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Mafia Boss Escapes Prison on Rope Made From Sheets

Italian prison officials say Marco Raduano took advantage of staff shortages

(Newser) - A reputed Mafia boss escaped from an Italian prison Friday, and it's no mystery how. A surveillance video captured 40-year-old Marco Raduano climbing down a makeshift rope made from knotted bedsheets before jumping to the ground outside the maximum security prison Badu 'e Carros in Sardinia. In the...

Grazie, Obama: Campaign Alum Wins in Italy

Dual national Elly Schlein is the surprise new leader of Italy's Democratic Party

(Newser) - Elly Schlein, a 37-year-old US-Italian national and longtime left-wing political operative who worked on two presidential campaigns for former President Obama, defied polls to become the first woman to head Italy’s opposition Democratic Party. Schlein’s surprise victory Sunday over the popular governor of Emilia-Romagna, a traditional left-wing stronghold,...

At Least 43 Drown After Wreck Off Italy's Coast

Italian leader blames deaths of migrants on human traffickers

(Newser) - At least 43 migrants perished when their overcrowded wooden boat smashed into rocky reefs just off southern Italy at dawn Sunday, the Italian Coast Guard said. “As of now, 80 persons were recovered alive—some of whom succeeded in reaching the shore after the shipwreck—and 43 bodies were...

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You're Out of Luck in Italy, Grandpa

Nation's high court rules grandkids can't be forced to see their grandparents

(Newser) - Sorry, Grandpa—you don't get to visit with the grandkids unless they want to. At least that's now the case in Italy, where the nation's high court has handed down the decision that grandchildren can't be forced to see their grandparents, reports the Guardian . It's...

Cops: Pizza-Maker in France Wasn't What He Seemed

Mob suspect Edgardo Greco, tied to Italy's 'ndrangheta, found after 16 years on the run

(Newser) - Police in southeastern France have arrested a convicted murderer linked to Italy's most powerful organized-crime group, the 'ndrangheta, after he eluded authorities for 16 years, Interpol and Italian police said on Thursday. Italy's ANSA news agency reported that the 63-year-old had been working for the past three...

'James Dean of Bears' Killed in Car Accident

Rebellious bear was hit by a car on a mountain road in Italy

(Newser) - Italy is mourning Juan Carrito, a rare Apennine brown bear that captured the public's attention with exploits including drinking from fountains, playing with dogs, and breaking into a bakery . The bear, one of an estimated 60 members of the critically endangered subspecies in the Apennine mountains, died after he...

Inside Mob Boss's Hideouts: Cellphones, Viagra

2 hideouts found in close proximity, just 5 miles from Matteo Messina Denaro's birthplace

(Newser) - Italian police have uncovered two hideouts believed to have been used by Cosa Nostra mob boss Matteo Messina Denaro toward the end of his 30 years on the run. Car keys in his possession during his arrest on Monday led authorities to a home in the Sicilian town of Campobello...

What Gave Away One of Italy's Biggest Mob Bosses

Matteo Messina Denaro's sickness led cops right to a Sicilian health clinic

(Newser) - In a story that seems made for Hollywood, Italian police this week captured one of Italy's most famous fugitives: Matteo Messina Denaro, who helped lead the Cosa Nostra mob syndicate even as he was on the run for the past three decades. And it was a routine, somewhat expected...

This Pompeii Home Stands Out From the Rest

House of the Vettii fully reopens to public after 20 years of restoration work

(Newser) - Two men freed from enslavement came to live a life of luxury in ancient Pompeii. Now their ornate home, dubbed "Pompeii's Sistine Chapel," has fully opened to the public for the first time in 20 years. The House of the Vettii—built in the second century BC,...

Police 'Santa Claus' Uses Lamborghini to Deliver Organs

Automaker donated supercar to Italian police

(Newser) - Two transplant patients in Italy received what police call a "Christmas present"—delivered not by sleigh, but by Lamborghini. State police in Bologna used an adapted Lamborghini Huracan supercar donated by the automaker to deliver kidneys to two hospitals hundreds of miles apart this week, AFP reports. The...

Some Lawmakers Want Inquest Into Missing 'Vatican Girl'

Emanuela Orlandi vanished in 1983

(Newser) - Opposition lawmakers in Italy are seeking a parliamentary commission of inquiry into three cold cases that have consumed the Italian public's imagination for decades, including the 1983 disappearance of a 15-year-old that was highlighted in the Netflix documentary Vatican Girl. The aim of the inquest, said Sen. Carlo Calenda,...

Gunman Kills 3 Women at Rome Coffee Shop

Including a friend of the country's prime minister

(Newser) - Three women, including a friend of Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni, were killed and four other people injured at a Rome coffee shop Sunday. The women were attending a meeting of the residents' association for their apartment block in the cafe at the time, the Guardian reports, and a witness...

3 Nations Team Up on 'Ambitious' Fighter Jet

UK, Japan, Italy will develop 6th-generation GCAP warplane

(Newser) - A new warplane is in the works, and Britain, Italy, and Japan are the countries behind it. CNN reports that development will soon be underway on a sixth-generation fighter jet under the Global Combat Air Program (GCAP), an "ambitious endeavor" to fend off increasing "threats and aggression,"...

Crews Search for Victims of Resort Island Mudslide
Death Toll Rises After
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Death Toll Rises After Mudslides on Island

Victims include a 3-week-old boy swept away, officials say

(Newser) - Rescuers have recovered the bodies of seven victims, including a 3-week-old infant and a pair of young siblings, buried during mudslides early Saturday in a port city on the Italian island of Ischia. Officials on Sunday said the victims include the infant boy's parents, a 5-year-old girl and her...

Huge Fatal Landslide Blamed on Ill-Advised Development

Dozen people are missing on Italian island of Ischia

(Newser) - Rescuers dug through mud for a second day Sunday in the search for people lost in an enormous landslide on the Italian resort island of Ischia. One body was recovered on Saturday and about a dozen people, including children, were reported missing in the port town of Casamicciola, feared buried...

This Town Is Paying Big Bucks to Lure Residents

Italian town of Presicce is trying to combat depopulation by offering $30K to move there

(Newser) - If you've been mulling a relocation, there's a sunny spot in Italy that beckons, with big bucks to sweeten the pot. Per CNN , the town of Presicce, located in the country's southern Puglia region, is offering interested parties around $30,000 to scoop up an empty residence,...

Soccer Pro Among 5 Stabbed in Supermarket

Cashier was killed in Italy attack

(Newser) - A man grabbed a knife from a supermarket shelf Thursday and stabbed five people, killing one and wounding four others, including Spanish soccer player Pablo Mari, Italian authorities said. Police said they arrested a 46-year-old Italian man suspected in the attack at a shopping center in Assago, a suburb of...

Meloni Sworn In as Italian Prime Minister

She's the nation's first far-right premier since the end of World War II

(Newser) - Giorgia Meloni, whose political party with neofascist roots secured the most votes in Italy's national election last month, was sworn in Saturday in Rome as the country's first far-right premier since the end of World War II. She's also the first woman to serve as premier. Meloni,...

Judge OKs False-Advertising Suit Against Barilla Pasta

Class-action plaintiffs have beef with Barilla's 'Italy's No. 1 brand of pasta'; product is made in NY, Iowa

(Newser) - "Italy's No. 1 brand of pasta" isn't as Italian as it sounds. That's the crux of a class-action lawsuit against Barilla that a federal judge this week ruled could proceed, meaning the company will have to face the plaintiffs' allegations that it engaged in false or...

Far-Right Leader Adds Condemnation of Horrific Event

Giorgia Meloni calls leader of Rome's Jewish community on anniversary of 1943 roundup

(Newser) - Italy's far-right political leadership marked the 79th anniversary of the World War II roundup of Rome's Jews on Sunday with calls for such horror to never occur again, messages that took on greater significance following a national election won by a party with neo-fascist roots. Giorgia Meloni, who...

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