July 29, 1993 |
Viewing the damage wrought by two of three bombs that ripped through Italy's main cities the night before, Pope John Paul II and Italian President Oscar Luigi Scalfaro mourned together here Wednesday. Three explosions had echoed through Rome and Milan around midnight Tuesday, leaving five dead and about 40 wounded. Police are searching for clues to the identity of the authors of these and other tragic explosions that have struck Italian cities in the last three months.
April 19, 1993 |
Under smiling spring skies and amid a confusion of multihued ballots, Italy voted Sunday in a national referendum on electoral reform that could revolutionize its political future. However the vote goes, one early result is likely to be a government reshuffle in coming days. Even before the returns are in after a second day of voting today, Prime Minister Giuliano Amato says he will confer with President Oscar Luigi Scalfaro this afternoon about forming a new government.
March 9, 1993 |
With a controversial government attempt to contain a massive corruption scandal torpedoed by Italy's president, magistrates around the country ordered a new wave of arrests and inquiries Monday in payoffs ranging from highways and hospitals to university construction and school lunches. President Oscar Luigi Scalfaro, whose duties are largely ceremonial, refused to sign a decree that would have effectively decriminalized illegal funding for political parties.
March 28, 1994 |
Under sparkling Palm Sunday skies, the vanguard of 48 million Italian voters meandered leisurely to the polls for national elections expected to recast their troubled nation's political future. Voting to renew a bicameral national legislature resumes this morning and continues until 10 p.m. Exit polls should be available around noon Pacific time, but Interior Ministry officials do not expect authoritative returns before Tuesday.
January 11, 1994 |
Pope John Paul II stuck an oar into the troubled waters of Italian politics Monday in a controversial pre-electoral appeal urging Roman Catholics to reaffirm their political and cultural unity. A papal letter to Italian bishops was immediately seen as a rallying cry for the decaying Christian Democratic Party, long a Vatican--and American--favorite but now fast disintegrating in a welter of corruption after nearly half a century as the country's dominant political force.
July 7, 1993
A look at the world leaders who are meeting in Tokyo and what they're hoping to achieve at the annual economic summit: United States Leader: President Bill Clinton, 44, Democrat, elected 1992, term expires in 1997. Summit role: Even wit a 36% approval rating, can it be that President Clinton will have the most economic clout in his rookie meeting with the major players in the world's economy? Can he exercise it? '92 '93 Unemployment 7.4% 7.0% Inflation 3.0 3.0 Economic growth 2.1 3.
April 3, 1996 |
President Clinton on Tuesday defended his highly unusual criticism of a federal jurist's handling of a drug case, saying that his comments were "appropriate" and denouncing the "overreaction" of critics who had charged that his goal was intimidation. One day after U.S. District Judge Harold Baer Jr. reversed a decision to exclude evidence that had been widely criticized, Clinton said that he believes it "is proper for . . . the president personally to say if he disagrees with a judge's opinion."
April 3, 1986 |
A mysterious woman Arab terrorist flew on a TWA jetliner hours before a bomb blasted a hole in the plane's cabin over Greece, hurling four Americans to their deaths, and officials today said they believe she planted the explosive device. A pro-Libyan Palestinian terrorist group called the Arab Revolutionary Cells claimed responsibility for the attack Wednesday on the Boeing 727, which was flying between Rome and Athens when a bomb exploded in the passenger cabin.
March 31, 1993 |
Politicians fiddled Tuesday as the credibility of Italy's government and its currency burned at the vortex of the worst national political crisis since World War II. Another Cabinet minister--the fifth--resigned after being told that he is under investigation for corruption. Embattled Prime Minister Giuliano Amato offered to resign, but an anxious round robin of political consultations failed to produce a successor government.
May 4, 1994 |
While Ayrton Senna's technical crew studied the information in the "black box" data-logging system from the Formula One car in which the former world champion was killed Sunday at Imola, Italy, Italian authorities said Tuesday that the death might be treated as a possible homicide.