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Italy's Salvini bashes France over Libya role in new diplomatic spat

22 Jan 2019

ROME Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini, stoking a war of words between Rome and Paris, said on Tuesday that France did not want to bring calm to Libya because its energy interests there clashed with those of Italy.

Italy's Berlusconi seeks ballot-box glory again, this time in Europe

17 Jan 2019

ROME Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi said on Thursday he will run in May's European parliamentary election, standing as a candidate for public office for the first time since being found guilty of tax fraud in 2013.

Italy coalition parties resolve migrant spat in late-night talks

10 Jan 2019

ROME Italy's coalition parties patched up a row over the planned arrival of boat migrants on Thursday, with hardline Interior Minister Matteo Salvini agreeing to let in a small group following late-night government talks.

Pope Francis criticises U.S. bishops over abuse scandal, demands unity

03 Jan 2019

VATICAN CITY Pope Francis accused U.S. bishops on Thursday of failing to show unity in the face of a sexual abuse crisis, saying internal bickering had to end over a scandal that has shredded the Church's credibility.

Naples mayor offers to welcome in stranded NGO migrant boat

03 Jan 2019

ROME Naples is ready to defy Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini and let in a charity-run ship carrying 32 migrants that is blocked in the stormy Mediterranean, the city mayor said on Thursday.

Italy's 5-Star shows ruthless streak, expels four parliamentarians

31 Dec 2018

ROME The ruling 5-Star Movement expelled four parliamentarians from the party on Monday, including a former coast guard official who once famously ordered the captain of a sinking cruise liner to return to his doomed ship.

Analysis: Moderates emerge from populist shadows to shape Italian budget deal

20 Dec 2018

ROME When Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte rose to his feet in parliament on Wednesday to announce his budget accord with Europe, the normally ever-present heads of his government's two coalition parties were nowhere to be seen.

Italy strikes deal with EU commission over budget - ministry spokeswoman

19 Dec 2018

ROME Italy has done a deal with the European Commission over its contested 2019 budget, a spokeswoman at the Economy Ministry said on Tuesday, signalling an end to weeks of wrangling that had shaken financial markets.

Macron to blame for French protests, Italy's Salvini says

09 Dec 2018

ROME Italy's Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini said on Sunday President Emmanuel Macron was to blame for the "yellow vest" protests that have rattled France and urged Brussels to take heed of what was happening.

Surging in the polls, Italy's Salvini stages mass Rome rally

08 Dec 2018

ROME Italian Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini filled one of Rome's main squares with tens of thousands of flag-waving supporters on Saturday in a rally that underscored the growing predominance of his rightist League party.

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