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Italy’s Mount Etna Erupts

Posted February 9th, 2012 at 7:50 pm (UTC-5)
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Italy’s Mount Etna put on a spectacular show Thursday, shooting lava and molten rock into the night sky. Authorities on the island of Sicily closed nearby airports as smoke and steam floated across the sky and boiling hot lava flowed down the side of the volcano. No injuries have been reported. Mount Etna is more […]

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UN Court Rules Against Italy’s Nazi Compensation Claims

Posted February 3rd, 2012 at 2:05 pm (UTC-5)
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The United Nations’ highest court has ordered Italy to annul all compensation claims against Germany for Nazi war crimes committed during World War Two. The International Court of Justice ruled Friday in a 12-to-three vote that Italy’s courts were wrong to allow victims of Nazi atrocities to claim compensation from Germany, because it has legal […]

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UN Court Rules Against Italy’s Nazi Compensation Claims

Posted February 3rd, 2012 at 9:40 am (UTC-5)
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The United Nations’ highest court has ordered Italy to annul all compensation claims against Germany for Nazi war crimes committed during World War Two. The International Court of Justice ruled Friday that Italy’s courts were wrong to allow victims of Nazi atrocities to claim compensation from Germany, because it has legal immunity from lawsuits in […]

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Wrecked Cruise Ship Salvage May Take Months

Posted February 3rd, 2012 at 7:10 am (UTC-5)
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The owners of a shipwrecked cruise liner say it may take seven to 10 months to remove the overturned vessel from an Italian coastline. U.S.-based Carnival Corporation says it has contacted 10 firms to submit plans for the job. Carnival plans to make a decision by the end of next month on which company will […]

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Wrecked Cruise Ship Salvage May Take Months

Posted February 3rd, 2012 at 2:20 am (UTC-5)
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The owners of a shipwrecked cruise liner say it may take seven to ten months to remove the overturned vessel from an Italian coastline. U.S. based Carnival Corporation says it has contacted ten firms to submit plans for the job. Carnival plans to make a decision by the end of next month on which company […]

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French Prosecutors to Investigate Italian Cruise Ship Disaster

Posted February 2nd, 2012 at 9:15 am (UTC-5)
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French prosecutors have launched an investigation into the cause of last month’s Costa Concordia cruise ship grounding off the coast of Italy. The Paris prosecutors’s office said Thursday that it has asked police to question French survivors to establish criminal liability and establish psychological damage caused by the accident. More than 450 French people were […]

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Italy Ends Underwater Search for Cruise Ship Bodies

Posted January 31st, 2012 at 9:55 am (UTC-5)
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Italian divers have ended the underwater search for 15 people still missing from the Costa Concordia shipwreck off the Tuscan coast. The civil protection authority said Tuesday it was calling off the search in the submerged part of the ship due to danger to rescue workers. A statement from the agency says officials have contacted […]

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Italian Island Residents Concerned After Shipwreck Disaster

Posted January 30th, 2012 at 10:50 am (UTC-5)
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Residents of the Italian island of Giglio say they are concerned about possible environmental damage from the wrecked cruise ship Costa Concordia. Residents Monday called for an island-wide meeting to discuss how to protect their interests ahead of the upcoming tourist season after being told Sunday that it may take until the end of the […]

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Italian Officials: Removing Stricken Cruise Ship May Take Until End of Year

Posted January 29th, 2012 at 7:40 pm (UTC-5)
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Italian officials say it may take until the end of the year before the capsized cruise ship Costa Concordia can be removed. The officials said Sunday they cannot start to move the damaged vessel until all the fuel has been removed — a process that takes about a month. The ship then may have to […]

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Former Italian President Oscar Luigi Scalfaro Dead at 93

Posted January 29th, 2012 at 7:10 pm (UTC-5)
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Former Italian President Oscar Luigi Scalfaro, who helped rewrite Italian politics after a devastating corruption scandal in the 1990s, has died at age 93. No cause of death was given. After working as a lawyer to help anti-Fascists jailed in World War II, Mr. Scalfaro entered politics and helped cobble together Italy’s first constitution as […]

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