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Stories tagged: italy

UPDATED: Sat., June 2, 2018

New Italian government vows to create jobs, deport migrants

Italy’s new populist leaders commemorated the founding of the Italian republic by attending a pomp-filled military parade Saturday – and then promised to get to work creating jobs and expelling …

Populists take power in Italy, with euro-skeptic agenda

Populists took power in Italy for the first time Friday with the swearing-in of a new government fusing in a coalition a political movement that delights in pillorying the establishment …

Italy gets western Europe’s 1st populist govt on second try

Italy’s anti-establishment 5-Star Movement and the right-wing League succeeded Thursday in forming western Europe’s first populist government, which will be headed by a political novice whose first try was rejected …

Italian turmoil hits global markets, sending stocks plunging

Stocks in the U.S. and Europe sank Tuesday following political turmoil in Italy, which stoked fears of instability in the euro bloc.

Italy’s premier-designate quits bid to form government

Italy’s political landscape grew even shakier Sunday after the president refused to approve a proposed Cabinet minister with views critical of the euro currency and the premier-designate quit his bid …

Italy steps toward populist government as Conte gets mandate

Italy’s president asked political neophyte Giuseppe Conte to try to form a government Wednesday, giving the euroskeptic 5-Star Movement and anti-immigrant League a shot at running western Europe’s first populist …

Italian researchers develop lighter, cheaper robotic hand

Italian researchers on Thursday unveiled a new robotic hand they say allows users to grip objects more naturally and featuring a design that will lower the price significantly.

UPDATED: Sat., March 31, 2018

Italy museum aims to show Casanova as more than just a lover

A museum is opening in the Venetian hometown of Giacomo Casanova, the 18th-century adventurer and bon vivant, in hopes of educating visitors about more than just his notorious womanizing.

Euroskeptic parties surge in Italy vote, but no majority

Two populist and stridently anti-European Union political groups – both fierce rivals – surged in Italy’s parliamentary election at the expense of the country’s traditional powers, but neither gained enough …

Italians stage protests in violence-marred election campaign

Italians demonstrated Saturday against racism, revivals of fascism, labor reforms, mandatory vaccines and other hotly-debated issues, at some points clashing with police, as antagonism flared between far-left and far-right activists …

UPDATED: Sat., Feb. 3, 2018

Police: Extreme-right gunman shoots 6 Africans in Italy

An Italian gunman with extreme right-wing sympathies shot and wounded six African immigrants Saturday in a two-hour drive-by shooting spree, authorities said, terrorizing a small Italian city where a Nigerian …

Italy: As election nears, film imagines Mussolini’s comeback

A new film that comically imagines dictator Benito Mussolini returning to present-day Italy and trying to stage a comeback opened Thursday, in the middle of an election campaign that has …

Smuggling boat sinks in Mediterranean, 64 feared dead

As many as 64 African migrants, including a mother whose surviving 3-year-old child desperately clung to her as she drowned, are feared dead after a traffickers’ overcrowded rubber dinghy from …

Italian government sets parliamentary election for March 4

The Italian government on Thursday set March 4 as the date for electing the next parliament, formally launching what is shaping up to be an especially bruising campaign.

UPDATED: Sun., Dec. 24, 2017

Pope on Christmas: Bethlehem trek’s like today’s migrations

VATICAN CITY – Pope Francis in Christmas Eve remarks Sunday likened the journey of Mary and Joseph to Bethlehem to the migrations of millions of people today who are forced …

Anti-migrant leader pushes to win national power in Italy

The leader of an Italian party that hopes to capitalize on growing resentment of migrants and asylum-seekers told supporters in Rome Sunday it would be ‘splendid’ if he wins national …

UPDATED: Sat., Nov. 25, 2017

France to tackle violence on women; Italy grapples with same

French President Emmanuel Macron on Saturday launched an initiative to combat violence and harassment against women in France, aiming to erase a sense of shame that breeds silence among victims …

UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 24, 2017

Amazon workers in Germany, Italy stage Black Friday strike

Workers at a half dozen Amazon distribution centers in Germany and one in Italy walked off the job Friday, in a protest timed to coincide with “Black Friday” to demand …

Facebook apologizes to Mafia boss family after posts removed

Facebook is apologizing to the family of the “boss of bosses” of Italy’s Mafia for having removed messages of condolences that flowed in after his death last week.

Italy coach Ventura fired after missing World Cup

Italy coach Gian Piero Ventura has been fired following the Azzurri’s failure to qualify for the World Cup. Ventura leaves in disgrace, widely criticized for his tactical decisions that left …

Italy defeat no surprise: Sweden is its bjte noire

MILAN – Italy’s failure to qualify for the World Cup for the first time in six decades shouldn’t come as a shock to those who believe in fate, destiny and …

Boy with rare disease gets new skin with gene therapy

Doctors treating a critically ill boy with a devastating skin disease used experimental gene therapy to create an entirely new skin for most of his body in a desperate attempt …

Gov. Inslee set to travel to Switzerland, Germany and Italy

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee leaves next week for an 11-day trip to Switzerland, Germany and Italy to talk about apprenticeships, aerospace and climate.

Activist-vandal dyes water of Rome’s Trevi Fountain red

An Italian activist poured red dye into the Trevi Fountain on Thursday – 10 years after he pulled the same stunt vandalizing one of Rome’s most famous monuments.

Italy’s 2 richest regions seek more autonomy from Rome

Voters in the wealthy northern Italian regions of Lombardy and Veneto are heading to the polls to decide if they want to seek greater autonomy from Rome, riding a tide …

Berlusconi backs autonomy referendums in 2 Italian regions

Former Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi threw his political weight behind a non-binding referendum on autonomy in his native region of Lombardy – though he said Wednesday he wasn’t sure whether …

Dog days? In Italy, count them like family sick days

An Italian librarian who says her English setter is her family has won the right from her employer to use family sick leave to care for her ailing pet instead …

Council of Europe presses Italy on Libyan migrant returns

The Council of Europe is asking Italy to explain what its naval ships are doing off Libya’s coast amid concerns that Europe-bound migrants who are sent back to Libya face …

Frost, drought hit wine production hard in Europe

Hail, frost and droughts have hit Europe’s grape harvest hard, making it the smallest in 36 years. The quality of the wines, though, is expected to be excellent.

Italian effort to stop migrants fuels bloody battle in Libya

The bloodshed in the city of Sabratha is in part an unexpected consequence of Europe’s effort to stem the flow of migrants from Libya across the Mediterranean.