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Italy: Student Suffered 'Inhuman, Animal-Like' Violence

Second autopsy shows Giulio Regeni brutally murdered in Egypt

(Newser) - An Italian minister says a second autopsy on the body of an Italian found slain in Egypt reveals that the doctoral student suffered "inhuman, animal-like" violence. Official results, still partial, are being relayed to Rome prosecutors who are investigating Giulio Regeni's death as a murder, reports the AP... More »

Actor Declared Dead After Noose Scene

Family members don't believe it was suicide

(Newser) - An Italian actor has been declared dead after a hanging scene apparently went horribly wrong. Raphael Schumacher, 27, was taking part in a live theater performance of "Mirages" at the Teatro Lux in Pisa, Italy, last Saturday when a spectator found him unconscious. The Washington Post reports the play... More »

Town Welcomes Its First Baby Since 1987

Ostana in northern Italy can now claim 85 residents

(Newser) - Since the birth of baby Pablo last Friday, the hillside village of Ostana in northern Italy has rejoiced over the arrival of its 85th resident—and a remarkable arrival he is. After seeing its population drop dramatically from more than 1,000 a century ago, not a single child has... More »

Italy Covers Its Marble Genitals for Iranian President

It also won't be serving wine

(Newser) - Does anyone know what size pants Michelangelo's David wears? Italy covered up nude statues in advance of Iranian president Hassan Rouhani's visit this week, the BBC reports. According to the Independent , "plain white boards" were placed in front of certain sculptures at the Capitoline Museum in Rome... More »

Suspect Says Dead Expat Treated Him 'Like a Dog'

'He did not want to kill her or hurt her,' says lawyer

(Newser) - The man accused of killing American expatriate Ashley Ann Olsen says he last saw her alive. His lawyer, Antonio Voce, says Cheik Tidiane Diaw met Olsen at a nightclub, then visited her apartment in the early hours of Jan. 8 where the pair had consensual sex while drunk and high... More »

Italy Makes Arrest in American Expat's Murder

Alleged killer is man Olsen met in nightclub

(Newser) - Police in Italy say they have made an arrest in the murder of American expatriate Ashley Ann Olsen—and there doesn't appear to be any link to her unsettling Instagram posts . Authorities in Florence announced early Thursday that Tidiane Cheik Diaw, a 25-year-old man from Senegal, was arrested on... More »

On Dead American Expat's Instagram, 'Sorry' Graffiti

Ashley Ann Olsen was strangled with cordlike object: cops

(Newser) - Ashley Ann Olsen's boyfriend allegedly compromised the crime scene when he found her naked body in her Florence apartment on Saturday, reports the Daily Beast by way of local media. Federico Fiorentini, 42, says he and Olsen argued on Wednesday; his calls to her went unanswered, and he ultimately... More »

In Dead American Expat's Instagram, Eerie Hashtags

Hashtags include: #Ihaveastalker, #creeperpic and #stalkeralert

(Newser) - American expat Ashley Ann Olsen, who was found dead Saturday in her apartment in Florence, Italy, left behind an Instagram account that could possibly shed light on how she died. Some two months before she was killed, Olsen, 35, posted photos on Instagram with hashtags, such as #Ihaveastalker, #creeperpic and... More »

American Woman Killed in Italy, Cops Open Murder Probe

Ashley Olsen's death raises fears of Amanda Knox-esque murder saga

(Newser) - Police questioned the friends of an American found dead in her Florence apartment as Italy's expat community expressed hope that the case won't turn into another Amanda Knox-style, headline-grabbing legal saga. Police opened a murder investigation Saturday after 35-year-old Ashley Olsen of Summer Haven, Florida, was found dead,... More »

World Cup Skier Nearly Taken Out —by Drone

Austrian Marcel Hirscher: 'This can never happen again'

(Newser) - A four-time defending ski champ competing in the World Cup finals in Italy nearly saw his attempt derailed when a camera drone crashed on the slope perilously close to where he was skiing, the BBC reports. Austria's Marcel Hirscher was doing his second run in a slalom race in... More »

Scientists Accused of Spreading Tree-Killing Disease

'We are shocked; the accusations are crazy'

(Newser) - Nine scientists—plus one public official—tasked by the EU with preventing the spread of a plant-killing disease in Italy have been accused of actually spreading the disease, polluting the environment, and "disfiguring natural beauty" by Italian authorities, Nature reports. "We are shocked," one scientist says. "... More »

Italian Town Fights Smog With ... Pizza Ban?

San Vitaliano bans most wood-burning pizzerias

(Newser) - Few things are more Italian than baking pizza in a perfectly smoldering wood-fired stove, so San Vitaliano's move to ban the beloved practice comes as a surprise. The town of 6,000 north of Naples has some of the worst air pollution in Italy— Il Mattino says its air... More »

How Popular Fish Sauce Sank an Ancient Ship

Romans poured fishy, salty garum on nearly every dish

(Newser) - A Roman ship apparently sank about 2,000 years ago while carrying a heavy load of ketchup—or at least the Roman version of ketchup. Italian archaeologists discovered the ship off the coast of Liguria in northern Italy, near Genoa, filled with clay jars containing a condiment once popular across... More »

After 20 Years, 'Dead' Doctor Found Living as Hermit

But the man, IDed as a Spaniard holed up in the woods of Tuscany, is gone again

(Newser) - For years, locals had reported seeing a "silent stranger" in the forests of Tuscany, Italy, per ITV News . His identity may finally have come to light after two mushroom pickers say they found the camp of a man with a "dirty face and large beard" in a heavily... More »

How Did 243 People Vanish Without a Trace Last Year?

It's unclear whether the refugees even made it on board the boat

(Newser) - When a rickety fishing boat smuggling more than 500 passengers across the Mediterranean capsized on Oct. 3, 2015 , the world took notice. More than 350 people, many refugees from Eritrea, drowned, and European leaders promised action, reports the New York Times . But when 243 passengers, again largely refugees from Eritrea,... More »

High Court Slams Amanda Knox Case for 'Bouts of Amnesia'

Prosecutors call out 'stunning weakness' of prosecution

(Newser) - Italy's top criminal court has scathingly faulted prosecutors for presenting a flawed and hastily constructed case against Amanda Knox and her former Italian boyfriend, saying today it threw out their convictions for the 2007 murder of her British roommate in part because there was no proof they were in... More »

Godfather Funeral Outrages Romans

Flower petals were thrown from a helicopter

(Newser) - Romans aghast at a spiraling Mafia probe found new reason for outrage yesterday over the Hollywood-style funeral of a purported local crime boss: It was replete with a gilded, horse-drawn carriage, flower petals tossed from a helicopter, and the theme music from The Godfather playing outside the church. Hundreds of... More »

Pope Blamed Jews for Medieval Quake That Moved River

Magnitude-5.8 quake put Po River where it is today

(Newser) - When an earthquake struck Italy in 1570, Pope Pius V blamed the destruction on God's supposed wrath against the Jews. Less predictably, the quake also shifted the course of Italy's longest river by 25 miles. The magnitude-5.8 quake struck near the northern city of Ferrara in 1570,... More »

40 Migrants Suffocate in Ship Bound for Italy

But navy rescues more than 300

(Newser) - At least 40 migrants died today in the hold of an overcrowded smuggling boat in the Mediterranean Sea north of Libya, but some 320 others on the same boat were saved by the Italian navy. The survivors included 45 women and three children. Migrants by the tens of thousands are... More »

Cops Crack Mafia's Bizarre Sheep Farming Code

Communication pointed to messages hidden at Sicily farm

(Newser) - Sicilian Mafia boss Matteo Messina Denaro has been on the run since 1993, but Italian police hope a series of raids early today will bring them closer to putting one of the most wanted criminals in Europe behind bars, per Deutsche Welle . Authorities say they arrested 11 alleged associates of... More »

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