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2008-06-22 18:00:19

A family member of a suspect in the death of a British student killed in Italy has been accused of trying to interfere with the investigation, officials say. The Observer reported Sunday that Italian police are investigating the strangling and stabbing death of Meredith Kercher, a Briton found Nov. 2 in Perugia, Italy. The father of suspect Raffaele Sollecito was overheard in a police wiretap having discussions that allegedly suggested plans were being made to get some politicians to use...

2006-11-13 10:52:16

ROME -- A government plan to build moveable flood barriers to protect the famous city of canals during high tides is a mistake, the mayor of Venice said Saturday. The government has approved a $5.5 billion project to build hinged barriers in the seabed just off Venice. The barriers could be raised to ease the effect of high tides, which frequently flood St. Mark's Square. The project is dubbed "Moses" after the Biblical figure who parted the Red Sea. Some environmentalists have protested the...

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,...

2006-07-12 16:19:07

By Phil Stewart ROME (Reuters) - Ex-Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, who lost power in April elections, attacked Italian magistrates on Wednesday for chasing after CIA agents and Italian spies over the alleged kidnap of a terrorism suspect. Berlusconi also said that Rome risked increasing the chances of a terrorist attack on Italian soil if the government loses its close ties with the CIA over the case. "The world is upside-down: Those who defend the security of the country go to...

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,...

2006-07-06 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...


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This word comes from the Late Latin 'virgula,' accentual mark, a diminutive of 'virga,' rod.
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