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(ANSA) - Turin, April 23 - Prosecutors said Wednesday they have completed their investigation into a controversial stem-cell treatment involving 20 individuals, including Davide Vannoni, founder of the Stamina Foundation. The notice means prosecutors could now proceed to indictments in the case that may involve charges of fraud. Earlier this month, hospitals in Italy that used the discredited stem-cell treatment announced they have suspended the program. That followed announcements last fall by Italy's health that the Stamina Foundation - the nonprofit foundation that developed the...
(ANSA) - Milan, April 22 - European shares advanced Tuesday as positive existing home sales in the US drove Wall Street higher at the opening and April European consumer confidence rose higher than expected, adding 0.6% to -8.7% in the eurozone and 0.8% to -5.8% in the European Union. In Milan, the FTSE-Mib index added 1.49% to close at 21,935 points while the FTSE All Share rose by 1.45% to end at 23,376 points, making it the second-best-performing European stock market after Frankfurt. The spread between Italy's benchmark 10-year bond and its ultra-safe German counterpart fell to 155...
(ANSA) - Florence, April 22 - Political controversies should not sully Italy's charity soccer match, the Partita Del Cuore (Game of the Heart), the head of a leading medical NGO said Tuesday. Gino Strada, founder of Emergency, said that if Premier Matteo Renzi is able to play in the match scheduled for May 19, he should be allowed. "You're collecting funds to treat people, and I honestly care little for the rest," said Strada, whose group founded 20 years ago has treated more than six million patients in war-torn regions around the world. "What interests me is the event". Controversy...
(ANSA) - Rome, April 22 - With the approach of the 2,000th anniversary of the death of Augustus, the storied ancient Roman emperor, historians, archaeologists and technicians have come together to take the public inside his world. Forum of Augustus, A Journey Through History, which opened this week and continues until September 18, also comes as Rome marks its 2,767th birthday. The event aims to illuminate Rome's ancient Forum of Augustus through film, animated images, and sound three times nightly. The show involves a system of projectors casting images of ancient structures onto the...
(see related) (ANSA) - Kiev, April 22 - Interim Ukrainian President Oleksandr Turcinov on Tuesday ordered the resumption of military operations against pro-Russia militants in the eastern part of the country, local media reported.
(see previous) (ANSA) - Rome, April 22 - Italian Premier Matteo Renzi on Tuesday signed an order to declassify secret case files on long-held Italian mysteries including a 1980 airplane crash near the Sicilian island of Ustica, the 1969 Piazza Fontana bombing in Milan that killed 17 people and sparked the 'Years of Lead', and the 1980 Bologna train station bombing that killed 85 and wounded more than 200. Both bombings have spawned streams of conspiracy theories focusing on the alleged involvement of Italian and probably foreign secret services in suspected cover-ups of acts of terror from...
(by Denis Greenan). (ANSA) - Rome, April 22 - The unchecked spread of cement is gobbling up much of Italy's choicest greenery, farmers said while urging the government to stem rampant construction and help the struggling rural community on Earth Day Tuesday. Over the past 20 years, misguided policies favouring the construction sector and penalizing farmers have driven people away from rural areas and caused Italy to lose 15% of its countryside, the Coldiretti farmers' association said in its Earth Day statement. This means that farmed land has been reduced by 2.15 million hectares, with...
(refiling with corrected slug). (ANSA) - Rome, April 22 - At least three medical staff members were involved in a mix-up of embryos at Rome"s Sandro Pertini hospital during assisted-fertility treatments that led to a woman carrying twins not genetically hers, investigators said Tuesday. The human error could have occurred during any one of three steps of the procedure: retrieval of the egg, storage of the test-tubes, and implantation of the fertilized embryos. The embryos were mixed up because the surnames of the two couples involved were very similar, police said. The biological mother...
Investigators probing Rome embryo mix-up
Tuesday, April 22TH, 2014 by admin
(ANSA) - Rome, April 22 - At least three medical staff members were involved in a mix-up of embryos at Rome"s Sandro Pertini hospital during assisted-fertility treatments that led to a woman carrying twins not genetically hers, investigators said Tuesday. The human error could have occurred during any one of three steps of the procedure: retrieval of the egg, storage of the test-tubes, and implantation of the fertilized embryos. The embryos were mixed up because the surnames of the two couples involved were very similar, police said. The biological mother of twins being carried by another...
South Korea ferry toll reaches 113
Tuesday, April 22TH, 2014 by admin
(ANSA) - Rome, April 22 - The confirmed death toll from last week's South Korean ferry disaster reached 113 Tuesday as divers recovered more bodies from the sunken hull. Some 190 passengers are still missing or presumed trapped inside the vessel. The cause of the disaster - in which the ferry tipped over and sank within two hours - is not yet clear. The crew have been criticised for allegedly failing to save passengers. Five have been charged with not fulfilling their duty to evacuate passengers safely. At least six other crew members are reported to have been detained.

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