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  • EU Mediterranean migrant crisis: Over 2,000 rescued off Libya coast as many …
    EU Mediterranean migrant crisis: Over 2,000 rescued off Libya coast as many … Sun, Aug 23, 2015

    More than 2,000 refugees who were attempting to migrate to Europe were rescued off the Libya coast even as hundreds of others remained at sea, on overcrowded vessels. Nearly 20 boats, mostly unseaworthy, made distress calls while in the waters off the Libyan coast. Italian authorities say the Cigala Fulgosi picked up 507 migrants while the Vega plucked 432 people from the waters after two boats were in the danger of sinking. More »

  • 3,000 migrants rescued off Italy in single day, tensions rise
    3,000 migrants rescued off Italy in single day, tensions rise Sat, Aug 22, 2015

    Italy's coastguard on Saturday successfully coordinated the rescue of around 3000 migrants in the Mediterranean after receiving distress calls from more than 20 overcrowded vessels drifting in waters off Libya. More »

  • Rome 'Godfather's' funeral sparks political post-mortem
    Rome 'Godfather's' funeral sparks political post-mortem Fri, Aug 21, 2015

    By Gavin Jones ROME (Reuters) - Italy reacted with outrage on Friday to the lavish funeral held for the head of a notorious Rome crime family, with Prime Minister Matteo Renzi's government launching an investigation and the beleaguered city mayor under renewed pressure to resign. Rosy Bindi, a member of Renzi's Democratic Party (PD) and president of parliament's anti-mafia committee, said the funeral was "yet another wound for Rome and humiliated all Italians". An ornate hearse pulled by six, black-plumed horses, carried Vittorio Casamonica's body to a Roman Catholic basilica in the Rome suburbs on Thursday, for the funeral attended by around 500 mourners. More »

  • Can anyone overthrow Juventus at the top of Serie A?
    Can anyone overthrow Juventus at the top of Serie A? Thu, Aug 20, 2015

    MILAN (AP) — Serie A has had a familiar look to it in the past two seasons, with Juventus winning the league title and Roma finishing second. More »

  • Milan look set to put years of mediocrity behind them
    Milan look set to put years of mediocrity behind them Thu, Aug 20, 2015

    With a new coach, a new investor and possibly a new stadium on the way, AC Milan look as if they can finally put several years of confusion and mediocrity behind them in Serie A this season. Milan should join AS Roma and Napoli as the main challengers to champions Juventus, who are aiming for a fifth successive title but must rebuild their side after the departures of playmaker Andrea Pirlo and marksman Carlos Tevez. Tiny Carpi and Frosinone will appear in the top flight for the first time, Bologna return to Serie A after one year's absence and Milan, Napoli, Udinese, Sampdoria and Fiorentina all start with new coaches. More »

  • Silvio Berlusconi to sell £350m bunga bunga villa to Saudi royal family
    Silvio Berlusconi to sell £350m bunga bunga villa to Saudi royal family Tue, Aug 11, 2015

    Controversial former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi may sell the lavish Mediterranean villa where he hosted notorious parties to the Saudi Arabian royal family, Italian media reports. More »

  • Berlusconi 'To Sell Villa To Saudi Royals'
    Berlusconi 'To Sell Villa To Saudi Royals' Mon, Aug 10, 2015

    Former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi is reportedly set to sell his holiday villa to the Saudi royal family for £350m. Villa Certosa, on the island of Sardinia, apparently includes an amphitheatre, a secret underground entrance that allows guests to exit discreetly and even an artificial volcano that erupts. Former guests to the villa - which reports say has 68 rooms and is set in 168 acres of land - include George W Bush, Vladimir Putin and Tony Blair. More »

  • Berlusconi may sell party villa to Saudi royals:
    Berlusconi may sell party villa to Saudi royals: Mon, Aug 10, 2015

    Italy's billionaire former leader Silvio Berlusconi may sell his lavish Mediterranean villa, made famous by lurid photos of cavorting guests, to the Saudi royal family, Italian news reports said Monday. More »

  • Nobody Trusts Putin, Except Russia and Vietnam: Study
    Nobody Trusts Putin, Except Russia and Vietnam: Study Thu, Aug 6, 2015

    In 39 countries across five continents—excluding Russia—only 30 percent of people polled had a favorable opinion of Russia, while 51 percent held an "unfavorable" view of the country. Putin's image suffered a worse fate: Just 24 percent of those surveyed have confidence in the Russian leader to make the right decision in world affairs. More »

  • Mihajlovic sets top-three target for Milan
    Mihajlovic sets top-three target for Milan Mon, Aug 3, 2015

    Sinisa Mihajlovic has set AC Milan a top-three finish as the target for his first season in charge of the seven-times European champions. The Serbian coach, who resurrected Sampdoria during one-and-a-half seasons with the Genoa club in his previous job, became Milan's fourth coach in just over 18 months when he took over last month. Milan have had a miserable past two seasons, missing out on European football both times, and the club leadership has looked rudderless. More »

  • Italy's Berlusconi agrees AC Milan stake sale by end Sept
    Italy's Berlusconi agrees AC Milan stake sale by end Sept Sun, Aug 2, 2015

    Italy's former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi has signed a pre-sale agreement to sell 48 percent of his AC Milan football club to a group led by Thai businessman Bee Taechaubol by the end of September, a spokesman for holding company Fininvest said on Sunday. The Serie A football club is owned by Fininvest, Berlusconi's family holding company which also controls Italian TV broadcaster Mediaset and publisher Mondadori. The deal was signed by Fininvest and Taechaubol and approved by Berlusconi, the spokesman said. More »

  • Poverty-hit southern Italy risks point of no return: study
    Poverty-hit southern Italy risks point of no return: study Fri, Jul 31, 2015

    The site in Taranto in the Puglia region of southern Italy, which employs over 14,000 people, has been under special administration since 2013 More »

  • New Italian opposition group pledges support for Renzi reform
    New Italian opposition group pledges support for Renzi reform Wed, Jul 29, 2015

    A new Italian opposition splinter group said at its debut on Wednesday that it would back Prime Minister Matteo Renzi's plan to make Italy more politically stable by changing the constitution to streamline the lawmaking process. Denis Verdini said he was leaving former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi's centre-right Forza Italia party to form a group of 10 senators that could give Renzi support on the legislation that is due to be voted in parliament in the autumn. The law, a major plank of Renzi's reform platform, would strip regional governments of some powers they now hold and make the Senate an unelected body whose support would no longer be needed to seat a government. More »

  • World Cup at center of Gazprom's sponsorship empire
    World Cup at center of Gazprom's sponsorship empire Sat, Jul 25, 2015

    ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — As FIFA descends on St. Petersburg for the World Cup preliminary draw Saturday, it is entering the capital of a sponsorship empire. More »

  • Berlusconi says just a joke, no plans to be Russian minister
    Berlusconi says just a joke, no plans to be Russian minister Fri, Jul 24, 2015

    ROME (AP) — Did Russian President Vladimir Putin offer former Italian premier Silvio Berlusconi a job as economy minister? Berlusconi says it was just a joke and Putin says any support was "metaphorical." More »

  • Berlusconi: Putin Wants Me As Economy Minister
    Berlusconi: Putin Wants Me As Economy Minister Thu, Jul 23, 2015

    Disgraced former Italian premier Silvio Berlusconi has said Vladimir Putin has offered him a place in the Russian government if he wants it. Il Cavaliere, or 'the Knight' as he is known in his home country, was talking to friends in a restaurant in Rome when he made the claim, La Stampa reported. He is said to have told those in the Consolini restaurant that his future was as a minister for his "friend Putin". More »

  • 'Putin wants me for economy minister': Berlusconi
    'Putin wants me for economy minister': Berlusconi Thu, Jul 23, 2015

    Russian President Vladimir Putin wants to give Silvio Berlusconi Russian citizenship -- and the job of economy minister -- the disgraced Italian billionaire politician was quoted as saying Thursday. More »

  • Justified Evil: How Wrongdoers Excuse Amoral Acts
    Justified Evil: How Wrongdoers Excuse Amoral Acts Wed, Jul 15, 2015

    Scott Hawkins is an author and computer programmer, and recently published his first novel, "The Library at Mount Char" (Crown, 2015). The American Psychiatric Association, in its DSM-IV-TR, estimated that 3 percent of males and 1 percent of females in the general population are psychopaths. In writing "The Library at Mount Char," I wanted to explore how people with normal emotional equipment, and at least some sense of morality, for one reason or another chose to commit amoral acts. More »

  • Ex-Italy PM Berlusconi convicted in bribery case
    Ex-Italy PM Berlusconi convicted in bribery case Wed, Jul 8, 2015

    Silvio Berlusconi jailed for three years for bribing senator to switch sides to topple the then government in 2008. More »

  • Berlusconi sentenced to 3 years for bribing Italian senator
    Berlusconi sentenced to 3 years for bribing Italian senator Wed, Jul 8, 2015

    Former Italian premier Silvio Berlusconi suffered a fresh legal blow Wednesday when a Naples court sentenced him to three years for bribing a senator. More »

  • Berlusconi found guilty of bribing Italian senator
    Berlusconi found guilty of bribing Italian senator Wed, Jul 8, 2015

    Italy's former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi was found guilty on Wednesday of bribing a senator to switch factions in a move which helped topple the then government in 2008. The court in southern Italy sentenced Berlusconi to three years in jail and banned him from holding any public office for five years, a judge said in a ruling shown live on television. Berlusconi lost his parliamentary immunity when he was ejected from the Senate in 2013 following a conviction for tax fraud. More »

  • Court in Naples convicts Berlusconi of bribing a senator
    Court in Naples convicts Berlusconi of bribing a senator Wed, Jul 8, 2015

    ROME (AP) — A court in Naples on Wednesday convicted former Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi of corruption charges, accusing him of bribing a senator to weaken the government of his arch political rival. More »

  • Milan stadium plans clear major hurdle Wed, Jul 8, 2015

    AC Milan have cleared a major hurdle in their plans to build a new stadium after their bid to acquire the city's former trade fair grounds was approved by the foundation which owns the land. Milan, who currently share the ageing municipal San Siro stadium with rivals Inter Milan, are planning to build a 48,000-capacity arena in time for the 2018-19 campaign. "It is the first historic step," said club director Barbara Berlusconi in a statement published on Milan's website on Tuesday night. More »

  • Radical parties seize Greek vote to push eurosceptic agenda
    Radical parties seize Greek vote to push eurosceptic agenda Sat, Jul 4, 2015

    Eurosceptic parties at the extreme left and right of the political spectrum are exploiting the Greek referendum set for Sunday to bash the euro currency and advance their own agendas. More »

  • Mihajlovic wants to Milan to be feared again
    Mihajlovic wants to Milan to be feared again Fri, Jul 3, 2015

    Sinisa Mihajlovic said it was time for AC Milan to be feared again on his official presentation as coach of the fading seven-times European champions on Friday. The Serb, who resurrected Sampdoria during one-and-a-half seasons with the Genoa club in his previous job, became Milan's fourth coach in just over 18 months as he was presented alongside club president Silvio Berlusconi. Milan have endured a miserable past two seasons, missing out on European football both times, and the club leadership has looked rudderless. More »

  • Berlusconi demands AC Milan return to Champions League
    Berlusconi demands AC Milan return to Champions League Fri, Jul 3, 2015

    MILAN (AP) — After two seasons of not qualifying for Europe, AC Milan president Silvio Berlusconi demanded new coach Sinisa Mihajlovic lead the club back into the Champions League. More »

  • DSK's curious comeback
    DSK's curious comeback Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    The disgraced ex-IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn never really left the French political stage. More »

  • Berlusconi 'paid' Bunga Bunga dancer millions for silence
    Berlusconi 'paid' Bunga Bunga dancer millions for silence Tue, Jun 30, 2015

    Silvio Berlusconi paid an exotic dancer and other young women some ten million euros for their silence over what went on at his Bunga Bunga sex parties, a prosecutor said Tuesday. More »

  • Tsipras becomes unlikely hero for Europe's eurosceptics Mon, Jun 29, 2015

    By Gavin Jones ROME (Reuters) - European anti-establishment parties of all political colours are rallying behind Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras in his stand-off with creditors, which threatens to force Athens out of the euro zone and undermine the single currency. Parties with virtually nothing in common except a rejection of EU-imposed austerity are hoping public sympathy for Greece and its radical leftist leader will translate into a backlash against traditional parties and a boost in their own support. Tsipras's battle has united parties as diverse as Spain's left-wing Podemos, the anti-immigrant Northern League and the grassroots 5-Star Movement in Italy, France's far-right National Front and the anti-EU United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP). More »

  • Putin, Berlusconi spend weekend in _ where else _ Siberia Mon, Jun 29, 2015

    MOSCOW (AP) — A spokesman for Russian President Vladimir Putin says Putin and former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi spent the weekend together at a vacation home in Siberia. More »

  • Internal Italian splits may hurt Renzi's case for EU help on migrants
    Internal Italian splits may hurt Renzi's case for EU help on migrants Thu, Jun 25, 2015

    Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi may find it harder to enlist help from EU partners in tackling an influx of migrants after failing at talks to resolve divisions among Italy's regions over how to share the burden of the newcomers. Undercutting Renzi's position before he flew to Brussels for a European Union summit on Thursday, leaders of Italy's regional and city governments emerged from the talks sticking to party lines and showing no inclination to unite over a crisis that has eroded the popularity of the national government. Italy has so far borne the brunt of those trying to cross the Mediterranean in rickety boats, and has been trying to convince the EU to help it cope. More »

  • Days of Hope
    Days of Hope Thu, Jun 25, 2015

    An intimate look at the struggles of illegal refugees travelling across the Mediterranean, from Africa to Europe. More »

  • Italy top court rules public-sector wage freeze illegal
    Italy top court rules public-sector wage freeze illegal Wed, Jun 24, 2015

    Italy's highest court, pictured on March 27, 2015, ruled that a public-sector wage freeze in place since 2010 was illegal More »

  • Italian prosecutor seeks five years for Berlusconi in bribery case
    Italian prosecutor seeks five years for Berlusconi in bribery case Wed, Jun 24, 2015

    A prosecutor in southern Italy asked a court on Wednesday to sentence four-times prime minister Silvio Berlusconi to five years in jail, accusing him of bribing senators in 2006. Naples prosecutors say the billionaire media magnate bribed Sergio De Gregorio, a former senator in the small Italy of Values party, to switch allegiance in a move that helped topple the centre-left government of then-prime minister Romano Prodi in 2007. Berlusconi has always denied the allegations. More »

  • Prosecutors seek five-year jail term for Berlusconi
    Prosecutors seek five-year jail term for Berlusconi Wed, Jun 24, 2015

    Prosecutors in Naples on Wednesday asked the judge in Silvio Berlusconi's latest corruption trial to send the former prime minister and media tycoon to jail for five years. More »