James Mackenzie

Greece’s new leader moves to form anti-austerity government

The election result marked a comprehensive rejection of the years of austerity demanded by the EU and IMF in return for the €240-billion bailout.

More migrant deaths fuel calls for EU action

Another boat carrying African migrants sank on Friday near the south of Sicily, with more than 30 people found dead.

SA families safe after Italian cruise ship disaster

Two SA families who were on board the cruise ship that met disaster off the coast of Italy are in good health after being evacuated safely.

Nearly 40 still missing in Italian ship disaster

Italian rescue workers have been searching for almost 40 people still missing a day after a cruise ship capsized just off Italy's west coast.

Italy president starts talks on new government

Italy's head of state began talks on Sunday to appoint an emergency government to succeed outgoing Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi.

Berlusconi promises reform amid demands for new govt

Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has repeated promises of economic reform as Italian bonds come under renewed attack in the eurozone crisis.

Berlusconi pressured over austerity mess

Italy's chaotic efforts to pass a new austerity plan have already included disputed figures, policy U-turns and cabinet rows.

Gaza flotilla says ‘Monday will be a day of action’

A pro-Palestinian flotilla hopes to leave Greece early next week to challenge Israel's sea blockade of the Gaza Strip.

Europe and US step up pressure on Gaddafi to go

Europe and the US stepped up pressure on Muammar Gaddafi to quit, while on the ground his forces used their strength to press their advantage.

Berlusconi wins first round in Parliament showdown

Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi won a confidence motion in the Senate as expected on Tuesday.

Animation film ”Up” may lift gloom as Cannes opens

The Cannes film festival marks a first on Wednesday when it opens with Up, an animation comedy that may lift some of the recessionary gloom.

Maurice Jarre, composer of Zhivago score, dies

Oscar-winning French composer Maurice Jarre, who wrote the scores for Doctor Zhivago and Lawrence of Arabia, has died aged 84.

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