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(ANSA) - Monza, April 23 - Two police officers were slightly injured as they tried to round up a large and frightened wild deer found lopping down a central street in the northern Italian city of Monza. The deer was eventually cornered in a bus station in Monza, about 15 kilometers north of Milan, Tuesday night and wildlife specialists brought the large animal under control. Police had received numerous calls about the deer, which will be returned to what is believed to be its natural habitat in a hilly range about 50 kilometres north of Monza.
Renzi 'withdraws' from charity soccer event
Wednesday, April 23TH, 2014 by admin
(ANSA) - Florence, April 23 - Premier Matteo Renzi put an end to controversy over his planned participation in a charity football match on Wednesday by deciding not to play. The premier and leader of the centre-left Democratic Party (Pd) was hoping to play alongside retired football legends Roberto Baggio, Giancarlo Antognoni and Gabriel Batistuta in the annual televised Partita del Cuore (Game of the Heart) in his native Florence to raise money for the medical charity Emergency. However, news of his possible participation in the May 19 event, sponsored by state broadcaster RAI, met with...
(ANSA) - Vatican City, April 23 - Pope Francis said Wednesday that "every effort" and "generosity" must be applied to help those who have lost their jobs. "Do not stand with folded hands," the pope said at his weekly audience in response to a video message for help from workers in Piombino, a Tuscan seaside town. He said he received the plea just one day earlier from workers at the Lucchini plant there, where jobs are threatened by the possible closure of a blast furnace, and called for "every effort of creativity and generosity" in the case. "Be assured of my closeness and my prayers,"...
(ANSA) - Rome, April 23 - Italy's deficit as a percentage of GDP held steady at 3% in 2013, as in 2012, while debt rose from 127% of GDP in 2012 to 132.6% last year, the European Union's statistical office said Wednesday. That was the second-highest ratio of debt in the EU following Greece with a level of 175.1% of debt to GDP, said the agency.
(ANSA) - Rome, April 23 - Veteran political campaigner Marco Pannella, the leader of Italy's Radical Party, spent a quiet night at Rome's Gemelli hospital Tuesday following surgery to repair his abdominal aorta. The 83-year-old was said to be in a stable condition in intensive care on Wednesday morning. Doctors were due to issue a new progress report later in the day. Pannella was at the forefront of the battles to legalise divorce and abortion in Italy. He has endangered own his health with several hunger strikes in recent years to demand action on issues such as prison overcrowding...
(ANSA) - Rome, April 23 - As Premier Matteo Renzi and his government prepared for a confidence vote Wednesday on a controversial new labour law, he took a swipe at political opponents including Beppe Grillo of the 5-Star Movement (M5S). Renzi used his Twitter feed to mock critics of his government's measures, including a new tax cut for 10 million low-income Italians that amounts to 80 euros per month, particularly naming Grillo, a wealthy comedian who said the tax cuts amounted to very little. "The comedian millionaires say the 80 euros is a joke," tweeted Renzi. "If they tried to live...
(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...

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