Italy’s prime minister Giuseppe Conte needs to win the support of a majority of Italian senators ahead of a confidence vote in the upper house on Tuesday. Photograph:  Alberto Pizzoli/AFP/Getty Images

Italian prime minister Giuseppe Conte will face a crunch parliamentary vote on his future next week as he scrambles to find enough lawmakers to prop u(...)

Matteo Renzi, leader of the Italy Alive party, wears a protective mask while speaking at a news conference in Rome, Italy, on Wednesday, Jan. 13. 2021. Renzi’s party is tiny, but without his lawmakers Conte doesn’t have a parliamentary majority. Photograph: Alessia Pierdomenico/Bloomberg

Italy’s former premier Matteo Renzi pulled his small party out of government on Wednesday, stripping the ruling coalition of its parliamentary majorit(...)

Mark Thompson, former chief executive of The New York Times, BBC director-general and Channel 4 boss. Photograph: Roberto Ricciuti/Getty Images

“The last newspaper has just gone into the wood stove,” says Mark Thompson, self-described news junkie, erstwhile BBC director-general and up until re(...)

Winston Churchill: A characteristic of lustful leaders is insatiability. Churchill, commenting in 1938 on the rise of Adolf Hitler, said the appetite often “grows with eating”. Photograph:  Capt Horton/Imperial War Museums

Liz Herring was a driven debater. At school, she carted around a metal box of index cards so she could swot up on topics between classes. A debate tea(...)

Russia’s ‘Sputnik-V’ Covid-19 vaccine produced an antibody response in all participants in early-stage trials, according to results published on Friday. File photograph: Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP via Getty Images

More than 26.4 million people have now been reported to have been infected by the novel coronavirus globally and at least 868,963 people have died, ac(...)

Former Italy prime minister Silvio Berlusconi, pictured in  October  2019. (Photograph:  Tiziana Fabi/AFP via Getty Images

Former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi has tested positive for coronavirus and is currently in isolation at home, the staff of the 83-year-o(...)

  2014 brought a  chilling demonstration of the gap in quality when Brazil lost 7-1 at home to Bayern Munich (aka Germany).  Brazil’s Fernandinho reacts after a goal  by  Toni Kroos.   Photograph: Roert Ghement/EPA

The last even-numbered year when European countries did not play a major football tournament was 1956: Elvis Presley’s I Want You, I Need You was the (...)

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Thirteen former bankers from Monte dei Paschi di Siena, Nomura and Deutsche Bank were sentenced to jail on Friday after a case that shook Italy’s esta(...)

Tunisian presidential candidate Nabil Karoui: arrested on money-laundering charges on August 23rd, but the electoral commission has allowed him to compete in the September 15th poll. Photograph: Fethi Belaid

Campaigning ended on Friday in Tunisia’s presidential election before Sunday’s first round of voting, pitting more than two dozen candidates against e(...)

Italy’s far-right interior minister Matteo Salvini arriving for a meeting with League party members in Rome on Monday. Photograph: Filippo Monteforte/AFP/Getty Images

League leader Matteo Salvini’s drive for early elections in Italy hit a road bump on Monday with parliamentary party leaders failing to decide when th(...)

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