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Flat seized from Italian mafia to become kids’ home


September 7th, 2012 - 10:34 am ICT by IANS
Rome, Sep 7 (IANS/AKI) Authorities in the Italian capital are converting an apartment that belonged to a mafia boss into a shelter for vulnerable children, officials said.The director of the ... Read more...

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Pakistani executed in Saudi Arabia


September 5th, 2012 - 12:57 pm ICT by IANS
Riyadh, Sep 5 (IANS/AKI) Saudi Arabia Tuesday executed a Pakistani national in Medina city for trafficking heroin.Hayat Sayed Lal Sayed had attempted to smuggle heroin in his stomach, the Saudi ... Read more...

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Italy ready to intervene militarily in Syria


September 5th, 2012 - 9:33 am ICT by IANS
Rome, Sep 5 (IANS/AKI) Italy would be ready to send military forces to Syria if President Bashar al-Assad is toppled, Italian Defence Minister Giampaolo Di Paola has said."Italy has the ... Read more...

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August deadliest month in Syria; 5,000 killed


September 5th, 2012 - 1:49 am ICT by IANS
Damascus, Sep 5 (IANS/AKI) Around 5,000 people died in Syria's civil war in August, making it the deadliest month since violence started 18 months ago, according to opposition activist groups.The ... Read more...

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21 executed in a day in Iraq


August 29th, 2012 - 6:33 am ICT by IANS
Baghdad, Aug 29 (IANS/AKI) Iraq Tuesday carried out 21 executions for terrorism-related crimes, the justice ministry said.There were three women among those executed. Iraq has executed 91 people so far ... Read more...

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Italians occupy mine 400 metres underground


August 28th, 2012 - 7:59 am ICT by IANS
Rome, Aug 28 (IANS/AKI) Around 40 mine workers have occupied a coal mine on the Italian island of Sardinia, demanding investment in a 200 million euro project.The workers at the ... Read more...

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Spanish brand wins at Serbia beer fest


August 22nd, 2012 - 8:42 am ICT by IANS
Belgrade, Aug 22 (IANS/AKI) Over 700,000 people attended the Belgrade beer fest last week, and Spanish brand Corona was voted the best beer, organisers said.The 10th edition of the festival, ... Read more...

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Berlusconi aide to act in porn movie


August 20th, 2012 - 9:05 pm ICT by IANS
Rome, Aug 20 (IANS/AKI) Nicole Minetti, a former showgirl-turned-politician, who is on trial for allegedly procuring prostitutes for former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi's erotic parties, is starting a ... Read more...

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Italy’s macho soldiers asked to remove tattoos


August 17th, 2012 - 8:02 pm ICT by IANS
Rome, Aug 17 (IANS/AKI) Italy's armed forces have passed new regulations to prevent and contain practices that might affect the image of the army, including shunning a "macho" rite practised ... Read more...

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Three mn people in Syria in need of assistance: UN


August 2nd, 2012 - 11:34 pm ICT by IANS
Rome, Aug 2 (IANS/AKI) Almost three million people in Syria are in need of assistance as the country's civil war has devastated food production, according to a joint study by ... Read more...

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Syrian envoy to UAE defects after wife joins rebels


July 25th, 2012 - 7:31 pm ICT by IANS
Dubai, July 25 (IANS/AKI) Syria's ambassador to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) defected Wednesday, a day after his wife, the Syrian envoy to Cyprus, announced she was joining the rebels.Abdel ... Read more...

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Indonesia blocks 1 mn porn websites before Ramadan


July 18th, 2012 - 5:20 pm ICT by IANS
Jakarta, July 18 (IANS/AKI) Indonesia's communications and information ministry has shut down more than one million pornographic websites ahead of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan.Minister Tifatul Sembiring said Wednesday ... Read more...

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40,000 Syrian refugees reach Turkey


July 14th, 2012 - 8:35 am ICT by IANS
Ankara, July 14 (IANS/AKI) Around 40,000 Syrians have fled to neighbouring Turkey amid the fighting that has killed thousands during the 16 months of violence, according to Turkey's disaster relief ... Read more...

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Syrian envoy to Iraq defects


July 13th, 2012 - 10:01 am ICT by IANS
Damascus, July 13 (IANS/AKI) Syria's ambassador to Iraq has defected to the opposition and called on politicians and the military to do the same."I announce that from this moment I ... Read more...

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24,000 Italian government employees to lose jobs


July 11th, 2012 - 12:22 am ICT by IANS
Rome, July 10 (IANS/AKI) Around 24,000 government employees in Italy are due to lose their jobs because of spending cuts worth 26 billion euros ($32 billion).Around 11,000 of the workers ... Read more...

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Chinese prostitution ring busted in Italy


July 5th, 2012 - 5:40 am ICT by IANS
Rome, July 4 (IANS/AKI) Dozens of Chinese migrants were arrested and thousands searched throughout Italy Wednesday on suspicion of forcing women into prostitution.Centred in Prato city with arrests and checks ... Read more...

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Fiat sales take a hit in Europe


June 16th, 2012 - 3:34 pm ICT by IANS
Rome, June 16 (IANS/AKI) Fiat's sales in Europe have plummeted over the weak economy and a saturated market demand for vehicles from Italy's biggest carmaker.Sales fell 12.1 percent compared to ... Read more...

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15 bn euros of mafia wealth seized in Italy


June 12th, 2012 - 11:29 am ICT by IANS
Rome, June 12 (IANS/AKI) Around 15 billion euros (more than $18 billion) of assets have been impounded from the mafia since 2009, Italy's police chief said."We have got better at ... Read more...

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Nearly 50 mafia men held in Italy


June 7th, 2012 - 12:58 am ICT by IANS
Rome, June 6 (IANS/AKI) Italian police Wednesday arrested 47 mafia suspects and seized millions of euros worth of assets in a major operation in the southern city of Naples.The suspects ... Read more...

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Pope greets Queen Elizabeth


June 6th, 2012 - 11:23 pm ICT by IANS
Vatican City, June 6 (IANS/AKI) Pope Benedict XVI has sent a message to Queen Elizabeth II, congratulating the British monarch on the Diamond Jubilee of her coronation, the Vatican ... Read more...

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8,000 agro jobs at risk due to Italy quakes


June 6th, 2012 - 8:57 pm ICT by IANS
Rome, June 6 (IANS/AKI) Around 8,000 jobs in Italy's agriculture sector may be lost following two deadly earthquakes in the northern part of the country last month, an agriculture trade ... Read more...

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Dozens of mafia men held in pan-European drugs bust


June 4th, 2012 - 10:18 pm ICT by IANS
Rome, June 4 (IANS/AKI) Dozens of mafia men were arrested, and six tonnes of cocaine and 10 million euros of assets were seized in an international anti-drugs operation launched Monday ... Read more...

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Italian firm Eni finds oil in Egypt


May 24th, 2012 - 7:17 pm ICT by IANS
Rome, May 24 (IANS) Italy's largest energy company Eni said Thursday it has made a significant discovery of around 150-250 million barrels of oil in Egypt.The oil reserves have been ... Read more...

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Olive tree in Italy to be named after Michelle Obama


May 20th, 2012 - 10:18 am ICT by IANS
Rome, May 20 (IANS) A 1,400-year-old olive tree in Italy will be dedicated to American first lady Michelle Obama for her efforts to promote healthy eating.The dedication ceremony will be ... Read more...

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Permit denied for Lady Gaga’s Indonesia show


May 16th, 2012 - 9:28 am ICT by IANS
Jakarta, May 16 (IANS/AKI) Pop star Lady Gaga may have to cancel a concert in the Indonesian capital after police declined to give a permit for the show amid protests ... Read more...

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High inflation smothers salaries in Italy


April 25th, 2012 - 4:23 pm ICT by IANS
Rome, April 25 (IANS/AKI) Salaries in Italy have touched their lowest in real terms in almost 17 years, according to fresh data.Real incomes in March rose 1.2 percent over a ... Read more...

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Journalist killed in Pakistan


April 20th, 2012 - 2:10 am ICT by IANS
Islamabad, April 20 (IANS) A senior journalist of Pakistan's Dawn newspaper was found murdered in a house in Karachi Thursday, police said.Murtaza Razvi's body was found in an apartment in ... Read more...

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Pope turns 85


April 16th, 2012 - 10:48 pm ICT by IANS
Vatican City, April 16 (IANS/AKI) Pope Benedict XVI marked his 85th birthday Monday.The pope met his older brother, 88 year-old Father Georg Ratzinger, and asked Catholics to pray that he ... Read more...

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1,000 yachts raided in Italy to nab tax cheats


April 4th, 2012 - 4:25 pm ICT by IANS
Rome, April 4 (IANS/AKI) Italy's war on tax cheats moved to the sea where police ran checks on the owners of almost 1,000 yachts docked or sailing off of the ... Read more...

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Netanyahu wants US to threaten attack on Iran


February 29th, 2012 - 8:57 pm ICT by IANS
Jerusalem, Feb 29 (IANS/AKI) Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during an upcoming visit to Washington will ask US President Barack Obama to publicly threaten Iran with an attack over ... Read more...

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Thieves rob Greece’s Olympia museum


February 18th, 2012 - 12:02 am ICT by IANS
Athens, Feb 17 (IANS/AKI) Thieves burst into a museum in Greece's ancient Olympia Friday and made off with dozens of artifacts of "incalculable value", media reports said.The robbers entered the ... Read more...

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UN declares end of famine in Somalia


February 4th, 2012 - 10:18 am ICT by IANS
Rome, Feb 4 (IANS/AKI) Somalia's famine has ended but drought in the Horn of Africa region continues to pose a threat to the area, the UN has said."Long-awaited rains coupled ... Read more...

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Fiat profit more than doubled in fourth quarter


February 3rd, 2012 - 4:08 pm ICT by IANS
Turin (Italy), Feb 3 (IANS/AKI) Fiat, Italy's largest carmaker, said its profit from the last three months of 2011 more than doubled on the strength of American car giant Chrysler, ... Read more...

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Crocodile attends papal audience


January 12th, 2012 - 5:00 pm ICT by IANS
Vatican City, Jan 12 (IANS/AKI) Pope Benedict XVI Wednesday addressed around 7,000 faithful - and a crocodile.To commemorate the Rome zoo's 100th anniversary, staff members attended the pope's general indoor ... Read more...

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Saudi law allows only women clerks in lingerie shops


January 5th, 2012 - 1:00 pm ICT by IANS
Riyadh, Jan 5 (IANS/AKI) Saudi Arabia has passed a new law that would allow only women salesclerks in lingerie shops.Wednesday was the final day for cosmetic and intimate clothing stores ... Read more...

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