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NEWS BLAZE. Hindus and Jews have appealed the Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi to visit the savagely burnt Indian immigrant in a Rome hospital to send a strong message against the xenophobia. (Read the article)

The Art Newspaper. Italy. Inadequate national funding and curatorial disputes threaten to undermine centenary year. The Italian Ministry of Culture’s plans to celebrate the centenary of Futurism (the turn-of-the-century Italian avant-garde movement that was born 100 years ago this month) have come in for heavy criticism, both from within the committee established to coordinate events, and from independent curators and commentators. (Read the article by Gareth Harris and Guglielmo Gigliotti)

Newsahead. Art museums in Italy and elsewhere will mark the 100th anniversary of the publication of the Manifesto of Futurism in the French newspaper, Le Figaro, on 20 Feb 1909. Written by the Italian poet Filippo Tommaso Marinetti (1876-1944), it rejected the art of the past and exalted energy, strength, movement and the power of the modern machine. (Read the article)

BBC. Over the last few decades Italy has been transformed from a nation of emigrants to a target for mass immigration. The change has brought severe political and social strains. In the second part in a series from Italy, Aidan Lewis finds immigrants integrating against the odds in the northern city of Treviso. (Read the article)

EXAMINER.COM. John E. Frick, a Cincinnati, Ohio-based business owner, passionate motorcycle enthusiast and long-distance endurance rider, will be enjoying his next two-wheel adventure on a new Moto Guzzi Norge 1200. (Read the article by Bruce Hosking)

AFP. Italy was locked in a constitutional battle on Friday as President Giorgio Napolitano refused to sign into law an emergency decree to stop the mercy killing of a woman who has been comatose for 17 years. In a case reminiscent of the American Terry Schiavo's, conservative Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi mounted a high-profile effort to block a court ruling allowing doctors to remove Eluana Englaro from life support. (Read the article)

Guardian.co.uk. Italian Government answers Barack Obama's Nato request by increasing deployment by 800 soldiers to 2,800. There are 2,000 Italian troops in Afghanistan, mostly in the western province of Herat. That will be increased to 2,800 this year, according to European diplomats. An announcement is expected soon. (Read the article by Julian Borger)

NYT. An American journalist, Alexander Stille, has been cleared of charges that he had defamed a close business associate of Italy’s prime minister, Silvio Berlusconi, the journalist’s lawyer said. (Read the article by Rachel Donadio)

NYT. ”At the moment Milan is more important than money,” Beckham told Corriere dello Sport in Italy. “I want to think about football before everything else. I said in a clear manner what I think, I want to stay at Milan because I’ve rediscovered myself as a football player.” (Read the article by Jeffrey Marcus)

NEWSDAY.  Vincent Pastore of "The Sopranos" is in a New York court to fight a lawsuit accusing him of assaulting his former fiancee. A trial began Friday in 47-year-old Lisa Regina's civil assault suit against him. (Read the article by Samuel Maull)

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