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Berlusconi considers return to office

BY : | 2008

Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi reportedly is planning a return to power following the collapse of Romano Prodi's center-left government. With opinion polls on his side, Berlusconi said Friday he had the support to form a government,...

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Italian PM Prodi loses vote of confidence

BY : | 2008

Italian Prime Minister Romano Prodi lost a critical vote of confidence Thursday in the Senate, which could mean the end of his government in Rome.Prodi must now resign, the BBC reported. President Giorgio Napolitano, who had suggested Prodi not risk...

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Italian premier might resign

BY : | 2008

Italian Premier Romano Prodi won a confidence vote in the House Wednesday but is expected to resign after signals he lacked support in the Senate.Prodi had planned to go to the Senate Thursday to seek its confidence but instead is now expected to...

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U.S. wine consumption leans toward Italy

BY : | 2008

Italian wine makers gained a larger percent of the U.S. market for imported wine in 2007, the Italian Wine and Food Institute reported Wednesday.Italian wines gained ground in exports to the United States over second place Australia, which...

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Prodi faces crisis of confidence

BY : | 2008

Italian Prime Minister Romano Prodi staked his government Tuesday on a parliamentary vote of confidence after an ally abandoned him.The lower house, the Chamber of Deputies, is set to vote Wednesday and the Senate Thursday, The New York Times...

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Screenwriter Ugo Pirro dead at 87

BY : | 2008

Italian screenwriter Ugo Pirro, who earned an Oscar nomination for penning Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion, has died in Rome at 87. The Salerno-born scribe also was nominated for an Oscar for writing Garden of the Finzi-Continis.Pirro won...

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Italian official quits after wife's arrest

BY : | 2008

Italian Justice Minister Clemente Mastella has resigned after his wife, Sandra Lonardo, was accused of extortion.The New York Times said Lonardo, a politician in the Campania region, was placed under house arrest as part of an investigation into...

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Judge quashes Operation Condor warrant

BY : | 2008

An Italian court quashed an arrest warrant for a former Uruguayan navy intelligence officer accused of torture and killing in South America.Nestor Jorge Fernandez Troccoli, now an Italian citizen, was arrested Christmas Eve on a Uruguayan warrant...

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Italian virgin olive oil must have label

BY : | 2008

A new law in Italy requires producers of virgin and extra-virgin olive oil to include labels indicating where the olives were picked and pressed.The purpose is to guarantee authenticity and quality, a report from Rome said.The consumer group...

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Artist dumps 500,000 balls in Rome

BY : | 2008

An Italian activist and artist faces charges after dumping 500,000 small red plastic balls down Rome's Spanish Steps.Graziano Cecchini and volunteer helpers tipped over barrels releasing the balls early Wednesday, angering city officials, the ANSA...

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Protest prompts pope to cancel speech

BY : | 2008

Pope Benedict XVI canceled a Rome university speech following a sit-in protest by students who claimed he's hostile to science.Following the well-known events of recent days, it seems opportune to delay the event, the Vatican said in a statement...

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Italy busts Nigerian prostitution ring

BY : | 2008

Italian police said they arrested dozens of people involved in an alleged Nigerian drug- and human-trafficking ring.The operation is accused of forcing hundreds of women into sex slavery, ANSA said Tuesday. Organized crime investigators said 51...

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