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Italian consumers call for buying strike

BY : | 2008

Consumer groups asked Italians to keep their wallets closed Monday to protest inflation that has especially hit food, fuel and transportation prices.We intend to stage a street demonstration and to organize a new spending strike against a political...

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Survey: Breakfast a pricey affair in Rome

BY : | 2008

Rome has the most expensive breakfasts in Italy, a survey found.The Italian news agency ANSA said Thursday that the average cost for a cappuccino and a brioche in Rome was nearly $7.30, tops among the 10 Italian cities surveyed by the consumers...

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Inflation in Italy sparks protests

BY : | 2008

A report on rising prices of daily purchases in Italy Friday sparked calls for protest from union leaders and consumer advocates.The Confederation of Italian Workers' Trade Unions and the Italian Workers Union have called for a general strike after...

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Reports: Gascoigne in bizarre incidents

BY : | 2008

Former Newcastle soccer star Paul Gascoigne was allegedly involved in a disturbance at the Malmaison Hotel in Newcastle, England.ANSA, the Italian news agency, reported Friday that the 40-year-old midfielder allegedly set off a fire alarm, spent...

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Imprisoned Mafioso can become a father

BY : | 2008

An imprisoned Mafioso can father a child by donating sperm to his wife, the highest court in Italy has ruled.The court granted Salvino Madonia's request Wednesday, ANSA, the Italian news agency, reported.Madonia and his wife married after he was...

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Alleged crime boss denies all charges

BY : | 2008

The alleged boss of the 'Ndrangheta crime organization denied all charges against him by Italian officials following his 18 years on the run.Police arrested Pasquale Condello, 58; his nephew, Giandomenico Condello, 28; and son-in-law Giovanni...

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Former Nazi guard loses extradition fight

BY : | 2008

Michael Seifert, a former Nazi guard who fought extradition from Canada, has been officially transferred to Italy where he faces prison time.Officials in Rome took custody of Seifert upon his arrival and he now will face the repercussions for his...

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Claim: Roman cave is not a fabled grotto

BY : | 2008

A leading Roman topography expert said a grotto found under the home of Emperor Augustus in the Italian capital is not the historical Lupercal cave.Roman Antiquity Professor Filippo Coarelli wrote in a La Repubblica article Friday that there is not...

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Ronaldo faces surgery on torn tendon

BY : | 2008

Brazilian soccer great Ronaldo was taken to Rome for surgery on a ruptured tendon in his right knee, an injury that threatened to end his career.Ronaldo was injured Wednesday while playing for AC Milan against Livorno. Ronaldo entered the game in...

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Michele 'The Pope' Greco dies at age 83

BY : | 2008

Mafia leader Michele The Pope Greco died in Rome at the age of 83 after being hospitalized for weeks, a report said.The former Cosa Nostra chief was serving multiple life sentences at the Rebibbia hospital in Rome before his death on Tuesday, ANSA...

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Abortion is key issue in Italy elections

BY : | 2008

Abortion is a top issue in the April parliamentary elections in Italy as one high-profile candidate is running solely on an anti-abortion rights ticket.Giuliano Ferrara, a popular television journalist, said he will run on a single-issue,...

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Two major Italian political parties merge

BY : | 2008

Italy's two biggest political parties on the center-right say they will run on a single ticket in the April 13-14 elections.One party, Forza Italia, is run by Silvio Berlusconi, who will be seeking to become premier for a third time. The other is...

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