ROME, Sept 29 (Reuters) – Italy’s president began talks on
Sunday to pull the country out of a new political crisis,
attempting to undercut a move by former Prime Minister Silvio
Berlusconi to bring down the government and force new elections
seven months after the last vote.
For the third time since 2011, Italian President Giorgio
Napolitano is trying to steer the country out of political chaos
that has proven a major threat, not only to the euro zone’s
third-largest economy, but to the region’s efforts to halt its
four-year debt crisis.
ROME (Reuters) – Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta returned to Rome on Friday preparing for a showdown over the future of his warring coalition government following threats by Silvio Berlusconi’s centre-right allies to walk out of parliament.
Letta’s left-right coalition has flirted with collapse ever since Italy’s top court convicted former premier Berlusconi of tax fraud last month and sentenced him to four years in prison, commuted to a year of house arrest or community service.
ROME (Reuters) – Center-right deputies supporting Silvio Berlusconi renewed threats to resign if their leader is expelled from parliament and the left demanded an end to their “blackmail”, deepening uncertainty in Italy’s fragile ruling coalition.
Italy has been close to crisis since Berlusconi, a partner in the coalition government, was sentenced to four years in prison, commuted to a year under house arrest or in community service, for tax fraud. It included a ban on holding public office that is under appeal.
GROSSETO, Italy, Sept 23 (Reuters) – The captain of the
Costa Concordia told a court on Monday that a junior officer who
was at the wheel at the time shared the blame for the cruise
liner disaster that killed 32 people last year.
Francesco Schettino faces multiple charges including
manslaughter, causing a shipwreck and abandoning ship after the
Concordia, carrying more than 4,000 passengers and crew, struck
a reef off the Tuscan island of Giglio and capsized on Jan. 13,
GROSSETO, Italy (Reuters) – Lawyers for the former ship’s captain charged over the sinking of the Costa Concordia cruise liner sought permission on Monday to examine the wreck for evidence, a week after salvage crews in Italy raised it off the rocks.
The raising of the Costa Concordia, one of the most complex shipwreck recoveries ever undertaken, has opened the way for a new quest for clues sought by prosecutors and the man charged with causing the accident, former captain Francesco Schettino.
GIGLIO, Italy (Reuters) – Salvage crews completed raising the wreck of the Costa Concordia in the early hours of Tuesday morning after a 19-hour-long operation on the Italian island of Giglio where the huge cruise liner capsized in January last year.
One of the most complex and expensive maritime salvage operations ever attempted saw the 114,500-ton ship pulled upright by a series of huge jacks and cables and set on artificial platforms drilled into the rocky sea bed.
GIGLIO, Italy (Reuters) – Salvage crews lifted the wrecked Costa Concordia cruise liner off a rock shelf on Monday as they worked deep into the night to complete one of the most difficult and expensive maritime salvage operations ever undertaken.
The 114,500-ton Concordia has lain half-submerged on its side just off the Italian island of Giglio since it ran aground and sank with the loss of 32 lives on January 13, 2012.
GIGLIO, Italy (Reuters) – Salvage crews shifted the wrecked Costa Concordia cruise ship slowly off a rock shelf on Monday in a painstaking process that looked set to continue into the early hours of the morning.
The most complex and costly salvage operation of its kind ever attempted began at 9 a.m. (0700 GMT) on the Italian island of Giglio after a three-hour delay due to an overnight storm, and progress was slower than originally estimated.
GIGLIO, Italy (Reuters) – Engineering teams began lifting the wrecked Costa Concordia liner upright on Monday, the start of one of the most complex and costly maritime salvage operations ever attempted.
The vast hulk of the 114,500 ton cruise liner has lain on its side for more than 20 months, dominating the tiny port in the Tuscan holiday island of Giglio where it hit rocks on January 13, 2012, killing 32 people.
ROME, Sept 13 (Reuters) – When salvage teams begin hauling
the wrecked Costa Concordia liner upright on the Italian island
of Giglio next week, the financial stakes for insurers will be
almost as enormous as the awe-inspiring feat of engineering.
According to reinsurer Munich Re, the overall
insurance loss from the accident could surpass $1.1 billion. As
much as half of that may be swallowed up by the cost of the