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Italy in new government endgame as bank fears mount

Rome - Talks on creating a new Italian government entered a decisive phase Saturday as fears mounted that any new premier will have to handle a politically toxic banking crisis.

Race for new Italy government enters final stage

Rome - The race to resolve debt-laden Italy's political crisis steps up a gear on Saturday, with President Sergio Mattarella meeting the key players in talks watched closely by Europe.

Italy president starts quest to form caretaker govmt

Rome - President Sergio Mattarella on Thursday began consultations aimed at averting a political crisis in Italy triggered by the resignation of Prime Minister Matteo Renzi.

Canadian kidnapped in Libya glad to be safe back home in Montreal

Montreal - Frank Poccia, a 52-year-old Canadian man was abducted by armed and masked gunmen on September 19th along with two Italians in the southwestern Libyan city of Ghat.

Political lifer Matteo Renzi is unwilling to let go

Rome - Start spreading the news: like Frank Sinatra during his extended swansong, Matteo Renzi is saying farewell with no intention of going anywhere.

Italy's Prime Minister Matteo Renzi formally resigns

Rome - Italy's Prime Minister Matteo Renzi formally resigned Wednesday, a spokesman for the president said, stepping down after a bruising referendum defeat and kicking off a period of political uncertainty in the eurozone's third largest economy.

Italy's Renzi resigns, hints at early election

Rome - Matteo Renzi bowed out as Italian prime minister with a combination of jokes, regrets and a strong hint that he wants to lead his party into an early election battle.

One loser, several would-be winners in Italy crisis

Rome - Matteo Renzi's downfall following the resounding 'No' to his constitutional reform has left a hole in the Italian political landscape and a host of figures jockeying to seize the vacated throne of power.

Italy senate to vote on budget Wednesday

Rome - Italy's senate will vote on the 2017 budget on Wednesday, checking off the last task for outgoing Prime Minister Matteo Renzi before he officially resigns, the upper house of parliament said Tuesday.

Battle over early elections grips Italy in limbo

Rome - A fight over whether to hold early elections gripped Italy on Tuesday after Prime Minister Matteo Renzi's resignation left the eurozone's third largest economy in political limbo.

Italy's Renzi to quit after budget

Rome - Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi formally resigned after a crushing referendum defeat that has sent shockwaves around Europe -- though his departure will be delayed by a final task, passing a budget.

1,300 migrants rescued in Mediterranean, 16 found dead

Rome - Over 1,300 migrants have been rescued from the Mediterranean over the past 48 hours with 16 bodies recovered, the Italian coastguard said Monday.

Italy's Matteo Renzi falls as swiftly as he rose

Rome - In the end, Matteo Renzi's fall was even quicker than his remarkably rapid rise to the summit of Italian politics.

Eurosceptics delight as Italy's Renzi quits

Rome - Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi prepared to hand in his resignation Monday after suffering a ruinous referendum defeat cheered by populist leaders but sparking fresh jitters in Europe.

Populists cheer as Italy's Renzi packs his bags

Rome - Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi said his goodbyes Monday after a ruinous referendum defeat that was cheered by populist leaders and sent shockwaves rippling around Europe.

Italy's Renzi quits after crushing referendum defeat

Rome - Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi announced his resignation on Monday, hours after it was confirmed he had suffered a crushing defeat in a referendum on constitutional reform.

Renzi facing exit as polls point to Italy referendum defeat

Rome - Matteo Renzi's time as Italy's prime minister appeared to be over Sunday as exit polls indicated voters had overwhelmingly rejected constitutional reform proposals on which he had staked his future.

Massive turnout as Italy referendum battle enters final hours

Rome - Italians voted in huge numbers Sunday in a high-stakes constitutional referendum that will decide the fate of Prime Minister Matteo Renzi and has left the rest of Europe braced for the fallout.

Media silence on eve of Italy's crunch referendum

Rome - Media silence was imposed across Italy Saturday on the eve of a constitutional referendum crucial for Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, who has staked his future on the government reforms.

Final pitches as Italy referendum battle heads to wire

Rome - Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi headed into a constitutional referendum this weekend insisting he could still win his fight for political survival.
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