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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.

Italy's Northern League founder to run for party secretary

ROME, Nov. 4 (UPI) -- Italy's anti-immigration Northern League founder Umberto Bossi said Monday he will run for party secretary in December.

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.

Italy sends police reinforcements to Milan after pickaxe attacks

MILAN, Italy, May 23 (UPI) -- Scores of police reinforcement are being sent to Milan to calm crime fears after a Ghanaian immigrant killed three people, Italy's interior minister says.

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.
Deal has Berlusconi not running for PM

Deal has Berlusconi not running for PM

ROME, Jan. 7 (UPI) -- Ex-Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi said his party formed an alliance with another in a deal that could keep him from running for prime minister again.
Berlusconi wins vote, but will resign

Berlusconi wins vote, but will resign

ROME, Nov. 8 (UPI) -- Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, who narrowly won a key budget vote Tuesday, will step down once economic reforms pass, Italy's president said.
Berlusconi scrambles to hold on to power

Berlusconi scrambles to hold on to power

ROME, Nov. 7 (UPI) -- Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi wooed party defectors and fence-straddling lawmakers Monday after ministers questioned whether he still had a majority.
Italian interior chief calls for elections

Italian interior chief calls for elections

ROME, Nov. 4 (UPI) -- Italian Interior Minister Roberto Maroni said Friday elections should be held if Premier Silvio Berlusconi's government fails.

Italian police raid radicals' hangouts

ROME, Oct. 17 (UPI) -- Italian police raided houses Monday looking for protesters after the weekend's "Day of Rage" demonstrations, saying some demonstrators were bent on killing.

Italian rail project sparks violence

TURIN, Italy, July 4 (UPI) -- Italian prosecutors have been urged to press "heavy" charges after violent weekend protests at a high-speed rail site in Northern Italy left 200 police injured.
Northern League wants Italy out of Libya

Northern League wants Italy out of Libya

ROME, June 15 (UPI) -- A leader of the Northern League, a partner in Italy's coalition government, Wednesday urged the country end its mission in Libya.
Italy: Tunisian refugee crisis easing

Italy: Tunisian refugee crisis easing

ROME, April 14 (UPI) -- Tunisian refugees are being sent home every day, meaning a pact between Italy and Tunisia is working, Italian Interior Minister Roberto Maroni said Thursday.
Foreign minister: Italy belongs in EU

Foreign minister: Italy belongs in EU

LUXEMBOURG, April 12 (UPI) -- The Italian foreign minister called the European Union an "extraordinary opportunity" for his country Tuesday.

Italy, Tunisia reach pact on refugees

ROME, March 26 (UPI) -- Tunisia's new government has agreed to measures intended to block refugees from heading to Italy and convince those in Italy to return, Italian officials say.

Italy moving refugees inland

ROME, March 7 (UPI) -- People fleeing North Africa to the island of Lampedusa in the Mediterranean Sea will be taken to refugee centers in southern Italy, officials said.
Italy plans help for Libyan refugees

Italy plans help for Libyan refugees

ROME, March 2 (UPI) -- Italy is preparing to set up a refugee camp in Tunisia to prevent thousands of Libyan refugees from crossing the Mediterranean, a government official said.

Officials will meet to discuss immigrants

ROME, Feb. 14 (UPI) -- Officials from Italy and Tunisia say they will meet to discuss the large number of Tunisians fleeing turmoil in their African homeland.

Italian police seize $1.92 billion

TRAPANI, Italy, Sept. 14 (UPI) -- Italy's interior minister announced Tuesday that anti-Mafia police seized $1.92 billion from a Sicilian businessman believed to have mob ties.

Libya apologizes to Italy

ROME, Sept. 14 (UPI) -- Libyan officials apologized for firing on an Italian trawler 30 miles off the African country's coast, Italian Interior Minister Roberto Maroni said Tuesday.

Italy to press for indigent expulsions

BRUSSELS, Aug. 23 (UPI) -- Italian Interior Minister Roberto Maroni said he planned to push the European Union to move forward on mandatory deportation for indigent foreigners.

Italy targets Chinese mafia

ROME, July 6 (UPI) -- Italy needs a "national plan" to combat Chinese organized crime, Interior Minister Roberto Maroni said Tuesday.
Pope urges respect for migrant workers

Pope urges respect for migrant workers

ROSARNO, Italy, Jan. 11 (UPI) -- Pope Benedict XVI called on Italians to respect the rights of immigrants in the wake of violence against African farmworkers in which 70 people were injured.

Mediterranean EU focuses on migration

VENICE, Italy, Nov. 24 (UPI) -- An Italian official said more resources are necessary to manage the wave of African migrants headed for the EU via Mediterranean countries.

Alleged hitman arrested in Naples, Italy

NAPLES, Italy, Nov. 19 (UPI) -- Authorities said a suspected mafia hitman allegedly caught on video killing a man in Naples, Italy, has been caught.
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