Squabbling parties beg Italy's president to take 2nd term
The sixth round of voting ended inconclusively on Friday, sending political parties into yet more intense negotiations to come up with a viable candidate to replace President Sergio Mattarella, whose term expires next week. The president, who is 80, has repeatedly said he doesdn't want another seven-year stint as head of state. Until 2013, no president had served a second term. Napolitano resigned in 2015, when he was nearly 90, clearing the way for the election that made Mattarella head of state. In that round, Mattarella garnered 387 votes, 51 more than he received in Friday evening's vote, where momentum for a second mandate started gaining traction.wftv.com
Italy's president, 80, is recruited to stay on for 2nd term
Italian President Sergio Mattarella has been pulled away from his impending retirement and reelected to a second seven-year term as the country’s head of state, ending days of political impasse as party leaders struggled to pick his successor.
Voting for Italy's president fails again; no political deal
Italy Presidential Elections President of the Italian Senate, Maria Elisabetta Alberti Casellati, left, and President of the Italian Lower Chamber Roberto Fico count ballots in the Italian parliament in Rome, during a voting session in the Italian parliament, in Rome, Friday, Jan. 28, 2022. The first rounds of voting in Italy's Parliament for the country's next president yielded an avalanche of blank ballots, as lawmakers and special regional electors failed to deliver a winner amid a political stalemate. At the start of the fifth day of voting, right-wing League leader Matteo Salvini declared that the center-right bloc would vote for the Senate president, Maria Elisabetta Alberti Casellati. A sixth round of balloting, held on Friday evening, also yielded no winner, with leaders from the center-right bloc indicating their electors were sitting out that round while behind-the-scenes negotiations continued. The president, however, helps to authoritatively mediate Italy’s frequent political squabbling in its coalition governments and can dissolve Parliament if it becomes hopelessly stalemated.wftv.com
Vote for Italy's president fails again; no political deal
Italy Presidential Elections President of the Italian Senate, Maria Elisabetta Alberti Casellati, left, and President of the Italian Lower Chamber Roberto Fico count ballots in the Italian parliament in Rome, during a voting session in the Italian parliament, in Rome, Friday, Jan. 28, 2022. The first rounds of voting in Italy's Parliament for the country's next president yielded an avalanche of blank ballots, as lawmakers and special regional electors failed to deliver a winner amid a political stalemate. At the start of the fifth day of voting, right-wing League leader Matteo Salvini declared that the center-right bloc would vote for Senate president, Maria Elisabetta Alberti Casellati. Neither of the two major blocs in Parliament – the center-right or center-left – has that majority on paper. Under the Constitution, the head of state represents national unity who helps to authoritatively mediate Italy’s frequent political squabbling in its coalition governments.wftv.com
Italian party chiefs struggle to nail deal on next president
Italy Presidential Elections A view of the Italian parliament, in Rome, Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2022, during a voting session for the election of Italy's 13th president. Starting with the fourth round of voting on Thursday, only a simple majority of 505 votes is necessary. Whether enough support can be found to elect Premier Mario Draghi as president is one of the possibilities being haggled over by party leaders. But party leaders in the unusual unity coalition are nervous about who might replace him as premier if he moves to the Quirinal presidential palace. In Monday's initial round of voting, the lack of agreement was underlined by an avalanche of blank ballots cast.wftv.com
1st round of vote for Italian president fails amid stalemate
Italy Presidential Vote Senator Emma Bonino casts her ballot during the first round of votes in the Italian parliament, Monday, Jan. 24, 2022. The first round of voting for Italy’s next president opens Monday without a clear slate of candidates. Political parties held internal meetings over the weekend, but were keeping the names of possible candidates close to their vests. During the first three rounds of voting, a two-thirds majority, or 672 votes, is necessary to win. Garnering the next amount of votes, with 16, was outgoing President Sergio Mattarella, 80, who has repeatedly said he did not want to run again.wftv.com
Italian lawmakers vote for next president with unclear slate
Italy Presidential Vote FILE - A Courassier presidential guard is silhouetted in the courtyard of Rome's Quirinale presidential palace, Thursday, Aug. 29, 2019. The first round of voting for Italy's next president opens Monday without a clear slate of candidates following three-time ex-Premier Silvio Berlusconi's reluctant withdrawal. But with any agreement on a candidate possibly days away, many lawmakers were expected to cast blank ballots Monday. When the electors, starting with infirmed lawmakers and senators-for-life, finished voting, they deposited ballots in an ornate round container. By special arrangement, 20 electors who have COVID-19 were allowed to cast their ballots at a parking lot drive-in behind Parliament.wftv.com
Italy begins voting for next president with unclear slate
Italy Presidential Vote FILE - A Courassier presidential guard is silhouetted in the courtyard of Rome's Quirinale presidential palace, Thursday, Aug. 29, 2019. The first round of voting for Italy's next president opens Monday without a clear slate of candidates following three-time ex-Premier Silvio Berlusconi's reluctant withdrawal. (AP Photo/ Andrew Medichini, File) (Andrew Medichini)ROME — (AP) — The first round of voting for Italy’s next president opens Monday without a clear slate of candidates following three-time ex-Premier Silvio Berlusconi’s reluctant withdrawal, a situation that is likely to persist until Thursday. Political parties held internal meetings over the weekend, but were keeping the names of possible candidates close to their vests. He has also helped Italy secure billions in EU funding to relaunch the economy in what was Europe’s first pandemic epicenter.wftv.com
Former Italian Premier Berlusconi being treated in hospital
Italy Politics Berlusconi FILE - Silvio Berlusconi waves as he leaves the San Raffaele hospital in Milan, Italy, on Sept. 14, 2020. Former Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi has been undergoing a series of medical examinations in a Milan hospital, a spokesman confirmed Sunday, Jan. 23, 2022, the day after the center-right political leader and media tycoon took his name out of contention to be Italy’s next president. Italian media reported that Berlusconi had been hospitalized at San Raffaele hospital, where is physician works, but the spokesman said he has been in and out of the hospital over recent days for a series of exams and a checkup. Italian media reported that Berlusconi had been hospitalized at San Raffaele hospital, where his physician works, but the spokesman said he has been in and out of the hospital over recent days for a series of exams and a checkup. Berlusconi spent 10 days being treated at San Raffaele Hospital for COVID-19 in September of 2020.wftv.com
Berlusconi drops bid to be elected as Italy's president
Italy Berlusconi for President FILE - Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi is framed by microphones prior to deliver his speech at the Italian Senate, Thursday, Sept. 30, 2010. Italy is poised to elect a new president, a figure who is supposed to serve as the nation's moral compass and foster unity by being above the political fray. Silvio Berlusconi thinks he fits the bill. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino, File) (Alessandra Tarantino)ROME — (AP) — Former premier Silvio Berlusconi on Saturday bowed out of Italy's presidential election set for next week, though he insisted he had nailed down enough voters to become head of state. Lawmakers in Parliament, as well as special regional electors, are expected to begin casting secret ballots on Monday to choose Italy's next president.wftv.com
Italy's next moral compass? Berlusconi, 85, eyes presidency
Italy Berlusconi for President FILE - Italian former Premier and Forza Italia (Go Italy) party leader, Silvio Berlusconi, smiles during the recording of the Italian state television RAI, Porta a Porta (Door To Door) TV talk show in Rome Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018. Italy is poised to elect a new president, a figure who is supposed to serve as the nation's moral compass and foster unity by being above the political fray. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini, File) (Andrew Medichini)ROME — (AP) — Italy is poised to elect a new president, meant to serve as the nation’s moral compass and foster unity by rising above the political fray. Berlusconi has long been dogged by political opponents' contentions of conflict of interest, since his business empire includes Italy’s three main private TV networks. For decades, the president's role was viewed as chiefly ceremonial, although the head of state can dissolve Parliament if the legislature seems hopelessly gridlocked.wftv.com
Biden clarifies U.S. stance on Russia invading Ukraine
A day after he seemed to distinguish between “a minor incursion” by Russia into Ukraine and an invasion, President Biden on Thursday said he has made it clear to Russian President Vladimir Putin that “if any — any — assembled Russian units move across the Ukrainian border, that is an invasion.” Biden said an invasion would be met with a severe economic response to Russia by the U.S. and its allies.news.yahoo.com
Italy sets Jan 24 to start voting for new Italian president
Italy Politics FILE - Former and present Italian Premiers Silvio Berlusconi, left, and Mario Draghi, right, are seen during a press conference at Chigi Palace,in Rome, on Oct. 8, 2008. Italy’s lower chamber of parliament on Tuesday set Jan. 24 as the start date to begin voting for a new Italian president, officially kicking off a campaign that is expected to see Premier Mario Draghi and ex-Premier Silvio Berlusconi vie for the prestigious job. The victor, who is chosen by around 1,000 “big electors" among lawmakers and regional representatives, will replace President Sergio Mattarella, whose seven-year term ends Feb. 3. The voting is expected to last several rounds over several days. On Tuesday, Italian news reports said the 5 Star Movement was instead rallying behind a second Mattarella term.wftv.com
The Latest: Fauci says pandemic highlights racism's impact
COVID-19 has highlighted “our own society’s failings,” Dr. Anthony Fauci said during a graduation ceremony for Emory University. The country, which has been convulsed by civil war since 2014, has been experiencing a surge in coronavirus cases that has overwhelmed Yemen’s depleted medical facilities. But others say COVID-19 deaths in the countryside are rising. Authorities on Sunday reported 541 new cases and two deaths in the latest 24-hour period, China’s Xinhua News Agency said. The 84-year-old Berlusconi, who was diagnosed with COVID-19 last September, has been in and out of the hospital in recent weeks.wftv.com
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(AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh) (Rajesh Kumar Singh)SANAA, Yemen - Yemen’s soccer association said the country’s national team coach died Sunday from COVID-19. The country, which has been convulsed by civil war since 2014, has been experiencing a surge in coronavirus cases that has overwhelmed Yemen’s depleted medical facilities. ___ROTTERDAM, Netherlands — Organizers of the Eurovision Song Contest say a member of the Icelandic delegation has tested positive for COVID-19. But others say COVID-19 deaths in the countryside are rising. While China has mostly curbed domestic transmission of the coronavirus, Nepal is experiencing a surge with record numbers of new infections and deaths.wftv.com
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Excitement at the reopening of travel and hospitality vied with anxiety that a more contagious virus variant first found in India is spreading fast and could delay further plans to reopen. But others say COVID-19 deaths in the countryside are rising. Authorities on Sunday reported 541 new cases and two deaths in the latest 24-hour period, China’s Xinhua News Agency said. The 84-year-old Berlusconi, who was diagnosed with COVID-19 last September, has been in and out of the hospital in recent weeks. ___BEIJING — China has canceled attempts to climb Mount Everest from its side of the world’s highest peak because of fears of importing coronavirus cases from neighboring Nepal.wftv.com
The Latest: India's virus variant expected to dominate UK
Virus Outbreak India Bodies of suspected Covid-19 victims are seen in shallow graves buried in the sand near a cremation ground on the banks of Ganges River in Prayagraj, India, Saturday, May 15, 2021. There’s been speculation on social media that they are the remains of COVID-19 victims. A state government spokesman on Sunday denied local media reports that more than 1,000 corpses of COVID-19 victims were recovered from rivers in the past two weeks. The problem affects everyone, not just relatives of COVID-19 victims, and some families have acted on their own, digging clandestine graves in areas surrounding some of Lima’s 65 cemeteries. ___BEIJING — China has canceled attempts to climb Mount Everest from its side of the world’s highest peak because of fears of importing coronavirus cases from neighboring Nepal.wftv.com
The Latest: 100s of bodies found buried on India riverbanks
In jeeps and boats, police are using portable loudspeakers asking people not to dispose of bodies in rivers. On Friday, rains exposed the cloth coverings of bodies buried on the riverbank in Prayagraj, a city in Uttar Pradesh state. Health Secretary Matt Hancock said the new strain, formally known as B.1.617.2, is more transmissible than the U.K.’s dominant strain. Authorities on Sunday reported 541 new cases and two deaths in the latest 24-hour period, China’s Xinhua News Agency said. ___BEIJING — China has canceled attempts to climb Mount Everest from its side of the world’s highest peak because of fears of importing coronavirus cases from neighboring Nepal.wftv.com
The Latest: Fauci says pandemic highlights racism's impact
The immunologist who leads the COVID-19 response in the United States says “the undeniable effects of racism” have led to unacceptable health disparities that especially hurt African Americans, Hispanics and Native Americans during the pandemic.
The Latest: India's virus variant expected to dominate UK
Britain’s health minister says a fast-spreading coronavirus variant first identified in India is likely to become the dominant strain of the virus in the U.K. Health Secretary Matt Hancock said the new strain, formally known as B.1.617.2, is more transmissible than the U.K.’s dominant strain.news.yahoo.com
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Florida’s major theme parks are adjusting face mask policies after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention loosened its recommendations on Thursday as more people get vaccinated for the coronavirus. Arizona health officials on Saturday reported 474 new coronavirus cases and 12 new deaths amid growing vaccination rates. The state Department of Health Services reported 474 new cases, bringing the total since the pandemic began to 872,496. ___DETROIT — Tourism leaders in Detroit are banking on a return of conventions and business meetings shut down last year due to the coronavirus pandemic. ___BEIJING — China has canceled attempts to climb Mount Everest from its side of the world’s highest peak because of fears of importing coronavirus cases from neighboring Nepal.wftv.com
Italy's Berlusconi leaves hospital amid post-virus struggles
MILAN — (AP) — Former Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi was released from Milan’s San Raffaele Hospital on Saturday, where he was treated for complications related to his earlier bout with coronavirus. Berlusconi, 84, recovered from COVID-19 last September but has been in and out of the hospital in recent weeks. Berlusconi will rest at his home in Arcole, near Milan, along with doing rehabilitation and treatments ordered by his doctors, Tajani said. The three-time former premier and media mogul left the hospital without passing in front of photographers and television cameras waiting outside. Berlusconi spent 10 days being treated at San Raffaele Hospital for COVID-19 and an early-stage lung infection last September.wftv.com
Draghi takes helm in Italy, focused on pandemic recovery aid
Italian President Sergio Mattarella had tasked the former European Central Bank president with trying to form a government up to managing the the health, economic and social crises of the coronavirus pandemic. AdDraghi’s most-quoted words so far have been those uttered in 2012 when the euro-zone risked collapsing in a crisis of confidence and he vowed the European Central Bank would do “whatever it takes” to rescue the euro. The current head of the European Central Bank, Christine Lagarde, tweeted her congratulations. Italy's health minister through the pandemic, Roberto Speranza, kept his post, the sole minister from a small left-wing party. ___This story has been corrected to show that employees applauded for Conte, not Draghi.
Italy's Draghi wins support of 2 rival parties for new govt
Leader of the Five-Stars Movement Vito Crimi, 2nd from right, addresses the media at the Quirinale presidential palace in Rome Friday, Jan. 29, 2021. Draghi, 73, the former president of the European Central Bank completed a first round of talks with political parties this week. Another round is expected early next week on potential Cabinet ministers and a synthesis from Draghi of his vision for the new government. AdItaly's president tapped Draghi this week to form a government after the resignation of ex-Premier Giuseppe Conte, who lost support of a small but key coalition party. Salvini’s move to support Draghi puts him at odds with the far-right Brothers of Italy party and its leader, Giorgia Meloni.
Italy's Conte: Draghi's new government should be political
Outgoing Italian Premier Giuseppe Conte waves as he leaves after meeting journalists outside Chigi palace Premier's office in Rome, Thursday, Feb. 4, 2021. Draghi must rely on political support to pass measures aimed at helping Italy emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic and revive its economy, already stagnant before being pummeled by lockdown measures. “I hope for a political government that is solid and has sufficient cohesion to be able to make political choices, because the urgencies of the country need political choices, they can’t be entrusted to technocrats,” Conte said. Conte also pitched to two other parties from his unraveled coalition, the center-left Democrats and the leftist Free and Equal Party. His call for a political alliance appeared to indicate Conte intended to stay in politics, even while out of office.
Draghi brings market savvy, gravitas to tame Italy's crises
FILE - In this Thursday, July 4, 2013 file photo, President of European Central Bank Mario Draghi smiles during a news conference in Frankfurt, Germany. Because it is Mario Draghi,’’ the deputy manager of the leading Milan Daily Corriere della Sera, Daniele Manca, said on Wednesday. He took a pragmatic approach during the financial crisis. Draghi joined the ECB as its third chief in 2011, just as Italy was engulfed in a debt crisis. The largely ceremonial role proves key in helping manage Italy’s all-too-frequent political crises, which require deft negotiations and unassailable knowledge of Italy’s constitution and institutions.
Italy looks to 'Super Mario' Draghi to end political crisis
Former European Central Bank president Mario Draghi speaks to the media after accepting a mandate to form Italy's new government from Italian President Sergio Mattarella at the Rome's Quirinale Presidential Palace, Wednesday Feb. 3, 2021. During his tenure at the European Central Bank, Draghi became known as “Super Mario" for using new and sometimes unorthodox policy tools to solve the vexing debt crisis and other problems. “As such, it will not vote in favor of a technical government headed by Mario Draghi,” Crimi said in a statement. “If they (the 5-Stars and the League) are going to somehow support Draghi then the government I think can be born," he said in an interview. “Now everyone of good will must welcome President Mattarella's appeal to support the government of Mario Draghi," he said Wednesday.
Italian PM Conte works to cement majority after narrow vote
Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte attends the debate at the Senate prior to a confidence vote, in Rome, Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021. With a reduced majority, Conte will have to cobble together support from outside the current coalition to pass legislation, including aid to help Italy’s pandemic-battered economy. Conte’s government on Tuesday survived what amounted to a confidence vote with a 156-to-140 win, with 16 abstentions. “The numbers speak clearly,” said Giorgia Melloni, head of the small but rising Brothers of Italy party. In the lower Chamber of Deputies, where the 16-month-old government holds a more comfortable margin, Conte won a first confidence vote on Monday.
Italy's ex-premier Berlusconi in Monaco hospital for tests
FILE - In this Monday, Sept. 14, 2020 file photo, Silvio Berlusconi is flanked by his personal physician Alberto Zangrillo, left, as he talks to the media while leaving the San Raffaele hospital in Milan, Italy. Former Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi is hospitalized in the principality of Monaco for medical tests for heart problems, his press office confirmed on Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021. The 84-year-old three-time premier is expected to return home in a few days. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno, File)MILAN – Former Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi has been hospitalized in the principality of Monaco to undergo medical tests for heart problems, his press office confirmed on Thursday. The 84-year-old three-time premier is expected to return home in a few days.
Trump said to be improving but next 48 hours 'critical'
And yesterday with the team, while we were all here, he was not on oxygen,” Conley said. Meadows himself had insisted Friday morning that Trump had only “mild symptoms" as the White House tried to project an image of normalcy. “President Trump remains in good spirits, has mild symptoms and has been working throughout the day,” press secretary Kayleigh McEnany said late in the day on Friday. The first word that a close aide to Trump had been infected came from the media, not the White House. At the same time, the White House has been working to trace a flurry of new infections of close Trump aides and allies.
Trump, first lady positive for virus; he has ‘mild symptoms’
First lady Melania Trump also tested positive, the president said, and several others in the White House have, too, prompting concern that the White House or even Trump himself might have spread the virus further. Also testing positive: Trump’s campaign manager, Bill Stepien. “President Trump remains in good spirts, has mild symptoms, and has been working throughout the day,” said press secretary Kayleigh McEnany. White House chief of staff Mark Meadows on Friday confirmed that the White House knew Hope Hicks, the aide, had tested positive before Trump attended the fundraiser. An RNC official confirmed Friday that Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel learned she had tested positive Wednesday afternoon.
Berlusconi responding to virus drugs but in "delicate" phase
ROME Former Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi is responding optimally to COVID-19 treatment but is the most vulnerable type of patient and is in the most delicate phase of the virus, his personal doctor said Sunday. He checked into the San Raffaele hospital in Milan early Friday after testing positive for the virus earlier in the week. The patient is responding optimally to treatment," Zangrillo told reporters outside the hospital. Zangrillo suggested Berlusconi wouldn't be released anytime soon, recalling that the virus requires adequate treatment and takes its time.Berlusconi spent some of his summer vacation at his seaside villa on Sardinias Emerald Coast. To date, Berlusconi is believed to still be in a VIP ward of the clinic.
The Latest: Beijing airport receives international flights
(AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)BEIJING Beijings main international airport on Thursday began again receiving international flights from a limited number of countries considered at low risk of coronavirus infection. California State university at Chico also halted classes this week. State health officials are wary that festivities over the Labor Day holiday weekend could lead to renewed surges in COVID-19 infections. The number could be higher because some schools, including the states largest Georgia State University are not posting full reports publicly. ___PARIS New daily coronavirus cases in France have tipped above 7,000 for the second time in five days.
Legacy of late Italian journalist stained by colonial past
Red paint and words in Italian reading racist", above, and "rapist are seen on a statue of late Italian journalist Indro Montanelli, who had acknowledged having had a 12-year-old Eritrean bride while stationed in the Italian colony in the 1930s, in a Milan park that bears his name, northern Italy, late Saturday, June 13, 2020. The statue of Montanelli has been a flashpoint in Italys Black Lives Matters protests, which have put renewed focus on Italys colonial past. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)MILAN Milans mayor on Sunday resisted calls to remove a statue from a public park of a late Italian journalist who had acknowledged having had a 12-year-old Eritrean bride during Italys colonial occupation in the 1930s. He was a great journalist, a journalist who fought for the liberty of the state, an independent journalist. She was a beautiful girl of 12 years, Montanelli told the 1969 talk show appearance, adding a smiling excuse me.
AP Interview: Udinese and Watford owners wary of restart
He also asked Spadafora to lighten the responsibility of team physicians if players and club members get sick from the virus. They said to themselves, If something like that happens here, we would be responsible according to Italian law.WARY WATFORDPozzos family also owns English club Watford, which is opposing the Premier Leagues restart plans. Both Udinese and Watford are hovering just above their respective relegation zones. SUCCESS STORYThe Pozzos bought Watford in 2012 and quickly brought the club up from the second division to the Premier League. He attributed last seasons success and five straight campaigns in the Premier League partly to the familys strategy of sending players back and forth between Udinese and Watford, sometimes via loans.
Trump court pick denounced feminists, gay-rights groups
On Take Back the Night marchesWhile at Dartmouth, Menashi often covered Greek life and culture on campus for The Dartmouth Review. "For years, tony colleges have sneered at the military for worrying about open homosexuals in the ranks," Menashi wrote. Menashi wrote in December 1998, after the episode made national news, that no one carried toy guns and only one person sported an Afro. At the conclusion of the film, the white man breaks down crying from guilt," wrote Menashi. "Throughout the book contributors address the issue of cultural relativism, the most conspicuous example being the brouhaha surrounding Silvio Berlusconi's proclamation of the superiority of Western civilization over Islam," wrote Menashi.