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Cannes selects Italian film 'Le Meraviglie'
Thursday, April 17TH, 2014 by admin
(ANSA) - Paris, April 17 - The Cannes Film Festival announced Thursday that an Italian film, Le Meraviglie (The Wonders) by Alice Rohrwacher, was selected to compete for the Golden Palm at the 67th annual event. The film, the sole Italian selection in competition, features Monica Bellucci and the director's sister Alba Rohrwacher, and is set in her native Tuscany, where the idyllic existence of the young protagonist Gelsomina is turned upside-down by the arrival of a young man named Martin.
(ANSA) - Moscow, April 17 - Russian President Vladimir Putin admitted publicly for the first time on Thursday that Russian forces helped to provide security in Crimea during the March referendum that led to its annexation by Moscow. "Crimean forces of self-defense were backed up by our (Russian) troops, who acted in an appropriate, but determined and professional way," Putin said during his annual live question and answer session. However, he described as "claptrap" claims by the Ukrainian authorities that Russian troops were now in eastern Ukraine in support of an uprising by pro-Russian...
Fiat-Chrysler European sales up 4.6%
Thursday, April 17TH, 2014 by admin
(ANSA) - Turin, April 17 - Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) recorded 83,198 new car sales in the 28-member EU and in EFTA countries in March, up 4.6% over the same month last year, the Italian-American group said Thursday. In the first three months of 2014, FCA recorded 199,895 new car registrations, up 2.8% compared to the same period in 2013. However the market share was down slightly. In March 2014, FCA accounted for 5.7% of new cars on Europe's roads, down from 6.1% in 2013. In the first quarter, the world's seventh-largest automaker accounted for 6.2% of new cars on the road, down...
European car sales rise 10.6% in March
Thursday, April 17TH, 2014 by admin
(ANSA) - Turin, April 17 - Car sales in Europe rose for the seventh consecutive month in March, the European Automobile Manufacturers' Association (ACEA) said Thursday. Car-registrations in the 28-member European Union and EFTA countries stood at 1,449,148, up 10.6% over the same month last year. The first quarter saw an 8.4% rise in car sales over the same period in 2013, ACEA added. The upturn was the result of strong performance in all the main European markets. In March the number of car registrations grew by 17.7% in the UK, by 10% in Spain, by 8.5% in France, by 5.4% in Germany...
See related) (ANSA) - Rome, April 17 - Rome's Sandro Pertini hospital has suspended assisted-fertility treatments for new couples after a mix-up of embryos led to a woman getting pregnant with twins that are not genetically hers, the head of the local health authority said Thursday. Rome ASL B authority chief Vitaliano De Salazar added that the hospital had appointed a new head to its assisted-fertility department.
Only two couples involved in embryo mix-up
Thursday, April 17TH, 2014 by admin
(see related) (ANSA) - Rome, April 17 - Only two couples are involved in the mix-up of embryos that led to a woman getting pregnant with twins that are not genetically hers, the head of the health authority that Rome's Sandra Pertini hospital belongs to said Thursday. "The results of the tests carried out and procedural checks on the operations during the embryo transfers exclude the involvement of other couples," said Rome ASL B authority chief Vitaliano De Salazar.
(see related) (ANSA) - Rome, April 17 - Economy Minister Pier Carlo Padoan told parliament that Italy's structural-budget deficit will be slashed in 2015 thanks to spending cuts, even though the target of balancing the budget will not be achieved until 2016. "In 2015 the structural deficit will decrease by 0.5 of a percentage point thanks to a budget consolidation courtesy of spending reductions," Padoan told the Lower House. The minister was addressing parliament before it votes on the government's three-year economic blueprint, the Economic and Financial Document, so it can be...
(ANSA) - Rome, April 17 - DNA tests have made it possible to confirm that there was a mix-up of embryos at Rome's Sandro Pertini hospital during assisted-fertility treatments and identify the biological parents of twins being carried by a woman who is not their genetic mother, ANSA sources said Thursday. Rome prosecutors are investigating the case after the woman who is pregnant with the twins said prenatal tests had shown that she was not the genetic mother of them. Since news of the case broke at the weekend, the hospital has been inundated with calls from parents who are concerned that...
(ANSA) - Rome, April 17 - Economy Minister Pier Carlo Padoan on Thursday justified the government's controversial decision to inform the European Union that it was putting off the target of balancing the State budget in structural terms by a year until 2016. The minister said the executive could not go too far with fiscal consolidation as the economic recovery is weak after the country emerged from its longest postwar recession in the second half of last year. Another factor is the fact that the government has pledged to pay off scores of billions of euros of debts owed by various parts of...
Pope admits to enduring 'gloomy' moments
Thursday, April 17TH, 2014 by admin
(ANSA) - Rome, April 17 - Pope Francis admitted that even he has endured moments of loneliness and sadness during his Chrism Mass at St Peter's Basilica on Maundy Thursday. "And since this joy is one which only springs up when the shepherd is in the midst of his flock (for even in the silence of his prayer, the shepherd who worships the Father is with his sheep), it is a "guarded joy", watched over by the flock itself," the pope said referring to "joy" of being a priest. "Even in those gloomy moments when everything looks dark and a feeling of isolation takes hold of us, in those moments of...

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