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2010-08-31 07:31:44
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Italian minister apologises after delivery room fight

Italy's health minister has apologised to a woman for a fight between two doctors in the delivery room as she was about to give birth. The authorities are investigating whether the woman suffered complications as a result of the row. Laura Salpietro, 30, had her uterus removed and her baby boy suffered heart problems and possible brain damage at birth on Thursday in Messina, Sicily.

Her husband Matteo Molonia says the confrontation delayed a C-section. After a heated exchange of words, one of the doctors seized his colleague by the neck and shoved him into a wall, according to Mr Molonia's account to police, reports said. The other doctor reacted by punching a window, which shattered, injuring his hand, they said. Prosecutors have placed five doctors under investigation in total, reports also said.

Health Minister Ferruccio Fazio visited Ms Salpietro on Monday in the hospital to apologise. "I tried to give her words of hope, and above all I tried to tell her that the government was with her and her family at this time," he was quoted as saying by the Ansa news agency. The clinic, which immediately suspended the two doctors, has said there is no link between the doctors' fight and the complications.


Gaddafi visit provokes outrage in Italy

Italian politicians from all sides criticised Silvio Berlusconi, the prime minister, on Monday over his political and economic ties to Libya as Muammer Gaddafi, the country’s leader, held lessons on Islam and for more than 500 young women in Rome’s Academy of Libya. “May Islam be the religion of all of Europe, convert to Islam, the true religion”, Gaddafi told women hired by a hostessing agency. According to Italian media reports, three of them converted during Colonel Gaddafi’s teaching.

“Italy has become Gaddafi’s Disneyland, the amusement park for his senile vanities, and the reason, unfortunately is political. Since Gaddafi pays, his reasons become ‘our’ reasons and his politics becomes ‘our’ politics”, wrote Farefuturo, a political think-tank close to Gianfranco Fini, speaker of the lower house. The Libyan leader arrived in the Italian capital on Sunday for a two-day visit in occasion of the second annual Libyan-Italian friendship day. It is his third visit to Italy in the past year. Under a 2008 accord, Italy pledged to pay some $5bn over 25 years as reparations for its colonial rule of the North African state, which lasted from 1911 to 1943. In return, Libya made a deal regarding asylum seekers and gave Italian companies priority in infrastructure projects.

“For some Tripoli, and the linked business, is well worth it but on the level of international relations, Gaddafi’s visits increase the distance between the Italian government and its traditional allies, the US above all, and also create problems with the Holy See and the high Catholic hierarchies”, said Carmelo Briguglio, a rightwing MP.


18 people die while picking mushrooms

As many as 18 people died while picking mushrooms in Italy in little more than a week. The deaths took place after victims fell into crevasses and deep gorges.  A rich mushroom harvest in the Alpine valleys of northern Italy had led to people making a beeline for the woods and forests to look for succulent funghi.

Many, who were unfit and ill-equipped, ventured into remote areas without proper equipment.  Daily Telegraph Monday reported that those who died either fell into rocky crevasses and gorges or met with similar physical mishaps. Marco Biasoni, a mountain rescuer, told Corriere della Sera: 'Lots of people go to areas which are easy to access, but there are always a few people who want to search out remote bits of woodland which no one else knows.' Collecting wild mushrooms is a popular pastime in Italy.

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