A vote Thursday in the United Nations in support of a moratorium on the death penalty suggested a growing global consensus against capital punishment.
President Giorgio Napolitano on Thursday confirmed his resignation as Premier Matteo Renzi said an election will be "no problem". Napolitano said in a speech what many have expected - his plans to resign at the end of this year.
As his father helped to carry the small white coffin bearing the body of Loris Stival, 8, into church for the child's funeral Thursday, a crowd of some 2,000 people including students and friends spilled outside.
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