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The final break up between Berlusconi and Fini

Troubles never stop in Italian politics for the recent break up between the leader of the Chamber of Deputies and co-founder of the Freedom party Gianfranco Fini and Premier Silvio Berlusconi. Their relationship now has become final with the statement released by the PDL president’s office, which refers three parliamentarians, Italo Bocchino, Carmelo Briguglio and Fabio Granata, to the party’s disciplinary committee. Besides, there were 33 votes in favour and three against from Fini supporters Andrea Ronchi, Adolfo Urso and Pasquale Viespoli.

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Cinema: Venezia film festival about to start

Beautiful Venice will be soon the breathtaking scenery of the 67th Venice International Film Festival, organized by La Biennale di Venezia, from the 1st to 11th September 2010 at Venice Lido. The aim of the Festival, directed by Marco Müller since 2004, is to promote various aspects of international cinema in all its forms: as art, entertainment and as an industry, in a spirit of freedom and tolerance.

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New phone tap bill, Fini exults: “compromise has been reached”

One more time we return to speak of the phone-tap bill. A new amendment of the law yesterday destroyed Berlusconi’s hopes while Gianfranco Fini and his supporters have earned a political victory.

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Marco Travaglio and his “Promemoria” arrived in Palermo

Marco Travaglio was the real protagonist of the show “Promemoria” (transl. Memorandum) which took place at the theatre of Villa Filippina in Palermo last week end.

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Earthquake: L’Aquila inhabitants protest in Rome and get beat up

A significant number of citizens coming from the city of L’Aquila and led by the mayor Massimo Cialente (around 5,000 people) arrived in Rome yesterday to protest against the government politics for the situation they are still facing in Abruzzo after the ruinous earthquake that stroke the city and its surroundings on April the 6th 2009.

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Minister Brancher resigned in court

Aldo Brancher, 67, the minister appointed to Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi’s government last month resigned during an embezzlement trial Monday, after facing criticism inside and outside government that he was only appointed as ‘federalism minister’ to take advantage of a new law allowing ministers to claim a ‘legitimate impediment’ from attending trials.

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Agrigento: the Festival of the Archaeological cinema

In the fascinating and breathtaking scenario of the Valley of the Temples in Agrigento is due to start the seventh edition of the Festival of the Archaeological cinema 2010, from July the 6th to the 10th. The Festival is organised by the park and the movies presented play a key-role in spreading and increasing the value of the huge archaeological heritage with the purpose of “living the past to better understand the present.”

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Berlusconi’s aggressor acquitted

Massimo Tartaglia, 42, the man who threw a souvenir of Milan’s Dome at Berlusconi’s face last December the 13th after an outdoor political rally was yesterday acquitted of aggravated assault charges. A preliminary hearings judge acquitted him because he was not of sound mind at the time of the attack on the premier wrote Ansa.

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World cup: Is Italy ready to kick ass?

Coach Marcello Lippi and Italy’s 23-man World Cup squad arrived in South Africa two days ago and today has the first match in preparation of the Championship. The Azzurri are in Group F at the finals and have to face New Zealand, Paraguay and Slovakia.

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Nurse confesses baby snatch and mother forgives her

“My little boy was born a second time”. That were the words of Annalisa Fortunato described her feelings, going on: “She came in. She was very calm. She wasn’t shaking. She was a nurse, in uniform”. The kidnapper was identifiable because she made no attempt to disguise herself. Ms Fortunato said: “She had glasses and a pin in her hair. She was acting normally and spoke normally. She was a very attentive nurse”.

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Robert De Niro and Colin Firth at the Taormina Film Festival

The ancient Greek theatre at Taormina will host the world premiere of Toy Story 3 when the 56th edition of the Sicilian film fest opens on June 12, organisers said Monday. It will be the first time a major 3D film premieres outdoors, a milestone that needs special attention, artistic director Deborah Young said. “Disney

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Italian activists arrived in Istanbul

Angela Lano, Giuseppe Fallisi, the Italian-Palestinian Ismail Abdel-Rahim Qaraqe Awin; Manuel Zani; Marcello Faracci and Manolo Luppichini are the names of the six Italian activists who were on the pacifist fleet in Gaza strip last Tuesday who now are able to tell their shocking stories. They have finally left Tel Aviv headed to Istanbul trying to recover from the violent treatment they received.

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A marketing campaign that “disturbs” Adolf Hitler

A couple of days ago we received at the office a phone call that informed us about a provocative advert with the image of Adolf Hitler. The person on the phone was quite upset and disgusted by that poster, thinking it was obscene and shameful. So, the following day a colleague of mine went to the place where the poster was and took a picture of it.

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Inter wins its 18th Scudetto

Inter football club secured a fifth straight Serie A title yesterday after winning the match against Siena on Sunday thanks to the only goal of Milito. It was Inter’s 18th scudetto crown and keeps Jose Mourinho’s team on course for a historic treble, having already won the Italian Cup and with the Champions League final against Bayern Munich to come in Madrid this coming Saturday (May 22).

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Sabina Guzzanti presented his documentary at the Cannes film festival

Great reactions at the Cannes film festival yesterday for a film-documentary based on the Italian government’s and Premier Silvio Berlusconi’s response to the Abruzzo earthquake. The film created by comedian Sabina Guzzanti was presented yesterday and critics the entire handling of reconstruction projects after the April 6 2009 disaster, which killed 308 people, highlighting the political connections of entrepreneurs who won contracts.

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Italian salaries among the lowest…

Yesterday Ansa reported that Italian salaries are among the lowest in the 30-nation Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, a report from the OECD said last Tuesday. Based on data from 2009, Italian salaries ranked 23rd in the 30-nation group and were 16.5 percentage points below the OECD average.

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Pope to view Turin Shroud on Sunday

Ansa reported that over 100,000 people are expected to line the streets here on Sunday when Pope Benedict XVI will visit the city and view the Shroud of Turin, which is on a special seven-week display.

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Football: Tonight is the big night for Inter

Inter football team from Milan is ready to face Barcelona in the Champions League semi-final second leg today. If they get past Barca at the Nou Camp they’ll meet the Bayern Munich in the Champions League Final in Madrid on May 22.

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African ngo launches 'adopt an Italian child' campaign

Poveri Voi (Poor You) was founded in 2008 by Tanzanian Ronaldo Samako and claims to be a non-political and non-profit active in social work. In its ad campaign, which will be launched here next week, the NGO cities as candidates for adoption the cases of “Giuseppe, seven years old, who has never learned to laugh” and “Maria, 14, who dreams of being famous”.

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African ngo launches ‘adopt an Italian child’ campaign

Poveri Voi (Poor You) was founded in 2008 by Tanzanian Ronaldo Samako and claims to be a non-political and non-profit active in social work. In its ad campaign, which will be launched here next week, the NGO cities as candidates for adoption the cases of “Giuseppe, seven years old, who has never learned to laugh” and “Maria, 14, who dreams of being famous”.

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