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UPI Almanac for Friday, Dec. 13, 2013.
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UPI Almanac for Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013.
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Berlusconi's revenge

ZURICH, Switzerland, Sept. 30 (UPI) -- Italy has rung the bell to launch the next round of the euro crisis.
MARTIN WALKER, UPI Editor Emeritus
Protester climbs down from St. Peter's Basilica dome

Protester climbs down from St. Peter's Basilica dome

VATICAN CITY, May 22 (UPI) -- An Italian restaurateur climbed down from his perch atop the St. Peter's Basilica dome in Vatican City overnight, police said.

Protester perched atop St. Peter's Basilica dome

VATICAN CITY, May 21 (UPI) -- Authorities Tuesday tried to convince a restaurateur to leave the dome of St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican City where he is protesting European Union policies.
Paris vs. Berlin, again

Paris vs. Berlin, again

ZURICH, Switzerland, May 6 (UPI) -- Under the strain of the euro crisis, trans-national politics in Europe are becoming unpleasantly personal, particularly between Paris and Berlin, which is putting a growing strain on a fragile system.
MARTIN WALKER, UPI Editor Emeritus

Defense solid for Libyan mission, Italy says

ROME, April 24 (UPI) -- The Italian government is standing in solidarity with NATO as it reviews military training in Libya following attacks on French interests, a minister said.

Italy's president: Political gridlock inexcusable

ROME, April 23 (UPI) -- Italy's president said inexcusable political gridlock led to his re-election, then scheduled a Tuesday meeting with party leaders to choose a prime minister.

Market uncertainty pushes gold

NEW YORK, Feb. 26 (UPI) -- Gold and silver sparkled on the New York Mercantile Exchange for the second consecutive trading session as equities slumped in Asia and Europe.

From Asia to Europe markets slide

LONDON, Feb. 26 (UPI) -- Stock indexes were lower around the globe Tuesday, falling sharply in Japan where a stronger yen jolted the export-oriented economy.

The Italian mess

BRUSSELS, Feb. 25 (UPI) -- There is a significant chance that by this time next week the world could be back in the throes of a full-blooded financial crisis.
MARTIN WALKER, UPI Editor Emeritus

Italy votes in tight parliament race

ROME, Feb. 24 (UPI) -- Italy began voting in parliamentary elections Sunday with most final polls still showing no clear favorites among the competing parties.

Comedian poised as Italian poll kingmaker

ROME, Feb. 22 (UPI) -- Comedian Beppe Grillo is poised to emerge as a potential kingmaker in Italy's deeply fraught elections as polls open Sunday for two days of voting, with outcome far from certain.

Outcome uncertain in Italian elections

ROME, Feb. 22 (UPI) -- Italians head to the polls Sunday to choose a new Parliament and surveys indicate support for center-left candidate Pier Luigi Bersani may be waning.

Bersani: Berlusconi is a liar

ROME, Feb. 22 (UPI) -- Pier Luigi Bersani, candidate for prime minister of Italy, Friday accused opponent and former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi of lying.

Italy commits to Alps rail tunnel funding

ROME, Feb. 20 (UPI) -- Italy this week signed off on $850 million for the second phase of a planned Alpine railway tunnel, seen as a key pillar of European transportation policy.

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Monti adopts dog on TV

ROME, Feb. 7 (UPI) -- Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti was presented with a small white dog he dubbed Empatia during an appearance on a TV program.

Italian PM called in trial of top spies

ROME, Jan. 28 (UPI) -- Italy's prime minister has been called to testify in the trial of two former spies accused of sending a Muslim cleric to Egypt for interrogation, officials say.

Cameron's EU gamble

PARIS, Jan. 28 (UPI) -- The pledge by Prime Minister David Cameron of a referendum on Britain's continued membership of the European Union has brought a wide range of reactions.
MARTIN WALKER, UPI Editor Emeritus

Berlusconi partially commends Mussolini

MILAN, Italy, Jan. 27 (UPI) -- Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi commended portions of Benito Mussolini's rule at a ceremony marking a Holocaust memorial in Milan.

Campaign seeks Berlusconi return to office

ROME, Jan. 25 (UPI) -- Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi on Friday officially opened his coalition's election as he attempts to regain his lost office.

Berlusconi coalition gains ground: poll

ROME, Jan. 18 (UPI) -- A coalition led by former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has chipped away at the lead of the favored opposition party, a poll indicated Friday.

EU - from acute to chronic

PARIS, Jan. 14 (UPI) -- In medical terms, an acute illness is short, sharp and nasty. A chronic illness is one that lasts a long term and the patient has to learn to live with it. The euro crisis has just gone from its acute to its chronic phase.
MARTIN WALKER, UPI Editor Emeritus
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