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Fresh delays in Italy's bid to form a government

Rome - Italy's centre-left Democratic Party Thursday delayed a decision on forming a government with the anti-establishment Five Star Movement (M5S) to next week, prolonging political uncertainty almost two months after inconclusive elections.

Italy's ex-president Napolitano has emergency heart surgery

Rome - Italy's former president Giorgio Napolitano has had to undergo emergency open-heart surgery but is in a stable condition, doctors said Wednesday.The 92-year-old had suffered a ruptured aorta, the largest artery in the body.

'Father of disco' Moroder still behind the decks aged 78

Ortisei - Pioneering Italian composer Giorgio Moroder, famed for the Oscar-winning soundtracks to Flashdance, Top Gun and Midnight Express, and for his collaboration with music royalty like Donna Summer and Daft Punk, is showing no sign of slowing down as he tur...

Italy's centre-left leaves door open for Five Star

Rome - Italy moved tentatively towards ending weeks of political deadlock on Tuesday after the centre-left and the Five Star Movement both said they were ready to start talks on a coalition government.

Italy's centre-left leaves door open for Five Star

Rome - Italy's centre-left took a tentative step Tuesday towards ending weeks of political deadlock, saying it was "willing to think about" joining forces with the anti-establishment Five Star Movement (M5S0.

Italy confirms seizure of German NGO migrant rescue ship

Rome - Italy's highest court of appeal on Tuesday rejected a request by the German NGO Jugend Rettet to release its migrant rescue boat, impounded eight months ago on suspicion of facilitating illegal immigration.

Italian President looks left in latest coalition talks

Rome - President Sergio Mattarella on Monday charged Chamber of Deputies speaker Roberto Fico with getting Italy's centre-left party into government with the Five Star Movement after talks between the anti-establishment group and the right failed.

Rome's poor treated to gelato as pope marks name day

Rome - Pope Francis marked his name day Monday by ordering thousands of ice creams for Rome's poorest, in the pontiff's latest gesture towards the most vulnerable.

EU parliament president wants further probe of Maltese journalist's murder

Rome - European Parliament leader Antonio Tajani called on authorities to pursue those who ordered the killing of Maltese journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia after colleagues published more of her investigations and delved into the mystery surrounding her death...

Mafia collusion ruling deepens Italy's political divides

Rome - The deadlock in Italian politics for the past two-and-a-half months shows little sign of loosening after a court ruled that former government officials colluded with Sicily's Mafia in the early 1990s.

Italy's Di Maio fires ultimatum in govt talks

Rome - Italy's anti-establishment party leader Luigi Di Maio Wednesday gave far-right leader Matteo Salvini until the "end of the week" to dump coalition ally Silvio Berlusconi and strike a deal in the latest round of Italian government talks.

Italian judge orders release of seized migrant rescue ship

Rome - An Italian judge ordered the release Monday of a migrant rescue ship, impounded since last month as part of an investigation in which three NGO officials are accused of aiding illegal immigration.

Italian parties spar over Berlusconi as government talks begin

Rome - Far-right and anti-establishment forces in Italy resumed battle on Thursday over who can lead a new government, as a second round of talks began with a row over Silvio Berlusconi leaving little room for manoeuvre after last month's inconclusive electio...

Rome goes crazy over miracle comeback against Barca

Rome - Car horns blaring, flags waving, fans singing in the streets and wild cheers pouring from every household, the Italian capital came alive Tuesday night as Roma knocked Barcelona out of the Champions League after a miracle comeback.

EasyJet, two others in running for Alitalia: company

Milan - Troubled Italian airline, Alitalia, said Tuesday that it has received three takeover offers, including one by a consortium led by British low-cost carrier EasyJet.

Japanese tourist dies on Leaning Tower of Pisa

Rome - A Japanese tourist died Tuesday while visiting Italy's iconic Leaning Tower of Pisa, the city's fire department said.

Try stealing less, Italian League head tells Roma

Rome - International Roma Day inspired contrasting remarks on Sunday, as Pope Francis welcomed a chance to engage with the culture of an often marginalised group, while the leader of Italy's far-right League urged them to "steal less".

Rome's Jews reject Israel artichoke dictat

Rome - Rome's Jewish community is embroiled in a standoff with Israel's top religious authority after it declared the Eternal City's cherished dish of "carciofi alla giudia" (deep-fried whole artichoke) not kosher.

Italy's far-right, Five Star jostle as government talks fail

Rome - Anti-establishment and far-right leaders stood firm Thursday in a battle for the upper hand after talks with the president on who can lead a new Italian government fell flat.

Italy launches talks in fraught quest for new government

Rome - Italy launched talks on Wednesday aiming to break political deadlock between anti-establishment and far-right leaders and form a new government a month after a general election.
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