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Judge quashes Operation Condor warrant

BY : | 2008

An Italian court quashed an arrest warrant for a former Uruguayan navy intelligence officer accused of torture and killing in South America.Nestor Jorge Fernandez Troccoli, now an Italian citizen, was arrested Christmas Eve on a Uruguayan warrant...

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Italian virgin olive oil must have label

BY : | 2008

A new law in Italy requires producers of virgin and extra-virgin olive oil to include labels indicating where the olives were picked and pressed.The purpose is to guarantee authenticity and quality, a report from Rome said.The consumer group...

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Artist dumps 500,000 balls in Rome

BY : | 2008

An Italian activist and artist faces charges after dumping 500,000 small red plastic balls down Rome's Spanish Steps.Graziano Cecchini and volunteer helpers tipped over barrels releasing the balls early Wednesday, angering city officials, the ANSA...

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Protest prompts pope to cancel speech

BY : | 2008

Pope Benedict XVI canceled a Rome university speech following a sit-in protest by students who claimed he's hostile to science.Following the well-known events of recent days, it seems opportune to delay the event, the Vatican said in a statement...

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Italy busts Nigerian prostitution ring

BY : | 2008

Italian police said they arrested dozens of people involved in an alleged Nigerian drug- and human-trafficking ring.The operation is accused of forcing hundreds of women into sex slavery, ANSA said Tuesday. Organized crime investigators said 51...

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Oil project consortium agrees to stakes

BY : | 2008

Kazakhstan's oil company KazMunaiGaz, after nine hours of negotiating, will get a 16.87 percent stake in a Kazakh oil project led by Italian energy giant Eni.Terms weren't disclosed for the oil concern's getting the same slice as six other...

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Italian court bans marijuana growing

BY : | 2008

An Italian appeals court in Rome took action Thursday to enforce drug laws that prohibit civilians from growing marijuana plants for any purpose.An October lower-court case brought drug possession laws into question when a man was found not guilty...

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Basics may be $1,400 more in Italy in '08

BY : | 2007

A consumer rights group says the typical Italian household may spend at least $1,400 more in 2008 to cover essentials such as food, utilities and fuel.And unless the government steps in, the group Codacons says many families will find themselves on...

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Italy to expel immigrants seen as threat

BY : | 2007

An estimated 1,200 legal immigrants are expected to be expelled from Italy under a new public security law.The decree approved Friday enables local authorities in Italy to expel legal immigrants, even those from European Union countries, if they are...

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AirFrance-KLM to open talks for Aitalia

BY : | 2007

The Italian cabinet has approved negotiations aimed at Air France-KLM acquiring the government's controlling stake in struggling Alitalia.Word of Friday's decision increased the price of Alitalia's stock by more than 7 percent for the day, reported...

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Italy extends decree to expel immigrants

BY : | 2007

The Italian government Friday approved a decree allowing the expulsion of immigrants on grounds that they pose a threat to public safety.The decree extends one approved in November after the wife of a naval officer was raped and killed in Rome,...

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New Year's parties cut short in Italy

BY : | 2007

A new curfew means New Year's revelers will have their party cut short this year in Rome unless a last-minute waiver is granted.There is a 2 a.m. curfew in Italy this year on alcohol sales in restaurants, nightclubs and other places that offer...

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