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Jul 23, 2014

Wrecked Concordia finally headed for scrapyard after massive salvage operation

GIGLIO ISLAND Italy (Reuters) – Maneuvers began early on Wednesday to remove the rusty hulk of the Costa Concordia cruise liner from the Italian island where it struck rocks and capsized two years ago, killing 32 people.

A convoy of 14 vessels, led by the tug boat Blizzard, will start to tow the Concordia later on Wednesday to a port near Genoa in northern Italy where it is due to arrive on Sunday, before being broken up for scrap.

Jul 20, 2014

Costa Concordia almost ready for final voyage

GIGLIO, Italy, July 20 (Reuters) – The massive hulk of the
Costa Concordia is nearly ready to be towed away from the
Italian island where it struck a rock and capsized
two-and-a-half years ago, killing 32 people, officials said on

The rusting prow of the once-gleaming white luxury liner was
due to emerge fully from the water for the first time on Sunday,
and the ship should be ready to tow on Monday, but the departure
has been pushed back a day due to forecasts of rough seas.

Apr 2, 2014

Stolen Gauguin painting found in Italian retiree’s kitchen

ROME (Reuters) – By Eleanor Biles

ROME, April 2 (Reuters) – A painting by French post-Impressionist Paul Gaugin that was stolen in Britain in 1970 has turned up hanging in the kitchen of a retired factory worker in Sicily, Italian police said on Wednesday.

With it was a second missing painting by Pierre Bonnard, another French avant garde artist of the late 19th century, that the owner bought along with the Gaugin at an auction in 1975 for only 45,000 lire (23.24 euros).

Dec 14, 2010

Violence erupts in Rome after Berlusconi wins vote

ROME (Reuters) – Protesters set fire to cars, threw paint and smoke bombs at the Italian parliament and clashed with riot police on Tuesday in Rome’s worst violence for years after Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi survived a confidence vote.

Via del Corso, the main street stretching through the historic center, near Berlusconi’s office and home to some of the capital’s smartest shops, was a battle scene of smoke, teargas and bloodied faces.

Oct 19, 2010

Medieval Italian town blows hot on wind power

By Eleanor Biles

TOCCO DA CASAURIA, Italy (Reuters Life!) – Wind has never been a commodity in short supply for the medieval town of Tocco da Casauria in Italy’s central Apennine mountains.

Nestled between two of the country’s highest mountain ranges, the Maiella and Gran Sasso, Tocco da Casauria sits in a natural wind tunnel and residents have decided to make it work for them.