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Spurned husband kills ex-wife in Tuscan bar

A man who couldn't take being jilted by his wife shot her dead in the bar where she worked in Marina di Massa, Tuscany.

Spurned husband kills ex-wife in Tuscan bar
Jilted Marco Loiola walked into a bar in Marina di Massa and killed his ex-wife. Photo: Wikipedia

A few hours before shooting Cristina Biagi, 40-year-old Marco Loiola said on Facebook: "I forgive a lot, but not everything."

It was in response to Biagi,38, denouncing him on the social networking site a few weeks earlier, the news website, Giornalettisimo, reported. She had also reported him to the police, accusing him of beating and stalking her.

He is reported to have shot her friend before walking into the bar where Biagi worked and shooting her in the chest. He then took his own life. The couple had two children.

This is the latest in a wave of ‘femicide’ murders in Italy, or the killing of women by men, the news agency ANSA reported. Eighty-one women were killed in Italy in the first six months of 2013, a joint report by the Italian social economic research group EURES and ANSA revealed in June. Seventy-five percent of those killed were murdered by family members or those close to them, the report found.

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ROME

‘Bank robber’ rescued in Rome after tunnel collapses

Four people were arrested in Rome after a suspected would-be bank robber was rescued from a tunnel under a road, police said on Friday.

'Bank robber' rescued in Rome after tunnel collapses

An Italian man had to be rescued after becoming trapped in a collapsed tunnel near the Vatican, suspected of being part of a gang burrowing its way to a nearby bank.

Firefighters spent eight hours digging him out from under a road in the west of Rome, before he was finally freed on Thursday evening and taken to hospital.

“Two people from Naples were arrested for resisting a public official and two, from Rome, for damage” to public property, a police spokesman told AFP.

The rescued man, one of the two Romans, remains in hospital, he said without giving an update on his condition.

“We are still investigating, we do not exclude that they are thieves, it is one of the theories,” he said.

For Italian newspapers, however, the motive was clear, with reports noting the tunnel was found near a bank ahead of the August 15th long weekend, when residents traditionally head out of town and much of Rome is left empty.

“The hole gang,” headlined newspapers Repubblica and Corriere della Sera, while La Stampa said: “They dig a tunnel to rob a bank, and one of them is buried underground.”

Other reports referred to the suspected burglar as l’uomo-talpa, or ‘mole man’.

An AFP reporter at the scene on Thursday saw the man brought out alive on a stretcher, after a day-long operation involving dozens of emergency service workers using mechanical diggers.

The tunnel began underneath an empty shop that had recently been rented.

“We all thought that the people there were renovating the place. So we had no suspicions and we did not hear noises either,” a resident, Michele, who lives in the same building told AFP.

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