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Italy backs controversial Russian gas pipeline

Italy's undersecretary for European politics on Thursday gave his backing to a controversial gas pipeline from Russia, sparking criticism that the Italian government is overstepping its mandate as EU president.

Critics scramble to block Italy's Mogherini from EU foreign policy job

Italy’s foreign minister is dangerously pro-Russian and an “inexperienced lightweight” and should be blocked from becoming EU foreign policy chief, according to a growing band of opponents.

Italian prosecutors push to confirm 'Rubygate' ruling against Berlusconi

Italian prosecutors on Friday asked an appeals court to confirm a seven-year prison sentence against former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi for having sex with an underage prostitute and for abuse of power while he was in office.

Jailed Italians MPs will continue to get paid

Jailed Italian politicians will continue to receive their salary after a request by the Five Star Movement (M5S) to have a former Democratic Party MP’s salary frozen was rejected.

Child cancer rate up in Italy's 'Land of Fires'

The number of children suffering from cancer in Italy's "Land of Fires", an area where toxic waste has been dumped by the mafia, is significantly higher than elsewhere in the country, a new study has found.

600 tons of Syria's chemical arsenal loaded onto US ‘neutralizer’ ship

Hundreds of tons of the most hazardous Syrian chemical arsenal have been handed over to the US vessel which has special equipment to neutralize a dangerous stockpile. The chemicals have now left Italy to be destroyed at sea.

Syrian weapons transfer begins at Italian port

The international operation to destroy Syrian chemical weapons entered its final phase on Wednesday, as they were transferred by workers at an Italian port from a Danish freighter to a US military ship equipped to dispose of them.

Spain, Italy warn against investing in Israeli settlements

Spain and Italy have joined France in advising their citizens not to invest in Israeli settlements built on occupied Palestinian Land.

Italy seized 'weapons of mass destruction' parts

Customs officers in the northern Italian port of La Spezia have identified a shipment from China found last autumn as materials that could be used to make weapons of mass destruction.

Italy's Beppe Grillo to join Nigel Farage in EU parliament

Beppe Grillo’s Five Star Movement (M5S) party will join UK Independence Party (Ukip) leader Nigel Farage’s Europe of Freedom and Democracy group in the EU parliament following an online referendum.

Berlusconi slur 'embarrassed' Clinton

One of the most embarrassing moments during her four-year tenure as US Secretary of State was when she had to face Silvio Berlusconi after Wikileaks published diplomatic cables revealing what the US really thought of Italy’s former prime minister, Hillary Clinton has written in her memoir.

Italian police bust €4 million infected meat scam

Police have uncovered a "vast criminal organization" smuggling cattle and selling infected meat in Italy, involving farmers and vets who ran a scam worth around €4 million.

Italy's jobless rate hits 13.6 percent in Q1

Italy’s unemployment rate hit 13.6 percent in the first three months of this year - 0.8 percent higher than in the same period in 2013 - while youth unemployment reached 46 percent, the national statistics agency Istat said on Tuesday.

'Nigel Farage is not racist': Beppe Grillo

Beppe Grillo has hit back at criticism from those within his Five Star Movement party about his newfound friendship with Nigel Farage, the leader of UKIP, saying the British politician “is not racist”.

Italy seeking damages from Swiss drug giants

Italy's health ministry is seeking €1.2 billion euros ($1.6 million) in compensation from Swiss pharma giants Novartis and Roche for the manipulation of sales of a cheap drug used to treat eye problems according to Italian media reports.

'Torn to pieces': Ghastly details emerge of Italian reporter and his Russian interpreter’s killing in E. Ukraine

Witnesses have revealed new details of the killings in Ukraine of an Italian reporter and his Russian interpreter, Andrey Mironov – who was also a veteran human rights activist, a journalist and a Soviet dissident.

Italian journalist and his interpreter killed in a mortar attack near Slavyansk

A French stringer was wounded and taken to hospital.

Italian Peace Activists to Protest Against EU Support For Ukraine

Italian peace activists will gather in Rome to protest against the EU support for the Kiev government which they see as neo-Nazist according to Italian antiwar activist Marinella Correggia from the No-War Network.

Italy Ignores Veneto Self-Determination as US, EU Ignore Ukraine Federalization

The Italian government is ignoring Venetians’ bid for self-determination just as the European Union and United States are ignoring the Ukrainian regions’ desire to federalize.

US troops deploy to Italy due to Libya threat

The US military has moved a team of marines from Spain to southern Italy as a precautionary step in case the US embassy in Libya comes under threat, officials said Wednesday.

Survey shows support for EU has plummeted in Italy

Support for the European Union is on the rise across some of the continent’s major economies apart from Italy, a study by the Pew Research Centre has revealed.

US Airways jet with 185 passengers makes emergency landing after nine crew fall ill due to noxious fumes

A jet carrying 185 passengers had to turn-around while crossing the Atlantic ocean after nine crew reported feeling 'nauseous and dizzy' while suffering from watering eyes.

Ericsson workload killed Italian man: high court

Italy’s highest court has ordered the Swedish telecoms giant, Ericsson, to pay €859,000 in compensation to an Italian family after one of its employees died of a heart attack due to work-related stress.


Energy security at core of G7 meeting in Rome

Collective energy security and the necessary actions to ensure it were at the core of the meeting of G7 energy ministers which concluded in Rome on Tuesday, a statement from the Italian Economic Development Ministry said.

Three injured as tornado strikes Italy

A tornado has swept through the Modena area in central Italy, leaving three people injured and ripping roofs off homes.


Italy - Thousands protest against austerity and unemployment

Scuffles broke out between police and hundreds of protesters in Turin at one of several rallies against unemployment and austerity in Italy for May Day.

Unemployment in Italy remains at record level

The unemployment rate in Italy reached 12.7 percent in March, an initial estimate from national statistics agency Istat showed on Wednesday.

Putin and Italy's Unelected Prime Minister call on all sides to abide by Geneva accord on Ukraine

In a telephone conversation on Wednesday, April 30, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi called on all sides in Ukraine to comply with the Geneva Statement of April 17.

Italian factory shutdown threatens 4,000 jobs

A blast furnace at an Italian steel plant was shut down on Thursday with 4,000 jobs at risk despite a call by Pope Francis for officials "to make every effort in terms of creativity and generosity to rekindle hope".

Only Greece tops Italy for debt: EU

The Italian government's debt-to-GDP ratio hit 132.6 percent in 2013, the second-highest in the EU after Greece, figures released on Wednesday showed.


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