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2006-08-09 11:58:05

ROME (Reuters) - A Rome court will decide on November 29 whether to try a U.S. soldier, almost certainly in absentia, for an Italian agent's death in Baghdad while he escorted a freed hostage to safety, a court source said on Wednesday. Prosecutors want Mario Lozano of the 69th Infantry Regiment to stand trial for manslaughter and attempted double homicide. Intelligence agent Nicola Calipari was escorting a newly freed Italian hostage when he was shot dead at a checkpoint in March...

2006-07-28 09:59:06

By Phil Stewart ROME (Reuters) - It's a humbling experience for any spy chief: your top-secret telephone conversations are printed in newspapers and chatted about on TV. That's what is happening to Nicolo Pollari, the head of Italy's Sismi military intelligence agency who, along with fellow spies, has been unwittingly spied upon by police for possibly crossing the line in anti-terrorism work. Prosecutors believe Sismi may have helped the CIA kidnap a terrorism suspect in Milan in...

2006-07-24 10:35:35

By Phil Stewart ROME (Reuters) - The CIA did ask Italy's spy agency to help it kidnap a terrorism suspect in Milan in 2003, but the Italians refused because it was illegal, a lawyer representing an Italian agency boss told Reuters on Monday. Silvio Berlusconi, Italy's prime minister at the time, has denied that he or the Sismi military intelligence agency knew about a plot to kidnap Muslim cleric Hassan Mustafa Osama Nasr and fly him to Egypt, where Nasr says he was tortured....

2006-07-19 15:11:27

By Phil Stewart ROME (Reuters) - The head of Italy's military intelligence agency on Wednesday defended himself and colleagues being investigated for their possible role in the alleged CIA kidnapping of a terrorism suspect in Milan. Nicolo Pollari told a closed-door meeting of the Senate defense committee that the Sismi intelligence agency had "nothing to do with illegal acts" and would not break the law to help foreign agents. The comments, relayed to reporters by the committee's...

2006-07-15 07:30:53

By Emilio Parodi MILAN (Reuters) - The head of Italy's military intelligence agency was questioned by prosecutors for the first time on Saturday on suspicion of helping the CIA kidnap a terrorism suspect in Milan, judicial sources said. The development makes Nicolo Pollari the highest ranking official connected to the Italian investigation -- which has already led to the arrests of his No. 2 and another leader of his Sismi intelligence agency earlier this month. Twenty-six...

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...

2006-07-11 11:57:36

By Phil Stewart ROME (Reuters) - Italy's government said on Tuesday it did not believe its intelligence agency aided the alleged CIA abduction of a terrorism suspect in Milan -- but left open the possibility that rogue Italian agents may have been involved. Defense Undersecretary Lorenzo Forcieri said the government was not currently aware of any "involvement or complicity" by the Sismi military intelligence agency, whose No. 2 was arrested and jailed last week over his suspected...

2006-07-07 09:36:03

By Emilio Parodi MILAN (Reuters) - Prosecutors questioned the jailed deputy director of Italy's military spy agency on Friday, two days after arresting him on suspicion of involvement in the alleged CIA kidnapping of a terrorism suspect in 2003. Marco Mancini, arrested on Wednesday, has said through his lawyer that he had nothing to do with the alleged "rendition" of Muslim cleric Hassan Mustafa Osama Nasr, also known as Abu Omar. Prosecutors believe a CIA-led team grabbed Nasr off...

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...

2006-07-05 09:47:14

By Phil Stewart and Massimiliano Di Giorgio ROME (Reuters) - Two Italian spy chiefs were arrested on Wednesday and a judge issued arrest warrants for four Americans over the alleged CIA kidnapping of a terrorism suspect in Milan in 2003, officials said. Three of the Americans were alleged CIA agents and the fourth worked at a U.S. military base in Aviano, northern Italy, which prosecutors believe was used to secretly transfer the Muslim cleric out of Italy. A statement from the...


Word of the Day
toccata
  • In music, a work for a keyboard-instrument, like the pianoforte or organ, originally intended to utilize and display varieties of touch: but the term has been extended so as to include many irregular works, similar to the prelude, the fantasia, and the improvisation.
This word is Italian in origin, coming from the feminine past participle of 'toccare,' to touch.
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