Mandela was a 'terrorist,' says Italian official

Mandela was a 'terrorist,' says Italian official

VERONA, Italy, Dec. 6 (UPI) -- Nobel Peace Prize winner Nelson Mandela was a "terrorist," a member of an Italian political party known for racially charged statements, says.

Italian senator charged for comparing minister to an orangutan

BERGAMO, Italy, Nov. 7 (UPI) -- Prosecutors said they have levied charges against Italian Sen. Roberto Calderoli, who compared the country's first black minister to an orangutan.

Italian investigators looking into racist incident

CERVIA, Italy, Aug. 1 (UPI) -- Police said investigators were trying to determine who threw a banana at Italy's first black Cabinet minister at a political gathering last week.

Racist slurs, bananas, hurled at Italy's 1st black cabinet minister

CERVIA, Italy, July 28 (UPI) -- Italy's first black cabinet member says racist attacks against her suggest "the time has come for us to study the problem of communication."

Italian senator says orangutan comment comes from 'love for animals'

ROME, July 15 (UPI) -- Italian lawmaker Roberto Calderoli said Monday his comparing Integration Minister Cecile Kyenge to an orangutan came from his love for animals, not racism.

Word on the Benghazi street

BRICK, N.J., Jan. 17 (UPI) -- The word from Libyan journalists in Benghazi is that the attack on the U.S. consulate was carried out, not by terrorists, but by remaining elements of Moammar Gadhafi supporters. Libyan Deputy Interior Minister Wanis al-Sharif has publically claimed that the attack was carried out by pro-Gadhafi elements.
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Pope warns of 'urban decay'

Pope warns of 'urban decay'

VATICAN CITY, Jan. 10 (UPI) -- Pope Benedict XVI, meeting with local officials from Rome in his role as the city's bishop, warned Thursday of rising poverty and "urban decay."

Italian minister resigns over T-shirt

ROME, Feb. 18 (UPI) -- Roberto Calderoli, the Italian cabinet minister whose T-shirt bearing cartoon images of Mohammed angered Muslims, resigned Saturday.

10 dead in anti-cartoon riots in Libya

BENGHAZI, Libya, Feb. 18 (UPI) -- Ten people were killed clashes with Libyan police after rioters protesting an anti-Muslim Italian official set fire to the Italian embassy in Benghazi, Libya.

Cartoons cause death, rioting in Libya

BENGHAZI, Libya, Feb. 17 (UPI) -- Rioters set fire to an Italian consulate in Libya and 11 people are reported killed in protests over cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed.

Italy's Unabomber strikes again

TREVISO, Italy, March 15 (UPI) -- Italy's unabomber, who has been terrorizing the northeastern region for years, has struck again, this time injuring a 6-year-old girl in a church.

Italy asks Libya to stop migrant flow

ROME, Aug. 24 (UPI) -- Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi is going directly to Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi to seek an end to waves of migrants washing up on Italy's shores.

Roberto Calderoli (born 18 April 1956) is an Italian politician and a member of the Senate of Italy. He is currently a Minister without portfolio for Legislative Simplification in the Berlusconi IV Cabinet. He previously served as Minister without portfolio for Reforms and Devolution in the Berlusconi II Cabinet (since 20 June 2004) and in the Berlusconi III Cabinet (until 18 February 2006, when he resigned following the so-called "cartoon crisis"). Roberto Calderoli is a leading member of the Northern League. He is usually seenas representing the component originating from the right wingand Bergamo, whereas Roberto Maroni represents the area originating from the left wing and Varese.

A native of Bergamo and a dentist like many of his relativies, Calderoli started his political experience with the Lega Lombarda, a precursor of the federated Northern League, of which he was the president in 1993 and national secretary between 1995 and 2002.

Between 1990 and 1995 he sat in the town council in Bergamo, and since 2002 he has been the coordinator of the national secretariat of the Northern League. He was an MP in the Chamber of Deputies between 1992 and 2001, as a representative of the Northern League-Padania, and for a while he was president of the Commission for Social Affairs.

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