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Sunday
Oct092011

Milan Imposes 10 Hour Car Ban to Lower Pollution

Medioimages/Photodisc/Thinkstock(MILAN) -- For ten hours on Sunday all traffic was banned from Milan's smog choked streets.

The northern Italian city is one of the most polluted in Europe. The car ban, first imposed on a trial basis, is triggered whenever pollution exceeds the statutory limit for 12 consecutive days. An estimated 120 thousand vehicles were affected.

The temporary ban is not popular with environmentalists who want to see the city's public transport system improved to discourage residents from using their cars on a long term basis.

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Tuesday
Feb152011

Italian Prime Minister Ordered to Stand Trial for Sex Allegations

Photo Courtesy - Governo [dot] it(MILAN) -- Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi was ordered by a judge Tuesday to stand trial in connection to accusations he paid for sex with a minor and then used his office to cover it up.

Judge Cristina Di Censo handed down the the indictment and set a trial date for April 6 in Milan.

Prosecuters allege the 74-year-old prime minister paid for sex with a then 17-year-old Moroccan girl known as "Ruby" and that he used the power of his office to try to cover it up.  Both Berlusconi and the girl deny they had sex.

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Wednesday
Feb092011

Prosecutors Request "Immediate Trial" for Berlusconi

Photo Courtesy - Governo[dot]it(MILAN, Italy) -- It's now up to a judge to decide whether Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi should go on trial in a sex scandal case gripping Italy.

The prosecution team is seeking an 'immediate' trial, meaning one that could be fast-tracked as early as next month. They allege 74-year-old Berlusconi paid for sex with a then 17-year-old Moroccan girl known as ‘Ruby’ and that he used the power of his office to try to cover it up. Both deny they had sex.

It's now up to a preliminary judge in Milan to weigh up the prosecution evidence. If sufficient, he can indict the Prime Minster or dismiss the case. He's expected to say next week whether there's enough there to go to trial.

The unfolding story has been the subject of intense interest in the Italian press and this latest chapter is no exception.

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