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Neanderthals Expertly Made Tools Still in Use Today

These were no dummies, say researchers in Italy

(Newser) - Modern hunter-gatherers used "digging sticks," crafted from wood, to search for edible roots and tubers, as well as to hunt. It's a tradition that stretches back at least 171,000 years, according to a new PNAS study. Digging in Italy, scientists have uncovered 58 wooden tools—including... More »

Official: Man Shot 6 Immigrants Out of 'Racial Hatred'

Apparently random shooting spree targets African immigrants in Italy

(Newser) - An Italian gunman with extreme right-wing sympathies shot and wounded six African immigrants Saturday in Italy during a two-hour drive-by shooting spree, the AP reports. Police photos showed the shooting suspect with a neo-Nazi tattoo prominently on his forehead as he sat in custody and an Italian flag tied around... More »

50 Suspected ISIS Fighters Believed to Have Entered Italy

Interpol list leaked to 'Guardian'

(Newser) - An agency in France says an Islamic State fighter may have illegally entered the country. And that's just one of 50 suspected ISIS fighters believed to have landed in Italy in an attempt to reach the rest of Europe, according to an Interpol list obtained by the Guardian . Interpol... More »

Thieves Mix in With Crowd After Stealing Famed Jewels

'Incomparable' collection was on display in Venice

(Newser) - Thieves stole precious Indian jewels from the famed Al Thani Collection that were on show in a Venetian palace Wednesday, making off with a brooch and a pair of earrings by mixing in with the crowd on the final day of the exhibition, police say. The stolen jewels were not... More »

Rome's 'Traumatized' Christmas Tree Cost $57K

Locals aren't pleased

(Newser) - Rome wasn't built in a day, but it looks like its Christmas tree may have been. The "toilet brush" of a tree now standing in one of the city's busiest public squares and being roundly mocked in Italy and around the world makes Charlie Brown's Christmas... More »

Finally, Pizza Officially Recognized as Art Form

It's part of the 'intangible cultural heritage of humanity'

(Newser) - The city of Naples, often in headlines because of its garbage woes and mafia violence, is celebrating international recognition of its tastier side, the AP reports. UNESCO on Thursday added the art of the Neapolitan pizza maker, or "pizzaiuolo," to its list of "intangible cultural heritage of... More »

Pope Urges Traffic Police to Show Mercy to Drivers

But he's against people using cellphones while driving

(Newser) - Pope Francis says police should exercise the Christian virtue of mercy—even when dealing with Italy's notorious traffic. At a meeting with officers in charge of the nation's roads Monday, he praised their work but urged them to show mercy in the situations they encounter daily, the BBC... More »

World's First Head Transplant on Corpse a Success, Doc Says

Sergio Canavero says procedure on live patient will happen soon—but he has many doubters

(Newser) - The first step in what USA Today says would be an "audacious" therapy reportedly took place in China Friday: the world's first human head transplant, achieved with two corpses. And Sergio Canavero—the Italian doctor behind the alleged procedure, says he plans to do the same thing next... More »

Mafia's 'Boss of Bosses' Is Dead at 87

Salvatore 'Toto' Riina had been serving multiple life sentences in Italy

(Newser) - Mafia 'boss of bosses' Salvatore 'Toto' Riina died Friday in a hospital while serving multiple life sentences as the mastermind of a bloody strategy to assassinate Italian prosecutors and law enforcement trying to bring down the Cosa Nostra. He was 87. Riina died hours after the Justice Ministry... More »

Secret Room Where Michelangelo Hid, Sketched to Be Opened

It has been closed since its discovery in 1975 to keep the artwork safe

(Newser) - For two months in 1530, Michelangelo hid in a secret underground room beneath the Medici Chapels, "fill[ing] the walls with drawings" to forget his fears, as he later recalled. He had been commissioned by the Medicis, the most powerful family in Florence, to build the chapels—a mausoleum for... More »

80% of His Skin Had Been Lost. Doctors Grew Him a Replacement

Genetic treatment saved 7-year-old's life

(Newser) - A child who was expected to die from a devastating skin disease is alive today thanks to an experimental treatment that grew him a whole new skin. Hassan, a 7-year-old Syrian boy living in Germany, was born with a condition called epidermolysis bullosa that prevented the outer layer of skin... More »

26 Bodies Found Floating in Sea. All Were Teen Girls

Their remains were brought ashore in Salerno, Italy

(Newser) - They were mostly between the ages of 14 and 18, and 26 of them are now dead. CNN reports on the latest tragedy in the Mediterranean Sea and describes an appalling scene: teenage girls' bodies floating lifelessly beside a nearly submerged rubber dinghy that survivors tried to cling to. The... More »

Woman Can't Stop Sweating Blood From Face, Hands

Doctors say 'most unusual' condition is hematohidrosis, but they aren't sure what causes it

(Newser) - You know there's a problem if you start coughing up blood—but how to react when you start sweating blood? Per the CBC , a 21-year-old Italian woman got to a hospital ASAP, and now doctors are puzzling over her "most unusual" case of bleeding from her face and... More »

Tourist Killed by Falling Chunk of Famous Church

Florence's Basilica of Santa Croce will be closed indefinitely

(Newser) - A 52-year-old tourist from Spain was killed Thursday by falling masonry in one of Florence's most famous churches, the Basilica of Santa Croce. The church, a top tourist attraction, is where Italian luminaries Michelangelo, Galileo Galilei, and Niccolo Machiavelli are buried. The fatal accident raises questions about the state... More »

2 US Students Accuse Italian Cops of Rape

The women say the cops offered to drive them home then assaulted them

(Newser) - In a case that has shocked Italians, two American students are accusing two Italian national policemen of rape, ABC News reports. The women, 19 and 21, were leaving a disco early Thursday when they accepted a ride home from two Carabinieri paramilitary officers, who had responded to reports of a... More »

Parents Chase After Son, All 3 Perish in Volcano Crater

Tragedy at Solfatara

(Newser) - A 7-year-old boy is the sole surviving member of a family that was wiped out in a horrific accident near Naples, Italy, on Tuesday. Reports conflict, but in general they agree that the Italian family's 11-year-old son crossed a protective barrier and entered an area of the Solfatara volcanic... More »

Malaria Death of Young Girl Has Italian Authorities Mystified

'It's a mystery, almost impossible'

(Newser) - The death of a 4-year-old girl from malaria on Monday in Italy has local health authorities searching for answers and worrying about a resurgence of the deadly disease, NPR reports. Italy was declared malaria-free in 1970, and the mosquito that carries the disease no longer lives in the country. "... More »

Fugitive 'Cocaine King' Finally Messes Up After 23 Years

He now faces 30-year sentence in Italy

(Newser) - A fugitive Italian crime boss is in custody after 23 years on the run following what seems to have been a major slip-up: Authorities in Uruguay say 50-year-old Rocco Morabito, once known as the "cocaine king of Milan," was found after he used his real name to enroll... More »

Good News Times 3 in Italy Quake Rescue

Pulled from rubble: 3 siblings, including preteen who saved younger brother

(Newser) - A preteen being hailed as a hero in the earthquake that rocked Italy's Ischia island Monday was yanked out of the rubble Tuesday afternoon, as were his two little brothers, whom he's credited with saving. The BBC reports that 11-year-old Ciro was the last of the three siblings... More »

1 Dead, 7 Missing After Earthquake on Italian Resort Island

Reports vary on how strong the quake was

(Newser) - Italian officials say one person has died and seven people are unaccounted for after an earthquake struck the resort island of Ischia late Monday, the AP reports. Giovanni Vittozzi of the carabinieri's civil protection department tells Italy's Sky TG24 that several buildings in Ischia's Casamicciola town have... More »

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