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2006-03-29 12:17:20

ROME (Reuters) - An Afghan Christian convert, who had faced the death penalty in his country for abandoning Islam, is now in Italy where he has been offered asylum, Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi said on Wednesday. "He is already in Italy," Berlusconi told a news conference in Rome.

2006-03-29 11:34:07

ROME (Reuters) - An Afghan Christian convert, who had faced the death penalty in his country for abandoning Islam, has arrived in Italy which has offered him asylum, Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi said on Wednesday. "He is already in Italy," Berlusconi told a news conference in Rome.

2006-03-29 07:12:50

By Paolo Biondi ROME (Reuters) - Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi admitted on Wednesday his assertion Chinese communists boiled babies might have been in poor taste, but denied Italy's relations with China had suffered because of his comments. However, a defiant Berlusconi refused to withdraw his remarks and dismissed a complaint from the Chinese Foreign Ministry, saying it had merely come from "a bureaucrat." Berlusconi, campaigning ahead of an April 9-10 general election, told a...

2006-03-28 08:16:07

By Crispian Balmer MILAN (Reuters) - Looking tired and worn, Emilio Fede scrunches up his eyes and complains that he has only had three days off work since August. "If we win the election then I can finally go on holiday and see my family," he says, sitting at his cluttered desk with photographs of Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi nailed to the wall behind him. Fede might sound like a Berlusconi campaign manager for Italy's April general election, but in fact he is the silky smooth...

2006-03-28 06:45:00

BEIJING -- China, which is marking 2006 as the Year of Italy, has denounced comments by Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi that the Chinese under Mao Zedong boiled babies. "We are dissatisfied with this groundless talk," China's Foreign Ministry said in a statement faxed to Reuters on Tuesday. "Words and deeds by Italian leaders should benefit the stability and development of friendly relations between China and Italy." Berlusconi, who has been accused of being obsessed with the...

2006-03-27 08:20:00

By Phil Stewart ROME (Reuters) - A McDonald's franchise owner in Ohio and Ted Turner's daughter-in-law in Atlanta are competing for the same, rather unlikely, job. They are both running for parliament ... in Italy. Thanks to a peculiar change to the electoral law, Italians scattered across the world are competing for the first time for newly created parliamentary seats set aside for expatriates. Italy holds a general election April 9 and 10. In the case of McDonald's owner Gaetano "Guy"...

2006-03-23 18:50:58

By Laure Bretton and Darren Ennis BRUSSELS (Reuters) - French President Jacques Chirac walked out of a European Union summit on Thursday after a French business leader spoke in English, adding linguistic patriotism to a row over economic nationalism. Facing violent street protests at home over a disputed youth employment law, Chirac briefly led his delegation out of the room when the head of the EU business lobby switched from French to what he called "the language of business." The...

2006-03-23 17:28:20

By Laure Bretton and Darren Ennis BRUSSELS (Reuters) - French President Jacques Chirac added linguistic patriotism to economic nationalism on Thursday when he briefly walked out of a European Union summit after a French business leader spoke in English. Facing violent street protests at home over a disputed youth employment law, Chirac stormed out of the room when the head of the EU business lobby, Ernest-Antoine Seilliere, switched from French to what he called "the language of...

2006-03-23 16:47:07

By Phil Stewart ROME (Reuters) - A U.S. security alert advising Americans of possible pre-election violence in Italy set off a storm of controversy on Thursday, with the center-left opposition saying it created a climate of fear. The United States cited the possible threat of an al Qaeda attack before the April 9-10 ballot and pointed to the risk of domestic rallies turning violent after opponents of the conservative prime minister rioted in Milan this month. A nail bomb injured...

2006-03-23 14:53:04

By Silvia Aloisi ROME (Reuters) - Italian director Nanni Moretti brings Silvio Berlusconi to the big screen in "The Cayman," a bitter-sweet critique of the tycoon-turned-politician but also of those who demonise him. "The Cayman" hits the screens in Italy on Friday, just two weeks before an April 9-10 election which opinion polls say the prime minister's centre-right bloc is likely to lose. Its release has been hotly anticipated in Italy, both because of the proximity to the ballot...


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cenobite
  • One of a religious order living in a convent or in community; a monk: opposed to anchoret or hermit (one who lives in solitude).
  • A social bee.
This word comes from the Latin 'coenobium,' convent, which comes from the Greek 'koinobios,' living in community.
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