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Cops Didn't Expect to Find 'Priceless' Works in Mob Raid

But Italian police turned up two Van Gogh pieces stolen in 2002

(Newser) - It was a day that Amsterdam's Van Gogh Museum may have never thought would come. "The paintings have been found!" Axel Rueger, the museum's director, said at a Naples, Italy, press conference Friday, per a release . Those paintings, according to NBC News , are two of the... More »

Italy's Procreation Campaign: A 'Sexist Mess'

Fertility Day promotion has not gone over well

(Newser) - "Racism is in the eye of the beholder," according to Italy's Health Ministry—and an awful lot of people are beholding just that in ads the ministry sent out to promote a national push for procreation. NBC News reports on the country's much-ballyhooed Fertility Day, an... More »

Billionaire: I Paid to Restore Spanish Steps, Now Stay Off

Benefactor Paolo Bulgari says people ruin the landmark with their slovenly habits

(Newser) - Audrey Hepburn ate gelato on the Spanish Steps in Roman Holiday, which makes her one of the "barbarians"—the residents and tourists who've ruined the famous landmark over the years, per the billionaire benefactor who's paying for its makeover, NBC News reports. The steps, built nearly... More »

Woman Kills Herself After Sex Video Goes Viral

4 men being questioned in Italy

(Newser) - An awful story out of Italy, where a 31-year-old woman committed suicide after being tormented for a year over a sex video. Four men, including her ex-boyfriend, are being questioned for their role in posting it online, reports the BBC . The woman, Tiziana Cantone, made the private tape with her... More »

'Air Surgery' Saves 110 Trapped in Cable Cars Overnight

Tangled cables stopped the cars initially

(Newser) - Dozens of tourists, including a 10-year-old child, were safely rescued Friday after being trapped in cable cars dangling above the slopes of Mont Blanc in the Alps overnight. The mountain rescue service in the French city of Chamonix says cables entangled Thursday were repaired, and the cable cars were able... More »

Beneath a Roman Obelisk, Mussolini Left a Letter to the Future

1,200-word eulogy describes Mussolini as rescuing Italy with his 'superhuman insight'

(Newser) - Like most leaders with any sort of an ego, Benito Mussolini wanted to be remembered. But the Italian fascist wasn't leaving his legacy up to chance, according to researchers who say they've found a Latin text hidden under the Mussolini Obelisk in Rome that eulogizes his feats during... More »

As Italy Begins Cleanup, Questions of Blame Arise

Amid high number of collapses, investigation opened into whether safety standards were enforced

(Newser) - Italian authorities have opened investigations into the massive destruction wrought by the latest earthquake, reports the AP , seeking to determine if anyone bears criminal guilt for failing to ensure building safety standards in the seismically risky area. The investigation will focus on a number of structures, including an elementary school... More »

Italy Buries Quake Dead in Mass Funeral

Italy observed national day of mourning Saturday

(Newser) - A young man wept over a little girl's white coffin, while a woman nearby gently stroked another small casket, as Italians bid farewell Saturday to victims of the devastating earthquake that struck a mountainous region of central Italy this week. As Italians observed a day of national mourning, President... More »

Italy to Give All 18-Year-Olds Money to Spend on Art, Books

'Beauty is more tenacious than barbarism'

(Newser) - Italy thinks "cultural consumption" is important, and it's putting its money where its mouth is, to the tune of $330 million. The country is moving forward with its pledge to give every kid turning 18 this year in Italy €500 (roughly $560) to spend on "cultural... More »

After Quake, Nun Texted 'Adieu' to Family

Strong aftershock hits stricken Italian town

(Newser) - The AP has tracked down the nun seen in an iconic photo of this week's devastating earthquake in central Italy. Marjana Lleshi, 35, says she thought she would die when the Amatrice convent she was sleeping in collapsed early Wednesday, killing three other nuns and four of the elderly... More »

Italy Death Toll Nears That of 2009 L'Aquila Earthquake

247 confirmed dead

(Newser) - After what the AP terms a night of "uninterrupted search efforts," the death toll in central Italy has risen to 247, the number steadily inching toward that of the devastating 2009 L'Aquila quake, which killed 308 . The tiny towns of Amatrice and Accumoli were the hardest hit... More »

Why a 6.2-Magnitude Quake Reduced Towns to Rubble

Depth, geography, and age

(Newser) - At a magnitude 6.2, the earthquake that struck central Italy this morning, killing at least 120 , wasn't especially powerful. So why was it so devastating? Three factors: depth, geography, and age. Depth is pretty straightforward: The quake was a shallow one, at six miles down, which exacerbates the... More »

'Apocalyptic Scenes' After Heart of Italy Rocked by Quake

Amatrice, Pescara del Tronto, Accumoli devastated

(Newser) - Asked if there were any dead, the mayor of the central Italian town of Amatrice, hit hard by an overnight quake, said, "Look there are houses that aren't here anymore. ... the town isn't here anymore." The quake—being reported variously as between magnitude 6.0 and... More »

Italy Might Jail Parents of Vegan Kids

Diet is 'reckless and dangerous,' says lawmaker

(Newser) - To make pasta, you need eggs, which are obviously not vegan. That might be enough to explain a proposed law in Italy that would jail parents for up to six years for imposing "reckless and dangerous eating behavior," including veganism, on kids under 17. Jokes aside, the woman... More »

Police Checking Up on Elderly Couple Cook Them Pasta

Rome PD's Facebook post goes viral

(Newser) - Someone called Rome police last week after hearing crying and yelling coming from an apartment. But when officers arrived, they found no crime taking place—just an elderly couple lonely and upset by news they were watching on TV, the Telegraph reports. The couple said no one had visited them... More »

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 »

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