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Sollecito feels 'reborn' after murder acquittal

Rome - Amanda Knox's ex-lover Raffaele Sollecito said Monday his acquittal for the grisly murder of a British student was like being "reborn", but being branded a murderer had inflicted permanent emotional damage.

Italy's high court clears Amanda Knox and boyfriend of murder

Rome - Eight years of legal proceedings, two murder convictions and four years of prison later, the question still remains: Did she, or didn’t she?

Who killed Kercher? Knox acquittal leaves murder mystery unsolved

Rome - Who killed Meredith Kercher? While Amanda Knox and her ex-lover celebrate their shock acquittal, the grisly case of the British student's murder is far from solved.

Timeline of Meredith Kercher murder probe and trial

Rome - Italy's top court on Friday quashed the convictions of American Amanda Knox and her Italian former boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito for the murder of British student Meredith Kercher.

Italy clears Knox of murder that gripped the world

Rome - Italy's top court has thrown out Amanda Knox's conviction for the 2007 murder of British student Meredith Kercher, bringing a sensational end to an eight-year legal drama that has gripped a global audience.

Rome pensioner given $16 mn Picasso 'for act of kindness'

Rome - Italian police are trying to establish the true owner of a Picasso painting worth 15 million euros ($16 million) after confiscating it from a pensioner who says he was given it for free.

Italy's top judges burn night oil mulling Knox fate

Rome - Judges at Italy's top court worked into the evening Friday mulling whether to uphold the murder conviction of Amanda Knox in what could be the final act of an eight-year legal drama.

Italy court told Knox conviction case perfect, ruling delayed

Rome - An Italian prosecutor told the country's top court Wednesday that Amanda Knox's conviction for the sensational murder of British student Meredith Kercher was "beyond reproach".

Amanda Knox faces extradition battle if Italy upholds murder conviction

Rome - Italy's top court will review American Amanda Knox's conviction Wednesday in the gory murder of a British student, potentially opening the door to a fierce extradition battle in a case that has riveted the world.

Rolex scandal minister rejects blame for Italy kickbacks

Rome - An Italian minister caught up in the country's biggest corruption scandal in two decades resigned Friday, admitting he had to take political responsibility for the rigging of public works tenders that cost taxpayers billions.

A Rolex too far: Italian minister quits in corruption scandal

Rome - Italy's transport and infrastructure minister announced his resignation on Thursday after days of revelations implicating him in a corruption scandal involving his department, his son and a 10,000-euro Rolex watch.

Canada wedding next for Italy's groundbreaking gay politician

Rome - Italy's most prominent gay politician has announced he wants to marry his Canadian partner: a step the couple will have to take in Canada as Italy does not allow same-sex marriages.

Italy kickbacks scandal deepens as wiretaps embarrass minister

Rome - A kickbacks scandal threatening to destabilise the Italian government deepened on Wednesday as a minister resisted demands he quit over claims he used his influence to get his son a job, then lied about it.

Prison term sought in Italy Couchsurfing rape case

Padua - An Italian policeman accused of raping a 16-year-old Australian staying with him through the Couchsurfing website left her defenceless by spiking a drink with tranquilisers, prosecuting lawyers said Tuesday.

Prison term sought in Italy Couchsurfing rape case

Padua - An Italian policeman accused of raping a 16-year-old Australian staying with him through the Couchsurfing website left her defenceless by spiking a drink with tranquilisers, prosecuting lawyers said Tuesday.

Rolex revelations rock Renzi government in Italy

Rome - An Italian minister was left fighting for survival on Tuesday after it emerged his son had been given a Rolex watch by a businessman arrested in a kickbacks scandal that has rocked the centre-left government of Prime Minister Matteo Renzi.

Elton John urges Dolce and Gabbana boycott over 'synthetic' babies

London - British pop legend Elton John called for a boycott of Dolce and Gabbana after one of the designers behind the Italian fashion label condemned IVF babies as "synthetic".

Italy seeks to block regional 'anti-mosque law'

Rome - The Italian government has moved to block new building regulations for Lombardy which would make it virtually impossible to build any new mosques in the northern region, officials said Friday.

Brazil arrests Italian extremist convicted of murder

S - Police in Brazil arrested the Italian extremist and writer Cesare Battisti, who was convicted of murder in his home country and has been on the run for decades.

Italy's cabinet green-lights school reform bill

Rome - Italy's cabinet on Thursday adopted Prime Minister Matteo Renzi's school reform bill, which he said would see 100,000 substitute teachers given permanent contracts and extra funds designated for teacher development.

Rome removes refugees from besieged centre

Rome - Authorities in Rome have removed the last remaining asylum-seekers from a centre that was repeatedly attacked by local residents in incidents that were seen as a benchmark of rising xenophobia.

Rome restaurants accused of funding mob closed in anti-mafia swoop

Rome - Thousands of visitors to Rome have been unwittingly pouring cash into the pockets of a ruthless mafia organisation by dining at two of the city's best-known tourist restaurants, Italian police said Thursday.

'Bunga bunga for everyone', Berlusconi back on campaign trail

Rome - Less than 24 hours after his final acquittal of paying for underage sex and abusing power, Silvio Berlusconi was back on the campaign trail Wednesday promising "Bunga bunga for everyone!".

Italy's top court clears Berlusconi in bunga bunga sex case

Rome - Italy's top court definitively cleared Silvio Berlusconi of charges that he paid for sex with an underage dancer and then abused his position as prime minister to cover it up.

Berlusconi fate in judges' hands

Rome - Silvio Berlusconi's future hung in the balance Tuesday as judges worked late into the night, mulling whether to definitively clear him of paying for sex with a minor then using his power to cover it up.

Pope helps shed light on notorious Italy murder

Rome - Pope Francis is breaking decades of Vatican silence to help Italy shed light on one of its most notorious crimes, the 1970's murder of former premier Aldo Moro, the Corriere della Sera daily said Saturday.

Berlusconi tax rap over, sex trial D-day looms

Milan - Italy's Silvio Berlusconi wound up a community service sentence for tax fraud Friday, days before Italy's top court reviews his acquittal for buying sex from underage dancer "Ruby the Heart Stealer".

Skiers in cable car drama as storms wreak havoc in Italy

Rome - Around 200 holiday skiers in the Italian Dolomites were winched to safety on Thursday after getting stranded in cable car cabins buffeted by 80 mile (130 km) an hour winds.

At least 10 dead as migrant boat capsizes off Sicily

Rome - A boat capsized off Sicily when the migrants aboard rushed to meet rescuers, killing at least 10 people, the Italian coastguard said Wednesday.

At least 10 dead as migrant boat capsizes off Sicily

Rome - A boat capsized off Sicily when the migrants aboard rushed to meet rescuers, killing at least 10 people, the Italian coastguard said Wednesday.
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