NEW YORK (AP) — Weeks removed from an open revolt from his own police force that had officers turning their backs on him, Mayor Bill de Blasio now declares he has moved past the rift, striking a tenuous truce with a strategy to stay above the fray and public opinion that eventually soured on the cops' behavior.
Sergio Mattarella, a constitutional court judge from Sicily who is seen as a symbol of Italy's battle against organised crime, was elected Italy's new president on Saturday. The 73-year-old Sicilian, who was backed by Prime Minister Matteo Renzi's centre-left Democratic Party (PD), succeeds the hugely popular Giorgio Napolitano, who is stepping down because of his advanced age. "My thoughts are, first and foremost, on the difficulties and hopes of our citizens," Mattarella said in a brief appearance. By choosing an austere, left-leaning social democrat Renzi unified his party, but also showed disgraced former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi, an ally in important reforms, he was no longer essential.