Knox 'won't run away from retrial' in Italy
(ANSA) - Amanda Knox on Friday said she would attend a retrial if obligated in the case of the 2007 murder of her roommate Meredith Kercher. "I want people to know that I'm not running away from this trial," she told the French edition of Elle magazine. "I've already testified. My presence is not necessary. But if my lawyers feel that it's necessary to go, I'll go". Knox said earlier this week she was afraid to go back to Italy after a court there overturned her acquittal.
She was serving a 26-year sentence for the murder of Kercher at their student rental in Perugia when an appeals court overturned a lower court's ruling in 2011, setting her free to return to the US.
But in March, Italy's supreme Court of Cassation overturned the acquittal, setting the stage for a retrial at the appeals level.
Her Italian boyfriend at the time, Raffaele Sollecito, is also accused of the murder.
Knox told her account of the ordeal in a new book entitled waiting to be heard.
Ban lifted on Italian salami imports to U.S.
(ANSA) - A long-standing ban on the import of Italian salami to the United States due to Federal Drug Administration (FDA) rules against cured-pork meat imports will be lifted starting May 28, an announcement by the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Services (Aphis) said on Friday.
"This is a momentous event - one of the most important for the production and export of Italian salami and the result of 15 years of (lobbying) work," Italian industry association Assica said.
"Until now Americans have been forced to buy low-quality imitations of Italian cured meats," said farmers' organization Coldiretti.
Coldiretti estimates that the ban costs the industry more than 250 million euros per year in lost exports.