Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi was under the gun at the EU summit over the issue of the Italian debt crisis. At the last minute he cut a deal with the Northern League, promising to resign and call early elections in return for the Lega’s approval of a deal to raise the retirement age to 67, which it had previously opposed. The EU believes that the euro may collapse if Mr. Berlusconi fails to deliver.
In other news, the family of the late Col. Muammar Qaddafi is petitioning the ICC in the Hague to have NATO charged with war crimes for the manner of the former dictator’s death. Also, reports indicate that Col. Ghedaffi’s son Saif has taken refuge in Niger.
Meanwhile, a video has surfaced of a Swiss couple who were kidnapped in Pakistan and have been held hostage there for four months.
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