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:The bloody battle of Genoa
In the Italian city hosting the G8 summit in 2001, all but a handful came to demonstrate peacefully. Instead, many were beaten to a pulp by seemingly out-of-control riot police.
In one corridor, they ordered a group of young men and women to kneel, the easier to batter them around the head and shoulders. This was where Daniel Albrecht, a 21-year-old cello student from Berlin, had his head beaten so badly that he needed surgery to stop bleeding in his brain.
:Italy: Almost 3 million people living in 'absolute poverty'
"At least 8 million people in Italy or 13.6 percent of the population live in poverty and nearly three million of them live in "absolute poverty" a report by the country's national statistics agency ISTAT published on Thursday said."
:Italy's north-south rift deepens
Just as Italy's elite is pondering how to celebrate 150 years of statehood, a revolt among Silvio Berlusconi's allies in Sicily has shaken his coalition government while fuelling an enduring debate over Italy's north-south divide and its fragile sense of national identity.
:Mafia 'sank ships of toxic waste'
'A shipwreck apparently containing toxic waste is being investigated by authorities in Italy amid claims that it was deliberately sunk by the mafia.
An informant from the Calabrian mafia said the ship was one of a number he blew up as part of an illegal operation to bypass laws on toxic waste disposal.
The sunken vessel has been found 30km (18 miles) off the south-west of Italy.
The informant said it contained "nuclear" material. Officials said it would be tested for radioactivity.'
:Italy's migrant crackdown sparks political tensions
'The deaths of 73 African migrants who drifted for three weeks in the Mediterranean without rescue have heightened concern about Italy's crackdown on immigration, opening cracks in its ruling coalition and a rift with Brussels.
Five survivors, picked up off the Italian island of Lampedusa, said their grey dinghy left Libya carrying 78 people. A day later, the motor died: two pregnant girls, raped by traffickers, were among the first to die of thirst and exposure.'
:Mafia's influence hovers over 13m Italians, says report
'The mafia's formidable grip on Italy has been starkly illustrated by a new report claiming 13 million Italians live in areas where the mob exerts influence over everyday life.
Commissioned by Italy's parliamentary anti-mafia commission, the report by research institute Censis used crime statistics to find the number of urban and rural districts where clans are active in the Italian south.'
Immigrants prop up Italy
'"First we viewed immigration as a problem, then we started to think of it as an opportunity, and now it's a necessity," said Mario Cortella, a businessman in Italy's wealthy northeast.
Yet while immigrants have become crucial to the region's economic well-being, many face discrimination and worse.'
People walk past Northern League posters in Milan that read "Now They Live in Reservations"
An Italian Town's White (No Foreigners) Christmas
'Italy's influential Northern League Party has stood out over the past decade for its particular knack in finding new (and not-so-new) ways of offending people based on country of origin and color of skin. In 2003, Umberto Bossi, founder of the party, which once espoused separatism, told an interviewer that police should open fire on the boatloads of undocumented Africans arriving on Italian shores, calling the would-be immigrants "bingo-bongos." Other Northern League pols have proposed everything from separate trains for immigrants to banning the building of new mosques and even prohibiting the serving of kebabs and other non-Italian food in city centers.'
:Opinion: The struggle for power in Italy
An important struggle for power is being waged in Italy, though it's not noticed enough by the world at large. The case is "prime minister and media tycoon Silvio Berlusconi" versus "the independent justice system of Italian democracy".
Gianfranco Fini (born January 3, 1952 in Bologna) is an Italian politician, President of the Italian Chamber of Deputies, member of the centre-right party People of Freedom and leader of moviment Future and Freedom He was Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs in Silvio Berlusconi's government of 2001 to 2006.
During his time as national secretary, he confirmed the MSI's role as the inheritors of Benito Mussolini's Fascist legacy with a number of famous polemical statements, including: "Dear comrades, MSI claims its right to refer to fascism" (1988), "We are fascists, the heirs of fascism, the fascism of the year 2000" (1991), "After almost half a century, the idea of fascism is alive" (1992), "There are phases where freedom is not among the key values" (1994), "Mussolini was the greatest Italian statesman of the twentieth century", "Fascism has a tradition of honesty, correctness and good government"(1994).