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Feb 4, 2013

Monti promotes women’s rights on Berlusconi sex trial day

ROME (Reuters) – Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti spoke of the importance of women’s rights on Monday, while his election rival Silvio Berlusconi sought to have his latest hearing in a trial for underage prostitution postponed.

Berlusconi’s “Bunga Bunga” sex scandal was one of the factors that cut short his last spell as prime minister in late 2011 at the height of the euro zone debt crisis.

Jan 24, 2013

Syrian civil war devastates farming: U.N.

ROME/BEIRUT (Reuters) – Syria’s 22-month civil war has ravaged vital infrastructure and halved the output of staple crops, the United Nations said on Wednesday, underscoring the lasting damage from which the country will take years to recover.

What began as a peaceful protest movement against President Bashar al-Assad has killed more than 60,000 people, devastated the economy and left 2.5 million people hungry.

Jan 23, 2013

Syrian civil war devastates farming, U.N. says

ROME/BEIRUT, Jan 23 (Reuters) – Syria’s civil war has
ravaged vital infrastructure and halved output of staple crops,
the United Nations said on Wednesday, as a 22-month conflict
hardened by sectarian rivalry showed no sign of abating.

What began as a peaceful protest movement against President
Bashar al-Assad has killed more than 60,000 people, devastated
the economy and left 2.5 million people hungry.

Jan 21, 2013

Berlusconi revamps media tactics to woo Italian voters

ROME, Jan 21 (Reuters) – Silvio Berlusconi has always been
most formidable with his back to the wall and he has played a
bold gamble by leaving the comfortable studios of his own
television empire to take on some of his fiercest critics ahead
of next month’s Italian election.

In previous campaigns, the 76-year-old media billionaire,
who owns Italy’s biggest private broadcaster, could rely on
respectful questions and no interruptions but after the scandal
and financial crisis that drove him from office in 2011, this
time, journalists have smelled blood.

Jan 13, 2013

Berlusconi gains in Italy polls, leads in key region

ROME (Reuters) – Silvio Berlusconi’s center-right coalition is gaining ground ahead of next month’s elections, which could make it harder for Italy’s left to form a stable parliamentary majority, polls showed on Sunday.

The center left still looked on course to get most seats after the February 24-25 vote and lead efforts to tackle recession and unemployment in the euro zone’s third-largest economy.

Jan 13, 2013
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Vatican criticizes gay adoption while topless women protest before Pope Benedict

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(Policeman hauls away a protester from the women’s rights protest group Femen as Pope Benedict XVI leads his Angelus prayer from the nearby window of his private apartment in Saint Peter’s Square at the Vatican January 13, 2013. REUTERS/Giampiero Sposito)

The Vatican underlined its opposition to gay adoption on Sunday as same-sex marriage supporters staged a topless protest in front of the pope in St. Peter’s Square.

Jan 13, 2013

Vatican criticizes gay adoption, topless women protest

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – The Vatican underlined its opposition to gay adoption on Sunday as same-sex marriage supporters staged a topless protest in front of the pope in St. Peter’s Square.

The Vatican paper L’Osservatore Romano published a response to an Italian court’s rejection of an appeal by a father who feared his son would not have a balanced upbringing if he lived with his mother and her female partner.

Jan 10, 2013

Food prices to stay high in 2013, low stocks pose risk-FAO

ROME, Jan 10 (Reuters) – Food prices will stay at high
levels in 2013 and low stocks pose the risk of sharp price
increases if crops fail, the United Nations’ food agency said on
Thursday, after its index showed prices fell for the third month
running in December.

A surge in food prices over the summer of 2012 fuelled by
the worst drought in more than half a century in the United
States and dry weather in other major exporters raised fears of
a new food crisis such as the one seen in 2008.

Jan 4, 2013

Italy’s Monti unveils alliance, rules out minister role

ROME (Reuters) – Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti on Friday unveiled the alliance he will lead into February’s parliamentary election and said he was unlikely to agree to serve as a minister in another premier’s cabinet after the vote.

The 69-year-old former European commissioner, who replaced Silvio Berlusconi as prime minister in November 2011 when Italy was scrambling to avert a financial crisis, announced last week that he would run for a second term.

Jan 4, 2013

Italy’s Monti, down in polls, unveils alliance

ROME (Reuters) – Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti on Friday unveiled the alliance he will lead into February’s parliamentary election and said he was unlikely to agree to serve as a minister in another premier’s cabinet after the vote.

The 69-year-old former European commissioner, who replaced Silvio Berlusconi as prime minister in November 2011 when Italy was scrambling to avert a financial crisis, announced last week that he would run for a second term.