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Bickering and fit of nerves sour Italian football

Bickering and fit of nerves sour Italian football Rome, Dec 9 : The insults that a group of Juventus fans late Tuesday levelled at their club's team and management topped a series of confrontations and tantrums that lately have busied the chroniclers of the Italian Serie A.

A 4-1 razing from guests Bayern Munich ejected Juve from the Champions League at the group phase, an event that last happened in the 2000/2001 edition and that sparked angry disappointment of about 50 fans at the game's end.    

Christmas 'midnight' mass to be held earlier: Vatican

Rome, Dec 8 - Pope Benedict XVI will hold this year's Christmas Eve midnight mass at St Peter's basilica two hours earlier, the Vatican has announced.

"This is in order not to tire His Holiness," said the Vatican's Office of Papal Liturgical Celebrations, quoted by Italian media Monday.

It is the first time the world-famous Christmas midnight mass has been brought forward, the Vatican confirmed.

The service will begin at 10 p. m. and finish by midnight.

During the papacy of Benedict's predecessor John Paul II, the traditional midnight Easter Vigil was on several occasions brought forward, the Vatican said.

Solid newcomers Parma hold on to fourth place

Jonathan BiabianyRome, Dec 7 : Serie A newcomers Parma retained fourth place with a 2-2 draw at Genoa, who remained one point adrift in fifth position in the Italian Serie A.

A brace from Parma's French forward Jonathan Biabiany reversed the opening goal from Argentine Rodrigo Palacio, but the hosts levelled the intense game Sunday with a 67th-minute drive from Raffaele Palladino.

Fiorentina prevailed 2-0 against Atalanta after two straight defeats and joined Sampdoria, Genoa and Roma in fifth place - a standing that better suits the only Italian side to have qualified for the Champions League knock-out phase with one group game left.

Italian PM receives chilly warning on climate change

Silvio BerlusconiRome, Dec 4 : Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has received a chilly warning from the environmental activist group Greenpeace ahead of the global climate change summit in Copenhagen.

Activists from the group created an ice statue depicting the premier in the Italian capital, Rome, to highlight the risk of global warming.

One activist was arrested for displaying a banner next to the statue that read: "Berlusconi, don't be stupid. Save the climate".

Last chance for Juventus to stay on Inter Milan's heels

footballRome, Dec 3: Juventus are in a must-win situation against leaders Inter Milan in an Italian football classic Saturday if they want to stay in the Serie A title race.

Coming off a 2-0 defeat at Cagliari last weekend, which followed another 2-0 crash at Bordeaux in the Champions League, Juve have dropped eight points behind Inter and have virtually no room left for further mishaps.

With the club barricaded in their training camp south of Turin, veteran defender Fabio Cannavaro was the only one to speak, offering support to the often criticized young coach Ciro Ferrara.

Unemployment is 8 percent in Italy

Unemployment is 8 percent in ItalyRome, Dec 2 - Italy's unemployment rate rose to eight percent in October, the highest rate recorded in five years.

According to official statistics released by the European Union's statistics agency, ISTAT, the number of jobless in Italy rose from 7.8 percent in September.

Claudio Scajola, minister for economic development, said that Italy's jobless rate was far better than the EU average and many other countries.

Mussolini's granddaughter dismisses `sex video' claim

Alessandra MussoliniRome, Nov 27 : Alessandra Mussolini, granddaughter of fascist dictator Benito, said Friday she did not know "whether to be angry or to laugh" at reports that a newspaper has been offered a video allegedly showing her having sex with the leader of a tiny extreme-right wing party.

Mussolini, a parliamentarian for Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi's People of Freedom Party, was reacting to a front-page article published in Milan-daily Il Giornale - which is owned by the premier's brother.

Italy's immigrant cricketers seek to make a point

Italy's immigrant cricketers seek to make a pointRome, Nov 27 - Charith Rajamanthri is a rarity in Italy's under-15 age group cricket team. He is one of just three Italian nationals in the 13-member squad, which also includes Britons, Bangladeshis, Indians and Pakistanis.

The official playing season may have ended, but on a crisp autumn morning Rajamanthri and a group of fellow teenagers practise on a grassy stretch sandwiched between a bus terminal and a road flanking Rome's River Tiber.

Inquiries to probe military aircraft crash: Italy

Inquiries to probe military aircraft crash: ItalyRome, 24 Nov - A public inquiry will investigate Monday's military plane crash at the airport of the central Italian city of Pisa which killed all the five people on board, a media report said.

The Italian airforce has said it will also conduct its own probe into what caused the C130 Hercules transport plane to crash during a training flight.

Boat with 200 African refugees arrives in Italy

Boat with 200 African refugees arrives in Italy Rome - A boat with around 200 refugees from Africa arrived at the Italian Mediterranean island of Sicily overnight, Coast Guard officals said Saturday.

Coast Guard vessels intercepted the boat around midnight and escorted it to the port of Pozzallo.

The migrants said they came from Eritrea, but it was not clear which port they set off from.

There were 48 women, four children and a new-born baby among the group.

Italian PM rules out early elections

Italian PM rules out early electionsRome, Nov 19 - Italy's Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has ruled out a general election and said his government was "solid".

In a statement which followed days of mounting tension within Berlusconi's conservative ruling coalition, he said the parliament would serve its full term.

"I am astonished at the proliferating reports claiming there will be a snap election. I have never entertained any such idea," he said.

Dalai Lama enters crucifix debate in Italy

Dalai Lama enters crucifix debate in ItalyRome, Nov 19 - Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama has rejected a decision by the European Court of Human Rights opposing the display of the crucifix in school classrooms in officially secular Italy, saying it is important to maintain traditions.

"It is of fundamental importance to maintain your own traditions, and Italy has a Christian and Catholic background. Therefore, to keep the tradition of the crucifix in the schools is extremely important," the Dalai Lama told a media conference at Italy's chamber of deputies Wednesday.

Amauri set on donning Azzurri jersey

Amauri set on donning Azzurri jerseyRome  - Brazil striker Amauri has said he looks forward to playing with the Italian national team when he obtains naturalization and asked for respect from those who would rather not see him don the Azzurri jersey.

Italian media Wednesday quoted the Juventus footballer as saying that he decided a year ago that he wanted to play with the world champions.

The debate on Amauri's naturalization heated up when Sampdoria striker Giampaolo Pazzini said after a friendly he played Saturday with Italy that he felt "a little disturbed" by the likely arrival of Amauri.

Climate change exacerbating food crisis, UN chief warns Rome summit

Climate change exacerbating food crisis, UN chief warns Rome summit Rome  - UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon opened Monday the United Nations food summit in Rome with a stark reminder of the plight affecting the world's hungry, and a warning that the situation will worsen unless harmful climate change is curbed.

"This day, more than 17,000 children will die of hunger. One every five seconds. Six million children a year," Ban said.

Climate change exacerbating food crisis, UN chief warns Rome summit

Climate change exacerbating food crisis, UN chief warns Rome summit Rome  - UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon opened Monday the United Nations food summit in Rome with a stark reminder of the plight affecting the world's hungry, and a warning that the situation will worsen unless harmful climate change is curbed.

"This day, more than 17,000 children will die of hunger. One every five seconds. Six million children a year," Ban said.

Climate change exacerbating food crisis, UN chief warns Rome summit

Climate change exacerbating food crisis, UN chief warns Rome summit Rome  - UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon opened Monday the United Nations food summit in Rome with a stark reminder of the plight affecting the world's hungry, and a warning that the situation will worsen unless harmful climate change is curbed.

"This day, more than 17,000 children will die of hunger. One every five seconds. Six million children a year," Ban said.

Italian football fans march against fan-card

Italian football fans march against fan-cardRome - Thousands of football fans rallied Saturday in Rome to protest against the introduction of a card to regulate access to games, Italian media reported.

Police said that about 5,000 fans from various clubs met in the capital. None of them carried flags from their teams.

The Ministry of the interior plans to introduce the card in January, asking the clubs to identify their fans and banning those who were involved in violence.

Beretta turns down contract to coach troubled Siena

Beretta turns down contract to coach troubled Siena Rome - Coach Mario Beretta has said he will not return on the bench of Serie A side strugglers Siena, who this week appeared set to hire him, Italian media reported Saturday.

"I am very sorry to have to say that the negotiation for my return to Siena is definitely over," Beretta was quoted as saying.

Beretta, 50, coached Siena in 2006-2007, was fired after narrowly escaping relegation, but was called back nine games into the following season, again managing to remain in the top flight.

De Rossi faces surgery after tough game at Inter Milan

Daniele De RossiRome  - Roma's international midfielder Daniele De Rossi Monday was to undergo surgery to treat a broken cheekbone, the Serie A club's website reported.

De Rossi, 26, left the pitch grimacing in pain late Sunday after an aerial clash with Inter Milan's Patrick Vieira during the two sides's 1-1 league draw in Milan.

Roma coach Claudio Ranieri complained about the many fouls from the Serie A frontrunners.

"It was a very good Roma," he said. "We scared them (going one up) and they battered us. I like physical football, but here they exaggerated.

Rome marks fall of Berlin Wall on Spanish Steps

Rome marks fall of Berlin Wall on Spanish StepsRome  - Rome marked the fall of Berlin Wall on Monday with a multimedia event held on the Spanish Steps, one of the most popular tourist attractions in the Italian capital.

A chunk of the Wall was on display to the accompaniment of the Pink Floyd song, Another Brick in the Wall.

Mayor Gianni Alemanno opened the display in front of a curious audience that included hundreds of schoolchildren.

The event, held under the slogan "On the way to Freedom," was due to continue until evening.




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