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Mar 27, 2013

Knox case puts spotlight on Italy’s dysfunctional legal system

ROME (Reuters) – The decision to order a retrial of American Amanda Knox and her ex-boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito for the murder of her British housemate has put the spotlight back on Italy’s courts, where years of legal process often fail to uncover the truth.

Knox and the family of murdered British student Meredith Kercher said they hoped the case would finally be solved after Italy’s highest court on Tuesday ordered a retrial for the 2007 murder in the Umbrian hill town of Perugia.

Mar 27, 2013

Man with key to Italy crisis has only weeks left in job

ROME (Reuters) – The chaos and uncertainty following Italy’s parliamentary election last month is compounded by the imminent retirement of the one man who has any chance of solving the crisis, President Giorgio Napolitano.

A wave of support for the populist 5-Star Movement produced an electoral earthquake in the Feb 24-25 poll, shaking the traditional political system to its foundations and creating an enormous headache for the head of state, who combines figurehead functions with the key power of appointing governments.

Mar 27, 2013

Analysis: Man with key to Italy crisis has only weeks left in job

ROME (Reuters) – The chaos and uncertainty following Italy’s parliamentary election last month is compounded by the imminent retirement of the one man who has any chance of solving the crisis, President Giorgio Napolitano.

A wave of support for the populist 5-Star Movement produced an electoral earthquake in the Feb 24-25 poll, shaking the traditional political system to its foundations and creating an enormous headache for the head of state, who combines figurehead functions with the key power of appointing governments.

Mar 23, 2013

Italy president asks Bersani to see if can form government

ROME (Reuters) – President Giorgio Napolitano asked centre-left leader Pier Luigi Bersani on Friday to assess whether he can win enough support in Italy’s divided parliament to form a government and end the political deadlock left by elections last month.

After two days of consultations with political leaders, Napolitano said he had given Bersani a mandate to talk to other parties and see if he can get the guaranteed support needed for a vote of confidence in both houses of parliament, where no single group has a workable majority.

Mar 22, 2013

Italy president asks Bersani to see if can form govt

ROME, March 22 (Reuters) – President Giorgio Napolitano
asked centre-left leader Pier Luigi Bersani on Friday to assess
whether he can win enough support in Italy’s divided parliament
to form a government and end the political deadlock left by
elections last month.

After two days of consultations with political leaders,
Napolitano said he had given Bersani a mandate to talk to other
parties and see if he can get the guaranteed support needed for
a vote of confidence in both houses of parliament, where no
single group has a workable majority.

Mar 14, 2013
via FaithWorld

Bergoglio quickly emerged as perfect conclave candidate for pope

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(Faithful react as newly elected Pope Francis I, Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina, appears on the balcony of St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican after being elected by the conclave of cardinals, March 13, 2013. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard )

The cardinals who elect the pope are sworn to secrecy about their deliberations, but details began to filter out on Thursday about how rank outsider Jorge Bergoglio quickly emerged as a frontrunner to replace Pope Benedict.

Mar 14, 2013

Francis quickly emerged as perfect conclave candidate

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – The cardinals who elect the pope are sworn to secrecy about their deliberations, but details began to filter out on Thursday about how rank outsider Jorge Bergoglio quickly emerged as a frontrunner to replace Pope Benedict.

Bergoglio was a runner-up to the then Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger at the 2005 conclave that made Ratzinger pope. But he was not even mentioned in many media long lists of the likely papal candidates or “papabili” this time around.

Mar 14, 2013

Argentina’s Bergoglio elected as new Pope Francis

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina was elected in a surprise choice to be the new leader of the troubled Roman Catholic Church on Wednesday, taking the name Francis I and becoming the first non-European pontiff in nearly 1,300 years.

Pope Francis, 76, appeared on the central balcony of St. Peter’s Basilica just over an hour after white smoke poured from a chimney on the roof of the Sistine Chapel to signal 115 cardinal electors had chosen him to lead the world’s 1.2 billion Roman Catholics.

Mar 13, 2013

Argentina’s Bergoglio elected as new pope

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina was elected in a surprise choice to be the new leader of the troubled Roman Catholic Church on Wednesday, and said he would take the name Francis I.

Pope Francis, 76, appeared on the central balcony of St. Peter’s Basilica just over an hour after white smoke poured from a chimney on the roof of the Sistine Chapel to signal he had been chosen to lead the world’s 1.2 billion Roman Catholics.

Mar 13, 2013

White smoke signals new pope elected

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – White smoke poured from the roof of the Sistine Chapel on Wednesday and the bells of St. Peter’s Basilica pealed, signalling that cardinals had chosen a new pope to lead the troubled Roman Catholic Church after only five ballots.

The decision by 115 cardinal electors came sooner than many faithful expected because of the large number of possible frontrunners identified before the vote to replace Pope Benedict, who resigned in February.

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      "I am the Editor or cluster chief in charge of Italy, Spain, Portugal and Greece. I have previously worked all over the world in a long career with Reuters which has taken me from Asia to the United States. My positions have included Americas production editor, World Desk editor, Middle East Editor and Africa editor. I recently planned our multi-media coverage of the soccer World Cup in South Africa and reported extensively on the tournament and its impact on the continent. I will be based in Rome from November"
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