Italy 5-Star backing for proportional electoral law raises chance of autumn vote

By Steve Scherer and Massimiliano Di Giorgio ROME, May 29 : Italy’s 5-Star Movement voted over the weekend in favour of a proportional electoral system, raising the chances of an unprecedented autumn parliamentary election. Yesterday, 5-Star’s supporters overwhelmingly backed a proportional law modelled on that of Germany, in which parties must win at least 5 […]

At least 34 migrants, mostly toddlers, drown off Libya – rescuers

By Steve Scherer ROME, May 24 : At least 34 migrants, most of them toddlers, drowned today, as coastguard boats and other vessels tried to save hundreds of others packed into boats off the coast of Libya, rescuers said. One of a group of boats listed suddenly, sending about 200 people tumbling into the Mediterranean, […]

Libya-based smugglers kill man for baseball hat, rescued migrants say

By Darrin Zammit Lupi ABOARD THE PHOENIX, May 4 : Rescuers picked up 560 migrants from unsafe boats off the coast of Libya today, Italy’s Coast Guard said, including the body of a young man who the migrants said had been shot by smugglers on the beach for his baseball cap. Italian Navy and Coast […]

Italy’s Renzi regains party leadership with big primary win

By Gavin Jones ROME, May 1 : Matteo Renzi, staging a political comeback less than five months after resigning as Italy’s prime minister, easily regained the leadership of the ruling Democratic Party (PD) with an overwhelming victory in a primary election among party supporters. According to yesterday’s partial results, Renzi had about 72 per cent […]

Italy’s Renzi set to regain leadership of weakened ruling party

By Gavin Jones ROME, Apr 27 : Matteo Renzi looks well placed to regain the leadership of Italy’s ruling Democratic Party (PD) on Sunday, but returning to government may be a much tougher task for the former prime minister. The PD will hold a primary election among its supporters on Sunday and opinion polls suggest […]

World’s oldest person, last one of 19th century, dies in Italy at 117

By Philip Pullella ROME, Apr 15 : Emma Morano, who at 117 was believed to be the world’s oldest person and the last surviving child of the 19th century, died today, swearing to the end on her diet of two raw eggs a day. “She reached an incredible finish line,” said Silvia Marchionini, mayor of […]