Quantcast

Latest Prime Ministers of Italy Stories

2008-10-30 21:00:12

Italy warned the Libyan government about the U.S. plan to bomb Tripoli a day before the 1986 attack, a Libyan official said Thursday. Libyan Foreign Minister Mohammed Abdel-Rahman Shalgam said at a Rome press conference Thursday that Italian Premier Bettino Craxi warned of the impending attack, ANSA reported. Shalgam said the warning might have saved the life of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi and most of his family. "Premier Craxi sent an Italian friend we had in common to tell me,...

2008-08-25 15:00:42

Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi's renditions of Neopolitan love songs may be released on CD in time for Christmas, his music partner says. Musician Mariano Apicella said from Berlusconi's villa in Sardinia that he recommended at the beginning of August the premier take a break from politics to focus on his musical career in order to finish the CD. Now it's possible it could be out by December, the Italian news agency ANSA reported Monday. But, Apicella warned, that may be...

2008-07-08 09:00:42

ROME _ This is the year of the mafia _ at least at the box office. Two films on organized crime in Italy, each fact-based melodramas, took top prizes at the Cannes Film Festival in May and are drawing packed audiences here. The Italian movie industry was giddy over the double win. "Gomorra," the film adaptation of a diary-like book by journalist Roberto Saviano that focuses on the Naples-based mob known as Camorra, took home Cannes' grand prize. "Il Divo," a film directed by Paolo...

2006-08-21 13:27:18

CASTIGLIONE DELLA PESCAIA, Italy (Reuters) - Italy's Prime Minister Romano Prodi has told United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan that Italy is prepared to lead a U.N. force in southern Lebanon, Prodi said on Monday. Speaking near his holiday home in Tuscany, Prodi told reporters that Annan would take a final decision on the leadership of the U.N. force this weekend.

2006-08-21 06:29:59

By Stephen Brown ROME (Reuters) - Italy is ready to lead a U.N. force in southern Lebanon if its European partners commit themselves to the operation, which the Italian opposition warned on Monday could prove to be a "kamikaze" mission. Prime Minister Romano Prodi, asked by Israel's Ehud Olmert on Sunday to lead the new multinational force of up to 15,000 troops, sought French, German and Turkish assurances this weekend that Italy would not head into Lebanon alone. "I understand we...

2006-08-11 07:20:00

By Silvia Aloisi ROME - Amanda Ait-Jilal, a 27-year-old transsexual convicted for drug dealing, was in her cell wondering how she'd get through another year in jail when the prison guard came round. "Pack your stuff. You are out of here," the French immigrant recalls the guard telling her. "Take my advice. Be good." It was 10 o'clock at night. Three hours later, she was wandering the streets of Naples, savoring her new-found freedom after nearly three years in one of Italy's most infamous...

2006-07-20 11:44:43

MILAN (Reuters) - A prosecutor has asked Italy's new justice minister to request the extradition of more than 20 CIA agents over the alleged kidnapping of a Muslim cleric in 2003, a judicial source said on Thursday. Prosecutors had already lodged a request for the extradition of 22 suspected U.S. agents with the government of conservative Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi but it was rejected. Berlusconi's government lost a national election in April to the center left led by Prime...

2006-07-15 13:44:01

By Robin Pomeroy ST PETERSBURG, Russia (Reuters) - Italian Prime Minister Romano Prodi told President Bush on Saturday that Italy could play a role in easing the Middle East crisis. Prodi, who won an April election against close U.S.-ally Silvio Berlusconi, said ahead of the G8 summit that Bush had accepted his plan to withdraw troops from Iraq and urged Italy to continue to support reconstruction efforts. Bush said his meeting with "Romano," the first since Prodi returned to power,...

2006-07-06 19:20:48

By Roberto Landucci ROME (Reuters) - Italy's former government probably knew about the alleged CIA abduction of a terrorism suspect in 2003, new Foreign Minister Massimo D'Alema said on Thursday, following the arrest of two Italian intelligence officials. "It seems difficult to me that an operation of this sort, which would involve top-level intelligence agents, happened without the political authorities knowing absolutely anything about it," D'Alema told members of his centre-left...

2006-06-28 05:20:54

ROME (Reuters) - Italian Prime Minister Romano Prodi won a confidence vote in parliament on Wednesday over a package of technical measures, ensuring the survival of his six-week-old government. The upper house, or Senate, voted 160-1 in favor of the bill to extend a series of parliamentary measures and amend rules for awarding public contracts. Prodi said the confidence vote was needed to speed the package of measures through parliament and avoid dozens of amendments. Under a...


Word of the Day
cock-a-hoop
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'
Related