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Occupy Wall Street style protests growing in Europe

The indignados of Spain inspired the Occupy Wall Street folks and now the protests have hit Rome. Next stop?
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Italian protesters take a clue from Occupy Wall street and get ready for a long stay on the Via nazionale outside italy's central bank. (Filippo Monteforte/AFP/Getty Images)

Like the return of some oscillating wave, the idea of street protests has come back to the Mediterranean.

The wave began early in the year on the southern shore of what the Romans called "our sea," as Arabs took to the streets ... and eventually to the battlefield to challenge and overthrow the political establishment.

It stopped to pick up momentum in Spain with the indignados occupying the center of Madrid

It reached the shores of North America last month in the form of the Occupy Wall Street encampment.

Now it has returned to the Med.

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Amanda Knox: I was sexually harassed in Italian prison

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Europe: A very bad day all around

Around the continent bad news keeps knocking markets and people who work for governments
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Visitors look at screens in Madrid's Stock Exchange on Aug. 4, 2011 in Madrid, Spain. (Javier Soriano/AFP/Getty Images)

Bad things come in threes, my mother always said. Here are three from yesterday:

1. Italy

The country had its credit rating downgraded by Moodys three notches with a negative outlook for the future. For all the complaints about the agencies and their criteria for these pronouncements they can still shape perception about a nation's creditworthiness. The fear has to be that interest rates on Italian bonds will continue to rise, although Moody's report indicates that Italy in likely to default.

According to La Repubblica the downgrade comes "in part from risk derived from economic and political uncertainty." The focus on Italy's political uncertainty is a reminder that the bunga-bunga parties of Silvio Berlusconi are more than tabloid entertainment ... they have an effect on Italy's global economic position.

The BBC quoted Emma Marcegaglia, the head of Italy's leading industrial association, Confindustria, on the matter of Berlusconi and the ratings downgrade

"We are a serious country and we are fed up at becoming the laughing stock of the world."

When Italy has to start paying interest rates over 6% (nudging in that direction since last week) on its bonds it won't be very funny.

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Italian parents fight to evict son

Having your children stay at home long into adulthood is facing scrutiny in Italy

The Italian practice of having your children stay at home long into adulthood is facing scrutiny in the courts.

A Venetian couple has retained the services of a lawyer in a bid to force their 41-year-old son to leave home.

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Italy calls for halt to NATO military action in Libya to allow for humanitarian aid (VIDEO)

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Could this skeleton be what remains of the lady behind the "Mona Lisa"?

Many ideas about the lady have been put forth, including conjectures that she was the artist's mother, a noblewoman, a courtesan, a prostitute or even a man.
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