Italy’s growth woes cast shadow over Renzi’s anniversary

By Gavin Jones ROME, Feb 22 : Italy’s public debt will fall as promised this year as long as the economy holds up, Prime Minister Matteo Renzi said on Monday, as Rome’s familiar growth and public finance problems threatened to overshadow the start of his third year in office. Italian gross domestic product grew less […]

Italy arrests priest for allegedly defrauding elderly savers

By Isla Binnie ROME, Feb 10 : A Roman Catholic prelate has been arrested for allegedly defrauding hundreds of elderly people out of millions of euros through an elaborate money-laundering scheme, Italian police said today. Monsignor Patrizio Benvenuti, 64, originally from Argentina, has been placed under house arrest, and an international arrest warrant has been […]

Body of Italian student shows signs of torture -Egypt officials

By Amina Ismail and Ahmed Mohamed Hassan CAIRO, Feb 4 : The body of an Italian student who went missing in Cairo was found half naked by the roadside with cigarette burns and other signs of torture, a senior Egyptian prosecutor said today. In Rome, Italy’s Foreign Ministry summoned the Egyptian ambassador to express concern […]

Signs of torture on body of Italian student found in Egypt -security officials

By Amina Ismail and Ahmed Mohamed Hassan CAIRO, Feb 4 : An Italian student who went missing in Cairo has died and an investigation has been launched into signs of torture on his body, which was found dumped next to an Egyptian road, security officials said today. Cambridge University student Giulio Regeni, 28, disappeared on […]

Rome hosts large rally against same-sex unions and gay adoption

By Isla Binnie and Crispian Balmer ROME, Jan 30 : Tens of thousands of Italians staged a mass rally in Rome’s Circus Maximus today to urge the government to drop legislation that offers homosexual couples legal recognition and limited adoption rights. The much-contested bill was presented to parliament last week and is due to be […]

Italy parliament rejects two no-confidence votes against Renzi

By Steve Scherer ROME, Jan 27 : Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi today defeated two no-confidence motions brought by the opposition in parliament, which has accused the government of having a conflict of interest during the rescue of four small banks last year. Renzi’s Senate allies easily repulsed the no-confidence motions – brought separately by […]