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Italy man stages protest on dome of St. Peter's Basilica

An Italian businessman climbed out onto a ledge on the dome of St. Peter's Basilica on Saturday, calling for the pope's help for those hit hard by Italy's deep recession. Marcello Di Finzio unfurled a white banner reading "Help us Pope Francis" and called on the Italian government to end harsh austerity measures in the debt-laden country, which is struggling with high unemployment. "Stop for God's sake, you are killing us all. Give us back our lives," it read.

Italy man stages protest on dome of St. Peter's Basilica

An Italian businessman climbed out onto a ledge on the dome of St. Peter's Basilica on Saturday, calling for the pope's help for those hit hard by Italy's deep recession. Marcello Di Finzio unfurled a white banner reading "Help us Pope Francis" and called on the Italian government to end harsh austerity measures in the debt-laden country, which is struggling with high unemployment. "Stop for God's sake, you are killing us all. Give us back our lives," it read.

Switzerland returns final looted artifacts to Italy

Switzerland has finalised a 13-year process of returning more than 4,500 ancient artifacts to Italy that were stolen by a criminal gang, the Swiss justice ministry said Thursday. The Alpine country this week repatriated the final 68 looted artifacts to its southern neighbour, ending a restitution process that began in 2001, the ministry said in a statement. "This restitution marks the end of a procedure of judicial mutual assistance that has lasted for years and has allowed for the return of a total of 4,536 objects," it said.

India consults Italy over live bullet, hate mail

India's embassy in Rome has received hate mail and even a live bullet, an official said Friday, underlining fury in Italy over the prosecution of two Italian marines accused of killing two Indian fishermen. India has consulted Italy over security at the embassy after recently receiving the mail as well as discovering the bullet in the embassy's mailbox, a foreign ministry official said in New Delhi.

Spain and Italy see borrowing rates ease

Borrowing rates for Spain and Italy dipped below 4.0 percent on Thursday in a comforting new year start for countries whose economies are still considered the eurozone's weakest links. In early afternoon trading, Italian 10-year debt dipped to 3.984 percent from 4.125 percent, undershooting 4 percent for the first time since May last year. 10-year Spanish bonds meanwhile fell to 3.994 percent from 4.151 percent on Tuesday, dipping below the 4-percent mark for the first time since December 11.

Spain and Italy see borrowing rates ease

Borrowing rates for Spain and Italy dipped below 4.0 percent on Thursday in a comforting new year start for countries whose economies are still considered the eurozone's weakest links. In early afternoon trading, 10-year Spanish bonds fell to 3.994 percent from 4.151 percent on Tuesday, dipping below the 4-percent mark for the first time since December 2012. Italian 10-year debt meanwhile dipped to 3.984 percent from 4.125 percent, undershooting 4 percent for the first time since May 2012.

Italy's 'St Valentine's Beast' serial killer jailed in France

NICE, France (Reuters) - An Italian serial killer known as the "St Valentine's Beast" who fled to France after being allowed out of prison to visit his mother was sentenced to jail by a French court on Monday. Already serving a sentence in Italy for extortion, Bartolomeo Gagliano, went on the run last Tuesday after being granted a good behavior pass. He hijacked a car and forced the driver to take him to Genoa, 170 km (105 miles) from France. French police arrested the 55-year-old in Menton, just over the border.

Lebanon intercepts migrants on Italy-bound boat

Lebanese forces have intercepted an Italy-bound migrant boat and arrested five people accused of trying to smuggle migrants, a security source told AFP on Tuesday. The arrests come after at least 39 people died when a boat carrying citizens of Lebanon and other Middle Eastern nations sank en route from Indonesia to Australia. And they follow a major tragedy in which a boat carrying hundreds of African migrants sank off the Italian coast, killing at least 232 people.

Greece, Italy in trouble for mistreating hens

The European Commission on Thursday referred Greece and Italy to the European Court of Justice for failing to improve the living conditions of egg-laying hens kept in cramped cages. The two countries were given 12 years to enforce 1999 norms for egg-laying hens, millions of which are kept cooped up in cages no bigger than a standard sheet of typing paper, the Commission said. "Greece and Italy so far, despite repeated calls by the Commission to address the situation, have failed to adequately comply with applicable EU law," it said.

URGENT ¥¥¥ Italy says will send its marines back to India for trial

Italy on Friday said it would send two marines on trial for murder in India back to the country, after earlier saying they would remain in Italy in a move that had unleashed a diplomatic furore. The two had been granted a special leave by an Indian court to return to Italy to vote in elections and will now go back to India before that leave expires on March 22, the government said in a statement. dt/ide/mfp
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