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Jan 3, 2013

Monti says political rivals should sideline extremists

ROME (Reuters) – Mario Monti, bidding for a second term as Italy’s prime minister, said on Thursday a left-wing party on track to lead the next government should sideline “extreme” elements who hinder vital economic reforms.

The 69-year-old former European Commissioner was appointed in November 2011 to lead an unelected right-left government of experts to save Italy from financial crisis after then-Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi quit.

Jan 2, 2013
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Bad news crowds out the good in the world, Pope Benedict says

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(Pope Benedict XVI celebrates the First Vespers and Te Deum prayers in Saint Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican December 31, 2012. REUTERS/Tony Gentile)

Grim news grabs more headlines than good works but deeper probing will find a world of love and service hidden in the shadows, Pope Benedict said at his traditional end-of-year Mass.

Dec 31, 2012

Monti aims for Italy vote majority, pro-Europe alliance

ROME (Reuters) – Mario Monti said on Monday he was aiming to win a majority in Italy’s parliamentary election in February and would seek alliances with parties agreeing with his pro-Europe agenda.

The outgoing prime minister’s message, while not directly stated, appears to be that he is open to an alliance with the centre left – led by Pier Luigi Bersani, who polls say is on track to win the election – although not until after the vote.

Dec 30, 2012

Italian Nobel scientist Montalcini dies at 103

ROME (Reuters) – Rita Levi Montalcini, joint winner of the Nobel Prize for Medicine and an Italian Senator for Life, died on Sunday at the age of 103, her family said.

The first Nobel laureate to reach 100 years of age, she won the prize in 1986 with American Stanley Cohen for their discovery of nerve growth factor (NGF), a protein that makes developing cells grow by stimulating surrounding nerve tissue.

Dec 30, 2012

Italy centre left pushes Monti to pick a side

ROME (Reuters) – Italian centre-left leader Pier Luigi Bersani called on Mario Monti on Sunday to pick which side he was on politically after the outgoing prime minister unveiled plans this week to lead a broad centrist alliance in February elections.

Monti said on Friday he wanted his alliance to go beyond traditional political boundaries and unite a coalition of factions and civil society groups around a reform agenda aimed at tackling Italy’s economic woes.

Dec 29, 2012

Berlusconi says Monti plotting with Italy’s centre left

ROME/MILAN, Dec 29 (Reuters) – Silvio Berlusconi said on
Saturday Prime Minister Mario Monti was plotting with the left
in his centrist alliance’s bid to win Italy’s national election
in February, but centrist leaders denied any secret accord.

Monti, who replaced Berlusconi as prime minister last year
when Italy was scrambling to avert a financial crisis, said on
Friday he wanted to unite a broad coalition of factions around a
reform agenda aimed at easing the country’s economic woes.

Dec 29, 2012

Berlusconi accuses Monti of plot with Italy’s centre left

ROME/MILAN (Reuters) – Silvio Berlusconi on Saturday condemned outgoing Prime Minister Mario Monti’s plan to lead a centrist alliance in Italy’s election in February, accusing him of a plot to favor the left, but centrist leaders denied any secret accord.

Monti, who replaced Berlusconi as prime minister last year as Italy scrambled to avert a financial crisis, said on Friday he wanted to unite a broad coalition of factions around a reform agenda aimed at easing the country’s economic woes.

Dec 13, 2012

Squatters of Rome scrape by at the margins in Italy’s crisis

ROME, Dec 13 (Reuters) – When Mariangela Schiena moved to
Rome from southern Italy 11 years ago, all she hoped for was a
simple life, with a roof over her head and a home where she
could start a family.

After she and her 28-year old boyfriend Henok Mulugeta lost
their jobs in shops six months ago in Italy’s economic slump,
she decided there was only one way to achieve her goals: move
into a squat.

Dec 10, 2012

Italy industry output dives, dashing recovery hopes

ROME (Reuters) – Italian industrial output fell more than expected in October after stabilizing in the third quarter, suggesting the prolonged recession in the euro zone’s third-largest economy is set to deepen in the final months of 2012.

Yet more evidence of recession is sure to be a key factor in the election campaign now getting underway in Italy following Saturday’s announcement by Prime Minister Mario Monti that he will resign in the next few weeks.

Dec 6, 2012

Global grain reserves tighten even as food prices fall

ROME, Dec 6 (Reuters) – Global food markets face further
volatility in 2013 as stocks and supply of key cereals have
tightened, the United Nations food agency said on Thursday, even
as world food prices fell for a second month in November to
their lowest since June.

The Food and Agriculture Organisation’s (FAO) index
measuring prices of foods from grains and oilseeds to meat and
dairy averaged 211 points in November, down 3 points from
October as sugar, oils and cereals prices declined.