Berlusconi gets community service for tax conviction

Apr 16, 2014

Berlusconi gets community service for tax conviction

A court has ordered former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi to serve a tax fraud sentence by doing community service with the elderly, in a ruling that restricts his movements but not his political activity. The court ruled Tuesday that Berlusconi, one of Italy’s richest ...

Stolen Gauguin was on autoworker's kitchen wall for years

Apr 3, 2014

Stolen Gauguin was on autoworker's kitchen wall for years

A Paul Gauguin still life stolen from a wealthy collector’s home in Britain decades ago has been recovered after hanging for 40 years in a Sicilian autoworker’s kitchen. The worker bought the painting along with one of lesser value by another French artist, Pierre ...

Pope warns mobsters they risk going to hell

Mar 22, 2014

Pope warns mobsters they risk going to hell

Pope Francis has a warning for Italy’s mobsters: They will go to hell if they don’t repent and renounce their “blood-stained money and blood-stained power.” The pontiff on Friday delivered his most forceful denunciation yet of organized crime. The occasion was a prayer vigil ...

Mar 7, 2014

Sicilians send photo-snapping pastry into stratosphere

Sicilian amateur scientists have launched a model cannolo, a cream-stuffed pastry roll symbolic of the Italian island, into the stratosphere, capturing bizarre images of the dessert flying far above Earth last month. The “Sicilian Space Program,” which cost roughly €350, had symbolic importance as ...

Women turn against notorious Italian Mafia

Mar 5, 2014

Women turn against notorious Italian Mafia

As police patrol outside and pace the corridors of her office, anti-Mafia prosecutor Alessandra Cerreti talks about her specialty — breaking the power of the clans by turning their women. Only a handful of women have ever broken ranks with the ruthless and secretive ...

Italy's PM Renzi wins crucial confidence vote

Feb 25, 2014

Italy's PM Renzi wins crucial confidence vote

Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi won a crucial confidence vote in Parliament on his brand new government early Tuesday, managing at least for now to tamp down anger from among his own Democrats over his brash, quick rise to power. The vote in the ...

Italy's new premier sets to work amid ailing economy

Feb 23, 2014

Italy's new premier sets to work amid ailing economy

Matteo Renzi became Italy’s youngest premier on Saturday, promising a new era of stable government after using old-school politicking to engineer the ouster of a fellow Democrat he deemed too timid to get the nation back to work. The unabashedly ambitious Renzi, 39, quit ...

Berlusconi divorce paves way for possible third marriage

Feb 21, 2014

Berlusconi divorce paves way for possible third marriage

Italy’s billionaire former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi is officially divorced, paving the way for a possible marriage with a woman almost 50 years his junior, Italian media said Wednesday. According to gossip website Dagospia and others, Berlusconi’s brown-haired, shapely 28-year-old girlfriend, Francesca Pascale, has ...

Italian premier quitting after losing key support

Feb 14, 2014

Italian premier quitting after losing key support

Abandoned by an ambitious party rival, Italian Premier Enrico Letta announced Thursday he is resigning after losing essential support for his battered 10-month-old coalition government. Hours earlier, Matteo Renzi, the 39-year-old leader of Letta’s Democratic Party, rallied party executives to an overwhelming vote for ...

Feb 12, 2014

Italy, U.S. arrest 24 in mob drug smuggling case

Reputed mobsters in New York City and Italy joined forces in a failed conspiracy to smuggle large amounts of heroin and cocaine, with one suspect suggesting that the drugs could be concealed in frozen fish bound for an Italian port, authorities said Tuesday. Law ...