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2006-06-26 14:42:36

By Rachel Sanderson ROME (Reuters) - Italians resoundingly rejected a proposal to overhaul Italy's constitution on Monday as voters rewarded the new government and delivered a fresh blow to former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi two months after he lost power. Results from all polling stations except those overseas showed 61.7 percent of the voters in a two-day, nationwide referendum turned down the plan to strengthen the prime minister's powers and give more autonomy to the...

2006-06-26 09:40:09

By Rachel Sanderson ROME (Reuters) - Italian voters appeared to have rejected constitutional reforms that would have strengthened the prime minister's powers and given regions greater autonomy, early ballot counting showed on Monday. A defeat in the two-day referendum would strengthen Prime Minister Romano Prodi, who campaigned against the reforms saying they would wreck national unity, weaken the president and cost billions of euros. For his rival, former prime minister Silvio...

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...

2006-06-26 03:47:05

By Nelson Graves ROME (Reuters) - Italy held a second day of voting on Monday in a referendum that could rewrite the constitution to strengthen the prime minister's powers and give regions greater autonomy. Proponents, led by ex-Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, say the referendum could end the nation's half century of revolving governments and save money by slashing the number of lawmakers. But Prime Minister Romano Prodi's centre-left coalition, in power for just over one month,...

2006-06-25 03:54:44

By Phil Stewart ROME (Reuters) - Italians began voting on Sunday in a two-day referendum that could herald the biggest constitutional shake-up in half a century if Prime Minister Romano Prodi fails to convince the country to reject it. Prodi, whose office of prime minister would be strengthened by the reforms, says the package will wreck national unity, weaken the president and cost the nation more than 250 billion euros ($315 billion) to implement. Former prime minister Silvio...

2006-06-23 12:30:36

By James Eve and Riccardo Fabiani ROME (Reuters) - Top football teams, officials and referees charged in Italy's match-fixing scandal declared their innocence on Friday ahead of a sports trial that may lead to the relegation of champions Juventus. Juventus, AC Milan, Fiorentina and Lazio, as well as 26 individuals including eight referees and two linesmen, have been ordered to appear before a tribunal, starting on June 29. The Football Federation (FIFC) announced the charges after...

2006-05-31 09:35:00

By Philip Pullella ROME -- A move by the new center-left government suggesting it might break with the conservative past by favoring embryonic stem cell research caused a political storm in Italy on Wednesday. Research Minister Fabio Mussi said in Brussels on Tuesday he had withdrawn Italy's signature from a "declaration of ethics" which Rome and other countries made in November. The declaration, signed under the center-right government of former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, objected to...

2006-05-30 02:34:56

By Silvia Aloisi ROME (Reuters) - Prime Minister Romano Prodi's centre-left coalition swept three big cities in Italy's local polls, comfortably passing its first test at the ballot box since its narrow victory in last month's general election. Votes were still being counted in some regions on Tuesday morning but provisional results put the center left way ahead in Rome, Turin and Naples. Silvio Berlusconi's center right looked set to win in Milan but by a smaller margin than...

2006-05-29 10:42:29

By Phil Stewart ROME (Reuters) - Prime Minister Romano Prodi's centre-left bloc, in its first test since narrowly winning a general election, looked set on Monday to sweep at least three major cities in mayoral races, according to projected results. Prodi's candidates had a clear advantage in Rome, Turin and Naples, and may force an unexpected run-off in Milan, a centre-right stronghold and the home-turf of opposition leader Silvio Berlusconi, according to two pollsters. Milan,...

2006-05-29 09:28:37

By Phil Stewart ROME (Reuters) - Prime Minister Romano Prodi's centre-left bloc, in its first test since winning April general elections, looked set on Monday to sweep at least three major cities in mayoral races, according to a poll after the vote. Centre-left incumbents had a clear advantage in Rome, Turin and Naples, and may force an unexpected run-off in Milan, a centre-right stronghold and the home-turf of opposition leader Silvio Berlusconi, according to pollsters Piepoli....


Word of the Day
monteith
  • A large punch-bowl of the eighteenth century, usually of silver and with a movable rim, and decorated with flutings and a scalloped edge. It was also used for cooling and carrying wine-glasses.
  • A kind of cotton handkerchief having white spots on a colored ground, the spots being produced by a chemical which discharges the color.
This word is possibly named after Monteith (Monteigh), 'an eccentric 17th-century Scotsman who wore a cloak scalloped at the hem.'
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