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Sep 30, 2013

Knox back on trial for Meredith Kercher murder in Italy

FLORENCE, Italy (Reuters) – The retrial of American Amanda Knox and her former Italian boyfriend for the 2007 murder of Meredith Kercher opened in Florence on Monday but neither of the accused were in court for the first hearing.

Knox and Raffaele Sollecito were convicted in 2009 of killing 21-year-old British student Meredith Kercher in what was described as a drug-fuelled sexual assault.

Sep 30, 2013

Knox back on trial for Meredith Kercher murder in Italy

FLORENCE, Italy (Reuters) – The retrial of American Amanda Knox and her former Italian boyfriend for the 2007 murder of Meredith Kercher opened in Florence on Monday but neither of the accused were in court for the first hearing.

Knox and Raffaele Sollecito were convicted in 2009 of killing 21-year-old British student Meredith Kercher in what was described as a drug-fuelled sexual assault.

Sep 29, 2013

Amanda Knox back on trial for Kercher murder in Italy

FLORENCE (Reuters) – The retrial of Amanda Knox for the murder of her British roommate in 2007 opens in Florence on Monday, refocusing international attention on the sensational case although the American will not be in court.

Knox and her Italian boyfriend at the time, 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.

Sep 28, 2013

Italian government breaks up after Berlusconi pulls out ministers

ROME (Reuters) – Italian center-right leader Silvio Berlusconi pulled his ministers out of the cabinet on Saturday, effectively bringing down the government of Prime Minister Enrico Letta and leaving the euro-zone’s third-largest economy in chaos.

Talks will now start to find a new parliamentary majority to back a new cabinet and avoid going back to elections just seven months after the last one.

Sep 28, 2013

President says Italy needs continuity, not continuous polls

ROME (Reuters) – Italian President Giorgio Napolitano said on Saturday the country needed a stable government, not more elections, after Prime Minister Enrico Letta said he felt compelled to call a confidence vote this week that could lead to yet another poll.

Months of bickering within Letta’s coalition government came to a head on Friday when a showdown with his centre-right partners, the People of Freedom (PDL) party of former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, scuppered a package of vital budget measures.

Sep 27, 2013

Amanda Knox murder retrial set to open in Italy

ROME (Reuters) – Italy will put Amanda Knox back on trial on Monday for the murder of her British roommate in 2007, but the American will not return to attend court in the country that jailed her – she says wrongly – for four years.

Dubbed “Foxy Knoxy” by a fascinated news media, Knox was found guilty in 2009 of killing 21-year-old Meredith Kercher in what was described as a drug-fuelled sexual assault.

Sep 5, 2013

Global food prices fall in August, FAO ups crop forecasts

ROME (Reuters) – Global food prices fell in August for the fourth month running, according to the United Nations’ food agency which again raised its 2013/14 forecast for grain production.

The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) said on Thursday that cheaper food last month reflected declines in corn, wheat and edible oils prices.

Aug 26, 2013

Italy PM meets with centre right to defuse growing row

ROME (Reuters) – Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta met with a top official from Silvio Berlusconi’s center-right party on Monday to try to defuse a row which is threatening to bring down his fragile ruling coalition and has rattled financial markets.

Relations between Berlusconi’s People of Freedom (PDL) party and Letta’s center-left Democratic Party (PD) are increasingly tense ahead of a vote on whether to expel the media mogul from parliament over his tax fraud conviction, and because of a disagreement over a property tax.

Aug 25, 2013

Italian centre right warns of coalition collapse over Berlusconi vote

ROME (Reuters) – Members of Silvio Berlusconi’s centre-right party on Sunday openly warned they would bring down the government if their centre-left coalition allies voted next month to expel the former prime minister from parliament.

Relations between Berlusconi’s People of Freedom (PDL) party and Prime Minister Enrico Letta’s Democratic Party (PD) are close to breaking point ahead of the vote in the Senate on whether to expel the 76-year-old over his tax fraud conviction.

Aug 21, 2013

Italy’s Letta meets centre right, fails to resolve problems

ROME (Reuters) – Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta met with Silvio Berlusconi’s center-right party on Wednesday to seek a solution to a stand-off that threatens his fragile coalition, but positions remained “distant”, a government source said.

Berlusconi’s conviction for tax fraud has shaken the stability of the left-right coalition, with the former prime minister’s People of Freedom (PDL) party demanding guarantees for his political future.