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16 June 2010 6:57 AM | Tagged: maurizio gasparri
Vienna, June 15 - The Organisation forSecurity and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) urged Italy on Tuesdayto drop or amend a contested bill aimed at restricting the useof wiretaps and their publication before trials.The OSCE called on the government to withdraw the currentmeasure and modify it to bring it into line with internationalstandards guaranteeing freedom of the press.The bill, which was appr

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15 June 2010 7:07 PM | Tagged: coach marcello lippi
Rome, June 15 - World champions Italy have beenthrown into a state of alarm at the World Cup after doctors saidon Tuesday that they do not know when goalkeeper GianluigiBuffon will be able to return from a back problem.Buffon, part of Italy's 2006 World Cup-winning team, wasforced to come off at halftime of the Azzurri's opening matchagainst Group F rivals Paraguay, which ended 1-1.He had been up

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15 June 2010 5:47 PM | Tagged: constitutional amendments
Rome, June 15 - Italy's antitrust authority onTuesday threw its support behind the government's announcedplants to deregulate the economy even by amending theConstitution.In presenting the authority's annual report to parliament,Chairman Antonio Catricala' said we appreciate the government'sdeclared readiness to open a new era in deregulation and ifconstitutional amendments are needed to achieve

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15 June 2010 5:47 PM | Tagged: gangland murders
Caserta, June 15 - Police on Tuesday arrested thealleged leader of a notorious faction in the Casalesi clan ofthe Neapolitan Camorra mafia.Nicola Schiavone, the son of of jailed Casalesi kingpinFrancesco 'Sandokan' Schiavone, was arrested in the town ofCasal di Principe, home to the Casalesi clan, featured inRoberto Saviano's 2006 best-selling expose' Gomorrah.Investigators believe that in his fa

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15 June 2010 5:28 PM | Tagged: rafa benitez
Milan, June 15 - Rafa Benitez said Tuesday that thechange of style he will bring to Inter Milan after replacingJose' Mourinho as coach will not snap the Italian and Europeanchampions' run of success.The Spaniard signed a two-year deal last week days afterending his six-year stint at Liverpool to replace the outspokenMourinho, who moved to Real Madrid having led Inter to anunprecedented Champions

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15 June 2010 4:37 PM | Tagged: referendum vote
Rome, June 15 - The FIOM autoworkers union issticking to its guns in rejecting Fiat's conditions forinvesting 700 million euros in its plant in Pomigliano d'Arco,near Naples, and said it will not accept the accord even ifworkers approve it in a referendum vote.Speaking on Italian radio Tuesday morning, FIOM NationalSecretary Giorgio Cremaschi said our position is very clear, wedo not believe tha

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15 June 2010 4:37 PM | Tagged: coach marcello lippi
Rome, June 15 - Italy's 1-1 draw with Paraguay intheir World Cup opener by no means swept away pessimism backhome about their chances of retaining their title, but it did atleast give some encouraging signs.The Azzurri controlled play in the Group F clash but failedto create many chances and were punished late in the first halfwhen Paraguay's Antolin Alcaraz headed in a freekick.They managed to w

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14 June 2010 9:57 PM | Tagged: chorus of the hebrew slaves
Rome, June 14 - A Northern League governor's allegedsnub of the Italian national anthem led to calls on Monday for anew law regulating when it should be played.The row started Sunday when Giuseppe Verdi's opera piece Vapensiero was played instead of the anthem at a ceremony at aprimary school attended by Luca Zaia, the Northern League'sgovernor of Veneto.Va pensiero, which is sometimes known in E