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Student Breaks 19th-Century Statue While Taking Selfie

He jumped on its lap and it ceased having a lap

(Newser) - You have to admire an intrepid photographer going the extra mile for the perfect shot. Unless, of course, that intrepid photographer is a teenager taking a selfie and he breaks a centuries-old statue in the process. That's what happened in Milan this week when, according to witnesses, a foreign... More »

City Orders Sex Toys Removed From Christmas Tree

Milan says 'sobriety' must be used in 'urban decorations'

(Newser) - A provocatively adorned outdoor Christmas tree in central Milan was just too naughty for city officials, who ordered it denuded of its racy red sex toys. The city said in an order that the Christmas season, "qualifying as a holiday for children and families, requires sobriety in urban decorations,... More »

Hidden Mona Lisa 'Code' Could Reveal Her True Identity

Real-life Da Vinci Code plays out in Italy

(Newser) - Want to know the true identity of the Mona Lisa? Just look deep into her eyes. Art historians have discovered miniscule numbers and letters painted there, and believe they might give a clue as to who sat for Leonardo Da Vinci's 500-year-old masterpiece. A group in Italy magnified high resolution... More »

Clooney Lover Linked to Drug, Sex Probe

Witness spotted her snorting cocaine

(Newser) - George Cooney's Italian girlfriend snorted cocaine with a group of women at a Milan nightclub at the center of a drug and sex scandal investigation, according to a witness. “I used cocaine along with other people, among whom was Elisabetta Canalis,” testified a young French escort who talked... More »

George Clooney Testifies, Italian Court Swoons

Actor takes stand against trio charged with co-opting his name

(Newser) - It's no wonder the Italian businessmen claimed George Clooney was behind their fashion line—the actor knows how to wow an audience whether he's on the red carpet or the witness stand. Maintaining his trademark aura of cool, Clooney delivered a few wisecracks today in Milan as he testified against... More »

Race Riots Erupt Again in Italy

North Africans battle South Americans in Milan

(Newser) - Milan exploded in race riots this weekend after an immigrant from Egypt was killed during an argument with a group of South American immigrants. A group of North African immigrants rampaged through the northern Italian city, overturning cars and attacking shops owned by South Americans. Milan's deputy mayor told the... More »

Berlusconi: Love Triumphs Over Hate

PM thanks supporters; government will go after enemy websites

(Newser) - Silvio Berlusconi thanked his supporters from a Milan hospital today, encouraging them to remain calm in his first statement since the attack that broke his nose and two teeth. "Sincere thanks to the very many who have sent me messages of solidarity and affection," the Italian PM's statement... More »

Berlusconi Leaving Hospital Tomorrow

Premier advised to avoid public appearances for 2 weeks

(Newser) - Silvio Berlusconi will be spending another night in the hospital recovering from injuries he sustained at the hands of a statue-wielding attacker. The Italian leader will be released tomorrow, but has been advised to avoid public appearances for at least two weeks, according to a statement from Milan's San Raffaele... More »

In Apology, Assailant Calls Berlusconi Attack 'Cowardly'

Massimo Tartaglia has been in psychological treatment 10 years

(Newser) - The man who bashed Silvio Berlusconi yesterday in the face with a souvenir statue has apologized via letter, calling the attack “superficial, cowardly and impetuous.” Italian news agency ANSA reports that Massimo Tartaglia, 42, has been treated for psychological problems for the past decade, and told police he... More »

Berlusconi Still Hospitalized as Italy Parses Attack

Some fear return to the bad old days of the violence-ridden 70s

(Newser) - A “shaken and disheartened” Silvio Berlusconi remains hospitalized after being smashed in the face even as recriminations fly amid predictions of a return to the political violence of the 1970s and '80s. Though the attacker at last night's rally apparently acted alone, both sides of the Italian political spectrum... More »

Berlusconi Hit in Face, Hospitalized

Protester assaults Italian PM after rally in Milan

(Newser) - Silvio Berlusconi is hospitalized tonight after being hit in the face and falling to the ground following a speech in Milan. The Italian PM has a fractured nose, two broken teeth, and a cut on his lip. The alleged assailant is under arrest. The man, who reportedly has a history... More »

Best and Worst of Milan Fashion Week

Some collections reflect current industry inertia, but a few rise above

(Newser) - With economic stresses making it more difficult for designers to be creative—and the growing trend of manufacturing being outsourced to other countries—the Italian spring collections in Milan were somewhat “joyless,” but still offered a few standouts, writes Cathy Horyn for the New York Times. The good:... More »

Best Cities for Good Eats

Local cuisine is ranked

(Newser) - Paris is for lovers—food lovers. The city came in first on a Forbes list of the world’s best cities for eating well, based on a 2009 survey ranking 50 cities. Notably absent from the top 10 are New York and London, which don’t boast much of a... More »

The Most Stylish Cities in the World

Paris, Milan top Forbes list

(Newser) - Weighing everything from fashion to architecture to street life, Forbes rates the 10 most stylish cities in the world. The best of the best:
  • It doesn’t get any more chic than Paris
  • Milan: “flashy” fashion and cool contemporary design
  • New York: a shopping spree from Brooklyn to 5th
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Italian Cities Ban Foreign Food

Laws against new ethnic eateries prompts charges of gastronomic xenophobia

(Newser) - Kebabs, Chinese food, and curries are the targets of a growing Italian campaign against foreign food, the Times of London reports. The Tuscan town of Lucca has slapped a ban on new foreign eateries opening in the city, and Milan has now followed suit. Government-backed campaigners say they are fighting... More »

Super Spas (for the Still-Rich)

Less waiting perhaps, too, at these top-flight pushers of relaxation

(Newser) - From ancient minerals and monasteries to herb-infused wraps and waterfalls, sit back, relax, and enjoy Vanity Fair’s list of the world’s poshest spas:
  • Amangani, Jackson Hole, Wyoming: Jet-setters can get a taste of the Old American West, where “wildlife runs wild.”
  • The Spa at Gleneagles, Scotland:
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Milan's Poor Get Contraband Caviar for Xmas

(Newser) - The poor and homeless in Milan will get a pricey treat this holiday season, the BBC reports. Officials will distribute 88 pounds of beluga caviar seized from smugglers to the city’s shelters and soup kitchens. The sturgeon roe, confiscated in November en route from Poland, is valued at around... More »

Cities' Sewage Serves as Giant Drug Test

Analyzing waste for illicit substances sheds light on use

(Newser) - Across the world, raw sewage is being analyzed for clues to illegal drug use. Environmental scientists are testing waste from US and European cities to gather data, which reveals everything from what's popular to which days see the greatest use of which substances. "Every sample has one illicit drug... More »

Famed Tenor di Stefano Dead

Brilliant but erratic tenor succumbed to injuries from 2004 attack

(Newser) - Giuseppe di Stefano, the tenor whose short but brilliant career made him an operatic legend, died yesterday at his home near Milan. He was 86. His widow told reporters his death resulted from head injuries dating to 2004, when robbers in Kenya left him temporarily comatose. Di Stefano's superb voice... More »

Sour Note: Violinist Busts Strad

British virtuoso Garrett falls on priceless instrument

(Newser) - British violin virtuoso David Garrett revealed this week he tripped and fell onto his Stradivarius at the end of a December concert, seriously damaging the priceless 290-year-old instrument. The 26-year-old former child prodigy and male model is left with a violin that will take months and more than $100,000... More »

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