ROME (Reuters) – Interpol is investigating more suspect passports used to board a missing Malaysia Airlines flight, in addition to two European ones that were falsely used by unidentified passengers, the global police agency said on Sunday.
An Italian man and an Austrian man were falsely listed as passengers on Beijing-bound flight MH370, which disappeared after takeoff from Kuala Lumpur early on Saturday with 239 people aboard.
ROME, March 6 (Reuters) – Sicilian amateur scientists have
launched a model cannolo, a cream-stuffed pastry roll symbolic
of the Italian island, into the stratosphere, capturing bizarre
images of the dessert flying far above the earth.
The ‘Sicilian Space Program’, which cost a rough total of
350 euros, had symbolic importance as well as being a scientific
feat, the three natives of the island town of Enna behind it
ROME, March 6 (Reuters) – Global food prices rose 2.6
percent in February in the sharpest climb since mid-2012 due to
unfavourable weather, the United Nations food agency said on
Thursday, with the crisis in Ukraine threatening to cause future
The Food and Agriculture Organisation’s (FAO) price index,
which measures monthly price changes for a basket of cereals,
oilseeds, dairy, meat and sugar, averaged 208.1 points in
February, up 5.2 points from a slightly revised January index of
ROME (Reuters) – A report on Italian industry on Wednesday showed an economy deeply wounded by years of recession and highlighted the vast challenge faced by inexperienced new Prime Minister Matteo Renzi.
The 39-year old outgoing mayor of Florence has vowed to overhaul the economy by slashing red tape and cutting labour taxes, but has given few details on how he will carry out his plans.
ROME, Feb 25 (Reuters) – Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi
won a final parliamentary vote of confidence on Tuesday after
pledging to slash red tape and “revolutionise” the economy.
The Chamber of Deputies approved the confidence motion by
the comfortable margin of 378 in favour to 220 against, fully
empowering the coalition consisting of Renzi’s Democratic Party
(PD), the New Centre Right party, centrists and other small
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.
ROME (Reuters) – As the Vatican prepares to welcome 19 prelates to the high rank of cardinal, Pope Francis’ call for frugality has had little effect on business for the Gammarelli family, suppliers of sumptuous clerical robes for more than two centuries.
In January, when he announced plans to create new cardinals and set the ceremony’s date for this Saturday, Francis also sent them a letter asking that they not see their appointment as a promotion and not to waste money holding celebratory parties.
ROME (Reuters) – Italian center-left leader Matteo Renzi on Sunday pressured the prime minister to decide whether his government should continue or not, ahead of what could be a decisive week for the administration of Enrico Letta.
The election of Florence Mayor Renzi, 39, as the head of the Democratic Party (PD) that Letta belongs to has complicated the position of the premier of Europe’s third biggest economy.
ROME (Reuters) – Italy’s justice minister ordered an investigation on Monday into comments to the media by the judge who reinstated murder convictions for U.S. student Amanda Knox and her former boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito.
Alessandro Nencini, who last Thursday sentenced Knox to 28 years and six months and Italian Sollecito to 25 years in jail for the 2007 murder of British student Meredith Kercher, spoke to several Italian newspapers the morning after the verdict.
WASHINGTON/FLORENCE, Italy (Reuters) – Amanda Knox vowed on Friday to fight her second conviction for the murder of British student Meredith Kercher in 2007 while the two were students together in the Italian university town of Perugia.
Speaking on U.S. television a day after her conviction by a court in Florence, the 26-year-old American said that she would never willingly return to Italy to serve the 28-1/2 year sentence handed down by judges.