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3 Puppies Found Alive Inside Hotel Hit by Avalanche

23 people are still missing in Italy disaster

(Newser) - Emergency crews digging into an avalanche-slammed hotel were cheered Monday by the discovery of three puppies who had survived for days under tons of snow—giving them new hope for the 23 people still missing in the disaster, the AP reports. The first human survivors, meanwhile, were released from the... More »

With 23 Still Missing in Avalanche, Italy Digs Deeper

Rescuers haven't given up hope for those buried under mountain of snow Wednesday

(Newser) - Buoyed by rescues from the luxury Hotel Rigopiano on Friday, more than two days after the avalanche there, search crews were intensifying their round-the-clock operation, fighting deteriorating weather conditions including fresh snowfall and freezing temperatures, reports the AP . Five people have been confirmed killed, including two hotel waiters, while nine,... More »

16 Killed in Fiery Italy School Bus Crash

Hungarians were returning from ski trip

(Newser) - A bus carrying Hungarian school students home from a skiing trip to France slammed into a highway barrier in northern Italy Friday night and caught fire, killing at least 16 people, police say. Out of 39 survivors, 26 were injured, some seriously, the AP reports. No other vehicles were involved... More »

2 Kids, 6 Adults Alive Inside Hotel Hit by Avalanche

'Finding these people gives us further hope'

(Newser) - Some good news out of Italy in the wake of Wednesday's devastating avalanche : Eight people, including two children, were found alive on Friday inside a smothered hotel in the mountains, according to Italian media reports cited by the BBC . Rescuers have gotten two of them out and were working... More »

'Many Dead' After Avalanche Buries Hotel

30 missing at hotel in quake-hit Italian region

(Newser) - An avalanche buried a mountain hotel in an earthquake-hit region of central Italy Wednesday evening, leaving at least 30 people missing, authorities say. The civil protection agency said that it was working to get rescue vehicles to the Hotel Rigopiano through roads covered in snow, joining initial rescue efforts overnight... More »

Priest Allegedly Hosted Orgies, Acted as 'Pimp' for 15 Women

Italian police are investigating

(Newser) - Not in the job description for a priest: organizing sex parties and running a side gig as a pimp. But that's what Italy's Father Andrea Contin is accused of doing, per the New York Daily News . A bishop got complaints about the 48-year-old, a parish priest in Padua,... More »

Mad Conductor's Bizarre Frozen Ending Leaves Kids in Tears

He says Santa doesn't exist, leaves the stage

(Newser) - An orchestral performance of Disney's Frozen in Rome last week ended with angry parents and weeping children, Italy's ANSA news agency reports. Orchestra conductor Giacomo Loprieno asked for a microphone at the end of the show, announced into said mic that Santa Claus isn't real, and then... More »

Berlin Attack Suspect Killed in Milan Shootout

He pulled out gun during police check

(Newser) - The man suspected of killing 12 in the Berlin Christmas market attack was shot dead in a Milan suburb early Friday, according to Italian authorities. The AP reports that Italy's interior minister, Marco Minniti, says the man killed in a shootout with police is "without a shadow of... More »

Scientists Getting Nervous About Italian Supervolcano

Mama mia!

(Newser) - An Italian supervolcano could be heading toward an eruption—and that's bad news for the 500,000 or so people who live in and around it, the Washington Post reports. Campi Flegrei is a 7.5-mile-wide caldera, the collapsed top of an ancient volcano. The eruption that formed it... More »

This Ancient Vial of Blood Suggests 2017 Is Cursed

Saint's blood failed to liquefy, just like in 1939

(Newser) - And you thought 2016 was a rough year. Humanity is apparently in for a disaster equal to World War II or a cholera epidemic, based on an ancient vial of blood. According to legend, a woman collected the blood of Saint Januarius, or San Gennaro—the once pious bishop of... More »

17 Stolen Masterpieces Returned Year After Heist

They're back in Italy with only scratches

(Newser) - Seventeen masterpieces valued at $17.7 million were returned to Italy from Ukraine on Wednesday after being stolen by masked, armed robbers from a Verona art museum last year. Italian Culture Minister Dario Franceschini, who traveled to Kiev to retrieve the paintings—which included works by Rubens, Tintoretto, and Mantegna—... More »

Great Italian Wine Caper Was Act of Pure Sabotage

Vandals opened refrigerated tanks, spilling enough wine to fill 400K bottles

(Newser) - The sedate vineyards of Lombardy in northern Italy are not usually the setting of scandal and intrigue. That is, until a stunning act of sabotage left one winery soaked in thousands of gallons of vino. The Telegraph reports that employees at Conte Vistarino arrived at work one morning last week... More »

After Renzi's Shock Fall, Italy Picks a New PM

FM Paolo Gentiloni tapped, will form a new government

(Newser) - Italy's foreign minister, Paolo Gentiloni, says he has accepted a presidential mandate to try to form a new government and serve as premier, reports the AP . Gentiloni told reporters minutes after receiving the mandate from President Sergio Mattarella that he'll go straight to work trying to form a... More »

Italy PM Quits After Referendum Stuns Establishment

Populist movement seeks quick route to power

(Newser) - Italian voters dealt Premier Matteo Renzi a stinging defeat on his reforms referendum, triggering his resignation announcement and galvanizing the populist, opposition 5-Star Movement's determination to gain national power soon. The outcome also energized the anti-immigrant Northern League party, an ally of French far-right leader Marine Le Pen, a... More »

17th-Century Painting Cut From Frame in Quake-Hit Church

Italy deploying soldiers to deter further looting

(Newser) - Someone took advantage of the severe earthquakes last month in Italy to steal a 17th-century painting from a church that was badly damaged by the temblors. "Pardon in Assisi," a 1631 piece by French painter Jean Lhomme and "well-known among historians," per the AP , was taken... More »

One Italian City Has Declared War on McDonald's

Florence says its Duomo is beautiful enough without a set of golden arches

(Newser) - “It would be as if a beautiful woman, dressed perfectly, decided to go out with one finger stuck up her nose." That's the take of one resident in Florence, Italy, where the Telegraph reports McDonald's is fighting to open a restaurant near the city's famous... More »

Unrestorable Renaissance Painting Proves Them Wrong

Giorgio Vasari's 'The Last Supper' is restored 50 years after flood

(Newser) - Renaissance artist Giorgio Vasari's The Last Supper was so badly damaged by floodwaters a half-century ago that it was considered beyond repair. Today, however, it is once again on display in all its glory, the Art Newspaper reports. The 96-square-foot painting, commissioned by a cloister of Italian nuns in... More »

UN: Survivors Report 240 Dead in 2 Mediterranean Shipwrecks

More than 4,200 migrants have died in the Mediterranean this year

(Newser) - Survivors say as many as 240 people have died in two shipwrecks off Libya, a UN refugee agency reported Thursday, bringing this year's toll to more than 4,220 migrants dead or missing in risky Mediterranean Sea crossings, the highest count on record. A spokesperson for UNHCR says 31... More »

Italian Prince Dies in Horrific Cycling Accident

He was pinned beneath a truck in London

(Newser) - An Italian prince has died in a tragic accident on the streets of London. Filippo Corsini, 21 and "the heir to one of Florence's oldest and most illustrious families," per the Guardian , was cycling in the city around 12:30pm Monday when he was hit by a... More »

Italy Rocked by Biggest Quake Since '80

6.6 temblor hits region already rattled by devastating quake in August

(Newser) - The earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.6 that rocked Italy on Sunday morning is believed to be the strongest quake to strike the country since 1980, reports the AP . A 6.9-magnitude quake in southern Campania that year killed some 3,000 people and caused extensive damage. The... More »

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