Berlusconi bribery trial gets under way

Feb 11, 2014

Berlusconi bribery trial gets under way

Silvio Berlusconi’s latest trial opened in Naples on Tuesday, this time for allegedly bribing a senator in 2006 to join his party in a move aimed at destabilizing a rival center-left government in power at the time. The trial is the third ongoing case ...

Italian Justice Ministry investigating Knox judge

Feb 4, 2014

Italian Justice Ministry investigating Knox judge

Italy’s justice minister on Monday announced an investigation into comments to the Italian media made by the judge who read the guilty verdicts against Amanda Knox and her former Italian boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito. Annamaria Cancellieri said in a one-line statement that she has asked ...

Polarized perspectives stoke debate on Knox case

Feb 2, 2014

Polarized perspectives stoke debate on Knox case

by Gene Johnson

To some Americans, especially those in her hometown of Seattle, Amanda Knox comes across as a victim, unfairly hounded by a capricious Italian legal system that convicted her last week of murdering her 21-year-old British roommate. But in Europe, others see her as a ...

Feb 2, 2014

Knox's judge says he suffered over guilty verdict

The judge who presided over Amanda Knox’s second murder conviction says he suffered over the verdict but that he and the jury reached agreement that she was guilty in the death of British student Meredith Kercher. Judge Alessandro Nencini also suggested in an interview ...

U.S. extradition precedents don't favor Amanda Knox

Feb 1, 2014

U.S. extradition precedents don't favor Amanda Knox

Roman Polanski, Edward Snowden, Manuel Noriega — over the years, the famous and the infamous have been caught up in the legal process called extradition, which governs whether one country will turn over fugitives from justice to another country. It may be the turn ...

Knox co-defendant Sollecito at Italian hotel near border

Jan 31, 2014

Knox co-defendant Sollecito at Italian hotel near border

Police on Friday found Amanda Knox’s ex-boyfriend near Italy’s border with Slovenia and Austria, hours after he and the American student were convicted for a second time in the death of British student Meredith Kercher. Raffaele Sollecito’s lawyer, Luca Maori, said his client was ...

Convicted again, Knox faces extradition to Italy

Jan 31, 2014

Convicted again, Knox faces extradition to Italy

Amanda Knox is facing what seemed like a distant worry when she was giving national television interviews and promoting her autobiography last year: the possibility of being returned to Italy to serve decades in prison for the death of her roommate, Meredith Kercher. Any ...

Italians uphold American Amanda Knox's murder conviction

Jan 31, 2014

Italians uphold American Amanda Knox's murder conviction

More than two years after Amanda Knox returned home to the U.S. as a free woman, an Italian court Thursday reinstated her murder conviction in the stabbing of her roommate and increased her sentence to 28½ years in prison, raising the specter of a ...

Amanda Knox awaits another verdict in retrial of Italy murder case

Jan 30, 2014

Amanda Knox awaits another verdict in retrial of Italy murder case

Few international criminal cases have stirred national passions as strongly as that of American student Amanda Knox, waiting half a world away for her third Italian court verdict in the 2007 slaying of her British roommate, 21-year-old Meredith Kercher. Whatever is decided this week, ...

Jan 20, 2014

Italian boot camp aims to restore order to restive Libya

Libyan recruits are being put through their paces starting this month at a boot camp in Italy, as part of an international programme to restore stability and unrest after the fall of dictator Moammar Gadhafi. Some of them are former rebels who fought to ...

Dec 13, 2013

Grass-roots economic protests spread across Italy

For the first time in the five years of Italy’s economic crisis, grass-roots protests expressing frustration if not deep anger at the political class are spreading across Italy. Students are marching through cities and towns, small business owners are blocking highway entrances and demonstrators ...

In Italy, ancient erotic frescoes get makeover

Dec 1, 2013

In Italy, ancient erotic frescoes get makeover

Based on images adapted from some of the erotic frescoes found in the ancient Roman city of Pompeii, an exhibition that opened in Italy last week features naked artists posing as cavorting nymphs and satyrs. Among images that leave little to the imagination are ...