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2005-11-19 21:02:39

By Robin Pomeroy ROME (Reuters) - Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi held a private audience with Pope Benedict on Saturday, amid concern voiced by some politicians that the Vatican has too much sway on Italian politics. Berlusconi's first official visit to see the Pope came as newspapers reported that the Church supported Health Minister Francesco Storace's plan to allow pro-life campaigners to advise women at Italy's obligatory abortion counseling centers. The Pope and his Secretary...

2005-10-19 13:35:29

ROME (Reuters) - Italy's international image is being damaged because of the government's refusal to ease strict laws on doping for the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, sports supremo Mario Pescante said on Wednesday. Pescante has been lobbying to try to relax Italian legislation to bring it into line with the rules of the International Olympic Committee and respect a commitment made to the IOC when Italy was awarded the games. But Pescante, extraordinary commissioner for the Turin...

2005-09-22 10:33:16

By Shasta Darlington ROME (Reuters) - Italy's health minister has halted the country's first experiment with the abortion pill RU-486, prompting accusations that the decision was politically motivated and not scientific. Two weeks after a hospital in the northern Italian city of Turin began administering RU-486 to volunteer patients, Health Minister Francesco Storace suspended the experiment on Wednesday, citing health and legal reasons. Doctors accused Storace of interference while...

2005-06-28 15:41:58

By Robin Pomeroy ROME (Reuters) - A heat wave in Italy has put the health ofone million people at risk and the government has warned thesituation could be even worse than the summer of 2003 when20,000 people died due to soaring temperatures. Authorities have asked local doctors to keep an eye ontheir patients above 75 years of age who are most vulnerable,hoping to avoid a repeat of the death-rate of two years agowhich has just been revised up from 8,000. "We are faced with a heat wave...


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