Italy's senate approves corruption bill as scandals erupt almost daily

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ROME — Italy's Senate has approved an anti-corruption bill amid a rash of kickback and bribery scandals.

Following passage Friday in Parliament's upper chamber, the bill goes to the Chamber of Deputies.

Premier Matteo Renzi's infrastructure minister recently resigned following the arrest of a former top official in a probe of public works projects. The ex-minister isn't under investigation. Renzi has pledged a corruption crackdown.

Antonio Di Pietro, an ex-prosecutor who helped spearhead the 1990s Bribesville probes that brought down an entire political class, said the anti-corruption measures aren't as strong as they could be. But he said, after two years in the making, the bill is "better than doing nothing."

Current probes involve construction in Rome's subway system and the Italian pavilion for the world's fair opening soon in Milan.

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