New premier wins vote
Italian Premier Matteo Renzi, 39, won a crucial confidence vote in Parliament on his brand-new government early today, managing for now to tamp down anger from among his own Democrats over his brash, quick rise to power. The vote in the Senate came hours after he argued that he could get his country back to work while the last three premiers failed. The Senate voted 169-139 to confirm Renzi’s broad coalition, which ranges from his center-left Democrats to center-right forces formerly loyal to ex-premier Silvio Berlusconi. Renzi needed at least 155 votes to clinch the victory, one of two mandatory confidence votes. The second vote, in the Chamber of Deputies, was expected later today.
Convictions thrown out
Italy’s top criminal court on Monday tossed out the convictions of five Italian intelligence agents accused of kidnapping an Egyptian cleric as a terror suspect 11 years ago as part of the CIA’s extraordinary rendition program. In dismissing the 2013 appeals court convictions, the Cassation Court ruled the five should not have been prosecuted because the case involved classified information. They had originally been acquitted by a lower court in the 2003 abduction of the cleric in Milan.
Report cites health needs
Gaping holes in Afghanistan’s health-care system are being obscured by misleading narratives of success ahead of the international troop withdrawal in 2014, aid organization Medecins Sans Frontieres warns in a report published today. MSF — or Doctors Without Borders — said that while some progress has been made from the last decade of international investment, access to medical care in Afghanistan remains severely limited and poorly adapted to meet the needs of an ongoing conflict.
Korean ship stranded
A Korean-flagged fishing ship is stranded in Antarctica with 90 passengers aboard. Chile’s Navy said Monday that the Kwang Ja Ho struck the ocean floor about 1,500 feet from the coast. The maritime governor for Chile’s portion of Antarctica says that a rescue mission was launched.
Compiled from wire reports.