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Boy scout, 14, dies during 'adventure trip' to Italy

A 14-year-old boy scout from Glasgow has died during an adventure holiday in Italy as he took part in a "canyoning" activity.

The 14-year-old, who was part of an Explorer Scout unit with Eastwood District Scouts near Glasgow, lost consciousness as he jumped into water in the Gran Paradiso National Park in the north of the country.

He was immediately rescued from the water and given CPR but could not be resuscitated.

The boy was with a group of around 40 scouts who were on the second full day of their nine-day adventure activity trip when the incident happened at around 4.20pm yesterday.

British teenage boy dies on waterfall trip in Italy

A British teenager has reportedly died on holiday in Italy during trip to the Lillaz waterfalls in the Aosta Valley.

A British teenager is believed to have died on holiday in Lillaz, Italy. Credit: Google Maps

The boy has not yet been named but is thought to be under 18.

A spokesman for the Foreign Office said: "We are aware of the death of a British national in Italy and we stand ready to provide consular assistance."


3,500 migrants rescued by Italian navy in 24 hours

More than 3,500 migrants coming from North Africa have been rescued by the Italian navy patrols in 24 hours, authorities said.

Migrants arrive to the Sicilian harbour of Augusta. Credit: Reuters

Thousands of migrants from Syria and North Africa, including hundreds of children, were picked up from 11 boats and taken to ports in Sicily and the Mediterranean island of Lampedusa, a coastguard spokesman told Reuters.

Some 43,000 people have crossed from North Africa to Italy so far this year, the same amount as in the whole of 2013, the coastguard said.

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 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 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.

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


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.

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.

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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