Oscars Predictions For 86th Academy Awards: “12 Years A Slave” To Win

It’s Oscars Predictions for 86th Academy Awards time! This blogger’s oscars predictions strategy has been to avoid what should win (which is a matter of opinion, anyway), and look at…

Costa Concordia captain boards stricken ship – CNN

CNNRome (CNN) — The captain of the Costa Concordia went back on board Thursday for the first time since the cruise liner crashed into the rocks off Italy’s Giglio island,…

UPDATE 1-Two years after Concordia wreck, captain returns aboard – Reuters

Reuters… * Schettino’s first visit aboard since 2012 shipwreck. * Former captain accompanying investigators as defendant. * New probe into unauthorised visit by Costa officials. By Silvia Ognibene. GIGLIO, Italy,…

Italy’s economy: The mountain Matteo Renzi must climb – BBC News

BBC NewsFor the new Italian government, led by Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, the big task will be to breathe new life into the Italian patient. It is the third largest…

Renzi rings changes for Italy – The Australian

The AustralianA HEAVILY pregnant Marianna Madia was watching a Peppa Pig cartoon with her young son when the call came through last week asking her to join the new Italian…

Matteo Renzi sworn in as new Italy PM – BBC News

BBC NewsOn Friday he formally accepted the mandate to lead a new government and named his cabinet. He ousted Prime Minister and party colleague Enrico Letta in a vote earlier…

Designers shake up classic styles as Milan promotes fashion – Reuters

Reuters… city showed off Italy’s fashion industry amid political and economic uncertainty. Fashion fans filled Armani’s cavernous theatre and Versace’s venue, which was decked out with metal gates and ivy,…

UPDATE 3-Italy’s Renzi to be sworn in Saturday after unveiling cabinet – Reuters

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Winter Olympics “skating scandal” petition tops 1.7 million – CBS News

CBS NewsAdelina Sotnikova of Russia, right, Yuna Kim of South Korea, left, and Carolina Kostner of Italy (not seen) stand on the podium during the flower ceremony for the women’s…

Armani Urges Political Action to Preserve Fashion – ABC News

Armani Urges Political Action to Preserve FashionABC NewsMilan and Rome are Italy’s yin and yang: fashion capital, political capital, their fates entwined. This week, while Milan revels in what it…

Italy president asks Matteo Renzi to be next PM – BBC News

BBC NewsItaly’s President Giorgio Napolitano has asked Matteo Renzi, the mayor of Florence, to form a new government. Enrico Letta resigned as prime minister on Friday, after he was ousted…

Ethiopian co-pilot hijacks plane to Geneva – Houston Chronicle

Houston ChronicleGENEVA (AP) — It seemed like a routine overnight flight until the Ethiopian Airlines jetliner went into a dive and oxygen masks dropped from the ceiling. Only then did…

Renzi poised to form Italian government, promises rapid change – Reuters

ReutersROME (Reuters) – Italian centre-left leader Matteo Renzi received a mandate on Monday to form a new government, promising rapid tax, labor and institutional reforms to revive a deeply troubled…

REFILE-Ratings outlook upgrade, Renzi optimism drive Italy’s yields to eight … – Reuters

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Co-pilot hijacks plane to Geneva, seeks asylum – Las Vegas Sun

Co-pilot hijacks plane to Geneva, seeks asylumLas Vegas SunPolice stand on the stairs after passengers were evacuated from a hijacked Ethiopian Airlines Plane on the airport in Geneva, Switzerland, Monday,…

Italy politics: Matteo Renzi asked to become prime minister – BBC News

BBC NewsItalian President Giorgio Napolitano has asked the 39-year-old mayor of Florence, Matteo Renzi, to form a new government. Enrico Letta resigned as prime minister on Friday, after he was…

Italy’s Renzi gets nod to form new govt – Businessweek

BusinessweekROME (AP) — Italy’s president on Monday asked the brash young leader of the Democratic Party, Matteo Renzi, to try to form a new government after Renzi managed to oust…

Italy president set to ask Matteo Renzi to be next PM – BBC News

BBC NewsThe mayor of Florence, Matteo Renzi, has arrived at the presidential palace in Rome, where he is likely to be asked to form a new Italian government. It follows…

Italy’s Renzi Expected to Get Nod to Form Gov’t – ABC News

ABC NewsMatteo Renzi has arrived at Italy’s presidential palace where he is widely expected to be asked to form a new government. President Giorgio Napolitano summoned Renzi on Monday morning…

Italy – Factors to watch on February 17 – Reuters

ReutersThe following factors could affect Italian markets on Monday. Reuters has not verified the newspaper reports, and cannot vouch for their accuracy. New items are marked with (*). POLITICS. Italian…

President summons center-left’s Renzi as Italy seeks new government – Reuters

ReutersROME (Reuters) – Italian President Giorgio Napolitano summoned Matteo Renzi to a meeting on Monday at which he is expected to ask the center-left leader to form a government that…

Renzi Summoned by President as Search for Premier Proceeds (1) – Businessweek

BusinessweekFlorence Mayor Matteo Renzi was summoned to meet Italian President Giorgio Napolitano tomorrow as the head of state prepares to designate a new prime minister. Renzi will go the president’s…

Matteo Renzi faces first delays in forming Italy’s next government – Financial Times

Financial TimesEfforts to install Italy’s next coalition government as quickly as possible have run into their first setback after Matteo Renzi, leader of the centre-left Democratic party, faced demands by…

Italy’s Renzi must reform troubled economy with awkward alliance – Reuters

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Renzi set to become Italy’s youngest prime minister – Reuters

ReutersROME (Reuters) – Center-left leader Matteo Renzi was set to be nominated as Italy’s youngest prime minister in a matter of days after a party coup forced Enrico Letta to…

Italy President Tests Renzi’s Clout in Talks for Next Government – Businessweek

BusinessweekItalian President Giorgio Napolitano is testing lawmaker support for a new government, the next step in Florence Mayor Matteo Renzi’s quest for an appointment as prime minister. Napolitano must determine…

Italy’s Baa2 Outlook Changed to Stable from Negative by Moody’s – Businessweek

BusinessweekItaly’s credit rating outlook was changed to stable from negative by Moody’s Investors Service, which cited the government’s financial strength and reduction of risks from contingent liabilities. Moody’s also affirmed…

Florence mayor Matteo Renzi tipped to be Italy’s youngest PM – BBC News

BBC NewsFlorence mayor Matteo Renzi is expected to be offered the chance to become Italian prime minister, as talks begin on forming a new government. President Georgio Napolitano is starting…

Italy’s premier resigns after sacking by own party – Fox News

Fox NewsROME – Italy’s president has accepted the resignation of Premier Enrico Letta after he was sacked by his own party in a back-room mutiny. President Giorgio Napolitano said he…

Renzi grabs power in Italy without election – Reuters

ReutersROME (Reuters) – Italian center-left leader Matteo Renzi is young, dynamic and has never shied away from a challenge, but his decision to force party colleague Enrico Letta to resign…

Italian PM Enrico Letta to tender resignation – BBC News

BBC NewsItalian Prime Minister Enrico Letta has said he will resign on Friday after his Democratic Party backed a call for a new administration. Party leader Matteo Renzi had earlier…

Italy – Factors to watch on February 14 – Reuters

ReutersThe following factors could affect Italian markets on Friday. Reuters has not verified the newspaper reports, and cannot vouch for their accuracy. New items are marked with (*). POLITICS. Prime…

Florence Mayor Renzi set to be Italy’s next leader – USA TODAY

USA TODAYROME — Florence Mayor Matteo Renzi is expected to take over as the head of Italy’s third government in ten months. The world will be watching to see how…

Treasuries Rise as Letta Resignation in Italy Drives Safety Bid – Bloomberg

BloombergTreasuries rose for a second day after Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta said he plans to quit, spurring investor appetite for the relative safety of U.S. debt. It will now…

Italian prime minister Enrico Letta to resign after party withdraws support – Telegraph.co.uk

Telegraph.co.ukItalian politics was thrown back into crisis Thursday after Matteo Renzi, a 39-year old rising star of the Left, threw down the gauntlet and forced the resignation of Enrico Letta,…