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2009-04-16 17:12:15

The hometown of World War II-era Italian dictator Benito Mussolini has banned public display of Fascist symbols and slogans as a tourism-boosting measure. The Predappio town council voted unanimously Wednesday to ban stores from displaying swastikas, cudgels and Fascist slogans in their windows or other places visible from the street, ANSA reported Thursday. The council voted to fine violators $660 per offense. It was an essential decision that aims to give a clear message: an end to the...

2009-04-03 15:32:12

The Queen of England has become a YouTube sensation after footage from Buckingham Palace appeared to show her lose her temper with Italy's prime minister. The video, from an official photo call at the end of the Group of 20 summit, depicts Queen Elizabeth asking: What is it? Why does he have to shout? after Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi yells a booming greeting to U.S. President Barack Obama, The Daily Telegraph reported Friday. The queen's question caused other leaders in...

2006-07-07 14:50:01

By Emilio Parodi and Sophie Hardach MILAN (Reuters) - An Italian judge on Friday ordered ex-Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi to stand trial for alleged fraud at broadcaster Mediaset, the latest in a string of court cases involving the country's richest man. The case, which Berlusconi has dismissed as politically motivated, follows a four-year investigation into claims of embezzlement, false accounting, tax fraud and money laundering in television rights deals between 1994 and 1999....

2006-07-07 11:13:22

By Emilio Parodi MILAN (Reuters) - A judge on Friday ordered Italy's former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi to stand trial over alleged fraud at his family's broadcaster Mediaset. Preliminary hearings began in October after a four year investigation by Milan magistrates into claims of embezzlement, false accounting, tax fraud and money laundering in television rights deals between 1994 and 1999. Berlusconi has denied any wrongdoing. The judge also ordered that 13 other people,...

2006-06-26 08:10:35

ROME (Reuters) - Italian voters appear to have rejected constitutional reforms that would have strengthened the prime minister's powers and given regions greater autonomy, according to television opinion poll. The poll by Sky Italia television broadcast on Monday at the end of a two-day national referendum said the constitutional changes, opposed by Prime Minister Romano Prodi's centre-left majority, appeared headed to a narrow defeat. The poll of 2,200 voters showed 52 percent had...

2006-05-10 06:22:05

ROME (Reuters) - Italian lawnmakers elected Giorgio Napolitano, an ex-communist 80-year-old life senator, to be the country's new head of state on Wednesday, lower house speaker Fausto Bertinotti announced to parliament. Napolitano won 543 votes, 38 more than the absolute majority needed.

2006-04-29 13:22:42

By Phil Stewart ROME (Reuters) - With a nickname like "The Knight," Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi could hardly have been expected to simply surrender. But the man who once said being a loser and giving up was not part of his DNA finally decided to quit on Saturday after three weeks of political wrangling following the narrowest election defeat in modern Italian history. Crying foul, he had demanded a review of disputed ballots. Irresponsible, unrealistic and unfair, said his...

2006-04-28 12:59:20

ROME (Reuters) - A highly-charged vote to elect a speaker for Italy's upper house of parliament, which handed victory to an ally of prime-minister-in-waiting Romano Prodi, was annulled on Friday and a fresh ballot was ordered. The initial count gave centre-left candidate Franco Marini a one-vote victory for the prestigious post. However, centre-right politicians complained that Marini's first name was given as Francesco on two of the ballots, making them invalid. Provisional Senate...

2006-04-12 15:12:42

By Giuseppe Fonte ROME (Reuters) - Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi on Wednesday denounced Italy's general election as fraudulent and said official results giving victory to his center-left rival Romano Prodi had to be overturned. Berlusconi has refused to concede defeat in the April 9-10 vote, and demanded a review of thousands of disputed ballots. "The election result has to change because there was widespread fraud," Berlusconi told reporters after meeting President Carlo Azeglio...

2006-04-11 18:35:26

By Robin Pomeroy ROME (Reuters) - Romano Prodi pushed ahead on Wednesday with preparations to become Italy's next leader, in defiance of Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi's refusal to concede defeat in the closest election in post-war history. Prodi planned to meet allies to discuss the details of taking over government after five years of Berlusconi, the media tycoon that he says he ousted at the ballot box on April 9 and 10. Berlusconi rejected Prodi's claim of victory and called...


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