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2008-09-09 12:00:24

ROME (AP) -- Government and union officials must reach a deal on a plan to save Alitalia by the end of next week because the failing airline cannot keep flying much longer, Italy's labor minister said Monday. By mid-September, the state-controlled carrier could begin experiencing "operational problems, which in time can result in an impossibility to survive," Maurizio Sacconi told reporters during a break in initial talks between the government and unions representing Alitalia workers....

2008-09-08 15:00:59

Vice President Dick Cheney repeated a warning Monday that an aggressive Russia should not be allowed to dominate Europe's energy supply. Cheney was visiting Rome in the home stretch of a four-nation tour of Europe that included stops in Azerbaijan, Georgia and Ukraine and was launched after Russia's military incursion into Georgia last month. The vice president presented his concerns to President Giorgio Napolitano prior to Tuesday's meeting with Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi....

2008-09-02 12:00:21

By ARIEL DAVID Italy's state-run airline is more than $1 billion in debt. ROME -- Alitalia said Friday it has sought bankruptcy protection, taking the first step in a plan to reshape Italy's unprofitable and debt-laden national carrier. The company said in a statement that its board had asked the government to appoint an administrator and had declared insolvency to a Rome court. Alitalia has been losing some $3 million a day -- hurt by labor unrest, competition from budget...

2008-08-30 09:00:27

By wire ROME -- Alitalia said Friday it has sought bankruptcy protection, taking the first step in a plan to reshape Italy's unprofitable and debt-laden national carrier. The company said in a statement that its board had asked the government to appoint an administrator and had declared insolvency to a Rome court. Alitalia has been losing some $3 million a day -- hurt by labor unrest, competition from budget airlines and high fuel prices. Its shares have been suspended from trading...

2008-08-30 09:00:27

ALITALIA, Italy's struggling national airline, went into administration yesterday with debts of over one billion euros (GBP 805 million). The airline will be broken up and the profitable parts hived off to a new company. A partnership deal on international routes will be struck with another airline. This strategy was made possible by the Italian government's decision on Thursday to alter the bankruptcy laws to allow the protection of assets from creditors. Silvio Berlusconi, the...

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...

2008-08-19 12:00:29

By Peter Popham Head for the beach or a park bench without knowing the rules, writes Peter Popham, and you could come home with a hefty fine In addition to the usual perils of sunburn, jellyfish attacks and bottom-pinching, holidaymakers in Italy face a new range of menaces this summer, the result of the Berlusconi government's frontal assault on what it calls the "security emergency". The nation's mayors have been given carte blanche to write laws to address their own particular...

2008-08-14 15:00:43

Flight attendants at troubled Italian airline Alitalia said they would walk out on their jobs for exactly one minute on Sept. 6. The action was called to persuade management to explain the company's restructuring plan, ANSA, the Italian news agency, reported Thursday. The union said further action might be taken. ''If exhaustive and convincing replies are not forthcoming we will not hesitate to make our voice heard,'' the SDL union said. ''It will take a lot less than a minute to block...

2008-08-04 03:00:18

ITALIAN prime minister Silvio Berlusconi, 71, has touched up an art masterpiece because too much breast was exposed, it emerged yesterday. He became worried cameras would focus on a naked woman in Giambattisto Tiepolo's painting Time Unveiling Truth, which hangs behind him during media briefings. (c) 2008 Daily Record; Glasgow (UK). Provided by ProQuest Information and Learning. All rights Reserved.

2008-07-10 09:00:42

NAPLES, Italy _ This may be the only city on earth where the nation's prime minister was forced to send a well-armed military regiment to guard the garbage dump. The soldiers are dug in, ready to fight. At this moment, it's not clear whether they are preparing to take on residents, who riot and rampage every time the city tries to open a new dump, injuring police and firefighters _ or the mafia that controls the region's refuse business and has been known to decapitate enemies with a...


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cruet
  • A vial or small glass bottle, especially one for holding vinegar, oil, etc.; a caster for liquids.
This word is Middle English in origin, and ultimately comes from the Old French, diminutive of 'crue,' flask.
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