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This Vesuvius Victim 'Vaporized Instantly'

First skeleton found at Herculaneum in decades is stained red by blood

(Newser) - If you had to endure the AD79 eruption of Mount Vesuvius, Pompeii might not have been the worst place to be. While Pompeii residents are believed to have suffocated in a cloud of ash and gases in just 15 minutes, before they were covered in volcanic debris, new excavations at...

Meredith Kercher&#39;s Killer Walks Free
Meredith Kercher's
Killer Walks Free

Meredith Kercher's Killer Walks Free

Rudy Guede, who maintains his innocence, served just 13 years

(Newser) - The only person with a lasting conviction in the 2007 murder of British student Meredith Kercher is free. If you don't know the name Rudy Guede, blame the fiasco that was the murder conviction of Amanda Knox. Whereas Knox and former Italian boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito were convicted in Kercher'...

Boy Spirited Away After Cable Car Crash Must Be Returned: Court

An arrest warrant was just issued for the boy's grandfather

(Newser) - An Israeli appeals court has said a 6-year-old boy who survived a cable car crash in Italy must be returned to his relatives there within 15 days, upholding an earlier ruling in a bitter custody battle with family members in Israel, the AP reports. Eitan Biran’s parents and younger...

Arrest Warrant Out for Grandpa of Boy in Cable Car Crash

Prosecutors say Eitan Biran was abducted in a 'premeditated strategic plan'

(Newser) - Update: The maternal grandfather of a 6-year-old who survived a May cable car crash that killed his parents and younger brother is now officially in legal hot water. The BBC reports Italy has issued an international arrest warrant for Shmuel Peleg, who's accused of abducting the boy from Italy,...

Discovery Uncovers Look at Slaves' Life in Pompeii

Room used for sleep and storage gives 'very rare insight' into slaves' conditions, Italian officials say

(Newser) - Archeologists in Pompeii excavating a villa amid the ruins of the 79 AD volcanic eruption that destroyed the ancient city have discovered a cramped dormitory and storage room that offers "a very rare insight into the daily life of slaves," officials said Saturday. Italy's culture minister, Dario...

&#39;Father of Tiramisu&#39; Dies
'Father of Tiramisu' Dies

'Father of Tiramisu' Dies

Dish first appeared at Ado Campeol's restaurant in 1972

(Newser) - The governor of Treviso province in northern Italy says the region has lost one of its "gastronomical stars"—restaurateur Ado Campeol, widely known as the "father of tiramisu." While the 93-year-old and his family never copyrighted the recipe, historians believe the dessert was invented at Campeol'...

Biden Reunites With Pope in &#39;Unusually Long&#39; Meeting
Biden: Pope Says I Should
Keep Taking Communion

Biden: Pope Says I Should Keep Taking Communion

Says pontiff called him a 'good Catholic'

(Newser) - Update: This file has been updated to include more details on the visit, including the president's comments on communion and abortion. President Biden said Pope Francis told him Friday that he should continue to receive Communion, as the world's two most prominent Roman Catholics ran overtime in private...

Former Flight Attendants Strip In Protest of Job Losses

About 50 women were also protesting colleagues' working conditions

(Newser) - About 50 women who until recently were flight attendants for Alitalia staged a protest in Rome on Wednesday in which they stripped off their uniforms and stood chanting in their undergarments. The women chanted “We are Alitalia,” protesting the loss of their jobs, and the working conditions for...

Cops Seize Hundreds of Dormice, Ruin Mafia Banquet

Animals were found during drug raid in Italy

(Newser) - Police in Italy may have spoiled some mobsters' banquets when they raided a cannabis farm. Authorities say the Saturday raid in southern Italy found dormice in cages and more than 200 that had been frozen and packaged for sale or consumption, the BBC reports. The animals, a protected species in...

Protests Greet Italy's New Health Pass

Italy's unvaccinated will need several coronavirus tests a week or face suspension

(Newser) - A law requiring all workers to carry a health pass showing their COVID-19 status took effect Friday in Italy, bringing protests at ports. The biggest crowd, about 6,000, gathered in the northeastern port of Trieste, CNN reports, where labor groups had threatened to disrupt operations. "It's not...

Trial Starts in Italian Student's 'Inhuman' Torture, Murder

Egyptians being tried in absentia for Giulio Regeni's killing

(Newser) - One of the autopsies performed on the body of a 28-year-old Italian man found slain in Egypt in 2016 found that he suffered "inhuman, animal-like" violence. On Thursday, four men with Egypt's security forces go on trial in absentia for the murder of Giulio Regeni, a University of...

Cops: Bumbling Thief Was Inspired by Very Slick One

Italian man allegedly told police he studied the show 'Lupin' on Netflix

(Newser) - In the very first episode of Netflix's Lupin, "gentleman thief" Assane Diop sets out to steal a staggeringly expensive necklace. A 21-year-old who said he was inspired by the show and studied Diop's moves allegedly set his sights on something a little less precious in Italy on...

Who Was Buried With Racy Cup? 'Thorny Question' Is Answered

Remains of 3 adults and some animals were found in Italian tomb

(Newser) - An ancient cremation burial site in Italy was only thought to contain the remains of one person. Now scientists say they've found a different answer to a most "thorny question": "Who/what was buried with Nestor's Cup?" Researchers say the clay receptacle by that name—dug out...

Crazy Storm System in Italy Washes Away Rainfall Records

More than 2 feet of rain fell on town in 12 hours

(Newser) - Climate change is making some areas much drier and others much wetter—and Genoa province in northwest Italy was definitely in the latter category this week. A complex of slow-moving thunderstorms stalled over the area this week, dropping around 36 inches of rain on the town of Rossiglione in a...

Freak Winemaking Accident Kills 4 Family Members

A father, son, and pair of brothers were overcome by carbon dioxide in Italy

(Newser) - Four men from the same family all died in a freak winemaking accident in Paola, Italy, Saturday as one went in after another trying to save each other. The men had gathered to transfer vats of grape juice fermenting into oak barrels. The fermentation process produces a lot of carbon...

Billionaire and Family Die After Plane Hits Building

Dan Petrescu was piloting the private jet in Milan

(Newser) - A Romanian billionaire and his family were among the dead when a private jet flew into a building Sunday afternoon in Milan, Italy. All eight people on board were killed, including property tycoon Dan Petrescu, 68, his wife, and their 30-year-old son, the BBC reports. Family friends were also reportedly...

Richard Gere to Testify Against Italy's Former Deputy PM

Matteo Salvini faces trial over refusal to let migrant ship dock in 2019

(Newser) - Italy's former deputy prime minister is going on trial for refusing to let a Spanish ship carrying rescued migrants dock at an Italian port—and Richard Gere has agreed to testify against him. The actor was on vacation in Italy with his family in August 2019 when he heard...

Rallies Seek Support for Afghan Women
Thousands Rally
for Afghan Women

Thousands Rally for Afghan Women

Demonstrators in Italy call for international pressure on Taliban

(Newser) - Thousands of people demonstrated in cities across Italy on Saturday to support Afghan women and demand continued international pressure on the country's Taliban leaders to let women participate in the educational and political life of the country. Among the groups organizing the protests were members of the Pangea Foundation,...

Pastry Chef: I'm 'Living My Dream' as a Hobbit in Italy

Nicolas Gentile is building a 'Shire,' with moral support from 'LOTR' actors

(Newser) - There's Netflix's My Unorthodox Life, TLC's My 600-lb Life, and now Instagram's "My Hobbit Life." That's the handle Italy's Nicolas Gentile uses on the social media platform, where he documents, well, how he lives like a Hobbit, the mythical human-like creature featured...

He Almost Fired on 3 Kids in WWII. Now, a Joyous Reunion

'My heart is bursting,' says American vet Martin Adler, 97

(Newser) - Martin Adler still has nightmares about his experience in World War II. But there are happy memories, too, like that day in October 1944 when he posed for a photo with three Italian children he'd nearly killed. Adler, then a 20-year-old private, had been searching the village of Monterenzio...

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