Mayor loses sex fair battle

VENICE - A porn industry trade fair featuring striptease shows and "erotic massage booths" was scheduled to open yesterday near Venice, despite attempts by the Italian lagoon city's mayor to ban it.

Centre-left mayor Massimo Cacciari has warned of the "potential danger" posed by the fair.

A court order specifies that to avoid the risk of "riots", local police must be deployed in and near the marquee tent hosting the event. - Sapa-dpa