The project has been subject to long delays, raising concerns about its future and prompting contractors on Monday to remove construction vehicles. The site has been sealed since December after clashes between police and local environmental protesters in the run-up to the Winter Olympics, held in Turin in February.
Infrastructure Minister Antonio Di Pietro assured former EU Transport Commissioner Loyola de Palacio, now coordinator for the Lyon-Turin link, during a meeting in Rome that the high-speed train line will go ahead. But he suggested that such European commitments could scuttle a controversial plan to build a bridge from the Italian mainland to Sicily, the AP reports.
Russian nuclear-powered submarine Orel was left dead in the water off the coast of the Danish island of Sehero