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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 »

Model Describes Terrifying Kidnapping Ordeal

She woke up in trunk of car after being lured to photo shoot

(Newser) - A British model allegedly kidnapped by a human-trafficking gang in Italy has shared details of her terrifying ordeal. Chloe Ayling, 20, says she feared for her life "second by second, minute by minute, hour by hour" after being drugged and taken to a remote farmhouse, the Telegraph reports. She... More »

Thief Steals What's Left of Saint's Brain

Case containing the relic of John Bosco was stolen Friday in Italy

(Newser) - It would take someone with "profound moral misery" to do what was done on Friday, says the archbishop of Turin: A person posing as a pilgrim entered a basilica east of that city and stole a glass case that contained fragments of St. John Bosco's brain. He's... More »

Florence Brainstorms 'Elegant' Solution for Rude Tourists

Prepare to get wet if you picnic at city churches

(Newser) - The mayor of Florence says some tourists have no "decorum" these days—something he hopes to fix with a water hose. Mayor Dario Nardella says a small number of the Italian city's 12 million annual tourists—particularly day-trippers from cruise ships—have taken to "camping out" on... More »

Trump, Pope Exchange Gifts

'It's a great honor,' president tells pontiff

(Newser) - President Trump met Pope Francis privately Wednesday morning and observers could detect no sign of discord between the president and the man he has clashed with on issues including climate change and immigration. After the talk, which lasted between 20 and 30 minutes, Francis gave Trump gifts, including a copy... More »

Italy Giving Away Castles, With One Little Condition

103 historic properties up for grabs, for free, with a catch

(Newser) - Looking for a challenge, free real estate, and a chance to brush up on your Italian? Italy has a deal for you: The State Property Agency is giving away 103 historic buildings—think farmhouses, convents, school houses, post offices, and even castles—located along cycling paths and eight pilgrimage routes,... More »

Need a Reason to Move to Italy? Would $2,175 Do It?

Mayor of quaint Italian village will pay you to move there

(Newser) - It seems almost too good to be true: the opportunity to move to a quaint village in the mountains of Italy—and be paid to do so. Consumerist reports Daniele Galliano, mayor of Bormida, is offering about $2,175 in cash and rent as cheap as $54 per month to... More »

Authorities Ignored Pleas for Help for Hours, 268 Drowned

Leaked audio tapes reveal debate about jurisdiction while Syrian refugees sink

(Newser) - Audio tapes leaked Monday reveal authorities had a chance to save the 268 Syrian refugees—including 60 children—who drowned when their boat capsized in October 2013 but instead wasted time with, as the Times of Malta puts it, "bureaucratic wrangling and indifference." Mohammed Jammo, a Syrian doctor... More »

Last Person Born in 19th Century Dies

Emma Morano, the world's oldest person, was 117

(Newser) - Emma Morano lived across three centuries, two world wars, and more than 90 Italian governments. And on Saturday, friends and family of Morano, believed to be the oldest woman alive, reported her death at home in Italy, Reuters reports. She was 117. According to the BBC , Morano was born on... More »

Search Is On for Caligula's 2K-Year-Old Orgy Boat

3rd 'party boat' perhaps missed during initial search

(Newser) - The "party boats" of Roman Emperor Caligula were so legendary that Benito Mussolini partially drained a lake in order to find two of them a century ago. But there was one Mussolini may have missed. Researchers believe a third wooden vessel on which Caligula is said to have hosted... More »

New Clues Cometh in the Murder of an Iceman

Copper Age man Oetzi was probably in physical fight days before his demise

(Newser) - It's one of the world's oldest murder mysteries—or what the director of an Italian archaeological museum calls "the coldest case of all"—but per the New York Times , there may be new clues to help figure out the details of Oetzi the Iceman's demise.... More »

Cops Foil Crazy Scheme to Steal Famous Corpse

Gang allegedly planned to ransom body of the founder of Ferrari

(Newser) - A bizarre crime tale out of Italy: Police say gang members planned to steal the body of Formula One racing pioneer Enzo Ferrari, hide it in the Apennine Mountains, and demand ransom from family members or the Ferrari company for its safe return. Luckily, they didn't get the chance,... More »

Floating Suitcase Yields Horrific Mystery

Woman stuffed inside had starved to death

(Newser) - A floating suitcase found in an Italian harbor presented police with a horrific mystery—but not, as first believed, proof of another murder. Police say the suitcase brought ashore by sailors held the body of an Asian woman who had probably died of starvation—and who may have been alive,... More »

Italy Ruling in Rape Case Triggers Outrage

Judge was skeptical because the woman didn't fight back hard

(Newser) - A judge in northern Italy has triggered outrage after setting free an alleged rapist because the victim didn't scream. The woman said she tried to fend off her attacker, a colleague, by saying, "Stop it" and "Enough," but didn't cry out for help, the Washington ... More »

Millions Flock to Catch Eruption Live-Stream From Mount Etna

Italian volcano has been pretty quiet for a couple of years

(Newser) - We're still more than four months out from the Fourth of July, but the fireworks started early in Sicily this week. Reuters reports Mount Etna experienced its first eruption of 2017, sending lava skyward above the Italian island on Monday night. By Tuesday morning, brilliant spurts from the volcano,... More »

Restaurateur Introduces 'Educated Children Discount'

'Just so unusual' to see well-behaved children

(Newser) - Finally, parents have a reason to raise well-behaved children: Restaurant discounts. After witnessing a large family's five children quietly and contentedly coloring in coloring books while the adults drank and chatted at his wine bar, Italian restaurateur Antonio Ferrari decided a new policy was in order, Mashable reports. One... More »

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