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Italy's Salvini loses key regional vote, in relief for government

27 Jan 2020

ROME Italy's right-wing League leader Matteo Salvini failed to overturn decades of leftist rule in the northern region of Emilia-Romagna on Sunday in an election that brought relief to the embattled government. | Video

Italy's centre-left seen beating League in key regional vote - exit poll

26 Jan 2020

ROME Italy's centre-left Democratic Party (PD) looked on course to beat Matteo Salvini's rightist League party in a closely watched election in the northern region of Emilia-Romagna, an exit poll said on Sunday.

Salvini looking for redemption in Italian regional elections

26 Jan 2020

ROME Voters in two Italian regions, Emilia Romagna in the north and Calabria in the south, went to the polls on Sunday in local elections that could help propel far-right, opposition leader Matteo Salvini to national power.

Seeking path back to power, Salvini targets Italian left's fiefdom

21 Jan 2020

BOLOGNA, Italy In a country where governments have a life expectancy of barely a year, the northern Italian region of Emilia Romagna has been a beacon of stability, run non-stop by the left for almost 75 years.

Italian Sardines square off against Salvini ahead of crucial vote

19 Jan 2020

BOLOGNA, Italy The "Sardines" grassroots movement protesting against the populism of far-right Italian leader Matteo Salvini staged a mass rally in the northern city of Bologna on Sunday ahead of a regional vote that could shake up national politics.

Italian foreign policy flounders amidst Libyan blunders

09 Jan 2020

ROME Italy scrambled to salvage diplomatic credibility on Thursday after its bid to play a central role in resolving Libya's long-running conflict came off the rails, revealing failures at the heart of the government.

Pope apologises for 'bad example' of slapping arm of pilgrim who tugged him

01 Jan 2020

VATICAN CITY Pope Francis apologised on Wednesday for having angrily slapped a woman's arm when she had grabbed hold of his hand and yanked him towards her, saying he had lost his patience and set a "bad example". | Video

Malta murder suspect says got tip offs from top official

05 Dec 2019

VALLETTA A wealthy businessman, who is the prime suspect in the murder of journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia, told a Malta court on Thursday he got regular tip-offs about the investigation from the government's ex-chief of staff.

Middleman tells Malta court of plot to kill reporter

04 Dec 2019

VALLETTA The self-confessed middleman in the murder of a journalist told a court on Wednesday a wealthy Maltese businessman was the brains behind the killing but also implicated people tied to government in the growing scandal.

Middleman gives details to Malta court of plot to kill reporter

04 Dec 2019

VALLETTA, Dec 4 The self-confessed middleman in the murder of a journalist told a court on Wednesday a wealthy Maltese businessman was the brains behind the killing but said people tied to the government might also be implicated.

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