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Mar 18, 2014
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Vatican, Church of England and al-Azhar join forces to combat modern slavery


Australia mining tycoon Andrew Forrest (L) shakes hands with Mahmoud Azab, the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar’s advisor for dialogue, during a news conference at the Vatican, March 17, 2014. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini

The Roman Catholic Church, Church of England and al-Azhar, the Cairo-based seat of Sunni Muslim learning, came together on Monday for a rare display of interfaith action among them in calling for an end to modern slavery within 20 years.

Mar 17, 2014

Christians and Muslims join forces to combat modern slavery

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – The Roman Catholic Church, Church of England and al-Azhar, the Cairo-based seat of Sunni Muslim learning, came together on Monday for a rare display of interfaith action among them in calling for an end to modern slavery within 20 years.

Their joint statement setting up the “Global Freedom Network” they declared that “physical, economic and sexual exploitation of men, women and children” trapped 30 million people worldwide in slavery.

Mar 1, 2014

European center-left launches election drive, attacks austerity

ROME (Reuters) – European center-left parties called on Saturday for a change to austerity policies enacted to counter the euro zone crisis as they named Martin Schulz to be their candidate for next head of the European Commission.

The Party of European Socialists (PES), which groups Europe’s main center-left parties, said the focus on tight budgetary policy during the crisis had resulted in mass unemployment, hardship and the rise of populist movements.

Feb 28, 2014

Italy January jobless hits new record 12.9 percent

(Reuters) – Italy’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate rose to a new record of 12.9 percent in January, its highest level since records began in 1977, data showed on Friday.

Youth unemployment, measuring job-seekers between 15 and 24 years old, was 42.4 percent in January, up from 41.7 percent in December. Youth unemployment is also at its highest level in 37 years.

Feb 25, 2014

Italy PM Renzi wins confidence vote, pledging tax cuts, reform

ROME (Reuters) – Prime Minister Matteo Renzi won his first confidence vote in parliament, pledging to cut labour taxes, free up funds for investment in schools and pass wide institutional reforms to tackle Italy’s economic malaise.

Facing parliament for the first time, the 39-year-old Renzi who is Italy’s youngest premier, sketched out an ambitious program of change in an hour-long speech delivered in his trademark quickfire style interspersed with occasional jeers from the opposition benches.

Feb 23, 2014

Italy’s new PM Renzi faces first parliamentary test

ROME (Reuters) – Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi faces his first test before a fractious national parliament when he goes before the Senate on Monday to put flesh on his ambitious reform plans and seek to win a confidence vote in his newly installed government.

Backed by his own center-left Democratic Party (PD), the small center-right NCD party, centrists and other miscellaneous groups, he should have enough support in the 320-seat upper house.

Feb 21, 2014

Italy’s Renzi to be sworn in Saturday after unveiling cabinet

ROME, Feb 21 (Reuters) – Italian centre-left leader Matteo
Renzi unveiled his cabinet on Friday after formally accepting
the mandate to form a government he said would remain in place
until 2018.

Renzi confirmed that OECD Chief Economist Pier Carlo Padoan
would take over the key economy ministry portfolio in the
16-minister cabinet, half of whom will be women. The new premier
said his government would begin work immediately.

Feb 17, 2014

Renzi poised to form new Italian government

ROME (Reuters) – Italian center-left leader Matteo Renzi said on Monday he would begin talks to form a new government in the next 24 hours, and expected to lay out a program of reforms to be completed within the next few months.

Renzi needs to seal a formal coalition deal with the small centre-right NCD party to secure a majority and to name his cabinet before seeking a formal vote of confidence in parliament, probably later this week.

Feb 14, 2014

Italy’s Renzi readies for power but faces daunting task

ROME (Reuters) – Italian center-left leader Matteo Renzi is one step away from forming a new government after he swiftly eliminated party rival Enrico Letta as prime minister. New numbers showing how slowly the economy is growing highlight the huge challenge ahead.

After Renzi and the rest of the center-left Democratic Party (PD) leadership forced Letta’s hand by withdrawing their support at a special meeting on Thursday, the prime minister handed his resignation to President Giorgio Napolitano.

Feb 14, 2014

Italian PM Letta to resign after party withdraws support

ROME (Reuters) – Italian centre-left leader Matteo Renzi forced party rival Enrico Letta to resign as prime minister on Thursday after criticising his government’s failure to pass major reforms, opening the way for Italy’s third administration in a year.

Letta’s decision to quit came after the Democratic Party (PD), the largest party in the ruling coalition, supported a call by its 39-year-old leader Renzi for a more ambitious government to pull Italy out of its economic slump.