Crispian Balmer
Crispian Balmer
Reuters' chief correspondent, Italy, based in Rome. Previously in Jerusalem, Paris, Milan and Madrid. Comments are my own, not Reuters etc etc.Source
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Coordinated anti-Trump campaign emerges on Instagram: study

Coordinated anti-Trump campaign emerges on Instagram: study

United States ROME (Reuters) - Accounts tagged ‘hatetrump’ and ‘ihatetrump’ are part of a coordinated campaign to undermine U.S. President Donald Trump that has emerged on social media site Instagram, an independent study has revealed. The photo-sharing app Instagram, which is owned by Facebook, said it was investigating the report and had already removed some of the profiles it highlighted. Malign online attacks against Trump’s opponents have been well documented, most notably in the 2016 presidential election campaign, when Russian trolls allegedly flooded social media sites to undermine...

May 20, 2019
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Italy PM wins key confidence vote, tougher test on Tuesday

Italy PM wins key confidence vote, tougher test on Tuesday

By , , ROME (Reuters) - Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte won a crucial confidence vote in the Chamber of Deputies on Monday, hanging on to power after a junior partner quit his coalition and opened a political crisis amid the raging COVID-19 pandemic.Had he lost the vote, Conte would have been forced to resign.After his appeal to opposition and non-aligned lawmakers to back him following last week’s walk-out by former premier Matteo Renzi’s Italia Viva party, Conte’s government won the lower-house vote by 321 to 259.The margin was wider than expected and gave the government an absolute...

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Jan 17
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Mausoleum of Rome's first emperor restored and ready to reopen

Mausoleum of Rome's first emperor restored and ready to reopen

By ROME (Reuters) - After decades of neglect, one of ancient Rome’s most important monuments, the mausoleum of the first emperor Augustus, has been restored and will reopen early next year, city officials announced on Friday.Slideshow The mausoleum is the largest circular tomb in the world and was constructed in 28 BC near the banks of the river Tiber to house the remains of Augustus and his heirs, including the emperors Tiberius, Caligula and Claudius.“This is an historic moment,” Rome Mayor Virginia Raggi told reporters, saying the site would open to tourists on March 1, with entrance...

Dec 18
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Saudi Arabia says resolution of Gulf dispute seems within reach

Saudi Arabia says resolution of Gulf dispute seems within reach

By , DUBAI/ROME (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister said on Friday a resolution to a bitter dispute with Qatar seemed “within reach” after Kuwait announced progress towards ending a row that Washington says hampers a united Gulf front against Iran.Slideshow The United States and Kuwait have worked to end the dispute, during which Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt have imposed a diplomatic, trade and travel embargo on Qatar since mid-2017.U.S. President Donald Trump’s senior adviser Jared Kushner had held talks in Doha on Wednesday following a visit to Saudi...

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Dec 4
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Iran ready to show goodwill if U.S., Europe abide by nuclear deal: Zarif

Iran ready to show goodwill if U.S., Europe abide by nuclear deal: Zarif

By ROME (Reuters) - Iran will fully comply with a 2015 deal aimed at preventing it from developing nuclear weapons if both the United States and Europe honour their original commitments, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Thursday.Slideshow U.S. President Donald Trump quit the pact in 2018, saying it did not do enough to curb Iran’s nuclear and ballistic missile programs or its militant influence in the Middle East.However, president-elect Joe Biden has said he will rejoin it if Tehran first resumes strict compliance. He has also said he would work with allies “to...

Dec 3
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Two killed, 25 missing as drenching rain hits parts of France and Italy

Two killed, 25 missing as drenching rain hits parts of France and Italy

By , PARIS/ROME (Reuters) - Two people died and 25 people were missing in France and Italy after a storm hit border regions of the two countries, bringing record rainfall in places and causing heavy flooding that swept away roads and damaged homes, authorities said on Saturday.Slideshow The storm, dubbed Alex, ravaged several villages around the city of Nice on the French Riviera. Nice Mayor Christian Estrosi called it the worst flooding disaster in the area for more than a century after flying over the worst-hit area by helicopter.“The roads and about 100 houses were swept away or...

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October 3, 2020
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Looking to moderate image, Italy's Salvini says his League party isn't far right

Looking to moderate image, Italy's Salvini says his League party isn't far right

Italy’s Matteo Salvini denied on Thursday that his League party is a far-right group, instead portraying it as a moderate force that wants to broaden its appeal to metropolitan voters who have previously shunned it. The anti-immigration League is allied to nationalist groups in Europe, such as Austria’s Freedom Party and France’s National Rally, but after a recent election setback Salvini looks keen to moderate his image at home. “We are not the radical right. We don’t have ambitions to be presented as the radical right in Italy,” said Salvini, who quit government last year and is the de...

February 17, 2020
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Ruling Italian coalition reaches deal over public tenders, in sign of improved relations

Ruling Italian coalition reaches deal over public tenders, in sign of improved relations

United States ROME (Reuters) - Italy’s ruling parties, the League and 5-Star Movement, reached a deal on Tuesday over an overhaul of convoluted public tender rules in a sign that the coalition government is finally overcoming weeks of infighting. The accord came the day after Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte threatened to quit unless the two parties stopped their constant feuding, pushing the government to the edge of collapse just a year after it was formed. Spurred on by his ultimatum, the leaders of the League and 5-Star, Matteo Salvini and Luigi Di Maio, spoke by telephone for the first...

June 4, 2019
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Masked and standing apart, the world tiptoes out of lockdown

Masked and standing apart, the world tiptoes out of lockdown

United Kingdom ROME/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Italy and the United States were among a slew of countries tentatively easing coronavirus lockdowns on Monday to revive economies as global deaths surpassed a quarter of a million. World leaders and organisations pledged $8 billion to fund a possible vaccine and treatments, many hoping explicitly to ensure that no country on Earth would be left out, but the United States did not contribute. Italy, among the world’s hardest-hit countries, allowed about 4.5 million people to return to work after nearly two months at home. Construction work can resume...

May 5, 2020
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Italy tells TikTok to block users after death of young girl

Italy tells TikTok to block users after death of young girl

By ROME (Reuters) - The Italian data privacy watchdog ordered video app TikTok on Friday to block the accounts of any users in Italy whose age it could not verify following the death of a 10-year-old girl who had been using the Chinese-owned app.In a statement, the regulator said that although TikTok had committed to ban registration for children aged under 13, it was nonetheless easy to circumvent this rule.As a result, it said TikTok had to block unverified user accounts until at least Feb. 15 awaiting further information.A spokeswoman for TikTok in Italy said the company was analyzing...

Jan 22
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