January 17, 2012 The death toll from Friday's crash off the coast of Tuscany has risen to at least 11. The ship's captain is accused of manslaughter. He allegedly abandoned the ship before some passengers were off. You can hear him be ordered to get back on board.
November 9, 2011 Even with a government shakeup, markets are still worried that Italy is headed toward default. The interest rate on the country's debt has shot up to 7 percent and with an economy as big as Italy, there may be no will — or money — for a European Union rescue.
November 8, 2011 Saying his resignation was for the good of the country, the Italian leader confirmed he will step aside after Parliament passes a budget that includes tough new austerity measures. Italy's borrowing costs are ballooning as the bond market worries that it hasn't put its financial house in order.
November 7, 2011 The Italian premier is under pressure to go so that a new government can pass needed economic reforms.
October 14, 2011 His latest brush with rejection came after the defeat of his government's spending plan. Meanwhile, the country seems headed into recession and his personal scandals continue to drag down its reputation.
October 7, 2011 Italian leader Silvio Berlusconi is in trouble again, after making an obscene joke at his own ruling party's expense. The quip is the latest in a series of scandals that have nettled the prime minister. And it came at the end of a week that took a deep toll on Italy's economy.
April 1, 2011 Amnesty International says Italy's government allowed the living conditions of Tunisian migrants to reach a crisis point, with only minimal amounts of water available, and little access to basic sanitary facilities.
March 3, 2011 Karima El-Mahrough, the Moroccan teenager linked to the sex scandal involving Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi, will attend the highlight event of Vienna's social season Thursday night, along with a millionaire who is reportedly paying her $55,000 for the trip.
February 28, 2011 Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi is back on trial for tax fraud today, after Italy's Constitutional Court stripped the embattled leader of immunity from prosecution. That decision also allows three other cases to move forward, as well, on charges ranging from abuse of power to sex with a minor.
December 21, 2010 Italian authorities report suspicious device found in subway station