Italy’s senate has approved a series of measures which would give the state greater powers to combat terrorism. The legislation must now be go before the lower house of parliament where the president has ordered a marathon session to ensure it gets approved before summer recess starts in August. Many Italians fear it is just a question of time before their country becomes the target of terrorist attacks, particularly after the bombings in London earlier this month. Like Britain, Italy was a close ally of the US in its war on terror and has received repeated threats of attacks on its soil. The new laws would make it easier for police to detain and deport foreign suspects, and would increase penalties for terrorism-related crimes. The legislation would also allow greater surveillance of internet and telephone exchanges.