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Nov 27, 2013

Berlusconi expelled from Italian parliament over tax fraud

ROME, Nov 27 (Reuters) – The Italian Senate expelled Silvio
Berlusconi over his tax fraud conviction on Wednesday, drawing a
defiant response from the veteran centre-right leader who vowed
to continue leading his party and fight on outside parliament.

The vote, after months of political wrangling, opens an
uncertain new phase in Italian politics, with the 77-year-old
media billionaire preparing to use all his extensive resources
to attack Prime Minister Enrico Letta’s coalition government.

Nov 16, 2013

Berlusconi breaks away from Italian government after party splits

ROME (Reuters) – Silvio Berlusconi, facing expulsion from parliament over a tax conviction and a revolt which split his centre-right party, said on Saturday he may no longer back Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta but would not be able to bring down the government.

The 77-year-old billionaire’ s comments came after Friday’s defection of a group led by Interior Minister Angelino Alfano, former secretary of his People of Freedom party, which defied Berlusconi and formed a group that has pledged to remain in Letta’s coalition government.

Nov 16, 2013

Berlusconi breaks away from Italy government after party ruptures

ROME (Reuters) – Silvio Berlusconi said on Saturday his centre-right party had split from Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta’s ruling coalition but said he did not have the numbers to bring the government down.

His comments came after Friday’s defection of a group led by Interior Minister Angelino Alfano, former secretary of his People of Freedom party, which defied Berlusconi and formed a separate group that has pledged to remain in the government.

Nov 7, 2013

Global food prices rise in October after five months of falls

ROME (Reuters) – Global food prices rose slightly in October after declining for the past five months, the United Nations food agency said on Thursday, forecasting more stability in markets as it raised its estimate for 2013/14 cereals output.

The rise in prices last month was fuelled by sugar costs, which increased due to concerns about harvest delays in Brazil. Prices of wheat and edible oils also strengthened, the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) said.

Nov 7, 2013

Global food prices rise in Oct after 5 months of falls

ROME, Nov 7 (Reuters) – Global food prices rose slightly in
October after declining for the past five months, the United
Nations food agency said on Thursday, forecasting more stability
in markets as it raised its estimate for 2013/14 cereals output.

The rise in prices last month was fuelled by sugar costs,
which increased due to concerns about harvest delays in Brazil.
Prices of wheat and edible oils also strengthened, the Food and
Agriculture Organisation (FAO) said.

Oct 18, 2013

Italian protests against Letta government disrupt transport

ROME (Reuters) – Civil servants, hospital staff and transport workers went on strike on Friday in protest against Prime Minister Enrico Letta’s government, causing disruptions in Rome and across the country.

The strikes, organized by the far left Cobas union, are the first in two days of planned protests and could test the unity of Letta’s uneasy left-right coalition just weeks after he survived a confidence vote in parliament.

Oct 15, 2013

Amanda Knox says she is paying for Italian police mistakes

ROME (Reuters) – Amanda Knox, the American student facing retrial for the murder of her British roommate in 2007, said on Tuesday she was paying for Italian police errors but was confident the court reviewing the case would find her innocent.

Knox and her Italian boyfriend at the time of the murder, Raffaele Sollecito, were convicted in 2009 of killing 21-year-old Leeds University student Meredith Kercher in what was described as a drug-fuelled sexual assault.

Oct 3, 2013

Global food prices fall to 3-year low, FAO trims crop forecasts

ROME (Reuters) – Global food prices are not expected to fall much further after dipping to their lowest level in three years in September, the United Nations food agency said on Thursday, trimming its estimate for 2013/14 world cereals production.

The decline in prices last month was driven by a sharp fall in the cost of grains, while dairy, meat and sugar prices all rose, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said.

Oct 3, 2013

Global food prices fall in Sept, FAO trims crop forecasts

ROME, Oct 3 (Reuters) – Global food prices are not expected
to fall much further after their fifth consecutive monthly
decline in September, the United Nations food agency said on
Thursday, trimming its estimate for 2013/14 world cereals
production.

The decline in prices last month was driven by a sharp fall
in the cost of grains, while dairy, meat and sugar prices all
rose, the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) said.

Oct 1, 2013

Italian judge orders new DNA tests on knife in Knox retrial

FLORENCE, Italy (Reuters) – An Italian judge presiding over the retrial of American student Amanda Knox on Monday ordered new DNA tests on the knife that prosecutors say was used to kill her British roommate in 2007.

Knox and her Italian ex-boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito were found guilty in 2009 of murdering 21-year-old Meredith Kercher. They were acquitted on appeal in 2011 but the acquittal was later quashed by Italy’s supreme court.