Italian senator likens black minister to orangutan

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FILE -- In this file photo taken on June 19 2013, Italian Integration Minister Cecile Kashetu Kyenge listens to a question during a press conference at the Foreign Press Club in Rome. Premier Enrico Letta has harshly criticized a top Italian senator who likened the country's first black Cabinet minister to an orangutan, the latest high-profile racist episode in a nation grappling with immigration. In a statement Sunday, Letta denounced Roberto Calderoli's words as "unacceptable" and "beyond every limit." Calderoli, the Senate's vice president and a leader of the anti-immigrant Northern League party, made denigrating remarks about Immigration Minister Cecile Kyenge while he was speaking at a party rally Saturday in northern Italy, the populist movement's power base. (AP Photo/Domenico Stinellis)