Pirates attempt to seize Italian ship off Somalia

Pirates attempt to seize Italian ship off Somalia Rome  - The crew of an Italian container ship on Thursday thwarted an attempt by suspected pirates to board the vessel off the coast of Somalia, Italian news reports said.

Water hydrants were used to repel the morning attack which came hours after another attempt by the suspected pirates to capture the vessel, an official of the company that owns the container ship was quoted as saying by the ANSA news agency.

Stefano Messina said the assailants were armed with a bazooka and managed to inflict some damage to the vessel, the Jolly Smeraldo.

Hearing on Bofors case extended till September 8

Bofors case: Quattrocchi no longer on CBI''s most wanted listNew Delhi, Apr 30 : A Delhi Court on Thursday postponed the hearing of the Bofors pay off case till September 8 after the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) sought two months time to decide its future course of action on the lone surviving suspect, Ottavio Quattrocchi.

The CBI on Tuesday had requested Interpol to remove the Italian businessman''s name from its list of most wanted persons.

Ramzi, Rebellin confirmed as Olympic doping suspects

Rashid RamziStuttgart - Olympic 1,500 metres gold medallist Rashid Ramzi of Bahrain and Italian cycling road race silver medallist Davide Rebellin are among the athletes who tested positive for the latest generation of the blood booster CERA at a retest of samples from the Beijing Games, it was confirmed Wednesday. Ahmad Ben Hamad Al El Khalifa, deputy general secretary of the Bahrain Olympic Committee, told German Press Agency on Wednesday that the committee has been informed about Ramzi's positive test.

At the same time the Italian Olympic Committee CONI named Rebellin as a doping suspect.

Italian royal 'heir' to run in European elections

Italian royal 'heir' to run in European elections Rome - Prince Emmanuel Filiberto of Savoy, a descendant of Italy's erstwhile royal family, announced Tuesday he is to stand as a candidate in June's European Parliament elections. The 36-year-old grandson of Italy's last king, Umberto II, will run for the centrist, Catholic, Union of Christian Democrats (UDC) party.

"I commit myself... to the service of my country, the thing that I love most," Emmanuel Filiberto said.

Pope visits Italian earthquake region, urges 'solid' reconstruction

Pope visits Italian earthquake region, urges 'solid' reconstructionL'Aquila, Italy - In a visit Tuesday to Italy's earthquake-stricken Abruzzo region, Pope Benedict XVI brought words of comfort and appealed for the construction of safer homes and churches. Benedict arrived from Rome by car, with his first stop in the village of Onna, situated near the epicenter of the 6.3-magnitude earthquake that struck on April 6, killing nearly 300 people.

Nadal waits out the rain with rivals on his mind

Nadal waits out the rain with rivals on his mind Rome - Rafael Nadal waited out steady rain Tuesday at the Rome Masters along with the rest of the field, his thoughts filled with fears that events on his clay-court surface of choice are in decline. "Every year for last years we have less tournaments on clay," said the top seed who lifted a fifth title at the weekend in Barcelona.