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Seven bodies recovered, two people still missing, and four injured

Departures: Cut-price cruise

COSTA Cruises (071-724 9911) has reduced the price of its 10- night cruise to Egypt and the Holy Land, which sails from Genoa on 23 May. Holidays now cost from pounds 649 per person for people sharing an inside two- berth cabin, including return flights from London to Genoa.

Once-proud city seeks a return to glory days: Patricia Clough finds an eagerness for change as Genoa prepares to choose a new mayor

THE ONCE-PROUD city is in a tail-spin. The people, sick of misgovernment, turn on their rulers and elect their own leader. He rules with a firm hand for the rest of his life. It is 1339 and the man they elect is Simone Boccanegra, the first Doge of Genoa and the inaugurator of a political system that serves the city well for nearly two centuries.

Savona agrees to stay

The Italian Industry Minister, Paolo Savona, withdrew his resignation after the Prime Minister, Carlo Azeglio Ciampi, urged him to reconsider, Reuter reports from Rome. Mr Savona quit on Sunday after Mr Ciampi implicitly rejected his ideas on how to privatise state-owned companies. The resignation had provoked fears for the future of Mr Ciampi's fragile administration.

Two killed as floods hit Genoa

Rome (Reuter) - Italy's sixth biggest city, Genoa, awoke to scenes of devastation yesterday after torrential rains swept away hundreds of cars and killed a young boy and his grandmother. One of the rivers flowing through Genoa broke its banks after six inches of rain fell during a five-hour period on Sunday. A wall of water then rushed through the streets, sweeping away hundreds of parked cars. The boy, 5, and his grandmother, 84, were drowned when the torrent poured into their flat.

Ship fire

SAVONA, Italy (AP) - Fire on board the Norwegian luxury liner Seabourn Spirit sailing off the Italian coast forced the evacuation of all 178 passengers, including two Britons, port authorities said. The cause of the fire was not known.
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