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Russia's U.N. envoy Churkin dies suddenly in New York


MOSCOW Russia's combative ambassador to the United Nations, Vitaly Churkin, died suddenly in New York on Monday after being taken ill at work, the Russian Foreign Ministry said.

Italy's Renzi defies foes, opens way for party leadership battle

ROME Former Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi resigned as head of the ruling Democratic Party (PD) on Sunday, opening the way for a leadership fight in which he will take on rivals threatening to split the center-left.

World, Feb 19 2017

Disgruntled Rome official quits, adding to woes of 5-Star mayor

ROME Rome's urban planning chief quit the cabinet of the beleaguered city mayor on Tuesday, accusing the anti-establishment 5-Star Movement, which runs the Italian capital, of ignoring the plight of the suburbs.

World, Feb 14 2017

Italy's ex-pm Renzi calls leadership contest for his PD party

ROME Former Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi called on Monday for a leadership contest in his ruling Democratic Party, opening the way for a showdown with his many enemies in the PD ahead of approaching national elections.

World, Feb 13 2017

Italy's Renzi set to trigger leadership race at ruling party meeting

ROME Former Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi looks set to trigger a leadership contest at a meeting of his ruling Democratic Party (PD) on Monday which could delay the early election he has been pushing for since he was toppled as premier last year.

World, Feb 12 2017

Top Italian official says Facebook must do more against hate speech

ROME Facebook must do much more to stamp out hate speech on its site, the president of Italy's lower house of parliament said, warning that rising abuse on various social media was being fueled by fake news.

Tech, Facebook Feb 12 2017

Italy seeks to unclog court bottleneck of asylum-seeker appeals

ROME Italy on Friday adopted measures to accelerate the asylum process, easing pressure on shelters and speeding deportations of those whose appeals are rejected.

World, Feb 10 2017

Italy hopes Rome summit will revive flagging EU

ROME EU leaders will renew their marriage vows for the troubled bloc in Rome next month but may acknowledge that in future, certain member states will move closer to some partners than to others, Italy's top European affairs official said.

World, Feb 10 2017

Italy to ramp up migrant deportations: minister

ROME Italy will boost deportations of migrants who do not have a right to stay in the country and open new detention centers for those being sent home, Interior Minister Marco Minniti said on Wednesday.

World, Feb 08 2017

Italy says new tests find no defeat devices on Fiat Chrysler cars

ROME New tests carried out on Fiat Chrysler (FCA) vehicles during Italy's emission-cheating investigation have found no illegal engine software, Italy's Transport Minister Graziano Delrio said on Wednesday.

Environment, Feb 08 2017

Trump's defense chief: 'We're not in Iraq to seize anybody's oil'

BAGHDAD The U.S. military is "not in Iraq to seize anybody's oil", Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said, distancing himself from remarks by President Donald Trump, as he held talks with Iraqi leaders on Monday. | Video