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Bulgarian Woman Could Be Mystery Girl's Mother

Police question Roma woman who left a child in Greece

(Newser) - A Roma woman in Bulgaria said today that police have questioned her about whether she is the mother of a girl found living with an unrelated couple in Greece, and that she is willing to do a DNA test and take the child back if she is proved to be... More »

Cops Release Photos of Alleged Roma Kidnappers

Couple formally charged and placed in detention

(Newser) - Greek police have released photos of the Roma couple they believe may have kidnapped a mysterious blonde four-year-old girl . The duo has been identified as 39-year-old Christos Salis and a 40-year-old woman who uses both the names Eleftheria Dimopoulou and Selini Sali, the AP reports. The couple have now been... More »

Greece Mystery Girl: 'Promising Leads' Surface

Charity following up calls from American parents

(Newser) - The discovery of a mysterious blonde girl at a Roma camp in Greece has spurred more than 10,000 phone calls and emails to the charity trying to identify her. Smile of the Child says it has heard from many parents whose children have gone missing, and it is following... More »

Cops Seek Parents of Blonde Girl Found in Gypsy Camp

Couple now facing kidnapping charges

(Newser) - Greek police are looking into the identity of a blonde-haired, blue-eyed, little girl they spotted living with a Roma couple at a settlement in central Greece. The cops believe the girl may have been kidnapped—DNA tests show she is not related to the couple, and authorities say the pair... More »

Roma Rip Fat Gypsy Weddings Show

Over-the-top shindigs fuel prejudice, say critics

(Newser) - The new Big Fat Gypsy Weddings reality series in Britain is infuriating members of the traveler community who charge that the over-the-top shindigs have very little to do with them and are fueling prejudice. The Irish Traveler Movement has demanded a "right of reply" to the Channel 4 program,... More »

Now Italy Evicts Gypsies

One camp razed this week

(Newser) - Rome's right-wing mayor has followed France's lead and renewed a crackdown on gypsy camps around the city. One camp was razed this week, and officials said some 20 people have accepted an offer of voluntary repatriation, though many more fled before the bulldozers arrived, the Telegraph reports. More »

EU Blasts Italy Over Gypsy Fingerprinting

Proposal to fight crime is racist and must stop, parliament says

(Newser) - Italy’s mandatory fingerprinting of its Gypsy minority is "an act of discrimination based on race and ethnic origin" and should be stopped, the European Parliament said in a resolution passed today. The assembly voted 336-220, with 77 abstentions, to condemn the practice—though the resolution is not binding,... More »

Italy Plan to Fingerprint Gypsies Under Fire

Measure against ethnic minority decried as racist

(Newser) - Italy has begun taking fingerprints from members of its Gypsy minority, in what the government calls a “census” of the people living in nomad encampments. The plans to document adults and children lacking an EU passport has brought condemnations from critics, who charge that “census” is the Berlusconi... More »

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