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Dolce & Gabbana founders cleared of tax evasion

Fashion designers Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana have been cleared of hiding hundreds of millions of euros from Italian tax authorities by the country's top court.

The Italian pair appealed the suspended 18-month jail sentence that had been upheld earlier this year for tax evasion charges.

Italian designers Domenico Dolce, right, and Stefano Gabbana, left, had faced jail for an alleged plan to avoid paying a higher rate of tax. Credit: Carlos Barria/Reuters

The star designers were accused of using a Luxembourg holding company, Gado, to avoid paying taxes on royalties of about 1 billion euros.

Today's verdict, reported by Reuters, overturns the guilty verdict first delivered in 2013 and upheld by an appeals court in Milan in April.

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UK flights cancelled by Italian air traffic control strike

UK air passengers are facing major disruption due to a strike by Italian air traffic controllers, with scores of flights cancelled.

Ryanair and Easyjet planes will be grounded by the strike. Credit: PA

The four-hour stoppage tomorrow has led to Ryanair axing 96 flights to and from Italy, including four return services involving flights to and from the UK.

EasyJet has had to cancel up to 60 flights and other UK carriers are also likely to be affected by the action, which lasts from 11.30am to 3.30pm UK time.

The Ryanair cancellations include Manchester-Bologna, Stansted-Ancona, Stansted-Trieste and Liverpool-Pisa.

Ryanair warned that further delays and cancellations are likely and advised passengers to check the status of their flight.

Italian court overturns Berlusconi conviction

Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has won his appeal against a conviction for paying an underage prostitute for sex.

Silvio Berlusconi has won his appeal in Milan. Credit: Reuters

The Milan court threw out the guilty verdict handed down by a lower tribunal last year, which had sentenced Berlusconi to seven years in jail.

Berlusconi was accused of paying for sex with former nightclub dancer Kharima El Mahroug when she was under 18, and of abusing his authority to get her released from police custody over unrelated theft accusations.

Pictured: Scout who died on trip to Italy

Elliot Alexander Peacock, 14, died after jumping into water during an adventure trip in Italy. Credit: The Scout Association

This is the first picture of Elliot Alexander Peacock who died during a Scout trip to Italy.

A statement from The Scout Association said: "We continue to support Elliot’s parents, the young people and leaders who are part of the event.

"We will also continue to work with Acorn Adventure who organised the itinerary and programme to establish if there are any lessons to learn from this tragic incident."

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