Karima el-Mahroug, better known as Ruby,  insisted that prosecutors hear her side of the story. Photograph: Andreas Rentz/Getty Images

The controversial “Rubygate” trial in which former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi stands accused of involvement in underage prostitut(...)

Italian President Giorgio Napolitano leaves after a media conference at the Quirinale palace in Rome. Photograph: Remo Casilli/Reuters

Five weeks after last month’s inconclusive general election, Italy seems no closer to resolving its ongoing government crisis. In what looks li(...)

Italian president Giorgio Napolitano addresses the media, at Rome's Quirinale presidential palace earlier this month.

Italian president Giorgio Napolitano today ruled out standing down to make way for new parliamentary elections after the failure of attempts to(...)

Pier Luigi Bersani during a news conference following a meeting with Italian president Giorgio Napolitano in Rome yesterday. Photograph:Tony Gentile/Reuters

Italy’s ongoing government – or indeed no-government – crisis appeared to deepen last night when centre-left lead(...)

Italian centre-left leader Pier Luigi Bersanihas been invited to form government by president Giorgio NapolitanoPhotograph: Remo Casilli/Reuters

Italian president Giorgio Napolitano today asked Democratic Party leader Pier Luigi Bersani to try to form a government, a month after inconclu(...)

Staff members fix the microphone before Laura Boldrini from the centre-left gives a speech after the vote electing her as the new lower house president at the Chamber of Deputies in Rome. Photograph: Reuters

Italy continues to run the risk of a second general election in five months following the opening of parliament at the (...)

Italian cardinal and Milan archbishop Angelo Scola leads a mass at the Santi Apostoli church  in Rom.  (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

Cardinal Angelo Scola, the Archbishop of Milan and arguably the leading Italian candidate to become pope, more than 30 years ago participated i(...)

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