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Italy: Is Berlusconi really bowing out this time?

ROME — Silvio Berlusconi's political career has risen from the grave more than once before. This time, however, Italians are wondering if the lid has finally come down on an era he defined more than anyone else.

Italian man scales St. Peter's to protest austerity

De Finizio hung a banner that read, "Help! Enough Monti!" -- in reference to Italian President Mario Monti.

Italian economy continues shrinking

Austerity measures are pushing the country toward recession.
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Mario Monti had planned to serve until April 2013 when the current parliamentary term runs out. (Gabriel Bouys/AFP/Getty Images)
Preliminary figures from Italy show the economy contracted 0.7 percent in the second quarter. The news comes as Prime Minister Mario Monti pushes ahead with implementing almost $25 billion worth of austerity measures aimed at averting a euro zone debt crisis.

Italy’s ice cream avant-garde

ROME — Italians are expecting the opening of their country’s first ice cream museum, but forget any ideas that gelato is frozen in the past. A new wave of iconoclastic ice cream makers is revolutionizing the scene in Rome with flavors such as gorgonzola, mushroom and lobster with vodka.

Big cockroach infestation overrun the sanitation-plagued city of Naples

ROME, Italy — Naples may be famous for serenades such as “O Sole Mio” and “Santa Lucia,” but “La Cucaracha” may be more apt this summer. An infestation of oversized, red cockroaches — bugs up to three inches long — is alarming local residents in some neighborhoods of the southern Italian seaport.

Italian engineer kidnapped in west Nigeria

A spokeman for Italian building and civil engineering firm Borini Prono confirmed that one of their employees had been abducted on Monday.

Indian court bails Italian marines charged with Kerala fishermen murder

Bail for Massimiliano Latorre and Salvatore Girone, who have been in jail for three months, was set at 10 million rupees each.

India charges Italian marines with murder of Kerala fishermen

Friday’s charges came as Italy's foreign ministry said it was recalling its ambassador to India for "consultations on the matter of the marines.”

Bones found in gangster tomb as Vatican mystery deepens

On Monday police exhumed the body of mobster Enrico De Pedis, whose ex-girlfriend claims he kidnapped a 15-year-old girl in 1983 and whose involvement was also suggested by an anonymous caller to a TV show who said the secret to the case lay in his tomb.

Italy in shock as two men torch themselves over hardship

Unions say austerity measures introduced to try and dig Italy out of its current economic woes – including spending cuts, tax hikes and pension reforms – have a particularly negative impact on ordinary workers.
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