- CHINA / ENVIRONMENT: Beijing Sets New Standard For...Dense Deadly Smog.
- SERBIA / LIBYA : Are Serbian Mercenary Pilots Bombing Protestors In Tripoli?
- BRASIL: More Headaches For Dilma : Her VP's In-Law On Playboy Cover...And Chief Aide's Dubious Payment.
- MEXICO/ USA : 11 Oct. UPDATE: Navy Admits Killing Top Zetas Leader Lazcano...Was Accident; 'La Ardilla' Smirks Over His Arrest For Falcon Lake Murder; Analysis Of Calderon's 'Kill The Capos' Plan.
- BRASIL / ITALY / GUATEMALA / USA / RUSSIA: 1 Dead, 7 Injured In Rio Fuel Tanks Fires/ Blasts; Ruby Heartstealer Admits Lying About Silvio's Sex Parties, Money; Ex-Prez Alfonso Portillo Extradited To USA For Money Laundering; Moscow Bans VKontakte By 'Mistake.'
- POLAND: C.Bank To Strengthen Zloty By Selling Euros.
- GUATEMALA : Court Throws Out Rios Montt Genocide Conviction; Trial Restart Ordered.
- BRASIL: Rio Debates Squatters And Slums After Tragic Landslides.
- RUSSIA : Drunk's Death Scene Dance...Goes Viral...Offends Many.
- USA / FASHION / IMAGES: 3D Animal T-Shirts...Standout.
16 March 2013
ITALY : Parliament Opens...With Deadlock; Silvio Heckled.
Italian politics...is at an impasse again as it parliament opens.
It augurs a return to the polls....and more trouble for the Eurozone...and Italian sovereign debt.
The upstart populist 5 Star Movement/M5S party...which controls 30% of the lower house... again rejected forming a coalition with left center Pier Luigi Bersani's party.
Its members...The Grillini...named after their angry reformist leader...comic blogger Beppe Grillo...took seats in the back of the chamber.
The newcomers agreed to wear ties...and grabbed seats 'neither right nor left...but above and beyond'...to 'breathe down the necks of other partys' members.'
Disgraced 3-time ex-PM Silvio Berlusconi made his first appearance since being hospitalized with an eye problem.
He was mocked by whistling and jeering protesters as he entered the chamber...along with shouts of Buffone!/Clown!
Slippery Silvio called his detractors...'poor, stupid fools.'