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May 16, 2014

Job-seeking Italians don white gloves as butlers back in vogue

VERONA, Italy May 16 (Reuters) – Balancing a silver tray
with a champagne bottle on the palm of his hand, butler Maurizio
Tagliavia waited amid the vineyards for the helicopter that
brings guests to the boutique hotel in the 15th century Villa
Del Quar.

The 56-year-old engineer and one-time Italian army
parachutist had been unemployed since 2012, when he lost his job
as sales director for a renewable energy firm. His break came in
February, when he was selected for an intensive course to become
a modern-day butler.

May 13, 2014

Italy threatens to release refugees into EU unless help increases

ROME (Reuters) – Italy threatened to allow refugees to cross its borders into neighboring countries on Tuesday unless the European Union takes charge of a sea operation to manage the flow of migrants crossing in boats from North Africa.

Interior Minister Angelino Alfano demanded more help after the Italian navy task force ‘Mare Nostrum’ rescued more than 200 migrants and recovered 17 bodies when the boat carrying them sank off the Libyan coast.

Apr 12, 2014
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Pope Francis asks forgiveness for ‘evil’ of child abuse by priests

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(Pope Francis waves as he arrives for a meeting with members of an association for children at the Vatican April 11, 2014.  Rueters/Osservatore Romano)

Pope Francis made his first public plea for forgiveness on Friday for the “evil” committed by priests who molested children, using some of his strongest words yet on the Roman Catholic Church’s sexual abuse crisis.

Apr 11, 2014

Pope asks forgiveness for ‘evil’ of child abuse by priests

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Pope Francis made his first public plea for forgiveness on Friday for the “evil” committed by priests who molested children, using some of his strongest words yet on the Roman Catholic Church’s sexual abuse crisis.

The Argentine-born pontiff said the Church, which last month named a high-level group on the scandal including an abuse victim, had to take an stronger stand on a scandal that has haunted it for more than two decades, and indicated there would be repercussions for perpetrators.

Apr 11, 2014

Pope asks forgiveness for ‘evil’ of priestly child abuse

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Pope Francis made his first public plea for forgiveness on Friday for the “evil” committed by priests who molested children, using some of his strongest words yet on the Roman Catholic Church’s sexual abuse crisis.

The Argentine-born pontiff said the Church, which last month named a high-level group on the scandal including an abuse victim, had to take an stronger stand on a scandal that has haunted it for more than two decades.

Apr 9, 2014

Italian court overturns divisive ban on donor eggs, sperm

ROME (Reuters) – Italy’s constitutional court overturned a ban on using donor sperm and eggs in fertility treatments on Wednesday, knocking down part of a divisive set of restrictions on assisted reproduction.

The court said in a statement the ban breached the constitution, without going into further detail, and lawyers in the case said the ruling was effective immediately.

Apr 4, 2014

Scientists warn unsafe Italian schools risk earthquake disaster

AQUILA, Italy, April 4 (Reuters) – Italy risks disaster if
its schools are not strengthened against earthquakes, leading
geologists said on Friday, in a call for action before the fifth
anniversary of a quake in the university town of L’Aquila that
killed over 300.

Risk to life from earthquakes in Italy has worsened since
the disaster on April 6, 2009, the National Council of
Geologists warned at an event in the devastated city in the
central Abruzzo region, saying buildings had continued to be
constructed without respecting anti-earthquake regulations.

Apr 3, 2014

World food prices jump again in March – U.N.’s FAO

ROME, April 3 (Reuters) – Global food prices rose to their
highest in almost a year in March, led by unfavourable weather
for crops and political tensions over Ukraine, the United
Nations food agency said on Thursday.

The Food and Agriculture Organisation’s (FAO) price index,
which measures monthly price changes for a basket of cereals,
oilseeds, dairy, meat and sugar, averaged 212.8 points in March,
up 4.8 points or 2.3 percent from February. The reading was the
highest since May 2013.

Apr 1, 2014

Startup completes first equity crowdfunding drive in Italy

ROME (Reuters) – A software firm has become the first Italian company since the country introduced a pioneering crowdfunding law to raise target capital from investors buying equity through an online portal.

Rome was an early mover in implementing a legal framework for equity crowdfunding, passed as part of a 2012 package of laws intended to encourage startups, which the government sees as a way to boost growth and employment in a struggling economy with record joblessness.

Mar 28, 2014

Italy sells Jaguars, Maseratis on eBay to cut costs

ROME, March 28 (Reuters) – Italy’s government is selling off
scores of official cars including Jaguars and Maseratis, on
online auction site eBay, as it strives to show it is responding
to public pressure to cut spending and the privileges of the
powerful.

A total of 151 vehicles, including 40 BMWs, are up for sale
- a fraction of a 60,000-strong fleet owned by Italy’s public
bodies that the state estimates costs more than 1 billion euros
($1.37 billion) a year to run.