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I can prove that avoiding the ash cloud is possible


How do you get from Helsinki to Milan when the whole of the airspace in northern Europe is closed?

Well, I did it and what’s more – most of the journey was done by plane.

I’m the Reuters Italian sports reporter and I really needed to get back to Milan in time for this Tuesday’s big Champions League semi-final first leg soccer match between Inter and Barcelona. 

On Friday I didn’t think it would be possible. A train between Helsinki and St Petersburg was already planned but then what to do?

Italy sends in troops, but why?


“Should I wait until she’s finished?” asks a soldier from an Italian Alpine regiment, in their distinctive feathered Tyrolean-style hat, to her police colleagues as they patrol an area of Turin notorious for addicts known as “Toxic Park” and see a woman shooting up.

Incidents like this one reported in Corriere della Sera newspaper seem to support Italian police unions’ doubts about Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi’s initiative, which began this week, to put 3,000 soldiers on the streets of 10 cities for the next six months to help the police fight a supposed crime wave. Some police officers believe military personnel, even those hardened by peace missions abroad, do not have the training needed to fight crime.