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ROME - Italian authorities have charged Licio Gelli with tax fraud for unpaid taxes amounting to €17 million and ordered the seizure of his Arezzo villa. The 94-year-old is the former Venerable Mastor of the notorious Masonic lodge P2. 
 
10 Oct 2013
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ROME - Producers of the Albeisa wine bottle have announced that they will plant a forest of 4,000 trees to celebrate 40 years of production.
 
9 Oct 2013
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ROME - Though the world's food prices have calmed in 2013, they are expected to remain volatile, said the FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva.
 
The Director-General expressed the volatile outlook of international food prices at a ministerial meeting on Monday. He explained that though the market "finally looks calmer this year," prices are still "above their historical levels," and so they will most likely remain unstable. 
 
8 Oct 2013
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ROME - Italian officials have confirmed that a man killed by an angry mob of vigilantes in Madagascar was an Italian citizen who had been accused of organ trafficking.
 
50-year-old Roberto Gianfalla, along with a French man, was beaten, tortured, and burned by a group of angry local residents on Thursday. The men were suspected of murdering an 8-year-old boy as part of an organ trafficking operation on the tourist island of Nosy Be.
 
7 Oct 2013
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ROME - The parents of 32-year-old Cristian D'Alessandro, the Greenpeace activist accused of piracy in Russia, have called for Italy to join the Netherlands in pursuing legal action against Russia. 
 
7 Oct 2013
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ROME - A large community of Italians in Vicenza has been outraged that the United States continues to expand its military operation in the north-eastern city.
 
4 Oct 2013
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ROME - Italy is responsible for roughly half of the corrupt public contracts in the EU, according to a new report released by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC).
 
The PwC study, executed on behalf of the EU anti-fraud office, OLAF, determined that one in 10 Italian contracts is corrupt, amounting to nearly €44 billion in dirty business annually, The Independent reports. In contrast, the number off corrupt deals in the Netherlands is one tenth of that.
 
4 Oct 2013
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ROME - Plans of urban development have sparked controversy in the Arbizzano area of the Valpolicella town of Negrar. Opponents to the plans claim that the development will "destroy the town," as the plans incorporate areas which hold historical and cultural importance.
 
3 Oct 2013
ANDREW GARGANO
ROME - Thursday's disaster in Lampedusa has brought further attention to Italy's problem in managing its immigration crisis.
 
3 Oct 2013

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