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Twist in the Case of Allegedly Kidnapped Model

Chloe Ayling admits she went shoe shopping with alleged captor

(Newser) - The talent agent who sent British model Chloe Ayling to Italy, where she says she was kidnapped and was to reportedly be auctioned on the dark web as a sex slave, has hit out at people questioning her story. Phil Green of Supermodel Agency says, "I can assure everybody... 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 »

Statue Missing From Italy Church Since 1946 Was in Family's Closet

Pennsylvania couple paid to have it returned to the church

(Newser) - A nearly life-size statue missing for decades from an Italian church is being returned by an American couple who finally solved the mystery of their family's odd relic, the AP reports. Ed Nader told NewsWorks the statue of St. Pantaleon, considered the patron saint of physicians, spent years in... 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 »

Cycling Champ Hit by Van, Killed

Michele Scarponi won the Giro d'Italia in 2011

(Newser) - Michele Scarponi, who won the Giro d'Italia in 2011, died after a collision with a van while training on Saturday. He was 37. Scarponi was training near his home of Filottrano, near Ancona, Italy when he was hit by a van at a crossroads, Team Astana said. According to... 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 »

Tourists Gawking at Mount Etna Get Nasty Surprise

10 people are injured from magma

(Newser) - Volcanic rocks and steam injured at least 10 people, including tourists and scientists, following an explosion on Sicily's Mount Etna Thursday, witnesses and media reported, per the AP . Tourists had been drawn to Etna to observe the spectacle of the active volcano erupting, only to be caught by surprise... More »

Ex-CIA Agent Manages to Avoid Italian Prison Cell

After Italian president shaves a year off Sabrina de Sousa's sentence

(Newser) - The Italian president granted partial clemency late Tuesday to an American ex-CIA agent on the eve of her expected extradition from Portugal to serve a prison sentence for her alleged role in the kidnapping of a Muslim cleric, the AP reports. The presidential palace said President Sergio Mattarella had shaved... 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 »

Ex-Agent Going to Jail Over CIA's Rendition Program

Sabrina De Sousa faces 4 years in prison in Italy

(Newser) - A Portuguese court has ordered police to extradite a former CIA agent to Italy, where she's due to serve a four-year prison sentence after being convicted of involvement in a US program that kidnapped suspects for interrogation. Police took Sabrina De Sousa to a Portuguese jail, where she's... More »

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