• In Praise of Silvio Berlusconi

    Only Italy could produce a leader like Berlusconi.
  • Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi

    COLUMN: At least Berlusconi isn’t boring!

    Controversial, colorful politicians like Silvio Berlusconi are a dying breed.
  • Obama at Vatican for first meeting with pope

    U.S. President Barack Obama arrived at the Vatican on Friday for his first meeting with Pope Benedict and what the White House says will be frank discussions on issues they agree and disagree on.
  • Oil falls below $62 on economic doubts

    Oil dropped well over a dollar to below $62 a barrel on Wednesday, placing it on course for a sixth consecutive fall and the longest losing streak since mid-December, after U.S. data showed a big rise in fuel stocks.
  • G8 leaders to get movie star parkas for the storms

    Barack Obama dressed like Steve McQueen?
  • Oil falls towards $62 on economic doubts

    Oil fell toward $62 a barrel on Wednesday, placing it on course for a sixth consecutive fall and the longest losing streak since mid-December, after the focus sharpened on economic weakness and data showed higher fuel stocks.
  • Russia, China to push global currency at G8 summit

    China, Russia and Brazil will use this week's G8 summit in Italy to push their view that the world needs to think about a new global reserve currency as an alternative to the dollar, officials said on Tuesday.
  • G8 plus G5 agree to end Doha in 2010

    G8 leaders plus Brazil, India, China, Mexico and South Africa will agree at a summit on Thursday to conclude the Doha round of world trade talks successfully in 2010, according to a draft communique seen by Reuters.
  • World Bank tells G8: 2009 remains dangerous year

    The Group of Eight nations should not presume a global economic recovery is near, World Bank President Robert Zoellick said in a letter to G8 host Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi obtained by Reuters on Monday.
  • Dollar discomfort thrust onstage for Italy summit

    World leaders are bound to express the hope that the worst of the global economic crisis is passing when they meet this week, but they are now under pressure, too, to manage a Chinese challenge to dollar supremacy.
  • Major nations should back dollar as key currency

    Major countries should support the dollar as the key international currency, although emerging nations may discuss a new global reserve currency on the sidelines of the G8 summit next week, a Japanese official said on Friday.
  • Major nations should back dollar as key currency

    Corrects vice-minister's name in paragraph eight
  • Merkel for talks with Obama on Iran, Middle East

    Angela Merkel will meet U.S. President Barack Obama in Washington in late June for talks on Iran's presidential election, Middle East peace and next month's G8 summit, a spokesman for the German chancellor said on Monday.
  • Italy pledges 8 billion euros to rebuild quake-hit zone

    Italy's cabinet on Thursday pledged to raise 8 billion euros over the next three years to rebuild the earthquake city of L'Aquila, without raising taxes or creating a hole in public accounts.
  • Grim Easter of uncertainty for Italy quake homeless

    A chocolate Easter egg from aid workers brought a weary smile to the face of Maria Pia Carpentieri, one of thousands of people left homeless by Italy's worst earthquake in nearly 30 years.
  • Italy holds state funeral as quake toll hits 289

    Italy held a state funeral on Friday for victims of its worst earthquake in three decades, as the death toll climbed to 289 and survivors voiced anger that houses simply collapsed.
  • Italy to hold earthquake funerals

    Italy prepared on Wednesday to begin burying some of the 250 people killed in medieval towns flattened by a quake, while rescuers hampered by aftershocks hunted for people buried alive in the rubble.
  • Aftershock sows panic as Italy quake toll hits 228

    Strong aftershocks shook central Italy on Tuesday and hampered rescue efforts after the country's worst earthquake in three decades killed at least 228 people and left thousands homeless.