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Yo! Sushi owner in bidding for burger chain

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It was all quiet on the Grand Canal today after Venice ordered its first ban on the motorboats that threaten the crumbling city's future

Motorboats banned from Venice canals

It was all quiet on the Grand Canal today after Venice ordered its first ban on the motorboats that threaten the crumbling city's future.

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The current ski season is in full swing, and still looking good for snow cover almost everywhere, but already news for 2013-14 is starting to appear.

Benetton bought the Fondaco dei Tedeschi building in 2008 for €53m

Benetton store is latest 'indignity' for Venice's Grand Canal

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For over a quarter of a century, Catholic priest Lawrence C Murphy preyed on and sexually abused pupils at St John's School for the Deaf in St Francis, Wisconsin

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Priests were once movie symbols of decency and heroism. Scandals in the Catholic Church have ended that, says Geoffrey Macnab

<p>Gritti Palace San Marco</p>
<p>Roll out the red carpet: this grande dame returns on Friday, following a 15-month facelift. Built for the Doge of Venice in 1525, it acted as the Gritti family's official residence for years, before becoming a hotel in the 19th century. It's been a Starwood property since 1994, and its latest transformation features rococo sofas, Murano chandeliers and rich Rubelli textiles restored, with designer Donghia furniture and antique Girandole mirrors added to the lavish mix. Notable guests lend their names to the 21 suites – Hemingway and Guggenheim among them – while the Club del Doge restaurant flaunts tables beside the Grand Canal.</p>
<p>Gritti Palace, Santa Maria del Giglio, San Marco (00 39 041 296 1222; thegrittipalace.com). Doubles start at €485, with breakfast.</p>

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Venice is an ideal holiday destination for couples

Travel in 2013: Holidays for couples

What better reason do you need to take your loved one to the romantic city of Venice than to revel in the spruced-up interiors of the Gritti Palace (00 39 041 2961 2222; star woodhotels.com), due to reopen in February after a major refurbishment?

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Kito de Pavant has retired from the Vendée Globe after colliding with a trawler

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A young man and a woman enjoy swimming in flooded St. Mark's Square

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