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22 June 2010 6:58 PM | Tagged: adult stem cells
Milan, June 22 - People afflicted with severe gumdisease look set to benefit from a new technique thatregenerates the damaged bone using stem cells, the scientistleading the research announced on Tuesday.A ten-year study by a team at the Odontology Clinic ofMilan University and San Gerardo di Monza Hospital has producedresults that could transform the treatment of periodontaldisease, said the cli

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22 June 2010 5:47 PM | Tagged: silvio berlusconi
Rome, June 22 - Drug consumption in Italy droppedsharply last year and the effects of the economic crisis was aleading factor in the fall, a parliamentary report said Tuesday.The number of Italian drug users fell 25.7% last year to2,924,500, compared to 3,934,450 in 2008, according toparliament's annual report on the use of, and addictions to,illegal substances.The report said consumption of both

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22 June 2010 5:47 PM | Tagged: sergio marchionne
Rome, June 22 - Over 5,000 workers at Fiat's factoryin Pomigliano d'Arco near Naples voted on Tuesday on thecompany's conditions to keep the plant running by boostingproduction there.Voting began at 8am (local) and will end at 9pm (local)after which ballot counting will begin.All unions except one, Fiom, have agreed to Fiat'sproposals to boost productivity at Pomigliano and thus make itfeasible t

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22 June 2010 5:47 PM | Tagged: tax declarations
Rome, June 22 - Italian tax police uncovered 22.2billion euros in undeclared income in the first five months ofthe year, the Finance Guard said on Tuesday in its first reportfor 2010.The first five months of the year also saw the FinanceGuard identify 3.1 billion euros in unpaid value added tax (VAT)as well as 3.790 tax evaders who never filed tax declarationsand thus hide earnings of 7.9 billion

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22 June 2010 5:28 PM | Tagged: angelo balducci
Rome, June 22 - Corruption and contempt for thelaw are commonplace among businesses awarded public workscontracts, the sector's watchdog warned on Tuesday.Unveiling the annual report of the Authority forSafeguarding Public Contracts, the body's president LuigiGiampaolino told parliament the problem infected all stages ofthe process. Serious incidents of corruption and illegality areoccurring with

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22 June 2010 4:07 PM | Tagged: disaster relief operations
Moscow, June 22 - Thanks to its new alliance withAmerican aeronautics giant Boeing, Italy's AgustaWestland ismore confident it will win a contract to build a helicopter foruse by United States President Barack Obama, the company's CEOsaid on Tuesday. With our accord with Boeing we're in a better position tobid for this contract.At least on paper we have a better chancethan last time, but only tim

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21 June 2010 8:17 PM | Tagged: pietro lunardi
Rome, June 21 - A top Italian cardinal whomprosecutors have linked to a corruption probe that has alreadyhit the government denied any wrongdoing on Monday and said hehad the support of the Vatican. I did everything with the upmost transparency, saidCardinal Crescenzio Sepe, the archbishop of Naples, referring tohis work as head of the Vatican's Congregation for theEvangelisation of Peoples, a d

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21 June 2010 8:17 PM | Tagged: italian starlet
L'Aquila, June 21 - George Clooney was back in thecentral Italian town of Sulmona on Monday, bringing traffic to astandstill during filming for his forthcoming movie TheAmerican.The Hollywood actor and his co-stars returned to Sulmona,where they spent several days last October, in order to reshoota number of scenes from the film.Although scheduled for release in September, Dutch directorAnton Cor