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US-Russia preliminary disarmament talks "constructive"

US-Russia preliminary disarmament talks "constructive" Rome - The United States and Russia on Friday characterized their first preliminary talks on strategic arms reduction as "constructive" and "very productive."

The talks between US and Russian diplomats are to prepare the ground for a meeting between US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on May 7.

Italian football has lost its class and appeal

Italian football has lost its class and appealRome - A few years ago, la Repubblica columnist Vittorio Zucconi wrote that only madmen would continue calling the Italian Serie A the best league in the world. Time proved the veteran journalist to be right and today, despite a fourth World Cup won in 2006, it is hard to find someone who feels like comparing Italy's top flight with that of England or Spain where the best players in the world tend to go these days.

US under pressure to specify its climate change plan

US under pressure to specify its climate change plan Syracuse, Italy - European environment ministers Thursday urged the United States to show leadership and spell out its plans for cutting greenhouse gas emission.

Danish Climate and Energy Minister Connie Hedegaard, who will chair a key United Nations climate change summit in Copenhagen in December, said the move would encourage other big polluters such as China to follow suit.

Concern over German mother who abandoned kids in Italy

Concern over German mother who abandoned kids in Italy Rome/Berlin - Investigators in Italy and Germany were worried Thursday about the whereabouts of a German couple who had abandoned three children at a pizza restaurant in northern Italy.

Police continued their search for the 26-year-old mother and her 24-year-old male companion, who have not been seen since telling the children Sunday that they were going outside to smoke a cigarette.

Berlusconi wants to switch Italy G8 summit to earthquake town

Berlusconi wants to switch Italy G8 summit to earthquake town L'Aquila, Italy - Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi wants to switch the venue of July's G8 summit to L'Aquila, the Medieval town ravaged by an earthquake, in a gesture of solidarity, it was announced Thursday.

The meeting of heads of government from the world's richest countries is currently planned to take place on La Maddalena, a small island off Sardinia.

African refugees protest at Milan furniture fair

African refugees protest at Milan furniture fair Milan - Some 150 refugees from Africa demanding housing and jobs have interrupted the Milan Furniture and Design Fair with sitdown protests and demonstrations, Italian media reported Thursday.

The action came after police evicted around 300 refugees from a block of flats they had occupied.

Some of the mainly political refugees from war zones such as Eritrea and Somalia found accommodation in church institutions. Around 150 continued their protest.

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