World Bulletin/News Desk
The governor of Italy's Lombardy region, an ally of former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, denied on Saturday a media report that he is under investigation in a probe over alleged bribes paid by a private health group to obtain favourable contracts.
Milan-based daily Corriere della Sera said in its Saturday edition that Roberto Formigoni, the governor of Italy's wealthiest region, had been placed under investigation amid allegations that a private company running some of the region's clinics contributed 500,000 euros to his 2010 election campaign.
Formigoni told a news conference the Corriere report that he was under investigation was "groundless" and that he had received no notification of a probe against him by magistrates.
"I am not aware of this investigation," he said, adding he would not resign even if the reports were confirmed.
"I am saying with certainty that the news in Corriere is false."
It was not immediately possible to independently verify the report.
Six people have been arrested in the corruption case, including a businessman who, according to prosecutors, paid for Formigoni's holidays. Formigoni, a prominent member of Berlusconi's PDL party, denies any wrongdoing.
The Lombardy corruption probe is the latest in a string of scandals that have hit Italy's main political parties in the past few months, driving public confidence in politicians to rock-bottom levels ahead of national elections expected by spring 2013.
War and desperate economic situation compel children to live in streets all day
Research consultancy Oliver Wyman suggested Brexit could lead to as few as 2,000 London job losses to elsewhere -- but as many as 35,000 in a worst case scenario.
President Barack Obama left the White House on Friday and handed over power Donald Trump.
Poroshenko was repeatedly criticised at home for maintaining businesses in Russia despite his claims that Moscow was an "aggressor".
Obama walked into the Oval Office holding a letter, which he left on the Resolute desk, a 19th century gift from Queen Elizabeth that is made from the timber of a British arctic vessel.
The dispute peaked earlier this month when the Greek immigration ministry accused local officials of impeding efforts to find replacement accommodation for hundreds of migrants sleeping in sub-zero temperatures.
Move follows East African state's announcement of withdrawing its peace troops from Somalia due to salary arrears
The four armed settlers entered the village of Qusra, sparking a confrontation with residents, municipality head Abdul Azeem al-Wadi said
West African delegation is in Banjul in final attempt to negotiate safe exit for Jammeh
Created in 1975, the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) focuses mainly on resolving regional conflicts.
The two heads of state are long-term allies of Jammeh, who has had more prickly relations with other west African leaders during the post-election crisis these last weeks.
Locals and community leaders claim death toll is higher, putting the figure at 170, according to MSF
At least 25 people, including several children, were feared dead after a barrage of snow hit the Hotel Rigopiano on Wednesday afternoon, ripping the three-storey building from its foundations and moving it ten metres (11 yards).
What's at stake for the two countries, and the global economy as a whole? And who stands to lose more?
Following operational tests, the Army expects soldiers to begin fielding the new handgun later this year.
On Friday, Trump will cap an extraordinary and improbable run for the White House when he takes the reins from President Barack Obama at mid-day, launching the nation into uncharted waters.