Italy

Now, Berlusconi bares his ballot babe ‘harem’

Now, Berlusconi bares his ballot babe ‘harem’London, Apr 23 : Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has brought some pretty girls with a background in showbusiness into his Cabinet to brighten up politics.

Berlusconi has chosen Angela Sozio, 36, a flame-haired former contestant of Grande Fratello, the Italian version of Big Brother, to be the new face for the European Parliament elections in June, reports The Times.

Sozio caught media glare two years ago when paparazzi photographed her and other showgirls strolling hand-in-hand with Berlusconi, 72, at Villa Certosa, his villa in Sardinia.

Lazio clinch Italian Cup final against dull Juventus

Lazio clinch Italian Cup final against dull JuventusRome  - Long-range drives from Mauro Zarate and Aleksandar Kolarov secured the Italian Cup final for Lazio in a 2-1 win Wednesday over 10-man Juventus for an aggregate 4-2 score.

Zarate's firing skills froze the home crowd at Turin's Stadio Olimpico and stunned Gianluigi Buffon on 38 minutes, when the international goalkeeper tried a desperate dive on his left only to watch the drooping shot find the net behind him.

German couple abandon three children in Italian pizzeria

German couple abandon three children in Italian pizzeria Rome/Berlin - A hunt was on in Germany and Italy on Wednesday for a German couple who abandoned their three children at a pizzeria in northern Italy, officials said Wednesday.

Two boys, aged ten months and six years, and their four-year-old sister were found unsupervised on Sunday evening at a restaurant in the town of Aosta.

The 26-year-old mother and her 24-year-old companion told the children they were going outside to smoke a cigarette and have not been seen since.

Flick family leads investors set on buying Roma

Flick family leads investors set on buying Roma Rome  - The wealthy German Flick family leads a group of entrepreneurs interested in buying Serie A side Roma, la Repubblica reported Wednesday.

The shares of the club gained 20 per cent Tuesday amid rumours of a possible sale by the controlling Italpetroli oil company, which denied in a statement to have sold its shares.

The Flick family led a German industrial empire until the 1980s. Friedrich Flick was the wealthiest German after World War II but also a convicted war criminal.

G8 environment meeting opens in Sicily amid tight security

G8 environment meeting opens in Sicily amid tight security Syracuse, Italy  - Delegates from the Group of Eight (G8) industrialized nations, plus other heavy polluters such as China, India and Brazil, gathered in Syracuse on Wednesday to discuss how to combat climate change at a time of deep economic crisis.

The start of the meeting coincided with Earth Day, an annual event designed to increase awareness about the environment around the world.

Juventus set on not putting up with racist fans

Juventus set on not putting up with racist fans Rome - Juventus coach Claudio Ranieri has said he'll ask his team to leave the pitch in case of racist chants from the stands, the la Repubblica daily reported on Wednesday.

Juve were on Monday sentenced to play a home game behind closed doors because of racist slurs and chants that their fans aimed at Inter Milan striker Mario Balotelli during the teams' Serie A game on the weekend.

"I'll call (Alessandro) Del Piero, our captain, then the other side's captain, then the fourth official and of course the referee," Ranieri said.

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