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(ANSA)- Iglesias, November 12 - A worker fell to his death after a roof gave way on a building site in Sardinia Tuesday. Angelo Orrù, 53, lost his footing after a rain-slicked plate of plexiglass cracked, authorities said. The accident happened about 40 km northwest of Sardinian capital Cagliari.
Pussy Riot musician in penal colony in Siberia
Tuesday, November 12TH, 2013 by admin
(ANSA) - Moscow, November 12 - Jailed Pussy Riot punk musician Nadezdha (Nadia) Tolokonnikova has arrived at a penal colony in eastern Siberia to finish serving her jail term for performing a protest song against Russian President Vladimir Putin, the country's human rights commissioner said Tuesday. The young leader of the punk band has complained of conditions at the colony in the region of Krasnoyarsk, nearly 4,400 kilometres from Moscow, where she was previously held. Vladimir Lukin, Russia's human rights commissioner, said the Siberian site was chosen to help her with her "...
(By Elisa Cecchi) (ANSA) - Milan, November 12 - Italian post-secondary students have ranked among top European teams at the University Trading Challenge, an international online trading championship. The competition, which kicked off on October 30 and runs through May 9, is organized by online broker Directa and has reached its fourth edition. Students are allowed to trade and invest real money on financial markets to gain hands-on experience in finance. Top scorers in the first ranking of the challenge released on Monday were German students from the University of Magdeburg who achieved...
(ANSA) - Berlin, November 12 - The ex-captain on trial for his role in the Costa Concordia shipwreck is having an affair with the journalist who has been covering the disaster since its beginning for Italy's state-broadcaster RAI, the German tabloid Bild reported Sunday. ''He abandoned the ship and now his wife'' read the headline of the Bild story, which pointed out that 12 of the 32 people who died in the January 2012 shipwreck off the Tuscan coast were Germans. Ex-captain Francesco Schettino is on trial for multiple manslaughter and dereliction of duty in the Tuscan city of Grosseto. A...
(ANSA) - Paris, November 12 - Italy continues to show significant signs of economic recovery, according to an OECD report released Tuesday. Italy is struggling to emerge from a double-dip recession since the global financial crisis, the second phase of which has lasted two years. Italy's composite leading indicators (CLIs) - designed to anticipate turning points in economic activity relative to ongoing trends - ''continue(s) to signal positive changes in momentum,'' the OECD said in a statement. The OECD also sees significant improvement in CLIs for most major OECD countries, including the...
Moody's improves outlook for Italian GDP
Tuesday, November 12TH, 2013 by admin
(ANSA) - Rome, November 12 - Moody's rating agency on Tuesday improved its outlook for Italian economic growth, though it forecast worsening employment figures and warned of the risks of abandoning austerity reforms. Moody's predicted Italy will see its gross domestic product (GDP) in 2013 fall 1% to 2%, above a previous prediction of 1.5% to 2.5%. Moody's reckons Italy will begin to pull out of its two-year recession in 2014, with GDP growing between zero and 1%, up from a prior estimate of -0.5% to +0.5%. However, the rating agency believes Italian unemployment will not improve, and will...
(ANSA) - Rome, November 12 - Silvio Berlusconi's People of Freedom (PdL) party was in chaos on Tuesday as bitter in-fighting that looks likely to lead in a split continued to rage. The centre-right group is in danger of dividing between pro-government doves and Berlusconi loyalists who are in favour of breaking off the government alliance with the centre-left Democratic Party (PD) if their leader is ejected from parliament. The PD, Premier Enrico Letta's party, has supported a drive for Berlusconi to be stripped of his Senate seat after the supreme court upheld a tax-fraud conviction...
(ANSA) - Gurgaon, November 12 - Italy on Tuesday raised the case of two Italian marines held in India over the deaths of two Indian fishermen and questions of maritime security at the Asia-Europe ASEM conference in Gurgaon, located in the periphery of New Dehli. The Italian foreign ministry's central director for Asia, Andrea Perugini, highlighted Italy's commitment in the fight against piracy, diplomatic sources at the conference told ANSA. Perugini also expressed worry over the accumulated delays in the resolution of the Indian court case centred on Italian Navy Marines Massimiliano...
22 arrested for health contract rigging
Tuesday, November 12TH, 2013 by admin
(ANSA) - Brindisi, November 12 - Italian police arrested 22 people Tuesday as part of a probe into alleged contract rigging at the local health authority in the south-eastern Italian city of Brindisi. Both public officials and private companies working in the health sector are among those under investigation, police said. As many as 61 contracts signed between 2006 and 2012 are being investigated for offenses ranging from conspiracy, public corruption, violation of privacy and bid rigging.
'Berlusconi pimps' indicted for 26 prostitutes
Tuesday, November 12TH, 2013 by admin
(ANSA) - Bari, November 12 - An Italian judge on Tuesday indicted seven suspects involved in allegedly supplying ex-premier Silvio Berlusconi with dozens of women for sex parties in exchange for public contracts. The suspects include Bari businessman Gianpaolo Tarantini, whom Berlusconi is also accused of paying to hush up the alleged procurement, and German actress Sabina Began, known by the nickname 'Queen Bee'. The trial is set to begin February 6 in Bari. Charges include the aiding and exploitation of prostitution of 26 women, many of them escorts, who between 2008 and 2009 were...

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