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The End of the Balsamic Battle Doesn't Go Well for Modena

Competitors can use the term, EU's top court rules

(Newser) - You've probably seen the term "Modena" on bottles of balsamic vinegar. That's because the region in Italy is famous for producing the stuff; in fact, since 2009 there's been a protected designation for the name "Aceto Balsamico di Modena," or "Balsamic Vinegar from... More »

Italy Says It Uncovered Plot to Create New Nazi Party

Weapons, explosives seized after 19 homes raided

(Newser) - The country that gave the world the word "fascism" says it has seized numerous weapons from suspects who were plotting to form a new Nazi party. Police in Italy say they raided the homes of 19 people who planned to create an "openly pro-Nazi, xenophobic, and anti-Semitic group... More »

Venice Rejects Climate Change Measures, Is Immediately Flooded

Timing eerie as far-right members of Venice council reject moves to help environment

(Newser) - Venice has faced extraordinary flooding this week, with the mayor blaming climate change for the super-high tides—which is why what happened in the city's regional council gathering Tuesday is making waves. CNN reports the council's chambers in Ferro Fini Palace, located on the Grand Canal, flooded for... More »

Feral Hogs Destroy Forest Cocaine Stash

Cops heard wiretapped traffickers complain

(Newser) - A group of drug traffickers heard on a wiretap complaining that pigs had found their cocaine stash weren't talking about the police. Authorities in Italy arrested four suspected traffickers after they heard them lament that a pack of wild boars had dug up a package of cocaine worth around... More »

Venice Swamped by Highest Tide Since 1966

'These are the effects of climate change,' mayor says

(Newser) - Venice is no stranger to flooding—the Italian city is made up of 118 islands in a lagoon—but what it is experiencing this week is extraordinary. Mayor Luigi Brugnaro plans to declare a state of emergency amid major flooding caused by the second-highest tide on record, the Guardian reports.... More »

She Sought to Combat Hate, Only to Become a Target

Auschwitz survivor Liliana Segre under police protection following death threats

(Newser) - An Italian senator for life and Holocaust survivor asked Parliament to establish a badly needed committee to fight hate. What followed might just prove her point. Liliana Segre, now under police protection, has been receiving some 200 hateful and anti-Semitic messages per day since Parliament passed her motion to establish... More »

Move to This Town, Get a Free House

Mayor wants new residents to spark revival in Sicily

(Newser) - "I can't stand to see this gorgeous, old historical center empty and turn into a ruin," Vincenzo Giambrone said. Owners have abandoned the crumbling, ancient houses, said the mayor of Cammarata, a town in Sicily, rather than repair them. "It leaves a deep scar on the... More »

Ex-CIA Spy Flees Italy Over Fear for Her Safety

Sabrina de Sousa is embroiled in a fraught rendition case

(Newser) - An ex-CIA spy says she has fled Italy for America—apparently to avoid getting tossed in prison, Reuters reports. Sabrina de Sousa was one of 26 people found guilty in Italy in the 2003 "extraordinary rendition" of Egyptian cleric Hassan Mustafa Osama Nasr in Milan. But De Sousa, who... More »

A Win for Parents of Girl Who Reportedly Can't Move, Feel

UK's Tafida Raqeeb to receive life-sustaining treatment in Italy

(Newser) - The UK's high court has sided with the family of a 5-year-old girl with a severe brain injury over doctors who sought to remove her from life support. The parents of Tafida Raqeeb are "thrilled" with the court's decision to allow the girl to be moved from... More »

Mont Blanc Glacier in Imminent Danger of Collapse

Ice avalanche could hit nearby valley

(Newser) - Authorities have closed roads, evacuated mountain huts, and banned access to a hiking area amid fears that a glacier in the Alps is in imminent danger of collapse. Authorities say a massive 9 million-square-foot chunk of the Planpincieux glacier on the Grande Jorasses peak could break away at any time,... More »

Model Wasn't Happy With the Clothes, Protested While Modeling Them

'Mental health is not fashion' was written on Ayesha Tan Jones' hands

(Newser) - Ayesha Tan Jones walked in Gucci's Spring/Summer 2020 show at Milan Fashion Week—but they did so while protesting the very clothing they were wearing. The models were all wearing white straitjacket-like garments and similar outfits, and as Tan Jones walked the runway, they held up their hands to... More »

Son Accidentally Kills Father During Boar Hunt

Italian man could face manslaughter charge

(Newser) - An Italian man hunting illegally in a national park area killed his own father after mistaking him for a wild boar, authorities say. Police say the 34-year-old son was moving through thick bushes in the southern province of Salerno with his father Sunday when he opened fire after hearing rustling... More »

Italian PM Quits, Blames Guy Sitting Next to Him

Giuseppe Conte calls Deputy PM Matteo Salvini an 'opportunist'

(Newser) - Italian Premier Giuseppe Conte announced his resignation Tuesday, blaming his decision to end his 14-month-old populist government on his rebellious and ambitious deputy prime minister, Matteo Salvini. The latter sat right next to Conte during the speech, in which the outgoing premier called him an "opportunist" and said the... More »

Tourists Face Jail Over Odd Crime: Sand Theft

French couple caught taking white sand from beach in Sardinia

(Newser) - A French couple who visited the Italian island of Sardinia swear they just wanted to bring home a reminder of their visit. Now they're facing possible jail time as a result, reports the Local . Their offense? Alleged sand theft. And not just a thimbleful: Authorities confiscated 90 pounds of... More »

World's Oldest People? They're Not That Old

Supercentenarians aren't as common as we think, paper suggests

(Newser) - Want to grow to a ripe old age? You might have to discard advice given in "oldest person alive" articles that keep cropping up, Vox reports. A new working paper posted online appears to show that most supercentenarians—that is, people who live to 110—are probably exaggerating their... More »

'Fools!' Spacey Makes Surprise Appearance in Museum

The actor surprises people with reading of Gabriele Tinti's "Boxer at Rest"

(Newser) - Kevin Spacey returned to the public eye Friday for "a bizarre reading" of a poem at an Italian museum, Variety reports. The actor, whose career nosedived in 2017 amid sexual-assault allegations, appeared at the National Roman Museum and read a poem about a wounded boxer who vowed never to... More »

Race Was Paused for Weather, but She Wasn't Alerted

44-year-old Norwegian ultrarunner dies in lightning strike in Italy

(Newser) - The Südtirol Ultra Skyrace race calls itself "the most extreme experience in the Alps." One runner didn't survive it. USA Today reports that a 44-year-old Norwegian woman was hit by lightning Saturday evening while participating in the three-day, 75-mile race, which begins and ends in Bolzano,... More »

Pic of US Teen Accused of Killing Italian Cop Raises Eyebrows

Blindfolding suspects is illegal in Italy, offending officer apparently made a 'mistake' in doing so

(Newser) - On June 19, Italian military officer Mario Cerciello Rega was married in his hometown of Somma Vesuviana. Now, his widow will attend his funeral Monday, at the same church where they were wed, after he was allegedly killed by two American teens, per ABC News . Gabriel Christian Natale Hjorth, 18,... More »

2 American Teens Jailed in Death of Italian Policeman

Mario Cerciello Rega was investigating the theft of a bag in Rome

(Newser) - Two American teenagers were jailed in Rome on Saturday as authorities carry out a murder investigation in the killing of an Italian police officer, the AP reports. A detention order issued by prosecutors was shown on Italian state broadcaster RAI, naming the suspects as Gabriel Christian Natale Hjorth and Finnegan... More »

Tourists Jump in Sea to Escape Volcano

Eruption killed hiker on Stromboli

(Newser) - Minor eruptions of the volcano on the Italian island of Stromboli happen so often it is nicknamed the "Lighthouse of the Mediterranean"—but the one Wednesday evening was very different. Tourists on the island north of Sicily fled into the sea after a huge blast created a mushroom... More »

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