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Church sex abuse victims seek accountability

Victims of a Florence priest who was defrocked for sexually and psychologically abusing his young parishioners are now demanding that his bishops be held responsible for keeping his crimes quiet.

Strike shuts down opera productions in Italy

La Scala cancelled last night's performance of Verdi's Simon Boccanegra with tenor Placido Domingo because of a strike called by unions protesting against government emergency measures regarding the finances of Italy's 14 opera houses.

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With his latest collection, Giles Deacon is as playful as ever. But as he tells Carola Long, having fun is a serious business

Peter Popham: Two people of no monetary value – and so aren't worth saving

We are showing a deep indifference to a couple who are not young and not famous

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Over the last few weeks, during the travel chaos that has ensued as a result of the heavy snowfall in Europe, the main news items that have featured in the British media have involved disgruntled UK passengers trying to get abroad for Christmas and New Year.

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Escapism is what gardeners want in the short, dark days of winter and Paradise of Exiles by Katie Campbell (Frances Lincoln £35) offers the perfect getaway. The paradise Campbell writes about is Florence, where, by 1900, one sixth of the population were either English or American. Why were they there? Not, primarily, to make gardens, though garden-making is the thread that ties the subjects of this book together: the industrious Janet Ross distilling her famous vermouth at Poggio Gherardo, Walburga Paget posing at Bellosguardo in her home-made Gothic gowns, Arthur Acton trading antiquities at La Pietra. "They say, my dear, you can buy anything in his villa if you want it," reported the beady-eyed Mabel Luhan, chatelaine of Villa Curonia. She came to Florence to play a permanent game of dressing up.

Green-fingered gifts: Mail-order christmas presents allow you to shop without leaving the comfort of your potting shed

Mail-order catalogues are riveting things. There are so many items in them that you cannot imagine anybody ever wanting or using. Bathroom things, especially.

24-Hour Room Service: Borgo Santo Pietro

British tourists may have given Tuscany its "Chiantishire" epithet, but the appeal of converting rustic, historic properties into chic tourist accommodation is apparently universal. The Danish-owned newcomer Borgo Santo Pietro enters a market already groaning with luxury hotels; that it stands out from the crowd is because it perfectly strikes that tricky balance between luxury and informality.

Fiorentina eager to sign Arsenal defender Eboue

Fiorentina coach Cesare Prandelli has confirmed that he is eager to sign versatile Ivory Coast international Emmanuel Eboue from Arsenal.

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