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Mayor Tries to Create Vegan Paradise in Meat-Loving Italy

Good luck

(Newser) - Say this about Chiara Appendino, she's not afraid of being unpopular. The Guardian reports the new mayor of Turin, Italy, who was elected last month, has promised to make vegetarianism and veganism a "priority" for her government. “The promotion of vegan and vegetarian diets is a fundamental... More »

Romeo and Juliet Balcony Now Open to Same-Sex Couples

Italian landmark can now be used for same-sex civil unions

(Newser) - One of Italy's most popular spots for lovers—the balcony in Verona where Romeo supposedly pitched woo at Juliet—will soon be available to all couples, the Guardian reports. The Verona city council announced this week that all municipal venues used for heterosexual wedding ceremonies must also be available... More »

Workers Con Time Clock With Boxes Over Heads

So many employees in Italian town have been arrested they may have to close town hall

(Newser) - A good percentage of 30 town hall workers in Boscotrecase, Italy, located just outside Naples, have absenteeism issues, with some resorting to ridiculous measures to game the time-clock system by signing in, then leaving, or even punching each other's cards. But while cops recently arrested more than two-thirds of... More »

At Least 22 Dead in Head-On Train Crash

Passenger trains collided on a single track in Puglia, Italy

(Newser) - Authorities in southern Italy say at least 22 people are dead and more than 40 others injured after two trains collided in Puglia on Tuesday. Italian news reports say that two trains—each with four cars—collided head-on near the town of Andria on a line with just a single... More »

US Air Force Searches for Airman Who's Missing in Italy

Staff Sgt. Halex Hale disappeared after leaving a friend's cookout

(Newser) - The US Air Force is searching for an airman from Indiana who vanished last week in Italy, the AP reports. The Air Force issued an all-points bulletin Friday for Staff Sgt. Halex Hale. The 24-year-old from Middletown is assigned to the 31st Fighter Wing at Aviano Air Base, about 50... More »

Man Tries to Smuggle Himself Inside His Own Suitcase

More impressive: He's 6 feet tall

(Newser) - Border guards in Switzerland received quite a shock Monday as they watched a full-grown man emerge from inside a normal suitcase. The AP reports the 21-year-old man from Eritrea was trying to smuggle himself into Switzerland aboard a train from Italy. Guards boarded the train to check passenger documents and... More »

US Student Killed in Rome May Have Been a Victim Twice

Beau Solomon may have been robbed before an alleged riverside scuffle

(Newser) - As police piece together what befell Beau Solomon during the few hours he spent alive in Rome, they reportedly now believe the 19-year-old American student may have been robbed before encountering Massimo Galioto along Rome's Tiber River. The 40-year-old homeless man, who was on Tuesday arrested in connection with... More »

After US Student Found Dead in Rome, an Arrest

Beau Solomon went missing day after he arrived

(Newser) - A day after the body of a 19-year-old Wisconsin student was found in Italy's Tiber River, an arrest in the case has been made. Massimo Galioto, described as a 40-year-old homeless man, was to be charged with "aggravated murder" and has been "seriously implicated" in Beau Solomon'... More »

Bangladesh Still Holding 5 'Freed Hostages'

Bodies of 7 Japanese victims returned home

(Newser) - In Dhaka, authorities are still holding five of the 13 hostages rescued when commandos stormed an upscale restaurant in the city's diplomatic zone Saturday morning, killing six of the attackers and capturing one. Investigators are searching for clues about the gruesome attack that left 28 dead, and the country'... More »

Italian Jail Cell Looms for Ex-CIA Officer 'Betrayed' by US

She was convicted of helping abduct a terror suspect in Milan

(Newser) - A former CIA officer says she's days away from being sent to an Italian prison and blames the US government for not doing more to help her, ABC News reports. In 2003, the CIA abducted Egyptian cleric and terror suspect Osama Mustafa Hassan Nasr from Milan, Italy, under its... More »

Mediterranean Diet Could Halt Breast Cancer's Return

Per a small study of 307 women in Italy

(Newser) - Women who've survived breast cancer and are looking to prevent a recurrence may be encouraged by news out of a major cancer conference: that adhering to a Mediterranean diet (lots of fruits, veggies, fish, and olive oil) may help fend off the disease's return, the Guardian reports. For... More »

Drowned Baby a Crushing Symbol of Migrant Crisis

Was one of 3 infants pulled from Mediterranean on Friday

(Newser) - The figure bobbing in the water looked "like a doll, arms outstretched." But what German humanitarian organization Sea-Watch pulled from the Mediterranean Sea on Friday was not a doll. "I took hold of the forearm of the baby and pulled the light body protectively into my arms... More »

Rome Student Burned Alive by Ex-Boyfriend

Investigators say he doused her car, her with alcohol

(Newser) - Italian police say a Rome university student has been burned alive by her ex-boyfriend. A police official, Luigi Silipo, told reporters Monday that in 25 years of investigations he has "never seen such an atrocious crime" as Sara Di Pietrantonio's slaying. Investigators say the man, who was held... More »

UN: Spate of Shipwrecks Kill Hundreds Off Italy

Up to 700 migrants feared drowned in deadly week

(Newser) - Over 700 migrants are feared dead in three Mediterranean Sea shipwrecks south of Italy in the last few days as they tried desperately to reach Europe in unseaworthy smuggling boats, the UN refugee agency said Sunday. UNHCR rep Carlotta Sami told the AP that an estimated 100 people are missing... More »

Open Wide: World's Longest Pizza Stretches for 1.15 Miles

Made in Naples, naturally

(Newser) - Guinness World Records has confirmed there's a new superlong pizza for the books—and it was meticulously crafted in the Italian city that claims itself as the "heart and soul" of the tasty dish, per NPR . One hundred chefs gathered in Naples Wednesday, merging 4,400 pounds... More »

Stolen Columbus Letter Sat in Library of Congress

It's now been returned to Italy

(Newser) - In February 1493, Christopher Columbus described his historic journey of the previous year in a letter to the king and queen of Spain. Though the letter was reprinted and circulated throughout Europe, only about 80 copies remain—and now the US is sending one of them, a stolen one, back... More »

James Gandolfini's Rolex Taken as He Lay Dying: Prosecutors

Paramedic Claudio Bevilacqua, 43, is accused

(Newser) - A paramedic in Italy is accused of pilfering James Gandolfini's Rolex Submariner watch as the actor lay dying, NBC News reports. Prosecutors say Claudio Bevilacqua, 43, stole the $3,000 watch after the actor suffered a massive heart attack in June 2013—but it's not clear whether the... More »

Italy: Stealing Food Not a Crime if You're Starving, Homeless

Court's ruling would be 'blasphemy in America'

(Newser) - This week, Italy's highest court ruled it's not illegal for a starving homeless person to steal food needed to survive, the Guardian reports. The ruling stems from a 2011 incident in which a homeless man named Roman Ostriakov paid for a bag of breadsticks at a supermarket while... More »

Pope Slams Pedophilia in Case of Girl Thrown Off Balcony

Fortuna Loffredo, 6, died near Naples in 2014

(Newser) - Six-year-old Fortuna Loffredo fell to her death from an eighth-story balcony in Italy two years ago. Now authorities are saying a man next door sexually abused and murdered her, and Pope Francis is speaking up about the horror of sex crimes, Reuters reports. Pedophiles deserve "severe punishment," he... More »

Finally, Garlic That Doesn't Destroy Your Breath

2 Italian entrepreneurs hope to bring back once-popular Tuscan staple

(Newser) - A construction engineer and a lawyer who've been friends since they were teens were seeking a diversion from their 9-to-5 toil, so they teamed up to revive a Tuscany staple that hasn't been prevalent in four decades: a huge variety of garlic that doesn't stink, tastes sweeter,... More »

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