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News round-up Compiled by Fiona Ford 

 Unemployment steady

The rate of unemployment across Italy held steady at eight per cent in June, statistics agency, Istat has revealed.

The rate has remained the same over the past few months while the jobless rate has fallen 0.3% since June 2010, the statistics agency said.

Youth unemployment (15-24 year olds) has decreased since May this year and is now down to 27.8% but was 0.3% higher than June 2010.

 

Marriage falls

The number of marriages in Italy has fallen six percent in the last two years, according to statistics agency Istat.

The decline was a marked increase on the 1.2 per cent average drop seen over the last 20 years.



Lazio has seen the largest decrease with a 9.4 per cent fall while Lombardy is close behind with an eight per cent decrease.



Tourist hotspot, Tuscany has also suffered a down turn with a decrease of 6.7 per cent while weddings in Piedmont and Campania, were both down 6.4 per cent.

The statistics agency says the reason for this fall is that more young adults are living together rather than marrying and are finding it hard to find work.

 

Vucinic signs new Juve deal

Montenegro star Mirko Vucinic has signed a new four-year deal with Juventus after leaving Roma.

The Turin team will pay Roma 15 million Euros, Juve said. Juve have been seeking to up their game, especially since their efforts to land striker Villarreal's Giuseppe Rossi fell apart when the Lega side took him off the market.

Vucinic has played 147 times for Roma after joining them from Lecce in 2006, and scored 46 goals for the Giallorossi. Not only that he’s won 21 Montenegro caps since 2007, scoring 11 goals.

 

Lightening kills grieving brother

A man scattering his dead brother’s ashes was s truck dead by lightening in the Italian Alps on Monday 1 August.

Federico Dean, 41, from Trieste, chose the Jof di Montasio peak in the Julian Alps because it was the favourite spot of his younger brother, who was killed in a car crash in Mexico in June.

 

Only in Italy

Forget Bunga Bunga, here’s Angry Bunga

Premier Silvio Berlusconi’s notorious Bunga Bunga parties have inspired a mobile phone app similar to Angry Birds.

The app, named Angry Bunga features a cartoon version of Berlusconi throwing cash at a beautiful girl in a cage. If he hits the girl, she strips off and throws him a kiss but if he hits a magistrate it’s game over for the PM as he disappears into thin air.

The free application, developed by the Italian Appymob agency is available for iPhone and Android and also shows the Premier walking along the Bay of Naples throwing bananas and tomatoes at a judge.

Fiona Ford

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