling fragments, officials said.

  • 30/11/2012 | World

    Fresh concern over ancient Pompeii after new collapse

    Part of the wall of a house in the ancient city of Pompeii collapsed today, raising fresh concerns about the state of one of the world's most treasured archaeological sites.

  • 17/11/2012 | World

    Monti repeats Italy does not need euro zone aid

    Prime Minister Mario Monti rejected suggestions that Italy should seek aid from its euro zone partners to bind a new government to strict reform conditions after elections likely to be held in March.

  • 23/11/2012 | World

    A deal briefly glimpsed before EU budget talks fail

    During a "tour-de-table" among the EU's 27 leaders, it seemed for a moment that France, Poland, Italy and others might accept deeper cuts than originally proposed, diplomats said today after the summit broke up without agreement.

  • 24/11/2012 | World

    Thousands of Italian students rally against austerity in Rome

    Several thousand students and teachers marched through central Rome to protest against austerity measures imposed by Prime Minister Mario Monti's government that have cut into education spending.

  • 15/11/2012 | World

    France gain more respect with Italy win

    France may no longer be the team who dominated world soccer in the late 1990s, but a draw against Spain and a win in Italy have shown they have at least become a force once again.

  • 16/11/2012 | World

    Italy's Berlusconi says Monti's policy 'disastrous'

    Former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi called for a change in economic policy after what he called a "disastrous" year of austerity under the technocratic government of Mario Monti.

  • 26/10/2012 | World

    Berlusconi sentenced to jail in Mediaset trial

    An Italian court today sentenced former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi to four years in jail for tax fraud in connection with the purchase of broadcasting rights by his Mediaset television company.

  • 09/11/2012 | World

    Berlusconi still paying girls at centre of sex scandal

    Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi is still giving thousands of euros a month to aspiring showgirls who attended his colourful parties, a Milan court heard on Friday.

  • 20/10/2012 | World

    Monti expects to see Italy recovery signs within months

    Prime Minister Mario Monti said he expected it would be only a few more months before signs of recovery start to emerge in the recession-hit Italian economy.

  • 22/10/2012 | World

    Italian scientists convicted over earthquake warning

    Six scientists and a government official were sentenced to six years in prison for manslaughter by an Italian court for failing to give adequate warning of an earthquake that killed more than 300 people in L'Aquila in 2009.

  • 24/10/2012 | World

    Berlusconi confirms will not run in 2013 Italy election

    Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi confirmed on Wednesday he would not lead his People of Freedom (PDL) party in next year's election, ending months of speculation about his political future.

  • 13/10/2012 | World

    Italy's Monti under fire from allies over budget

    The parties that support Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti's unelected government demanded changes to his budget on Saturday, saying it would hurt households already suffering from austerity measures.

  • 15/10/2012 | World

    Costa Concordia's captain tells survivors he's 'sorry'

    The captain blamed for the sinking of the Costa Concordia cruise liner off the Italian coast in January that killed 32 people shook hands with survivors and apologized at a court hearing to decide if he should face a full trial.

  • 17/10/2012 | World

    Rome brushes off IMF aid call for Italy

    The International Monetary Fund called on the eve of a European Union summit for both Spain and Italy to seek euro zone assistance to draw a line under the bloc's debt crisis, but Rome has rebuffed the idea and Madrid seems likely to apply alone.

  • 25/09/2012 | World

    Italian PM Mario Monti says he won't run for election

    Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti said he would not run in elections due in spring, in an interview in which he said Italy no longer risked igniting a debt crisis in the euro zone.

  • 28/09/2012 | World

    Italian unions strike against Monti, close Colosseum

    Up to 30,000 members of two of Italy's biggest unions marched through Rome today to protest against Prime Minister Mario Monti's cuts in public spending, forcing the closure of the Colosseum.

  • 10/10/2012 | World

    Italy's Monti announces income tax cut, lifts VAT

    Prime Minister Mario Monti announced an income tax cut to help low earners today, giving a rare lift to struggling Italian households ahead of parliamentary elections next year but leaving unions dissatisfied and threatening a strike.

  • 22/08/2012 | World

    Italian writer held over murder in 'Basic Instinct' case

    A 34-year-old Italian philosopher and aspiring writer has been arrested over the murder of a Nigerian prostitute after police searching her apartment found a short story he wrote with close similarities to the killing.

  • 15/09/2012 | World

    Berlusconi says comeback will depend on electoral law

    Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi is waiting to see how a new electoral law shapes up before deciding whether to run in national elections in spring, he said on Saturday.

  • 24/09/2012 | World

    Graft scandal forces out head of Italy's Lazio region

    The governor of Italy's Lazio region resigned over a corruption scandal that could increase political instability in debt-plagued Italy before elections due next year.

  • 11/08/2012 | World

    'Italian exit from euro would be disaster'

    Former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi said his People of Freedom (PDL) party firmly opposed Italy leaving the euro and believed such a policy would be disastrous.

  • 12/08/2012 | World

    Finance Minister says Italy to overshoot deficit goal

    Finance Minister Vittorio Grilli said Italy's government would overshoot its 2012 deficit goal because of worse-than-expected growth but planned no extra budget cuts because Italy was on target to meet its EU obligations.

  • 19/08/2012 | World

    Italy's Monti sees end of crisis getting closer

    Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti said the end of the economic crisis in his country was in sight and that the euro zone must not let the single currency become a source of friction between the north and south in the bloc.

  • 30/07/2012 | World

    Italy president urges speedy electoral reform

    Italian President Giorgio Napolitano told political parties to make faster progress to reform the electoral law and expressed concern over speculation that there may be an early general election.

  • 31/07/2012 | World

    Italy's Monti sees light in euro tunnel

    Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti said today that Europe was starting to see light at the end of the tunnel of the euro zone's sovereign debt crisis, belying a welter of deteriorating economic data.

  • 01/08/2012 | World

    US targets five leaders of Naples Mafia

    The United States took steps to freeze the US assets of five key members of the Italian-based Camorra, also known as the Naples Mafia, and one of Europe's largest criminal groups involved in kidnapping, money laundering and extortion.

  • 23/07/2012 | World

    Moody's: Germany, Netherlands, Luxembourg's ratings under threat

    Credit ratings agency Moody's warned that Germany, Netherlands and Luxembourg were put on negative outlooks and could lead to a downgrade of their ratings.

  • 25/07/2012 | World

    Italian parties clash over electoral reform plans

    Italy's major political parties clashed over plans to change much-criticised electoral laws as manoeuvering intensified ahead of a vote due to take place next May at the latest.

  • 30/07/2012 | World

    Italy's 10-year yields ease below 6% at auction

    Italy's benchmark 10-year borrowing costs eased below 6 percent at auction as rising expectations of bolder policy moves to counter the euro zone's debt crisis boosted demand for debt issued by the bloc's most vulnerable members.

  • 26/06/2012 | World

    Merkel buries euro bonds as summit tension rises

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel sought to bury once and for all the idea of common euro zone bonds, saying Europe would not share total debt liability "as long as I live", as the bloc's big four finance ministers met to narrow differences on how to solve a worsening debt crisis.

  • 12/07/2012 | World

    Italy's Berlusconi to run in 2013

    Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi will return to frontline politics as the centre-right candidate in next year's general election, a senior official in his PDL party said.

  • 16/07/2012 | World

    Moody's downgrades Italian banks

    Moody's downgraded 13 Italian financial institutions including some of the country's largest banks Intesa Sanpaolo and Unicredit with a negative outlook.

  • 06/06/2012 | World

    Italy holds suspect for school bombing

    Italian police took into custody a 68-year-old man for last month's bombing in front of a school that killed a 16-year-old girl and wounded 10 others.

  • 07/06/2012 | World

    Man confesses to Italy school bombing

    A 68-year-old man has confessed to last month's bombing in front of a southern Italian school that killed a 16-year-old girl and wounded 10 others, but his motive is unclear and investigations are ongoing, police said.

  • 07/06/2012 | World

    Painting of Christ fetches $4.6 mln at NY auction

    A 16th-century painting of Christ set a record for Italian artist Girolamo Romanino at Christie's Old Masters auction when it sold for $4.6 million.

  • 30/05/2012 | World

    Northern Italy earthquake death toll rises to 17

    Italian rescue workers removed yet another earthquake victim from rubble today after a magnitude 5.8 temblor hit north of Bologna raising the death toll to 17.

  • 02/06/2012 | World

    Berlusconi says idea Italy should dump euro was 'joke'

    Former Premier Silvio Berlusconi said on Saturday he was only joking when he suggested that Italy should dump the euro unless the European Central Bank agreed to inject more cash into the economy.

  • 03/06/2012 | World

    Strong earth tremor hits northern Italy

    A strong earth tremor of 5.1 magnitude hit northern Italy late on Sunday, in the same area struck by two deadly quakes in the last two weeks, Italy's Geophysics Institute said.

  • 24/05/2012 | World

    Italian Red Brigades 'deny planting school bomb'

    A letter purporting to be from Italy's radical left-wing Red Brigades denies that the group, responsible for numerous attacks in the 1970s, planted a bomb that killed a schoolgirl in Brindisi last week, a news agency said.

  • 27/05/2012 | World

    More aftershocks hit Italy, thousands still homeless

    A force 4.0 tremor hit northern Italy on Sunday, one of the strongest of a series of aftershocks that have hit the area since it was struck by a magnitude 6.0 earthquake a week ago which killed seven people and made thousands homeless.

  • 29/05/2012 | World

    Death toll rises to 15 on northern Italy's second big quake

    An earthquake killed at least 15 people in northern Italy today, damaging buildings and spreading panic among thousands of residents still living in tents after a tremor in the same region destroyed their homes just over a week ago.

  • 20/05/2012 | World

    Italy quake kills six, damages historic buildings

    A strong earthquake in northern Italy killed at least six people, injured dozens and damaged historic buildings including a famed mediaeval castle early on Sunday, waking terrified citizens and sending thousands running into the streets.

  • 21/05/2012 | World

    Italy vote to tap austerity anger, gauge political shift

    Italy is likely to register a strong protest vote against belt-tightening in local elections that will provide a fresh snapshot of Europe's changing political landscape a year ahead of a national ballot.

  • 21/05/2012 | World

    Aftershocks rattle Italy, residents sleep outdoors

    Thousands of people in northern Italy slept in tents and cars overnight as more than 100 aftershocks rocked the area hit by a magnitude 6.0 earthquake that killed seven people and inflicted heavy damage to centuries-old cultural sites.

  • 13/05/2012 | World

    Italy mulls using army to stem political violence

    Italy is considering using the army to protect the defence conglomerate Finmeccanica and the tax collection agency Equitalia, the targets of a series of attacks that are raising concerns about political violence, the interior minister said.

  • 16/05/2012 | World

    Greece euro exit could hit Spain, Italy, Zoellick assures

    A decision by Greece to leave Europe's common currency zone would raise big questions about the impact on Spain, Italy and other euro zone countries with big debt loads that are undergoing structural reforms, the head of the World Bank said.

  • 19/05/2012 | World

    Bomb at south Italy school kills teenager, wounds six

    A bomb exploded in front of a school in southern Italy killing a 16 year-old girl and wounding at least six others, two seriously, authorities said.

  • 19/04/2012 | World

    Italy museum burns art to protest against crisis

    An Italian museum director in the mafia-influenced northeast of Naples has pledged to burn three works of art per week to protest against the lack of spending on culture.

  • 30/04/2012 | World

    Denmark's Noma wins World's Best Restaurant third time

    Danish restaurant Noma was crowned the world's best restaurant for the third year in a row in an annual list, beating out top eateries in Spain, Brazil, Italy, the United States and elsewhere.

  • 04/05/2012 | World

    'Concordia should be sunk, not saved,' says diver

    The Costa Concordia, the wrecked liner which has been half-submerged near the Italian island of Giglio since it hit a rock in January, could be a paradise for recreational scuba divers from around the world - if sunk instead of salvaged.

  • 10/04/2012 | World

    Iran cuts oil to Spain ahead of nuclear talks

    Iran has cut oil exports to Spain and may halt sales to Germany and Italy, Iran's English-language state television reported, in an apparent move to strengthen its position ahead of crucial talks with world powers later this week.

  • 13/04/2012 | World

    Italians protest against Monti reforms

    Thousands of Italian trade unionists marched through Rome today to protest against pension changes, the latest sign of mounting opposition to Prime Minister Mario Monti's economic reforms.

  • 13/04/2012 | World

    Mount Etna erupts for fourth time this year

    The volcano located on the southern Italian island of Sicily began to erupt today, marking the fourth eruption this year, blasting out a huge ash cloud reaching 6,000 and 7,000 metres above sea level.

  • 22/03/2012 | World

    Italy's Monti runs into trouble over labour reform

    Prime Minister Mario Monti's drive to force through labour reform in Italy ran into political trouble, raising the risk that the coalition supporting him in parliament could splinter or the measures be weakened.

  • 24/03/2012 | World

    Italy PM Monti says worried about contagion from Spain

    Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti expressed concern about Spain's public finances and said it would not take much to reignite the euro zone debt crisis and revive the risk of it spreading to Italy.

  • 28/03/2012 | World

    Italy’s Monti downplays Spain contagion risk

    Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti today played down the risk that economic troubles in Spain would spread to the rest of Europe and said he believed the euro zone debt crisis was nearly over.

  • 09/03/2012 | World

    Italy appeals court orders retrial for Berlusconi ally

    Italy's highest appeals court annulled a seven year prison sentence for mafia links handed to one of former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi's closest allies, and ordered a retrial

  • 12/03/2012 | World

    Data confirms Italy is in recession

    Italy is in recession, final data confirmed today. Italy's economy shrank 0.7 percent in the fourth quarter of 2011, following a 0.2 percent decline in gross domestic product in the third quarter.

  • 21/03/2012 | World

    Italian union calls strike over Monti's job reforms

    Italy's largest trade union called a general strike over labour reforms today, escalating a confrontation with Prime Minister Mario Monti and testing his resolve to transform the euro zone's third biggest economy.

  • 07/03/2012 | World

    Hackers group Anonymous take down Vatican website

    The Italian branch of the hackers group Anonymous took down the Vatican's website, saying it was an attack on the Roman Catholic Church's scandals and conservative doctrine.

  • 08/03/2012 | World

    Italian, British hostages killed in failed Nigeria rescue

    An Italian and a British hostage kidnapped in May in Nigeria were killed today by their captors during a joint raid by British and Nigerian forces in an operation to free them, Italy's government said.

  • 09/03/2012 | World

    Italy gov’t condemns failed British raid in Nigeria

    President Giorgio Napolitano led a chorus of condemnation of Britain's failure to inform the Italian government before launching a botched rescue mission with Nigerian forces that led to the deaths of British and Italian hostages held by a militant Islamist group.

  • 20/02/2012 | World

    Italy, Britain urge more EU focus on growth

    Italy, Britain, the Netherlands and nine other countries called for Europe to shift its focus from tough budget cuts towards measures to create growth as the region looks headed for its second recession in three years.

  • 24/02/2012 | World

    Italy to end tax breaks for Church

    Italy's government announced measures on Friday to end tax exemptions on commercial property owned by the Catholic Church, a move expected to add as much as 600 million euros ($805 million) to state coffers each year

  • 03/03/2012 | World

    Victims' families want truth at Italy shipwreck hearing

    Survivors and relatives of victims of the Costa Concordia shipwreck clamoured for truth at a pre-trial hearing in Italy, with some still waiting for identification of the remains of their loved ones 1-1/2 months after the disaster.

  • 14/02/2012 | World

    Moody's warns it may downgrade France, Britain

    Rating agency Moody's said today it downgraded six European nations including Italy, Spain and Portugal, citing growing risks from Europe's debt crisis, and warned it may cut the triple-A ratings of France, Britain and Austria.

  • 15/02/2012 | World

    Italy prosecutors seek 5-year term for Berlusconi

    Italian prosecutors today asked a court to sentence former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi to five years in prison on charges of paying British lawyer David Mills a $600,000 bribe to lie about Berlusconi's business interests.

  • 15/02/2012 | World

    Monti warns of mounting Europe's divisions, resentment

    Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti warned today that the euro zone debt crisis was fuelling dangerous divisions and resentment within the currency bloc and said it was wrong to try to divide member states into "goodies and baddies".

  • 03/02/2012 | World

    Rare Rome snowstorm closes Colosseum

    Heavy snow fell in central Rome today, giving tourists a rare sight of whitened landmarks such as Saint Peter's Square and the Trevi Fountain, while the Colosseum and the Roman Forum were closed due to the icy conditions.

  • 07/02/2012 | World

    Italy's Berlusconi to face trial for revealing confidential information

    Silvio Berlusconi is to stand trial next month on charges of revealing confidential information in a case related to a 2005 banking scandal, the former prime minister's lawyer said today.

  • 13/02/2012 | World

    Moody's warns it may strip France, UK and Austria's Aaa rating

    Rating agency Moody's warned it may cut the triple-A ratings of France, the United Kingdom and Austria, while it downgraded the ratings of Italy, Portugal, Spain, Slovakia, Slovenia and Malta.

  • 27/01/2012 | World

    Quake hits northern Italy, no injuries reported

    An earthquake was felt across northern Italy today, the second this week, though there were no immediate reports of serious damage or injuries.

  • 27/01/2012 | World

    Fitch downgrades five eurozone countries

    Rating agency Fitch carried out its threats and downgraded the ratings of five countries in the eurozone including Spain, Italy, Belgium, Cyprus and Slovenia. Ireland ratings where reaffirmed, informed the agency.

  • 29/01/2012 | World

    Bad weather stops work on capsized Italian cruise ship

    Divers searching for bodies on the Costa Concordia, the wrecked cruise ship that lies capsized off the Italian coast, suspended work on Sunday after heavy seas and strong winds caused the vessel to shift noticeably, authorities said.

  • 22/01/2012 | World

    Doomed liner's captain trades blame with shipowners

    The operators of the Costa Concordia faced questions over their share of the blame for the shipwreck, as divers recovered another body from the stricken liner, bringing the known death toll to 13.

  • 23/01/2012 | World

    Concordia captain tests negative for drugs

    The captain of the Costa Concordia was not under the effects of drugs when the liner hit a rock that tore a hole in the hull and caused it to capsize near the port of Italy's Giglio island, his lawyer said.

  • 23/01/2012 | World

    Italy searchers find two more bodies on capsized liner

    Divers today found two more bodies on deck number four of the Costa Concordia, the capsized cruise liner resting half-submerged near the port of Italy's Giglio island, said Franco Gabrielli, head of the civil protection agency.

  • 29/12/2011 | World

    Italy’s Monti calls for more firepower

    Italy's Prime Minister Mario Monti called for significantly more firepower for the euro zone's bailout fund after a bond auction did little to ease concerns over how the country would finance public spending in the next few months.

  • 20/01/2012 | World

    Italian cabinet approves deregulation package

    Italy's cabinet approved legislation to deregulate some service sectors and professions in an effort to increase competition, cut costs to consumers and boost chronically weak growth in the euro zone's third largest economy.

  • 21/01/2012 | World

    Italy cruise disaster toll death rises to 12

    The body of a woman was found on board Italy's capsized Costa Concordia cruise ship on Saturday, bringing the total death toll to at least 12 people, a spokesman for the rescue workers said.  Twenty people are still unaccounted for. The liner struck a rock and capsized on Jan. 13 off Tuscany's Giglio island.

  • 22/12/2011 | World

    Italy parliament seals austerity budget

    Italy's Senate passed a vote of confidence in the government of Prime Minister Mario Monti today that put the final seal on an emergency austerity budget rushed through to restore market confidence in the euro zone's third biggest economy.

  • 22/12/2011 | World

    Pompeii column collapse revives concerns over site

    A courtyard column of a Roman house in Pompeii collapsed, renewing concerns about the state of the site which was frozen in time when Mount Vesuvius erupted 2,000 years ago, burying inhabitants alive and preserving their homes.

  • 28/12/2011 | World

    Italy short-term debt costs halve at auction

    Italian short-term debt costs halved at auction as a new package of budget austerity and an injection of cheap long-term money from the European Central Bank won Rome some respite in thin year-end markets.

  • 15/12/2011 | World

    Italy government calls confidence vote on austerity

    Italy's government has called a confidence vote in parliament tomorrow to speed up approval of a 33-billion euro ($43 billion)austerity package intended to restore market confidence in the euro zone's third largest economy.

  • 16/12/2011 | World

    Italy government wins confidence vote on austerity package

    Minister Mario Monti's government won a parliamentary confidence vote on its austerity package today. It now moves to the Senate, where it is expected to be approved before Christmas, probably with another confidence vote.

  • 16/12/2011 | World

    Italy: Bullets mailed to PM, politicians

    Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti, politicians and newspaper editors have been sent letters containing bullets and threats over government austerity measures, police said.

  • 09/12/2011 | World

    Italian letter bomb injures top tax collector

    A letter bomb blamed on anarchists injured the chief of a state tax collection agency in Rome today, two days after a similar device addressed to a top banker was intercepted in Germany.

  • 12/12/2011 | World

    Euro zone fiscal pact fails to restore confidence

    A European summit deal to strengthen budget discipline in the euro zone failed to restore financial market confidence, forcing the European Central Bank to step in again gingerly.

  • 14/12/2011 | World

    Italy 5-year auction yields soar to record 6.47%

    Italy paid a euro era record yield of 6.47% to sell five-year paper at its first auction of longer-term debt after the EU moved towards greater fiscal integration at last week's summit, but failed to convince markets it can solve the debt crisis.

  • 05/12/2011 | World

    Monti: Without economic plan Italy would risk Greece situation

    Italy would have risked a Greek-style economic crisis without the government's new 30-billion euro austerity package, Prime Minister Mario Monti said.

  • 07/12/2011 | World

    Italy’s Monti faces unions calls for strikes over Austerity Plan

    Italy's new Prime Minister Mario Monti, trying to push through a tough austerity package he says is vital for the country's financial salvation, faced two calls for national strikes and saw a dip in his public support today.

  • 07/12/2011 | World

    Germany pours cold water on EU summit hopes

    Pessimistic comments from EU paymaster Germany and new figures exposing deepening stress among Europe's banks dented financial market hopes of a turning point in the euro zone's debt crisis at a summit this week.

  • 20/11/2011 | World

    Italy's Monti agrees not to run in election, Berlusconi

    Italy's new technocrat Prime Minister Mario Monti has agreed not to run as a candidate when elections are held, Silvio Berlusconi, leader of the centre-right PDL party, said in an interview published today.

  • 30/11/2011 | World

    Italy PM says to meet budget goal, not seeking IMF aid

    Prime Minister Mario Monti pledged measures to ensure that Italy meets its goal of balancing the budget even if economic prospects worsen, and said no approach for help had been made to the International Monetary Fund.

  • 03/12/2011 | World

    From horse heads to blogs, mafia threats evolve

    While 21st century Italian mobsters still use bullets, anonymous phone calls and dead animals to make threats, they've also found a new tool of intimidation: blogging.

  • 17/11/2011 | World

    Italy: Clashes at protest against 'bankers' gov't'

    Thousands of Italians took to the streets in several cities today to protest against what they called a "bankers' government" led by economist Mario Monti, and there were clashes with police.

  • 17/11/2011 | World

    New Italy PM wins confidence vote on tough reform plans

    Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti comfortably won a vote of confidence in his new government on Thursday after promising rigour and fairness in painful reforms to dig the country out of a financial crisis that threatens the entire euro zone.

  • 17/11/2011 | World

    Greek protests as France, Spain face squeeze

    More than 30,000 Greeks took to the streets of Athens in a protest rally that marked the first public test for a new national unity government that must impose painful spending cuts and tax rises if the country is to escape bankruptcy.

  • 15/11/2011 | World

    Monti to form new Italy government

    Prime Minister designate Mario Monti will meet Italy's president on Wednesday to present a new government to face a crisis that has brought Italy to the brink of economic disaster and endangered the entire euro zone.

  • 16/11/2011 | World

    Italy PM Monti hopes new gov’t can calm markets

    Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti said today he hoped his new government of technocrats could restore market confidence in the country and calm a tense political climate.

  • 16/11/2011 | World

    Monti sworn in as new Italian prime minister

    Monti, a former European commissioner, was the first member of the new government to be sworn in by President Giorgio Napolitano at the Quirinale Palace.

  • 12/11/2011 | World

    Berlusconi formally steps down, Rome celebrates

    Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi formally resigned today, ending one of the most scandal-plagued eras in recent Italian history amid the jeers of hundreds of protestors gathered in central Rome to celebrate his departure.

  • 13/11/2011 | World

    Monti named to head new Italy government

    Italy's president appointed former European Commissioner Mario Monti to head a new government charged with implementing urgent reforms to end a crisis that has endangered the whole euro zone.

  • 14/11/2011 | World

    Italy's Monti says aims to serve term until 2013

    Italy's Prime Minister-designate Mario Monti said his first day of talks for a new government were constructive and he hoped to form an administration that could take the country through to the next scheduled elections in 2013.

  • 11/11/2011 | World

    Italy: Senate approves austerity measures amid political turmoil

    Italy's Senate approved the austerity measures demanded by the European Union to avert a euro zone meltdown.The new budget law is to clear the way for final approval of the package in the lower house tomorrow and the formation of an emergency government to replace Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi.

  • 11/11/2011 | World

    Putin defends Kremlin comeback, praises Berlusconi

    Russian prime minister Vladimir Putin praised outgoing fellow political veteran Silvio Berlusconi and defended his own decision to remain in power for years to come in front of an audience of foreign experts.

  • 12/11/2011 | World

    Italy vote clears way for Berlusconi resignation

    Italy's parliament gave final approval to a financial stability law today, paving the way for Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi to resign and make way for an emergency government headed by former European Commissioner Mario Monti.

  • 09/11/2011 | World

    Berlusconi vows to leave after reforms

    Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi confirmed he would resign today after implementing urgent economic reforms demanded by the European Union, and said Italy must then hold an election, in which he would not stand.

  • 10/11/2011 | World

    Cameron: Italy ‘clear and present danger’ to euro zone

    Italy represents a clear and present danger to the euro zone, Prime Minister David Cameron said today.

  • 10/11/2011 | World

    Lagarde urges Italy to sort crisis out, China to help on world stability

    The head of the International Monetary Fund urged Italy today to act quickly fill its damaging political vacuum, and China said it was willing to help maintain global financial stability that was being threatened by the euro zone crisis.

  • 07/11/2011 | World

    Berlusconi denies resignation reports

    Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi denied reports he was about to resign. "Rumours of my resignation are baseless," he said on his Facebook page.

  • 08/11/2011 | World

    Berlusconi loses Parliament majority, pressure mounts

    Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi suffered a defeat in parliament today in a vote that indicated he no longer had a majority and ratcheted up pressure for him to resign

  • 08/11/2011 | World

    Berlusconi to resign after parliamentary setback

    Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi said he would resign after suffering a humiliating setback in parliament that showed a party revolt had stripped him of a majority.

  • 31/10/2011 | World

    Berlusconi urged to quit as bond yields climb

    Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi faced fresh calls to resign on Monday as markets turned on Italy, pushing its borrowing costs to dangerous new levels on renewed concern about a worsening of the euro zone crisis.

  • 04/11/2011 | World

    G20: Italy accepts IMF monitoring, sources

    Italy, under fierce pressure from financial markets and European peers, agreed to have the IMF monitor its progress with long delayed reforms of pensions, labor markets and privatization, senior EU sources said today.

  • 05/11/2011 | World

    Italian press write off Berlusconi but alternative unclear

    Italy's press were writing off Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, with even pro-government newspapers admitting his situation looked desperate after a humiliating Group of 20 summit and the latest sell-off of Italy's bonds.

  • 24/10/2011 | World

    Italy's Berlusconi hits back at EU demands

    Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi hit back at European Union partners who have been pressing Italy for swift economic reforms, saying no country in the bloc was in a position to give lessons to others.

  • 25/10/2011 | World

    ECB row, Italy flare on eve of euro rescue summit

    A flare-up over the European Central Bank and political turmoil in Italy kept the euro zone on edge on the eve of a summit meant to confront the currency bloc's worsening sovereign debt crisis.

  • 27/10/2011 | World

    Italians, Greeks skeptical over euro zone rescue plan

    A deal struck by euro zone leaders today to contain the region's dangerous debt crisis was greeted skeptically in the two countries most in the firing line, Greece and Italy, with some saying politicians were dreaming.

  • 15/10/2011 | World

    Police and demonstrators clash in Rome

    Hundreds of hooded demonstrators clashed with police in some of the worst violence in the Italian capital for years, setting cars on fire and breaking shop and bank windows.

  • 18/10/2011 | World

    Milan judge clears Berlusconi in fraud case

    A Milan judge today cleared Silvio Berlusconi in a fraud and embezzlement case related to his private broadcaster Mediaset , a rare legal victory for the weakened Italian prime minister who is a defendant in three other trials.

  • 22/10/2011 | World

    Wall collapse in Pompeii renews worries for site

    Part of a Roman wall in Pompeii's ancient ruins has collapsed, authorities said, a year after a gladiator house in the site crumbled and embarrassed Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi's government.

  • 13/10/2011 | World

    Berlusconi seeks confidence vote

    Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi called a vote of confidence in his government, saying a collapse of his centre-right coalition now would be catastrophic for the country and its economy.

  • 14/10/2011 | World

    Italy government wins confidence vote

    Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi won a crucial vote of confidence, giving his struggling centre-right government a new, but probably short, lease of life.

  • 14/10/2011 | World

    Students storm Goldman Sachs building in Milan

    A group of students stormed Goldman Sachs's central Milan offices today ahead of worldwide protests against financial inequality planned for the weekend

  • 04/10/2011 | World

    Moody's cut Italy ratings by 3 notches

    Moody's Investors Service cut Italy's bond ratings by three notches, saying it sees a "material increase" in funding conditions for euro zone countries with high levels of debt.

  • 07/10/2011 | World

    Italy's Berlusconi dismisses calls to resign as preassure mounts

    Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi dismissed calls to resign as protests against his government mounted and his latest verbal gaffe stirred outrage and exasperation.

  • 07/10/2011 | World

    Fitch cuts Italy, Spain ratings, outlook negative

    Fitch cut Italy's sovereign credit rating by one notch and Spain's by two, citing a worsening of the euro zone debt crisis and a risk of fiscal slippage in both countries.

  • 14/09/2011 | World

    Italy parliament gives final approval to austerity plan

    The Italian parliament gave final approval to a much-altered austerity plan aimed at stemming a debt crisis engulfing the euro zone's third largest economy.

  • 03/10/2011 | World

    Berlusconi's lawyers try to have sex trial suspended

    Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi's trial on charges he paid for sex with an underage prostitute should be put on hold for months until Italy's top court decides which judges have jurisdiction, his lawyers said today.

  • 03/10/2011 | World

    Italian appeal court clears Amanda Knox of murder

    An Italian court cleared 24-year-old US citizen Amanda Knox and her former boyfriend of murdering British student Meredith Kercher in 2007 and ordered them to be set free after nearly four years in prison for a crime they always denied committing.

  • 07/09/2011 | World

    Italy Senate okays austerity plan, moves to chamber

    The Italian Senate approved the government's widely criticised austerity programme aimed at staving off financial crisis in a vote of confidence called by Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi.

  • 11/09/2011 | World

    Crucial Italy austerity package enters home stretch

    Italy's often revised 54-billion-euro austerity package enters the final stretch on Monday when cuts aimed at balancing the budget by 2013 go before the lower house of parliament, with approval due later in the week.

  • 13/09/2011 | World

    Italy austerity nears approval as pressure mounts

    Italy's lower house of parliament is expected to approve the centre-right government's much revised austerity plan on Wednesday as Rome struggles to stem a financial market crisis now threatening the whole euro zone.

  • 03/09/2011 | World

    'Friends of Libya' to re-covene in New York, says Italy's Frattini

    A second "Friends of Libya" conference will be held in New York on September 20 to help with reconstruction after the fall of Muammar Gaddafi, Italian Foreign Minister Franco Frattini said today.

  • 05/09/2011 | World

    Italian President warns on 'alarming' debt signals

    Italian President Giorgio Napolitano urged swift action to strengthen planned austerity measures, saying a severe market selloff was a clear warning that markets had lost confidence in Italy.

  • 06/09/2011 | World

    Italy to hike VAT as strikers protest austerity

    Italy's centre-right government promised to hike value-added tax as it bowed to market pressure for more action on its swollen debt and ignored mass street protests against its austerity measures.

  • 12/08/2011 | World

    Italy delivers tough austerity measures

    Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi announced a painful mix of tax hikes and spending cuts to meet European Central Bank demands for action on shoring up Italy's strained public finances.

  • 22/08/2011 | World

    Italy austerity plan begins passage through parliament

    Italy's austerity plan aimed at warding off a worsening in the euro zone debt crisis goes to parliament today amid a tug-of-war between critics who want to weaken it and those who say it does not go far enough.

  • 01/09/2011 | World

    Arrests made over alleged Berlusconi extortion

    Scandal enveloped Silvio Berlusconi anew after a businessman linked to a 2009 prostitution case was arrested on suspicion of extorting hundreds of thousands of euros from the Italian prime minister.

  • 02/08/2011 | World

    Italy under fire in widening euro debt crisis

    Financial market pressure on Italy intensified, sucking Europe's second biggest debtor nation deeper into the euro area danger zone and prompting emergency consultations in Rome and among European capitals.

  • 06/08/2011 | World

    Italy's Berlusconi rules out early elections

    Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi ruled out calling early elections to stem market panic that has pounded Italian assets and forced his government to bring forward austerity measures.

  • 10/08/2011 | World

    Italy's Berlusconi promises emergency deficit decree

    Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi promised an emergency decree to approve austerity measures agreed with the European Central Bank but faced union opposition over concern that the cuts would hit ordinary Italians.

  • 13/07/2011 | World

    Italy eyes privatisation as market tension eases

    The Italian government bolstered an austerity package with plans to sell stakes in state-owned companies, and political consensus on debt-cutting measures helped calm nervous markets.

  • 15/07/2011 | World

    Italy parliament passes austerity package

    Italy's lower house of parliament approved a 48 billion euro austerity package in a vote rushed through to try to calm a financial market storm which has sent Italian borrowing costs soaring in recent days.

  • 20/07/2011 | World

    Italian parliament allows arrest of Berlusconi ally

    The Italian parliament voted to allow the arrest of a deputy accused of involvement in a widening scandal that has damaged Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi and highlighted growing divisions in his government.

  • 30/06/2011 | World

    Italy cabinet approves austerity plan

    Italy's cabinet approved today an austerity package aimed at shielding the country from the Greek debt crisis and eliminating the budget deficit in 2014, a government source said.

  • 30/06/2011 | World

    Italian cabinet approves tough austerity plan

    Italy's cabinet approved an austerity package aimed at shielding the country from the Greek debt crisis and eliminating the budget deficit in 2014.

  • 12/07/2011 | World

    ‘This is certainly not an easy moment’, says Italy’s Berlusconi

    Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi tried to calm fears that Italy could be swept into a full-scale financial crisis and the opposition pledged to smooth the passage through parliament of tough debt-cutting measures today.

  • 13/06/2011 | World

    Berlusconi suffers stinging referendum defeat

    Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi suffered a humiliating defeat as Italians turned out in large numbers to vote in referendums which he had encouraged them to boycott.

  • 17/06/2011 | World

    Moody's says may cut Italy's credit rating

    Moody's Investors Service said it may cut Italy's sovereign credit rating from Aa2, citing such challenges as reforming a rigid labour market while also facing the likelihood of rising interest rates.

  • 21/06/2011 | World

    Italy's Berlusconi wins vote of confidence

    Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi overcame today coalition infighting to win a vote of confidence, his first parliamentary test since suffering two stinging electoral losses.

  • 30/05/2011 | World

    Projections show Berlusconi losing local polls

    The first projections after polls closed in Italian local elections showed Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi's centre-right coalition behind in the financial capital Milan and lagging badly in the southern port of Naples.

  • 30/05/2011 | World

    Berlusconi suffers heavy local poll defeats

    Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi suffered a shattering loss in his northern stronghold of Milan in local elections that threaten to unbalance his fractious centre-right coalition government.

  • 11/06/2011 | World

    Berlusconi faces another test with Italy referendums

    Italians vote in four referendums on Sunday and Monday that could strike a new blow against Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, who is still stinging from heavy local election losses last month.

  • 13/04/2011 | World

    Italian lower house votes to cut Berlusconi trial

    Italy's lower house of parliament voted to cut the length of some criminal trials, approving a measure that is likely to end Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi's trial for bribing his lawyer David Mills.

  • 24/04/2011 | World

    Man who tried to hijack Italian plane overpowered

    A man who tried to hijack a Paris-Rome flight and take it to Libya was overpowered by cabin crew during the flight and arrested when the plane arrived in Rome, officials said.

  • 15/05/2011 | World

    Local elections to test Berlusconi's grip on power

    Italians voted in local elections that will show whether a sex scandal, three corruption trials and a stagnating economy have seriously damaged Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi two years before the end of his term.

  • 05/04/2011 | World

    Italy, Tunisia sign deal to ease migrant crisis

    Italy and Tunisia signed an accord to stem a wave of illegal migrants arriving in Italy from North Africa. Immigration crisis, set off when the ouster of former Tunisian President Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali removed previously strict border controls, has proved a political headache for Italian government.

  • 06/04/2011 | World

    Migrant boat sinks off Italy, up to 250 missing

    Between 130 and 250 people were missing and at least 15 appeared to be dead after a boat carrying refugees from Libya capsized south of Sicily, coast guard officials and aid workers said.

  • 09/04/2011 | World

    Italy steps up call for EU help with migrant crisis

    Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi stepped up calls for Europe to help deal with the "human tsunami" of refugees and illegal immigrants from North Africa arriving in southern Italian islands in recent weeks.

  • 09/03/2011 | World

    Italy says will back UN, EU, NATO decisions on Libya

    Italy, whose bases are likely to play a key role in any military action regarding Libya, will back any decisions taken by the United Nations, the European Union or NATO, the president's office said.

  • 16/03/2011 | World

    WHO says food contamination affects only surrounding areas

    The risk of the contamination of food products from nuclear radiation in Japan is limited to the specific area surrounding the damaged nuclear plant, according to a source from the World Health Organization (WHO).

  • 02/04/2011 | World

    Berlusconi seeks to ease migrant tension in Italy

    Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi tried to calm North African migrants on the island of Lampedusa, promising to send them to better camps this weekend and urging Italians to be hospitable.

  • 14/02/2011 | World

    Berlusconi refuses to resign, dismisses protest

    Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi said he had no intention of stepping down and dismissed a weekend demonstration by women across Italy over his involvement in a sex scandal.

  • 15/02/2011 | World

    Berlusconi to face trial over prostitution scandal

    An Italian judge ordered Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi to stand trial on charges of paying for sex with an underage girl and abuse of office, according to a statement from the judge's office.

  • 19/02/2011 | World

    Berlusconi pledges justice reform as scandal grows

    Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi pledged sweeping reforms to overhaul the justice system, stepping up an offensive against the judiciary days after being ordered to trial in a prostitution case.

  • 08/02/2011 | World

    Prosecutors to seek trial for Berlusconi in sex probe

    Italian prosecutors will request an immediate trial for Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, who is accused of paying for sex with an underage girl and later abusing his power to get police to release her.

  • 09/02/2011 | World

    Prosecutors seek sex trial for Berlusconi

    Italian prosecutors filed a request to bring Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi to trial immediately on charges of paying for sex with an underaged girl and improperly pressuring police to release her from custody.

  • 11/02/2011 | World

    Wave of Tunisian migrant arrivals alarms Italy

    More than 1,000 people escaping turmoil in Tunisia have landed on an Italian island in rickety boats this week, raising fears of a new, uncontrolled wave of illegal immigration from North Africa.

  • 22/01/2011 | World

    Italy's Berlusconi digs in heels despite sex probe

    Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi accused magistrates of illegally spying on him as he refused to appear before prosecutors who allege that he had sex with an under-age prostitute.

  • 03/02/2011 | World

    Berlusconi passes tax changes, ignoring parliament

    Italy's cabinet approved tax reforms that had been rejected by a special parliamentary panel, sparking outrage from the opposition who accused Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi of riding roughshod over parliament.

  • 04/02/2011 | World

    Italian president rejects Berlusconi's tax decree

    Italian President Giorgio Napolitano refused to sign a key government decree to increase the taxation powers of local authorities, dealing a blow to embattled Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi.

  • 15/01/2011 | World

    Defiant Berlusconi says prostitution probe doomed

    Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi lambasted an inquiry into allegations he paid for sex with a teenage nightclub dancer as a "grotesque" attempt to destroy him politically and promised it would fail.

  • 18/01/2011 | World

    Berlusconi dismisses calls to quit over sex probe

    Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi laughed off calls for him to resign over an investigation into allegations he paid for sex with young women, including a 17-year-old nightclub dancer.

  • 21/01/2011 | World

    Luxury shoemaker raises $34 mln to save Coliseum

    Luxury shoemaker Tod's will fund the restoration of Rome's Coliseum with a 25 million euro ($34 million) sponsorship campaign, the biggest to rescue Italy's crumbling archaeological treasures with private money.

  • 24/12/2010 | World

    Anarchists claim responsibility for Rome bombs

    An Italian anarchist group claimed responsibility for parcel bombs that wounded two people at the Swiss and Chilean embassies in Rome, a reminder of Europe's home-grown threats at a time of political instability.

  • 24/12/2010 | World

    Italy on alert after Rome embassy attacks

    Italy was on alert for new attacks a day after an anarchist group claimed responsibility for parcel bombs that injured two people at the Swiss and Chilean embassies in Rome.

  • 14/01/2011 | World

    Italy's Berlusconi investigated over teenage girl

    Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi faces a prostitution investigation in Milan over a teenage nightclub dancer who attended parties at his private residence, prosecutors said.

  • 13/12/2010 | World

    Berlusconi warns of crisis ahead of crucial vote

    Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi said rebel lawmakers could pitch Italy into the middle of the euro zone's debt crisis if they voted against him in a no-confidence vote tomorrow.

  • 14/12/2010 | World

    Protesters march in Italy during crucial vote

    Italian students, workers and other opponents of Silvio Berlusconi's government threw paint and smoke bombs towards parliament buildings as the prime minister narrowly survived a no-confidence motion.

  • 17/12/2010 | World

    Italy minister says Rome violence was pre-planned

    An Italian government minister said violence during protests in Rome this week was pre-planned by political extremists, and rejected media reports that young people have become disillusioned with politicians.

  • 23/07/2013 | Latin America

    Pope Francis thanks 'magnificent welcome' in Rio

    Pope Francis one more time used his Twitter account to speak to his followers and expressed “thank you to all of you and to all the authorities for a magnificent welcome in Rio.”

  • 26/07/2013 | Latin America

    Pope Francis delivers the Angelus from balcony of Episcopal palace

    Pope Francis today briefly received young prisoners at the San Joaquin Episcopal palace and delivered the Angelus from the balcony.

  • 09/06/2011 | Latin America

    Italy condemns Brazil for not extraditing guerrilla

    Italy condemned Brazil for refusing to extradite a former Italian left-wing guerrilla wanted for murder, saying the "shameful" decision violated international agreements and humiliated victims of terrorism.

  • 08/07/2013 | Latin America

    Bolivia demands answers from Europe in plane spat over Snowden

    Bolivia demanded France, Portugal, Spain and Italy reveal who told them that former US spy agency contractor Edward Snowden was aboard President Evo Morales' flight from Moscow last week.

  • 14/09/2014 | Sports

    Federer beats Italy's Fognini, takes Switzerland to final

    Roger Federer secured Switzerland's place in the final of the Davis Cup for the first time since 1992 by comfortably beating Fabio Fognini in Geneva.

  • 27/07/2014 | Sports

    Italian Nibali matches Pantani after winning Tour de France

    Vincenzo Nibali became the first Italian to win the Tour de France since the late Marco Pantani today, dominating his rivals on all terrains as his main rivals crashed out of a superb three-week race.

  • 18/08/2014 | Sports

    Messi on target as Suárez debuts for Barcelona

    Argentina captain Lionel Messi opened the scoring for Barcelona in a convincing 6-0 win over Mexican club León, in a friendly match which marked Luis Suárez's first match for his new club.

  • 07/09/2014 | Sports

    Hamilton wins in Italy GP to rein in Rosberg

    Lewis Hamilton won the Italian Grand Prix for Mercedes to cut team mate Nico Rosberg's Formula One championship lead to 22 points.

  • 25/04/2014 | Sports

    Imola: 5-day event on Senna's 20th death anniversary

    Twenty years after Ayrton Senna died at Imola's race track, the town is gearing up to honour a Formula One driver it remembers as much for his charity and charisma as his three world championship wins.

  • 13/05/2014 | Sports

    Paletta makes cut for Italy World Cup squad

    Strikers Alberto Gilardino and Luca Toni missed out, while Argentine-born defender Gabriel Paletta and controversial forward Antonio Cassano were included in Italy's 30-man provisional World Cup squad named today.

  • 05/03/2014 | Sports

    Brazil set standard with Neymar hat-trick as France, Germany win

    Neymar's hat-trick lit up a powerful Brazil performance as the 32 nations taking part in this year's World Cup finals tested out their squads in friendlies.

  • 04/04/2014 | Sports

    Davis Cup: Czechs on top, Swiss level, Italy, Germany lead

    Holders Czech Republic took a huge step towards the Davis Cup semi-finals by opening a 2-0 lead over Japan, while Roger Federer's Switzerland were locked at 1-1 with Kazakhstan in their quarter-final.

  • 14/08/2013 | Sports

    Argentina triumph over Italy in friendly clash

    Goals from Gonzalo Higuaín and Ever Banega helped the Argentine national football team to overcome Italy 2-1 in Rome's Stadio Olimpico, in a match organised in honour of Pope Francis.

  • 10/09/2013 | Sports

    Netherlands and Italy reach World Cup finals

    The Netherlands and Italy became the first European teams to qualify for next year's World Cup finals, while wins for Germany, Switzerland and Russia mean they will almost certainly be joining them next month.

  • 01/02/2014 | Sports

    Davis Cup: Italy wins doubles match and beats Argentina 2-1

    Italy’s Fabio Fognini and Simone Bolelli beat Argentina’s Horacio Zeballos and Eduardo Schwank in four sets in Mar del Plata’s “Patinódromo”. Italy now wins the series 2-1

  • 13/08/2013 | Sports

    Francis to Argentine and Italian soccer players: 'You have a social responsibility'

    The Argentine and Italian national soccer teams visited Pope Francis today in a 15-minute private audience held at the Vatican ahead of the friendly match they will play tomorrow in Rome.

  • 13/08/2013 | Sports

    Messi set to miss Italy friendly clash

    Lionel Messi will not lead Argentina against Italy in tomorrow's friendly in Rome after pulling out with muscle fatigue, Argentine media reported.

  • 13/08/2013 | Sports

    Lavezzi sits on Pope Francis' chair during Argentina visit

    Paris Saint-Germain and Argentina forward Ezequiel Lavezzi took advantage of a visit to the Vatican City to 'steal the throne' from Ballon d'Or holder Lionel Messi, as he cheekily made himself comfortable in Pope Francis' chair during a team photo.

  • 04/07/2013 | Sports

    Italy and Argentina to play in honour of Pope Francis

    The national football teams of Italy and Argentina will play a friendly in Rome on August 14 in honour of Pope Francis, the Italian Football Federation (DIGC) confirmed.

  • 30/07/2013 | Sports

    Aguero out of Argentina friendly against Italy

    Striker Sergio Aguero is missing from the squad named by coach Alejandro Sabella for Argentina's friendly against Italy in Rome next month.

  • 12/08/2013 | Sports

    Argentina train ahead of Italy clash, Messi still a doubt

    The Argentine national football team, with captain Lionel Messi a fitness worry, has trained for the first time in Rome's Stadio Olimpico, ahead of a friendly match against their Italian counterparts in honour of Pope Francis.

  • 09/01/2013 | Sports

    Italian officials can stop matches for racist behaviour

    Italian public security officials will be given the power to stop or interrupt football matches in the case of racist behaviour by fans, the government's watchdog for sports events (ONMS) said.

  • 23/01/2013 | Sports

    Baggio quits as Italy technical director

    Italy great Roberto Baggio resigned as the Italian soccer federation's technical director on Wednesday, saying he was not permitted to do the job he wanted to do.

  • 27/06/2013 | Sports

    Spain beat Italy on penalties to reach final

    Spain reached the Confederations Cup final with a 7-6 penalty shootout win over Italy following a goalless semi-final today in which both teams were affected by the sapping heat and humidity.

  • 26/10/2012 | Sports

    Italian football needs drastic reform says Juventus chief

    Juventus president Andrea Agnelli demanded drastic reform to Italian football on Friday, likening the soccer authorities to a local sports club.

  • 23/11/2012 | Sports

    Italy soccer attack stokes fears of neo-fascist violence

    A brutal attack on fans of English football club Tottenham Hotspur in Rome has stoked fears in Italy of rising right-wing and anti-Semitic violence.

  • 18/12/2012 | Sports

    Inter beat Verona to advance in Italian Cup

    Inter Milan moved into the Italian Cup quarter-finals with a 2-0 victory over second-tier Verona today.

  • 31/07/2012 | Sports

    Italy beat Argentina 3-1 in men's volleyball

    Italy beat Argentina 3-1 (25-17, 20-25, 25-17 and 25-23) in a men's volleyball Group A game prevailing. The team coached by Javier Webber will face Poland on next Thursday in a crucial match to keep the aim at the olympic podium.

  • 02/08/2012 | Sports

    Chinese investors buy into Inter Milan football club

    A group of Chinese investors will pay 55 million euros for a 15 percent stake in Inter Milan, becoming the second-biggest shareholder of the Italian premier league football club, sources close to the situation said.

  • 23/08/2012 | Sports

    'Bionic' Zanetti to make 800th Inter appearance

    Internazionale Milan’s coach Andrea Stramaccioni praised teams’ capitano Javier Zanetti ahead of the 39 year-old's 800th appearance today against Romanian side Vaslui in the first leg match for a place in this season's Europa League.

  • 28/06/2012 | Sports

    Balotelli double fires Italy into final

    Italy forward Mario Balotelli scored two superb first-half goals to steer his team to a 2-1 victory over favourites Germany on Thursday and into the Euro 2012 final where they will meet holders Spain.

  • 01/07/2012 | Sports

    Superb Spain rout Italy to retain title in style

    Spain cemented their status as football's global superpower in vintage style by thrashing an overwhelmed Italy 4-0 to retain their European championship title.

  • 11/06/2012 | Sports

    Polish FA hits back at Spain pitch complaints

    Polish FA chief Grzegorz Lato has played down Spain's complaints about the pitch after Sunday's 1-1 draw with Italy at Euro 2012, denying the grass was too long and saying the Italians refused to let it be watered.

  • 14/06/2012 | Sports

    Tiring Italy let Croatia off the hook

    Italy's Euro 2012 hopes were in the balance after they let Croatia off the hook, dominating the first half and taking the lead before tiring and being held to a 1-1 draw in their Group C match.

  • 24/06/2012 | Sports

    Italy into the semis after shootout win

    Alessandro Diamanti scored the decisive spot kick as Italy beat England 4-2 on penalties after their action-packed Euro 2012 quarter-final finished goalless after extra-time.

  • 01/06/2012 | Sports

    Italy's troubles mount with defeat to Russia

    Italy's troubles mounted as they produced some slapstick defending in a 3-0 defeat by fellow Euro 2012 finalists Russia in their only warm-up match for the tournament.

  • 09/06/2012 | Sports

    Contepomi steers Argentina past Italy

    Captain Felipe Contepomi scored 22 points as Argentina made a winning start to their programme of June tests with a 37-22 victory over Italy in San Juan today.

  • 10/06/2012 | Sports

    Spain held to 1-1 draw by Italy

    Spain's gamble of starting without a recognised striker almost backfired when the holders needed a Cesc Fabregas equaliser to salvage a 1-1 draw against Italy in their Euro 2012 Group C opener.

  • 01/05/2012 | Sports

    Alonso fastest in rain-lashed Mugello test

    More than 15,000 fans turned out in pouring rain at the Mugello circuit in Italy to see Ferrari's Fernando Alonso lap fastest in Formula One's first mid-season test since 2008.

  • 05/05/2012 | Sports

    Serie A title will be decided this Sunday, says Allegri

    Juventus could be crowned Serie A champions on Sunday but even if they and AC Milan win to take the title race to the final round, there is a feeling in Italy that this is the weekend that will decide the scudetto.

  • 29/05/2012 | Sports

    Italy PM Monti urges halt to soccer after scandal

    Italian professional soccer should be halted for two or three years to get over the match-fixing scandal which has spattered its image, Prime Minister Mario Monti said.

  • 06/12/2011 | Sports

    Catania comfirms Maxi López transfer to AC Milan

    Catania general director Pietro Lo Monaco has confirmed that the club has reached an agreement with AC Milan to transfer Argentine centre-forward Maximiliano López to the Serie A champions in the January transfer window.

  • 25/03/2012 | Sports

    Volleyball-Bovolenta dies after heart attack on court

    Former Italy Olympic silver medallist Vigor Bovolenta has died after suffering a heart attack during a fourth-tier match, the Italian volleyball federation said.

  • 17/04/2012 | Sports

    Balotelli bids to safeguard Italy spot

    Manchester City forward Mario Balotelli has attempted to placate angry Italy boss Cesare Prandelli by declaring that the national team are more important than anything else.

  • 10/08/2011 | Sports

    Torres and Piqué suffer injuries in Spain friendly

    Fernando Torres and Gerard Piqué had to be substituted with injuries in the first half of Spain's friendly against Italy.

  • 13/08/2011 | Sports

    Cagliari fire coach Donadoni before season starts

    Former Italy manager Roberto Donadoni has been fired by Serie A side Cagliari, kicking off the coaching merry-go-round two weeks before the football season has even started.

  • 10/09/2011 | Sports

    Vettel on pole for Red Bull in Italy

    Formula One champion Sebastian Vettel chalked up Red Bull's 13th pole position in 13 races this season with a blistering lap in Italian Grand Prix qualifying.

  • 29/01/2011 | Sports

    Van Bommel sent off but Milan march on with win

    Resurgent AC Milan overcame the dismissal of Serie A debutant Mark van Bommel to seal a 2-0 win at Catania and power seven points clear at the top.

  • 02/02/2011 | Sports

    Former Italy winger Camoranesi joins Lanús

    Argentine-born former Italy and Juventus winger Mauro Camoranesi has joined Lanús in the local first division, the club said.

  • 09/07/2011 | Sports

    Italy World Cup winner Cannavaro retires

    Former World Player of the Year Fabio Cannavaro retired five years to the day since captaining Italy to World Cup glory.

  • 06/09/2014 | Arts and Media

    Offbeat Swedish film takes top prize at Venice film fest

    Swedish director Roy Andersson's offbeat comedy "A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence" won the Golden Lion award for best film at the 71st Venice Film Festival today.

  • 20/09/2013 | Arts and Media

    Chain mail and silky skirts contrast at Milan fashion week

    Tight-fitting dresses hung with chains at Versace and rippling skirts worn over loose trousers at Emporio Armani turned heads at Milan fashion week, as designers offered up a host of contrasting styles.

  • 20/01/2014 | Arts and Media

    'Champion of music' Claudio Abbado dies aged 80

  • 30/04/2014 | Arts and Media

    Italy court gives Dolce and Gabbana 18 months in jail in tax case

    Fashion designers Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana were sentenced to one year and six months each in jail today, over charges of hiding hundreds of millions of euros from Italian tax authorities.

  • 21/06/2013 | Arts and Media

    Gandolfini autopsy confirms heart attack killed 'Sopranos' star

    An autopsy on the body of James Gandolfini, star of the US Emmy-winning series "The Sopranos," confirmed that he died of a heart attack, a hospital source said.

  • 21/06/2013 | Arts and Media

    Sopranos star Gandolfini had 'wonderful' last day with son: friend

    James Gandolfini, star of the US Emmy-winning series The Sopranos, had a "wonderful" last day on holiday with his son before dying of a heart attack in Italy, a family friend said.

  • 07/09/2013 | Arts and Media

    Italian documentary takes top honour at Venice filmfest

    The Italian film "Sacro GRA" about people living along the ring road around Rome was chosen as the first documentary ever to win the Golden Lion for best film at the 70th Venice Film Festival.

  • 05/07/2012 | Arts and Media

    Authors say find 100 new Caravaggio works in Italy

    Italian art experts say they have discovered about 100 previously unknown sketches and paintings by Caravaggio, the Italian baroque painter whose realistic and dramatic canvases set a new standard for Western art.

  • 15/06/2013 | Arts and Media

    Italian named world's top pasta chef

    Giorgio Nava, an Italian chef based in South Africa, won the World Pasta Championship in the Italian city of Parma with a low-cost recipe that he said suited Italy's deep economic crisis.

  • 05/05/2011 | Arts and Media

    Hollywood honours ‘timeless, beautiful’ Sophia Loren

    John Travolta called her the "most delicious" thing to come out of Italy, Roberto Benigni serenaded her with the Neapolitan song "O Sole Mio" and Billy Crystal said she was his "first great love."

  • 15/08/2011 | Arts and Media

    Italian festivals bring cinema back to small towns

    A summer night in southern Italy and a crowd sits in the piazza of a small town as looming images flicker across a film screen a few steps away from a faded baroque church.

  • 28/08/2011 | Arts and Media

    Coppola, Ecclestone get stylish Italian weddings

    Two globe-trotting celebrities, Sofia Coppola and Petra Ecclestone, held weddings in Italy over the weekend, one low-key and the other over-the-top, according to media reports on Sunday.

  • 03/10/2013 | Multimedia

    Hundreds dead, missing as migrant boat sinks off Italy - Video

    More than 300 people drowned or were feared dead after a boat packed with African migrants caught fire and sank off the southern Italian island of Lampedusa, one of the worst disasters of Europe's chronic immigration crisis.

  • 09/05/2014 | Multimedia

    Berlusconi starts community service at old people's home

    Silvio Berlusconi entered a Catholic old people's home outside Milan today to begin community service as part of a one-year sentence for tax fraud.

  • 27/02/2013 | Sports

    Maradona appeals to clear name in Italian tax case

    Argentine football great Diego Maradona denied he owed millions of euros in unpaid Italian taxes after he was mobbed by media and fans on his return to Naples where he twice led the local team to league titles. 

  • 28/05/2013 | World

    Conservative Rome mayor trails in re-election bid at press time

    Rome’s conservative mayor was trailing badly in his re-election bid and appeared to be heading for a run-off with a centre-left challenger, according to projections and partial vote counting.

  • 27/06/2014 | In Depth - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

    'Bitten' Chiellini says Suárez ban 'excessive'

    Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini has said the ban FIFA handed down to Luis Suárez is 'excessive' and that he feels no anger towards the Uruguayan striker.

  • 30/06/2014 | In Depth - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

    Suárez admits World Cup bite, apologises to Chiellini

    Banned Uruguay forward Luís Suárez has apologised to Italy's Giorgio Chiellini for biting him on the shoulder, after initially denying the offence that earned him a lengthy suspension by FIFA.

  • 11/07/2014 | In Depth - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

    King of controversy Balotelli in gun photo after social media criticism

    Italy striker Mario Balotelli has stoked more controversy by publishing a picture of himself on Instagram pointing a gun at the camera with the message "a big kiss to all the haters."

  • 24/06/2014 | In Depth - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

    Godin header sends Uruguay through and Italy out

    Defender Diego Godin scored a dramatic winner nine minutes from time to send Uruguay through to the World Cup last 16 with a 1-0 win over Italy today which sent the four-times champions home.

  • 24/06/2014 | In Depth - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

    Prandelli offers to resign after World Cup exit

    Italy coach Cesare Prandelli has offered to resign following the team's elimination from the World Cup, he told a news conference today.

  • 24/06/2014 | In Depth - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

    Video: Uruguay's Suárez again embroiled in biting allegations

    Uruguay striker Luis Suarez looks almost certain to be banned from the World Cup for the second successive tournament after he bit Italy's Giorgio Chiellini on the shoulder during his team's 1-0 win today.

  • 11/06/2014 | In Depth - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

    Rooney: 'This is best England team I've played with'

    Striker Wayne Rooney says the current England team is the best he has played in during his 11 years with the national team and that Italy should be worried about Saturday's game in Manaus.

  • 14/06/2014 | In Depth - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

    Balotelli header gives Italy win over England

    Mario Balotelli headed the decisive goal as Italy emerged 2-1 winners over England in another high quality World Cup match in the Amazon jungle, to gain a key early advantage in a Group D containing three former cup winners.

  • 20/06/2014 | In Depth - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

    Costa Rica reach last 16 with Italy win

    Costa Rica produced another huge upset to reach the knockout stages of the World Cup for the second time today with a 1-0 Group D win over Italy that also ensured England were eliminated.


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