Italy bridge operator focus of anger as collapse death toll rises

By Ilaria Polleschi GENOA, Italy, Aug 15 : Rescuers hunted for survivors among towering slabs of wreckage on Wednesday after a bridge collapse that killed 39, as furious government ministers rounded on the viaduct’s operator, saying it should pay fines and compensation and lose its concession. The 50-year-old bridge, part of a toll motorway linking […]

Italy bridge collapse kills 37, ignites national anger

By Stefano Rellandini GENOA, Italy, Aug 15 : Rescue workers combed through the rubble of Italy’s bridge collapse on Wednesday as the death toll climbed to 37 and the government blamed the bridge’s private owner, demanding resignations and moving to strip its toll concession. The 50-year-old bridge, part of a toll motorway linking the port […]

African migrants protest in Italy after road deaths

By Crispian Balmer FOGGIA, Italy, Aug 8 : Migrant labourers staged a strike on Wednesday to protest at the deaths of 16 colleagues killed this week in two separate traffic accidents in southern Italy. Thousands of migrants work in the southern heel of Italy during the summer months, harvesting tomatoes. They are paid as little […]

Italy ministers meet on budget, markets worry

By Giuseppe Fonte and Gavin Jones ROME, Aug 3 : Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte summoned top ministers on Friday to discuss next year’s budget, as investors concerned about the government’s spending plans sold Italian bonds and the national statistics bureau warned the economy would keep slowing. Ahead of the meeting, which began at around […]

Italian far right’s Salvini under fire after black athlete hurt in attack

By Crispian Balmer ROME, July 30 : Opposition politicians accused far-right Interior Minister Matteo Salvini on Monday of creating a climate of hate in Italy following a spate of racist attacks that have coincided with his anti-immigration drive. In the latest assault possibly motivated by racism, black Italian athlete Daisy Osakue was injured early on […]

Italian president intervenes in migrant stand-off, angering Salvini

By Gavin Jones ROME, July 13 : President Sergio Mattarella has made a rare intervention in Italian politics to end a dispute within the ruling coalition over a migrant boat, angering right-wing Interior Minister Matteo Salvini. Mattarella contacted Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte late on Thursday to express his concern about the plight of 67 migrants […]