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Rogue trader Jerome Kerviel 'will return to France'

Convicted rogue trader Jerome Kerviel said today he would return to France, where he faces a jail sentence, after first saying he would stay in Italy.

Former trader Jerome Kerviel originally said he would stay in Italy
Former trader Jerome Kerviel originally said he would stay in Italy Credit: Piovanotto Marco/ABACA/Press Association Images

Kerviel, 37, had appealed to France's president to intervene in his case. The trader has spent over three years fighting charges stemming from massive market bets that brought French bank Societe Generale close to collapse in 2008.

Kerviel's market bets brought the French bank to the brink of collapse in 2008
Kerviel's market bets brought the French bank to the brink of collapse in 2008 Credit: Reuters

He was convicted of breach of trust, forgery and fraudulent data manipulation, but has portrayed his case as one individual's struggle against high finance.

Read: French court upholds trader conviction

Prince Harry tours WWII monastery ruins in Italy

Prince Harry has reacted with amazement at the damage wreaked on an historic monastery during one of the Second World War's most important battles.

Harry is marking the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Monte Cassino by visiting the site of the Italian conflict and joining Poles, Britons and New Zealanders in honouring their war dead.

Prince Harry lays a wreath on behalf of The Queen on the first day of his tour to Italy Credit: PA

The battle was a crucial campaign that saw Allied forces launch four battles in 1944 to destroy Nazi forces holding a strategically important rocky outcrop, home to the 1,400 year-old Benedictine monastery of Monte Cassino

Prince Harry sits alongside Governor General of New Zealand Sir Jeremy Mateparae (left) Credit: PA

As he walked into an exhibition chronicling the destruction of the holy site he saw a huge black and white image of its ruins and said :"Unbelievable - they knocked the whole thing down."

Prince Harry meets Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk (left) Credit: PA

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Silvio Berlusconi starts work at old people's home

Former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi has begun his first day of community service at an old people's home near Milan.

The 77-year-old must spend a year working four hours a week at the Sacred Family Foundation as part of his sentence for tax fraud.

Silvio Berlusconi outside the old people's home near Milan where he will be doing community service. Credit: REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini

He was originally sentenced to four years in prison but a judge watered down his sentence to a year's community service.

After completing the first six months the sentence will automatically be reduced to 10 months.

Read: Court: Berlusconi to work at a center for the elderly

Football supporter shot in chest before Cup Final

A football supporter has been left critically injured after being shot in the chest - three Napoli supporters were injured in clashes before Saturday's Italian Cup Final between Napoli and Fiorentina in Rome, Italian television and news agencies reported.

One man was shot in the chest as he walked towards the Olympic Stadium and taken to Villa San Pietro hospital, news agency ANSA reported. It said another supporter was shot in the arm.

The pistol used in the incidents has been found by the police, the AGI news agency said.The clashes took place in the Tor di Quinto area close to the stadium, with rival supporters throwing firecrackers and other objects at each other ahead of the game.

The website of daily newspaper La Repubblica reported a total of six people injured in the clashes. The police were only immediately able to confirm the injury to the supporter shot in the chest

Knox to take murder case to the Italian supreme court

Amanda Knox has said that she will take the case to Italy's Supreme Court to appeal a court decision to reinstate her conviction, for the murder of British student Meredith Kercher.

If the court confirms the conviction, a long extradition fight is expected for Knox, who is now living back in America.

Read more: Knox rejects court verdict saying 'I am innocent'

Amanda Knox, the U.S. student convicted of killing her British flatmate in Italy in 2007. Credit: REUTERS/Alessia Pierdomenico

Ms Kercher, 21, was found dead in the flat she and Knox shared in the town of Perugia. Her throat had been slashed and she had been sexually assaulted.

'Matter of fact' that Kercher 'was attacked' by Knox

A new document by an appeal court has stated evidence of a fallout between murdered British student Meredith Kercher and Amanda Knox.

The document said: "It is a matter of fact that at a certain point in the evening events accelerated; the English girl was attacked by Amanda Marie Knox, by Raffaele Sollecito, who was backing up his girlfriend, and by Rudy Hermann Guede, and constrained within her own room."

Rudy Guede was convicted in a separate trial of sexually assaulting and stabbing Kercher.

His 16-year sentence, reduced on appeal from 30 years, was upheld in 2010 by Italy's highest court, which said he had not acted alone.

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Knox rejects court verdict saying 'I am innocent'

An Italian court has explained why it has restored the guilty charge against Amanda Knox and her former Italian boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito, for the murder of British student Meredith Kercher.

Amanda Knox claims there is "no logic" to an Italian court's decision to reinstate her conviction, saying in a statement "I am innocent."

Amanda Knox has rejected the new 337 page document outlining her guilty charge. Credit: REUTERS/Andrew Kelly

The document says it was American former student Knox who delivered the fatal knife blow to her 21-year-old roommate in 2007 and there were multiple aggressors at the scene.

Man crushed by giant crucifix dedicated to Pope

The Dosso del'Androla cross in Cevo, Italy, that fell earlier today, pictured in 2008. Credit: Luca Giarelli

A man has been crushed to death after a giant crucifix dedicated to Pope John Paul II collapsed, just days before a historic Papal canonisation in Rome.

The 30-metre-high (98ft) wooden and concrete cross fell during a ceremony in the Italian Alpine village of Cevo, near Brescia. Another man was taken to hospital.

The structure was dedicated to John Paul II on his visit to the region in 1998.

In a strange co-incidence, the 21-year-old man named as Marco Gusmini by local media, was reported to live in a street named after Pope John XXIII – who will also be canonised in the ceremony on Sunday, Italian media has reported.

The two giants of Roman Catholicism in the 20th century will become saints on Sunday at a twin canonisation, an event unprecedented in the 2,000-year history of the church.

Pope Francis leads Easter Mass at the Vatican

Pope Francis arrives to lead the Easter mass in Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican.
Pope Francis arrives to lead the Easter mass in Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican. Credit: Reuters

See more: Archbishop to highlight hardship in Easter sermon

Members of the Italian army march in Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican.
Members of the Italian army march in Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican. Credit: Reuters
Swiss guards stand to attention before the arrival of Pope Francis to lead the Easter mass in Saint Peter's Square.
Swiss guards stand to attention before the arrival of Pope Francis to lead the Easter mass in Saint Peter's Square. Credit: Reuters

Court: Berlusconi to work at a center for the elderly

A court in Milan ruled that former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi must visit a centre for the elderly at least once a week as he serves a one-year sentence for tax fraud doing community service.

Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi . Credit: Press Association Images

The court also set travel restrictions for Berlusconi. The prominent 77-year-old politician will not be allowed to travel outside the Lombardy region where he has his principal residence except for trips to Rome from Tuesdays to Thursdays.

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