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Majority split on eve of key cabinet meeting
Thursday, August 28TH, 2014 by
(ANSA) - Rome, August 28 - Matteo Renzi's left-right majority was split on major policy moves, especially justice reforms, ahead of a key cabinet meeting Friday that will launch a raft of sweeping measures to revamp Italy's judicial, educational, political and economic systems. The junior partner...
(ANSA) Vatican City, August 28 - Pope Francis will celebrate Sept. 13 a solemn Mass at the war memorial at Redipuglia in the northern province of Gorizia to mark the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War, the Holy See said Thursday. At the end of the Mass the pontiff will give to...
(ANSA) - Rome, August 28 - Twenty-six small and medium enterprises (SMEs) have issued one billion euros' worth of mini-bonds in the past two months, the economy ministry said Thursday in a report on the first results of the government's competitiveness decree. "This is an important result,...
Italy's psychedelic 'Obscene Life' at Venice fest
Thursday, August 28TH, 2014 by
(ANSA) - Venice, August 28 - The producers of La Vita Oscena (Obscene Life), about a teenager who is on a path of self-destruction before eventually 'finding himself' on the way to becoming a cult poet, appealed for a distributor for the film Thursday at the 71st Venice Film Festival, where the...
(ANSA) - Rome, August 28 - Former Fiorentina and Roma forward Gabriel Batistuta said Thursday the injuries he suffered during his career made him ask a doctor to amputate his legs. The former Argentina international enjoyed a 17-year playing career, spending 12 years in Serie A, and remains the...
(ANSA) Cagliari, August 28 - Crowds of fans lined up Thursday for the first ever open day allowing the public to visit the headquarters of Italy's Luna Rossa sailing team training for the next Americas Cup. Just 30 people were admitted for the exclusive tour of the majestic boats moored at the...
(ANSA) Rome, August 28- A commemorative postage stamp is being issued to mark the 350th anniversary of the foundation of the Gazzetta di Mantova, the oldest surviving Italian newspaper, the post office said Thursday. The 70 cent stamp will go on sale on Monday, recording the printing of the Mantua...
Ukraine reintroduces the draft
Thursday, August 28TH, 2014 by
(ANSA) - Rome, August 28 - Ukraine said Thursday it would restore the draft in October to keep up the fight against pro-Russian rebels in the east, after four months of fighting.
Ebola risk for 20,000 says WHO
Thursday, August 28TH, 2014 by
(ANSA) - Rome, Agust 28 - The World Health Organization said Thursday West Africa's deadly Ebola outbreak could infect more than 20,000 people before it is brought under control. WHO said the number of cases could already be four times higher than the 3,000 currently registered. It urged...
Lightning strike on Scrovegni Chapel sparks row
Thursday, August 28TH, 2014 by
(by John Phillips) (ANSA) Rome, August 28 - The disclosure that lightning struck the Scrovegni Chapel in Padua three weeks ago sent shock waves through the art world though its famed frescoes painted by Giotto evidently were unharmed. The bolt of lightning struck the facade of the chapel Aug.9,...

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