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Venice is hit by serious flooding

Venice, Italy suffered from its worst floods in 22 years on Monday. Water stood more than 150 centimetres deep before it began to recede. According to city officials, the tide peaked at 61 inches, 21 inches past the 40-inch flood mark, as heavy winds pushed the sea into the city.

Alarms were set off at half past six in the morning to alert residents, however, many people were still taken by surprise, as the authorities had not predicted such a high level of water.

This is Venice’s fourth highest tide since the city started keeping records in 1872. The record was 76 inches, set in 1966.

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Eurozone in recession

The Eurozone is now officially in a recession, due to the recently released figures showing that, in the third quarter of 2008, the economy shrunk by 0.2%.

European Central Bank

European Central Bank

For a recession to be official, the economy must have shrunk for at least two consecutive quarters. This is the case as the Eurozone’s economy also shrunk by 0.2% in the second quarter of this year.

Howard Archer, the chief European economist for Global Insight commented on these results. “Not only did the third quarter contraction in GDP confirm that the Eurozone is now in recession, but latest data and survey evidence indicate that the fourth quarter is likely to see a sharper fall in GDP as the financial crisis bites harder,” he stated.

This development comes after two large countries in the Eurozone, Germany and Italy announced that they were in a recession. Read More…

Italy has agreed to pay Libya US$5 billion

The government of Italy has agreed to pay Libya US$5 billion as compensation for its occupation of the country from 1911 to 1943. The agreement was reached between the Italian Prime Minister, Silvio Berlusconi, and Baghdadi Mahmudi, Berlusconi’s Libyan counterpart.

“It is a material and emotional recognition of the mistakes that our country has done to yours during the colonial era,” said Berlusconi after arriving in Libya. “This agreement opens the path to further cooperation.” Read More…

On this day August 2, 1980

A terrorist bomb exploded at the Central Station of Bologna, Italy, killing 85 people and wounded more than 200. The massacre was a terrorist bombing on the morning of August 2, 1980. The main culprits came from the neo-fascist terrorist organization Nuclei Armati Rivoluzionari, while former members of the Italian military intelligence agency (SISMI).

At 10:25 a.m., a timed improvised explosive device (IED) contained in an Read More…

On this day July 25, 1943

Victor Emmanuel III and Benito Mussolini

Victor Emmanuel III and Benito Mussolini

Benito Mussolini is arrested after forced out of office by his own Italian Grand Council and is replaced by Pietro Badoglio.

Some prominent members of the Italian Fascist government had turned against Mussolini by this point. Among them were Grandi and Mussolini’s son-in-law Ciano. With several of his colleagues close to revolt, il Duce was forced to summon the Grand Council of Fascism on July 24. When he announced that the Germans were thinking of evacuating the south, Grandi launched a blistering attack on him. Read More…

On this day July 20, 2001

Giuliani in Genoa clash

Giuliani in Genoa clash

An Italian protester in Genoa, Carlo Giuliani, is shot dead by police during the demonstrations against the G8 Summit in Genoa, Italy.

Carlo Giuliani was born in Rome, the son of Giuliano Giuliani, a CGIL trade union activist, and Haidi Giuliani, a Senator for the Communist Refoundation Party.

He was killed on during a violent clash between protesters and Italian Carabinieri in Piazza Alimonda, in the Genoa downtown. A Carabinieri vehicle became stuck and some protesters (wielding metal poles and wooden boards) attacked the car.

In the midst of this clash, Carlo Giuliani, who was wearing a blue ski mask, picked up a fire extinguisher, allegedly intending to throw it at the officers inside the police Land Rover Defender, he was shot in the face at point blank range by one of the officers. The Land Rover then drove once backwards and once forwards over Giuliani’s body.

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Italian officers found guilty over G8 protest brutality

Fifteen Italians including police officers, doctors and prison guards were found guilty of abusing and beating protesters at the G8 summit in Genoa in 2001. A judge handed down jail terms between five months’ and five years’ imprisonment.

The charges include abuse, fraud, criminal coercion and inhuman and degrading treatment. Another thirty defendants were cleared of charges, including assault. Read More…