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Italy again pushes back balanced budget goal

ROME (AP) — Italy has again pushed back its balanced-budget goal, now aiming for 2016.<p>Finance Minister Pier Carlo Padoan wrote to the European …

Berlusconi Ordered to Work with the Elderly as Community Service

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>Silvio Berlusconi, the former prime minister of Italy who was convicted on tax fraud charges, has …

4,000 immigrants reach Italy by boat in 48 hours – as minister calls for EU help

Italy says 4,000 immigrants have reached its shores by boat in the past two days – the highest number since it began a naval operation to handle the influx after two shipwrecks last year.<p>"The landings are non-stop and the emergency is increasingly glaring," the interior minister, Angelino Alfano, …

Vatican bank granted reprieve by Pope Francis after series of scandals

The Vatican bank is to stay in business despite speculation Pope Francis might close down the scandal-plagued institution. After months of investigation and consultation, the Vatican announced the pope had opted for a reform plan instead.<p>The bank, officially called the Institute for the Works of …

Italy ex-PM Berlusconi in hospital with swollen knee | Reuters

MILAN (Reuters) - Four-time Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi spent the night in a Milan hospital to have tests on a swollen knee, sources said on Friday, confirming reports in the Italian media.<p>Italy's former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi appears as a guest on the RAI television show …

Queen Elizabeth Gives Pope Francis a Bottle of Whiskey

Pope Francis gave Queen Elizabeth a present today for her great-grandson, Prince George, and the queen reciprocated with a hamper of food - that …

Italian navy rescues 730 migrants in overcrowded boats off Sicily

The Italian navy rescued 730 migrants from overcrowded boats in the Mediterranean Sea south of Sicily, it said Wednesday.<p>The migrants, who departed in two boats from North Africa, are being taken to a port in Sicily's Agrigento province, the navy said in a statement.<p>Those rescued include 124 women …

Italy: government may ignore unions in rush to reform civil service

The new premier Matteo Renzi's government has identified €5bn (£4.13bn) that can be cut from the Italian budget over the next eight months – but it is working to a tight deadline and may not have time to consult labour unions, the Gazzetta del Sud Online reported.<p>Marianna Madia, minister of public …

Berlusconi: Italy's election Machiavelli?

<b>One of the most colourful figures in European politics has been barred from running in the European elections. Silvio Berlusconi would love to be able to lead his centre-right Forza Italia party into the fight.</b><p>He recently endured the humiliation of being flung out of the Italian parliament on …

Augustus rules again as Rome acts to restore lost mausoleum

He was Rome's first emperor, the founder of a world-dominating imperial dynasty, and a builder of roads and stunning temples who brought peace to a far-flung empire; a man so powerful the Roman senate named a month after him. Now, on the 2,000th anniversary of the death of the emperor Augustus, the …

Italy PM Renzi wins strong backing from Obama | Reuters

ROME (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama visited the Colosseum in the latest stop on his European tour on Thursday, calling the ancient Roman arena “remarkable, unbelievable” and he was almost as lavish in his praise for Italy’s 39-year-old Prime Minister Matteo Renzi.<p>U.S. President Barack …

Italy economy ministry calls for change of approach in EU | Reuters

ROME (Reuters) - Italian Economy Minister Pier Carlo Padoan called on Friday for a “serious, non-ideological” discussion of the problem of growth in Europe as the government in Rome pressed its drive for a change in emphasis in EU economic policy.<p>Italy's Finance Minister Pier Carlo Padoan rubs his …

Venetian Separatists Voted for Independence from Italy

Unfortunately for them, it means absolutely nothing.<p><i>Venetian separatists waving the flag of the "Most Serene Republic of Veneto"</i><p>The square was crammed with separatists waving flags of the centuries-old Most Serene Republic of Venice, a nod to the historical Italian region they were hoping to …

Pope Breaks Protocol, Goes to Confession in Public

Pope Francis surprised his own master of ceremonies on Friday by confessing his sins to an ordinary priest in St. Peter's Basilica.<p>The pope was presiding at a service intended to show the importance he attaches to the sacrament of reconciliation, commonly known as confession.<p>After reading a sermon, …

'I'm A Great Admirer,' Obama Tells Pope Francis

One leader whose popularity around the world has been eclipsed by the other met for the first time Thursday when President Obama visited Pope Francis at the Vatican.<p>Obama, who has seen his approval numbers decline since he took office in 2009, met for about 50 minutes with the pope, who has become …

President Obama Prepares to Meet the People's Pope

The focus of the conversation when President Barack Obama meets Pope Francis on Thursday is expected to be the gap between the rich and the poor. …

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'Britain helping the mafia' claim Italian prosecutors

Italy's top anti-mafia prosecutors have been angered by the decision of a British court not to extradite the convicted Cosa Nostra member Domenico Rancadore<p>Britain has been accused of creating a “haven for the mafia” by refusing to extradite a convicted member of the crime organisation because of …

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Pope Francis tells Italian mafia to repent

Pope Francis has told Italy's mafia they risk going to hell unless they repent and renounce their "blood-stained money and blood-stained power".<p>He gave the warning on Friday, during a prayer vigil in memory of mafia victims. At the vigil, which was held at the church of San Gregorio VII in Rome, …

Pope Francis to Hold Vigil with Victims of Mafia Violence

Pope Francis was set to hold a vigil with representatives of the thousands who have lost loved ones at the hands of the Mafia on Friday.<p>According to Libera, an organization that battles organized crime, some 700 families representing 15,000 people will gather with the pontiff in Rome at 4:25 p.m. …

Vatican Library to digitise archives with Japanese support

<b>The Vatican Library has begun digitising its priceless collection of ancient manuscripts dating from the origins of the Church.</b><p>The first stage of the project will cover some 3,000 handwritten documents over the next four years.<p>The cost - more than $20m (£12m) - will be borne by Japan's NTT Data …

Arrivederci Rome: Venice Votes On Independence Referendum

ROME – While the referendum over Crimea’s secession from Ukraine continues to make headlines worldwide, a much lower-profile poll for independence is gaining momentum in Italy: the vote for the breakaway of Venice.<p>Residents of the northern Italian region of Veneto – Venice being its main city – are …

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More than 2,000 migrants rescued off Italy in 48 hours

<b>Italian authorities say they have rescued more than 2,000 illegal migrants, many from North Africa, off Sicily's coast in the past 48 hours.</b><p>The announcement came a day after some 500 people forced their way into Spain's North African enclave of Melilla.<p>In response, the Spanish government has …

Venice votes on splitting from Rome

<b>Voting has begun in Venice and the surrounding region on whether to break away from Italy.</b><p>Recent opinion polls suggest that two-thirds of the four million electorate favour splitting from Rome, but the vote will not be legally binding.<p>The online poll was organised by local activists and parties, …

Italy lawmakers wrangle but set to pass Renzi electoral law | News Home | Reuters

ROME (Reuters) - Italian lawmakers rejected a bid on Monday to set minimum quotas for women in parliament under a new electoral law but are expected to pass the package as a whole, advancing Prime Minister Matteo Renzi’s quest for wider economic reforms.<p>Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi addresses …