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Andreotti rues the day he said 'yes' to a life in Italian politics

Giulio Andreotti, the former Italian prime minister who is on trial in Sicily for alleged Mafia links, wishes he had never become involved in politics. And Pope John Paul II may well wish he had not got involved with Mr Andreotti.

FROM BEING TO NOTHINGNESS

Coincidence? Impossible. When three radical French intellectuals all committed suicide in a single week this time last year, the Paris rumour mill was swift to link the deaths and to talk of terrorism, murder and manipulation. But were the three men victims of a conspiracy - or merely of a profound, pervasive despair at the emptiness and cynicism of Mitterrand's France?

Fairy-tale ends for Berlusconi

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ALL THE PRIME MINISTER'S MEN

Did Italy's former prime minister give a kiss of loyalty to the Mafia's boss of bosses? Did he consent to murder? Giulio Andreotti, and post-war Italy, go on trial in Palermo this week

Communists balk at `kissing toad'

It was a confidence motion approved with gritted teeth. So unenthusiastic were the 302 centrist and left-wing deputies who yesterday gave the green light to the Italian Prime Minister, Lamberto Dini, and his administration of technocrats that news paperslikened their action to "kissing a toad".

Technocrat faces rough ride in Italy

As Italian government crises go, it was unusually short but also unusually vicious. Just 22 days elapsed between the collapse of Silvio Berlusconi's coalition and the appointment yesterday of Lamberto Dini, the austere outgoing Treasury Minister, as Prime Minister.
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