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Two Policemen Shot Outside Italian Prime Minister’s Office

Two Policemen Shot Outside Italian Prime Minister’s Office

iStockphoto(ROME) — A gunman in Rome wounded two policemen in a crowded square near the prime minister’s office on Sunday.
Police arrested the suspect, identified as Luigi Preiti according to BBC News.
A Rome prosecutor says the gunman intended …

Italian High Court to Decide Future of Amanda Knox

Italian High Court to Decide Future of Amanda Knox

Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images(ROME) — Monday could be the official end of Amanda Knox’s long ordeal or the beginning of another one.Italian prosecutors will go before their Supreme Court to try to overturn a local court’s ruling from 2011 that thre…

Italian Cardinal Could Have the Inside Track in Pope Sweepstakes

Italian Cardinal Could Have the Inside Track in Pope Sweepstakes

GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Is there a favorite to become the next pope?The Washington Post lists Italian Cardinal Angelo Scola as the leading candidate based on his popularity with conservative theologians and the fact that the 71-year…

Gridlock in Italy Sends Stocks Tumbling

Gridlock in Italy Sends Stocks Tumbling

Hemera/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — U.S stock markets tumbled as Italians voted for what appears to be political gridlock.  Italy is a key member of the eurozone and political impasse there could reignite the European economic crisis. As results o…

Plane Carrying Missoni, Italian Fashion Boss, Reported Missing

Plane Carrying Missoni, Italian Fashion Boss, Reported Missing

Medioimages/Photodisc/Thinkstock(CARACAS,Venezuela) — Vittorio Missoni and his wife are reported missing, who were last seen on board a flight from the archipelago of Los Roques heading towards Maiquetia Airport in Caracas, according to the BBC.The ai…

Italian Chefs Make World’s Largest Gluten-Free Pizza

Italian Chefs Make World’s Largest Gluten-Free Pizza

Lara Hata/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Is it a sign of the apocalypse?  The world’s largest pizza has been baked in Italy and it is gluten-free.  The mega-pie was put together by five Italians chefs.  According to foodbeast.com, it contains…

Italy’s Former Prime Minister in Love Again

Italy’s Former Prime Minister in Love Again

Ian Waldie/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Although he’s lost his job and was sentenced to four years in prison for tax fraud, former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi still knows love is the most important thing in his life.On Monday, it was announce…

Heavy Floods Kill at Least Four in Italy

Heavy Floods Kill at Least Four in Italy

Marco Sabadin/AFP/Getty Images(ROME) — Heavy floods in Italy have become deadly, with at least four people killed in Tuscany, BBC News reports.Three utility workers perished when their vehicle fell off a collapsed bridge. Another man, 73, is believed …

American Student Accused of Stabbing Roommate 25 Times in Rome

American Student Accused of Stabbing Roommate 25 Times in Rome

Comstock/Thinkstock(ROME) — A U.S. student studying abroad has been arrested for attempted murder for allegedly stabbing his roommate 25 times after a drug-fueled night out in Rome on Halloween. At an apartment around the corner from Rome’s famous Col…

Uproar in Italy over Scientists Convicted for Not Predicting Earthquake

Uproar in Italy over Scientists Convicted for Not Predicting Earthquake

Jason Reed/Thinkstock(ROME) — Italy is a tough place for scientists, especially those whose specialty is to predict earthquakes.
On Monday, a court convicted seven scientists and experts on manslaughter charges because they didn’t foresee the 6.3-temb…

Scientists Convicted of Manslaughter for Failing to Predict Italian Quake

Scientists Convicted of Manslaughter for Failing to Predict Italian Quake

Zoonar/Thinkstock(LONDON) — Giustino Parisse knelt by his children’s beds, trying to relax them. They had been jolted awake by a small earthquake near the picturesque Italian town of L’Aquila. He told them that scientists and local officials had appea…

Scientists Convicted of Manslaughter for Failing to Predict Italian Quake

Scientists Convicted of Manslaughter for Failing to Predict Italian Quake

Zoonar/Thinkstock(LONDON) — Giustino Parisse knelt by his children’s beds, trying to relax them. They had been jolted awake by a small earthquake near the picturesque Italian town of L’Aquila. He told them that scientists and local officials had appea…

Giraffe Dies of Cardiac Arrest After Escaping from Circus

Giraffe Dies of Cardiac Arrest After Escaping from Circus

Barcroft Media /Landov(IMOLA, Italy) — A giraffe shocked townspeople in Italy Friday when it sprang free from a local circus and ran through the streets for four hours.  Police managed to tranquilize it, but it died shortly after of cardiac arres…

Italian Police Find Pot Farm in Abandoned Rome Subway

Italian Police Find Pot Farm in Abandoned Rome Subway

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(ROME) — Italian police said they have discovered $3.7 million-worth of marijuana in a sprawling, sophisticated pot farm hidden deep in an abandoned, Mussolini-era section of Rome’s subway system.Authorities said they stumb…

Boy, 11, Flies to Rome With No Ticket or Family

Boy, 11, Flies to Rome With No Ticket or Family

Bryan Mullennix/Getty Images(LONDON) — Authorities are investigating how a solo 11-year-old boy boarded a plane from Manchester, U.K., and arrived in Rome, Italy, with no money or documentation. The Jet2.com flight departed the Manchester airport Tues…

Italian Cruise Ship Captain Blames Others

Italian Cruise Ship Captain Blames Others

ENZO RUSSO/AFP/Getty Images(ROME) — Six months after the Costa Concordia ran aground, killing 32 people, Captain Francesco Schettino is finally speaking about the Italian cruise ship disaster. In an interview with an Italian television station, the ca…

Costa Concordia’s Black Box Broke for ‘Umpteenth’ Time Before Crash

Costa Concordia’s Black Box Broke for ‘Umpteenth’ Time Before Crash

Laura Lezza/Getty Images(ROME) — Four days before the Costa Concordia cruise ship sank off Italy’s west coast, killing 32 people, emails from the liner’s technical director reveal that the vessel had a faulty black box data recorder, according to new …

Chinese Counterfeit $35 Million Worth of Italian Train Tickets

Chinese Counterfeit $35 Million Worth of Italian Train Tickets

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(ROME) — Italian police are not surprised when they find counterfeit goods from China, but were taken aback to find $35 million worth of counterfeit train tickets for Rome’s “Leonardo express” train on a ship that arrived from Ch…

Did Mark Zuckerberg Stiff His Italian Waiter?

Did Mark Zuckerberg Stiff His Italian Waiter?

Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Facebook’s newlywed and newly minted billionaire founder Mark Zuckerberg is being criticized after he reportedly skipped out on paying gratuity not once, but twice after dining out with his wife on the co…

5.8-Magnitude Earthquake Strikes Northern Italy

5.8-Magnitude Earthquake Strikes Northern Italy

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(ROME) — At least 15 people are dead after a 5.8-magnitude earthquake struck northern Italy Tuesday morning, Italian news agency ANSA reports.According to the United States Geological Survey, the quake was six miles deep and hit …

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