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Italy probes mystery death of Berlusconi sex trial witness

Mar 16, 2019 - 7:53 PM

Imane Fadil is one of the witnesses who testified at the trial of the former Italian premier and media mogul Silvio Berlusconi, on charges of having sex with an underage prostitute at one of his notoriously hedonistic 'bunga-bunga' parties

DEAD. Italian newspapers reported on March 16, 2019 that the March 1, 2019 death of ex-model Imane Fadil, a witness in trials against Silvio Berlusconi's "bunga bunga" parties, may have been caused by poisoning with radioactive substances. Photo by Olivier Morin/AFP

Italy to probe creation of anti-Mattarella Twitter accounts

Aug 05, 2018 - 9:00 AM

Where did these nearly 400 Twitter accounts come from?

ITALIAN LEADER. Italy's President Sergio Mattarella (L) attends a ceremony to mark the anniversary of the Italian Republic (Republic Day) on June 2, 2018, in Piazza Venezia in Rome. Photo by Alberto Pizzoli/AFP

Italy moves into new territory after populist gov't formally takes reins

Jun 07, 2018 - 3:34 PM

Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte's first task after winning the confidence of parliament is to travel to the G7 summit in Canada, where he will make his debut in international politics barely a fortnight after arriving on the domestic scene

NEW GOVERNMENT. Italian premier Giuseppe Conte (C) speaks at the Lower House, ahead of a confidence vote on the government program, in Rome on June 6, 2018. Photo by Filippo Monteforte/AFP

Italian populists reach last-ditch deal to take power

Jun 01, 2018 - 2:23 PM

Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte – a little known lawyer and political novice – announces his picks for the country's future cabinet after meeting with President Sergio Mattarella

CONTE. Italy's newly appointed Prime minister Giuseppe Conte leaves after announcing the list of his government at the Quirinale presidential palace on May 31, 2018 in Rome after a meeting with Italian President. Photo by Tiziana Fabi/AFP

Showdown looms in Italy as caretaker PM assembles team

May 29, 2018 - 3:46 PM

Fresh elections are now looming as the most likely outcome of the long-running political saga sparked by an inconclusive poll in March

CARETAKER. Carlo Cottarelli addresses a press conference at the Qurinale presidential palace on May 28, 2018 in Rome after Italian President gave him mandate to form a government. Photo by Andreas Solaro/AFP

Italy votes in uncertain election stalked by populism

Mar 04, 2018 - 6:56 PM

Tensions between far-right and anti-fascist activists mar a gloomy campaign dominated by fears about immigration and economic malaise

ELECTIONS. A man reads the lists of candidates before to vote on March 4, 2018 at a polling station in central Rome. Italians vote today in one of the country's most uncertain elections, with far-right and populist parties expected to make major gains and Silvio Berlusconi set to play a leading role. Photo by Andreas Solaro/ AFP

Berlusconi ordered to trial over alleged witness tampering

Dec 01, 2017 - 7:49 AM

The ruling is the latest chapter in the scandal involving Karima El-Mahroug who the veteran politician was accused of paying for sex

TRIAL. This file photo taken on December 10, 2016 shows Silvio Berlusconi on December 10, 2016 at the Quirinale Palace in Rome. Vincenzo Pinto/AFP

Gentiloni named as Italy's new prime minister

Dec 11, 2016 - 7:00 PM

UPDATED Gentiloni now has to put together his own government team ahead of a parliamentary approval vote

Italy's Foreign Affairs Minister Paolo Gentiloni speaks during a joint press conference with Russia's counterpart Sergei Lavrov on December 2, 2016 in Rome. / AFP PHOTO / Tiziana FABI

Italy's Renzi resigns, hints at early election

Dec 08, 2016 - 10:36 AM

Political consultations on forming a caretaker government are set to begin Thursday December 8 at 6 pm

Italy's Prime Minister Matteo Renzi announces his resignation during a press conference at the Palazzo Chigi following the results of the vote for a referendum on constitutional reforms, on December 5, 2016 in Rome. Andreas Solaro/AFP

Fury as new tragedy at sea exposes holes in Europe's migrant safety net

Feb 11, 2015 - 8:45 AM

The deaths highlight the limited means and scope of Triton an EU run mission which took over in November from the Italian navy s Mare Nostrum search and rescue operation

A handout picture provided 10 February 2015 by the Italian Coastguard shows migrants arriving to Lampedusa, 09 February 2015, after being rescued by Italian Coastguard from the Mediterranean Sea between Libya and Italy. Italian Coast Guard press office/Handout/EPA

Sicilian judge Sergio Mattarella elected Italian president

Feb 01, 2015 - 9:43 AM

Mattarella a constitutional court judge from Sicily who has come to symbolize Italy s battle against organized crime is elected the country s president

MR PRESIDENT. Sergio Mattarella arrives at Constitutional Court in Rome, Italy, 31 January 2015.   ( Alessandro di Meo/EPA )

Italy mayor wants separate buses for Roma people

Oct 25, 2014 - 6:15 PM

Politicians compared the proposal to create a separate bus route for Roma people to apartheid era South Africa s segregation policies

In this file photo dated March 19, 2014, travellers walk past idle busses at a bus stop during a 24-hour nationwide public transport strike. Photo by Massimo Percossi/EPA

Berlusconi, freed from sex-trial woes, dreams of political comeback

Jul 22, 2014 - 10:57 AM

Berlusconi s acquittal boosts his determination to revive his political career despite his growing isolation in the corridors of power

PLOTTING A COMEBACK. A file photo dated 20 May 2014 showing former Italian premier Silvio Berlusconi steps into a vehicle as he departs the 'La7' TV channel in Rome, Italy. Ettore Ferrari/EPA

Renzi nominated as Italy's youngest PM

Feb 17, 2014 - 7:25 PM

The 39 year old head of the leftist Democratic Party received the nomination to become the nation s next premier after ousting his predecessor Enrico Letta

NEXT PRIME MINISTER. Democratic Party (PD) leader and Florence Mayor, Matteo Renzi (C) smiles during a ceremony at the Palazzo Vecchio in Florence, Italy, 14 February 2014. Maurizio De L'Innocenti/EPA

Italian parliament poised to expel Berlusconi

Nov 27, 2013 - 10:22 AM

Berlusconi has asked fellow senators to delay the vote because he claims to have new evidence warranting a judicial review of the criminal conviction for tax fraud that is the basis for his probable ejection

DEFEATED. Former Prime Minister and leader of Forza Italia, Silvio Berlusconi (C) speaks at the Senate before a confidence vote at the Parliament, in Rome, Italy, 02 October 2013. EPA/Alessandro Di Meo

Italy's Letta tipped to defeat Berlusconi challenge

Oct 02, 2013 - 10:55 AM

The billionaire tycoon has called for his party to vote against the motion of confidence in the government

STAYING OR GOING? In this file photo, Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta reacts during a government media conference at the Chigi Palace in Rome, Italy, 20 September 2013. EPA/Gudio Montani

Italy in new crisis as center-right ministers resign

Sep 29, 2013 - 9:33 AM

The resignations unleashes a fresh political crisis after what Prime Minister Enrico Letta called a crazy act of encouragement by their leader Silvio Berlusconi

Former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi attends the inauguration of the new head office of the 'Forza Italia' party in Piazza S. Lorenzo in Lucina, center of Rome, Italy, 19 September 2013. EPA/Angelo Carconi

Italy unveils new government after 2-month deadlock

Apr 28, 2013 - 8:24 AM

Italy s prime minister unveiled a new coalition government on Saturday April 27 finally breaking a two month stalemate in the recession hit country

A leaderless Rome with no pope, no government

Mar 07, 2013 - 11:36 AM

With no pope and no government Rome residents could be forgiven for feeling a little apocalyptic after the first papal resignation in 700 years and an Italian election that could bring down the eurozone

A monk walks on St Peter's square on March 6, 2013 at the Vatican. AFP PHOTO / VINCENZO PINTO

Split vote throws Italy into political gridlock

Feb 26, 2013 - 9:29 AM

UPDATED Democratic Party leader Pier Luigi Bersani and his leftist coalition scraped a razor thin victory in the lower chamber of parliament

Austerity-hit Italy prepares for landmark election

Feb 24, 2013 - 7:47 AM

Italians hit by austerity and recession on Saturday February 23 prepared to take to the polls for an election that is being watched around Europe a day after a mass rally in Rome showed rising social discontent

Italy: Monti leaves, Berlusconi threatens comeback

Dec 10, 2012 - 6:55 AM

Italian officials prepare for early elections after Prime Minister Mario Monti said he would soon quit