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Thieves break into Italian jail

A group of thieves got away with a jailbreak with a difference when they broke into a prison in northern Italy and stole a safe. The robbers, who are still at large, broke into the prison director's office overnight Tuesday and made off with a safe containing around 5,000 euros ($6,700), the Corriere della Sera newspaper said. The thieves must have known the prison well because they used two underground passages that have no CCTV cameras to gain access, and only had to force two unarmoured doors, La Repubblica reported on its website.

Italian defence boss resigns over India bribe scandal

The head of Italian defence and aerospace giant Finmeccanica, Giuseppe Orsi, resigned on Friday in a bribery scandal over the sale of helicopters to India as investigators questioned him in prison. Orsi, who was arrested on Tuesday over alleged bribes paid to secure the sale of 12 choppers, also stepped down as a member of the board and presented his resignation letter to judge Luca Labianca, who heard his testimony behind bars.
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