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New York Times. IF you are satisfied with a wine that is palatable and goes down easy, you will never go thirsty spending less than $10 on a bottle. Few places offer a wider selection of singular wines in the $10 to $20 price range — the sweet spot for great wine values — than Italy. (Read the article by Eric Asimov)

BBC  Monthly production in Italy was down 2.5%, with falls across all sectors. Industrial output for the year was down 4.3% on 2007. The biggest decline was seen in investment goods, Italian national statistics agency ISTAT said. (Read the article)

NEW YORK TIMES. Eating a Mediterranean diet appears to lower risk for mental decline, and may help prevent Alzheimer’s in people with existing memory problems, new research suggests(Read the article)

Examiner.com. Boston City Councilman Sam Yoon has made clear his intentions to run for mayor this year.  Announcing his candidacy through a call to Mayor Menino and also to candidates Michael Flaherty and Kevin McCrae, Yoon enters a monumental race. (Read the article)

TIMESONLINE. A comatose Italian woman whose “right to die” has triggered a constitutional crisis and provoked an intervention from the Pope has died. It was confirmed tonight (Read the article by Richard Owen)

AP. After a start delayed by a failing breeze, Damiani Italia Challenge beat Luna Rossa by 1 minute, 40 seconds in an all-Italian race on Sunday. It is its first win in Gold Fleet racing among the top six teams in the regatta. (Read the article)

ANSA. "Italy against Brazil is never really a friendly match", 1982 World Cup hero Paolo Rossi said on the eve of the match between the two most successful teams in world soccer. (Read the article)

ANSA. The Dalai Lama on Monday became an honorary citizen of Rome and Tibet's spiritual leader took advantage of the occasion to renew his commitment to non-violence. (Read the article)

REUTERS. Fashion company IT Holding (ITH.MI) said on Monday it will file for extraordinary administration for its Ittierre unit which distributes products for designers Cavalli and Versace -- the first Italian listed company to take such steps since the global crisis started. (Read the article)

msnbc. A giant carnival figure representing US President Barack Obama is carried in a decorated float during the annual parade of the Viareggio carnival on February 8, 2009. (Read the article)

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