URGENT ¥¥¥ India PM warns of 'consequences' over Italian marines

India's Prime Minister Manmohan Singh warned Italy on Wednesday that there would be "consequences" unless it returned two of its marines who skipped bail while on trial for murder in India.

Singh told MPs that his government had told Italian authorities to "respect the undertakings they have given" that the pair would return to India after being allowed to return home to vote in Italy's recent general election.

"If they do not keep their word there will be consequences for our relations with Italy," Singh said amid reports that Italy's ambassador could be expelled.