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Japanese couple hit with $980 bill for lunch at restaurant in Rome

Rome

Couple hit with $980 bill for lunch

They were looking for a bit of la dolce vita but what two Japanese tourists got left a bad taste in their mouths. The couple was handed a $980 bill after lunch at a restaurant just steps away from Piazza Navona. The bill included a $160 tip, Rome police said Thursday. "If one wants to spend money with us, one can," Passetto restaurant owner Franco Fioravanti told La Repubblica. "What's wrong with that?"

The couple let an English-speaking waiter bring dishes without consulting the menu, police official Michele Laratta said. The receipt showed a $140 bottle of Sauvignon and pasta dishes for $280. Police checked the prices on the receipt against those on the menu: "They are way higher," Laratta said.

New Delhi

Court overturns law against gay sex

New Delhi's High Court on Thursday overturned a British-era law banning gay sex in a ruling hailed by activists as a victory for human rights in the world's biggest democracy. The court ruled that the 150-year statute prohibiting homosexual acts was discriminatory and therefore a "violation of fundamental rights." The ruling applies only to New Delhi and to consensual sex among adults older than 18.

Islamabad, Pakistan

Two killed by bombs targeting police

Bombs targeting police and employees of a Pakistani nuclear facility killed two people and wounded scores more Thursday. The attack on a bus carrying workers from the facility took place in Rawalpindi, which is home to the headquarters of the military. Near Peshawar, the main city in the northwest, a roadside bomb killed two policemen and wounded five more, police official Ghayoor Afridi said.

Tegucigalpa, Honduras

Honduran presidential impasse continues

The head of the Organization of American States, Jose Miguel Insulza, said he plans to travel to Honduras today to insist on the restoration of President Manuel Zelaya, who was ousted in a coup Sunday. The interim government of Roberto Micheletti has so far shown little willingness to surrender power, arguing that the army acted legally — on orders of Congress and the Supreme Court — when it raided Zelaya's house.

Lima, Peru

23 killed in head-on collision of buses

Two buses crashed head-on Thursday on a mountain road near Lake Titicaca in Peru, killing at least 23 people and injuring 50 more, police said. The crash occurred about an hour's drive from Lake Titicaca high in the Andes, a Puno state highway police officer said. Fourteen of the dead were identified, all of them Peruvians.

Times wires

Japanese couple hit with $980 bill for lunch at restaurant in Rome 07/02/09 [Last modified: Thursday, July 2, 2009 9:28pm]

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