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ANSA. The number of smokers in Italy fell in one year by 1.9 million, reducing the percentage of the population who smoke from 25.4% to 21.7%, according to a new report from the High Institute of Health (ISS). (Read the article)
ANSA. - Italy's privacy watchdog said on Wednesday that it was investigating Google to establish whether its Street View internet service had breached privacy regulations. (Read the article)
The President of the Italian Republic Giorgio Napolitano has welcomed the invitation of the President of the United States Barack Obama and will visit him on May 25 at the White House. According to the Press Office of the Quirinale, Napolitano's Official residence, the President will be accompanied by the Minister of Foreign Affairs Franco Frattini.
Napolitano already came to the US for an official visit, but this is the first time that he will meet Obama at the White House.
Trailtimes.ca. Author Vincenza Scarpaci’s book, “The Journey of the Italians in America,” (Pelican Publishing Company, Inc., 2008) is a pictorially rich representation of the millions of Italian families who came to North America. (Read the article)
TIMES MAGAZINE. More than 200,000 Italian Catholics gathered in St Peter’s Square today to offer support to the Pope as he confronts the paedophile priest crisis. (Read the article)
ANSA. Although it can match the capital in regard to political clout, romantic appeal and symbolic landmarks, it looks like Venice may lose out to Rome to be Italy's candidate to host the 2020 Olympic Games Venice, sources close to the national Olympic committee CONI said on Monday. (Read the article)
ANSA. talian President Giorgio Napolitano on Monday hosted an event to mark anti-homophobia day, welcoming gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) groups to the presidential palace for the first time (Read the article)
ANSA. -A mayor on the Amalfi coast wants to get rid of garden gnomes in his pretty clifftop village."They cause an alteration of the natural environment," Raffaele Ferraioli, mayor of Furore, told a local daily. But some lovers of their statues of Snow White and her companions have vowed to resist the mayor's wishes. (Read the article)