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REUTERS. The father of an Italian woman who has been in a coma for 17 years defied the Vatican and Italy's center-right government Tuesday, moving her to a private clinic where a feeding tube keeping her alive will be removed. Eluana Englaro, 38, has been in a vegetative state since a 1992 car crash. Italy's top court ruled last year that she can be allowed to die but the decision was contested by politicians and prelates and split public opinion in this Catholic country. (Read the article by Silvia Aloisi)
Hybridcars. If the proposed alliance between Chrysler and Fiat goes through, the company could produce a total of six new models—ranging in size from from small to smaller. The terms of the deal would give the European carmaker a 35 percent stake in Chrysler. In exchange, Fiat's small car experience could give Chrysler the opportunity to reduce its dependence on larger vehicles. (Read the article)
E on Line. An Italian woman filed a lawsuit on Friday claiming the 13-time Oscar-nominated film The Curious Case of Benjamin Button is based on a short story she wrote in 1994 called "Il ritorno di Arthur all'innocenza" ("Arthur's Return to Innocence"). (Read the article by Jovie Baclayon)
New York Times. “The reviews were so bad it was almost good,” said Robert De Niro, one of the hotel’s owners. Mr. De Niro decided the restaurant should remain Italian, but be more informal and inviting. “Like in Italy, where you have chairs and tables outside,” he said. “I want it to be a place where you hang out.” (Read the article by Oliver Schawaner-Albright)
JTA. talian Jewish leaders expressed solidarity with a homeless Indian immigrant who was beaten and set on fire near Rome. "When we [Jews] are the object of hostile acts, we receive support from all sides, and we want to do the same in this case," said Rome's Jewish community president, Riccardo Pacifici. (Read the article)
The Inquirer. Beppe Grillo, an Italian comic ,has topped a list of web-personalities even though many people never heard of him. (Read the article by Nick Farrell)
UPI.com. Four men who assassinated a prominent Italian politician have received life sentences in the southern region of Calabria.
Calabrian prosecutors say the men conspired to kill center-left politician Francesco Fortugno, 54, the deputy chief of the regional assembly, in a 2005 slaying that sparked a backlash against the Calabrian Mafia, 'Ndrangheta. (Read the article )
LOS ANGELES TIMES. Americans have Philip Marlowe and Raymond Chandler. Britons have Sherlock Holmes and Arthur Conan Doyle. And Italians have Salvo Montalbano and Andrea Camilleri...
(Read the article by Sebastian Rotella)
NEW YORK TIMES. For the last two years, the T-Redspeed traffic-camera system has been catching drivers in Italy running red lights, speeding and making illegal turns. Now its inventor and more than 100 other people, including 63 police officers, are being investigated for fraud. (Read the article by Richard S. Chang)
FT.COM. A series of wildcat strikes in Britain against the use of foreign workers has drawn an angry reaction in Italy. The centre-right coalition government of Silvio Berlusconi, prime minister, has kept largely silent on the issue, possibly fearing that forceful public intervention could trigger a damaging backlash.