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Dec 1, 2013

At least seven dead in Italian textile factory fire

ROME (Reuters) – At least seven people died and three were injured when a Chinese-owned clothing factory in an industrial zone in the Italian town of Prato burned down on Sunday, killing workers trapped in an improvised dormitory built onsite.

Local media said 11 workers had been accommodated in a warren of small cardboard sleeping compartments above a warehouse in the Macrolotto industrial district of the town, known for its large number of garment factories.

Nov 30, 2013

Vatican bank names consultant as director as overhaul continues

ROME, Nov 30 (Reuters) – The Vatican bank said on Saturday
it had appointed Rolando Marranci, a consultant called in to
help improve transparency, as director general to take charge of
operations as the institution seeks to reform after a series of
scandals.

Marranci, 60, has acted as deputy director general since
July, when the then-director general Paolo Cipriani and his
number two Massimo Tulli resigned after a senior cleric with
close ties to the bank was arrested on suspicion of plotting to
smuggle 20 million euros into Italy from Switzerland.

Nov 27, 2013

Berlusconi faces expulsion from parliament for tax fraud

ROME, Nov 27 (Reuters) – The Italian Senate opened its
debate on expelling Silvio Berlusconi on Wednesday, ahead of an
evening vote that is expected to see the veteran centre-right
leader stripped of his seat in parliament over a tax fraud
conviction.

The vote, after months of political wrangling, will open an
uncertain new phase in Italian politics, with the 77-year-old
media billionaire preparing to use all his extensive resources
to attack Prime Minister Enrico Letta’s coalition government.

Nov 27, 2013

Berlusconi faces expulsion from parliament over tax fraud sentence

ROME, Nov 27 (Reuters) – Italian centre-right leader Silvio
Berlusconi faces one of the heaviest blows of his 20-year
political career on Wednesday when the Senate votes on stripping
him of his seat in parliament over a conviction for tax fraud.

The vote will be the culmination of months of political
wrangling and is almost certain to lead to Berlusconi’s
expulsion from the upper house, opening an uncertain new phase
for one of Italy’s most divisive political figures.

Nov 19, 2013

Iran says sees good chance of success at Geneva nuclear talks

DUBAI/ROME (Reuters) – The protracted dispute over Iran’s nuclear program can now be resolved, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said in remarks released on Tuesday, and world powers should seize an “historic opportunity” to clinch a deal.

Iran is to meet the six powers on Wednesday for the third round of negotiations in a month, nearly two weeks after the sides neared an initial accord that would curb Iran’s nuclear activity in exchange for limited relief from sanctions.

Nov 19, 2013

Italy declares state of emergency in Sardinia after deadly cyclone

ROME (Reuters) – At least 17 people have been killed in flooding and hundreds made homeless after a cylone swept over the Mediterranean island of Sardinia, Italian authorities said on Tuesday.

The government declared a state of emergency after Cyclone Cleopatra dropped 450mm of rain in an hour and a half overnight, causing rivers to burst their banks, sweeping away cars and flooding homes across the island.

Nov 17, 2013

Italian football in dire state as television weighs options

MILAN (Reuters) – When Italy’s cash-strapped football clubs meet on Monday to prepare for a new deal on broadcast rights, their deliberations will be coloured by the unhappy knowledge that Italian football is in a dismal state and viewers are switching off.

A farcical match in the third division this month, which saw a local derby near Naples abandoned after players were threatened by fans and faked injury to avoid playing, underlined the grim climate in the Italian game, beset for years by match-fixing scandals and stadium violence.

Nov 17, 2013

Italian soccer in dire state as television weighs options

MILAN, Nov 17 (Reuters) – When Italy’s cash-strapped soccer clubs meet on Monday to prepare for a new deal on broadcast rights, their deliberations will be coloured by the unhappy knowledge that Italian football is in a dismal state and viewers are switching off.

A farcical match in the third division this month, which saw a local derby near Naples abandoned after players were threatened by fans and faked injury to avoid playing, underlined the grim climate in the Italian game, beset for years by match-fixing scandals and stadium violence.

Nov 16, 2013

Berlusconi breaks away from Italian government after party splits

ROME (Reuters) – Silvio Berlusconi, facing expulsion from parliament over a tax conviction and a revolt which split his center-right party, said on Saturday he may no longer back Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta but would not be able to bring down the government.

The 77-year-old billionaire’ s comments came after Friday’s defection of a group led by Interior Minister Angelino Alfano, former secretary of his People of Freedom party, which defied Berlusconi and formed a group that has pledged to remain in Letta’s coalition government.

Nov 15, 2013

Berlusconi party at risk as splinter group formed

ROME (Reuters) – The secretary of Italian center-right leader Silvio Berlusconi’s party said he would form a breakaway group that would back Prime Minister Enrico Letta’s fragile coalition in defiance of the media magnate, who faces expulsion from parliament this month.

Angelino Alfano, interior minister and deputy premier, announced the formation of the new group on Friday. The split came on the eve of a meeting at which Berlusconi will rebrand his People of Freedom (PDL) party as Forza Italia, the original name of his political movement.