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In Italy, a Winning Logo With Historic Connotations
In Italy, a Winning Logo
With Historic Connotations
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In Italy, a Winning Logo With Historic Connotations

Party of Giorgia Meloni, poised to be first female PM, uses symbol associated with Mussolini

(Newser) - The results aren't official, but it's a certainty that the far-right Brothers of Italy party has won the most votes in Italy's election on Sunday, reports the AP . That means party leader Giorgia Meloni is now the favorite to become the next prime minister, which is notable...

Italy Poised to Get First Female Premier, a Controversial One

Giorgia Meloni's conservative views on family, role of women have critics concerned

(Newser) - If Italy elects the nation's first female premier, will its women be delighted or dismayed? Should opinion polls prove on the mark, Giorgia Meloni and the far-right Brothers of Italy party she co-founded less than a decade ago will triumph in Sunday's election. Meloni might then be asked...

US Tourist Caught Eating on Fountain Steps Is Fined

He was found with beer, ice cream at 1am in Rome

(Newser) - An American tourist was slapped with a $450 fine after police caught him sitting on the steps of a fountain early Saturday drinking a beer and eating an ice cream. The man had fallen afoul of one of the "urban decorum" rules the Italian capital introduced in 2017, the...

US Servicewoman in Italy Accused of Deadly DUI Crash

Woman was allegedly four times over the limit when she hit teen on cycle path

(Newser) - A 20-year-old Air Force servicewoman is facing a vehicular homicide charge after allegedly killing a 15-year-old boy in a crash in northern Italy Sunday morning. Sources tell ANSA that the woman was four times over the legal limit when she hit Giovanna Vanier on a cycle path after losing control...

After Tunnel Collapses, Alleged Thieves Call Cops

Firefighters worked for 8 hours to free a man, later arrested, from tunnel below Rome

(Newser) - A man rescued from a tunnel 20 feet beneath the streets of Rome may have suffered the consequences of his own attempted bank robbery. One of three alleged gang members who escaped the tunnel when it collapsed below the surface of a road near the Vatican on Thursday called for...

Italy Takes Action in EU Court to Defend Balsamic Vinegar

Italy has accused Slovenia of 'snatching' market for its beloved national product

(Newser) - There’s an international battle brewing over balsamic vinegar, and though it may seem negligible in the grand scheme of things, it’s very important to the Italian government, which has launched infringement proceedings against Slovenia over the sweet, syrupy vinegar. Per the Guardian, it’s a continuation of a...

Domino&#39;s Pizza Gives Up on Italy
Domino's Pizza
Gives Up on Italy

Domino's Pizza Gives Up on Italy

Chain has closed its last 13 stores in the country

(Newser) - Domino's Pizza has abandoned its attempt to conquer Italy. The American chain—which borrowed heavily to finance an expansion into the birthplace of pizza in 2015—has closed its last 13 stores in the country, Bloomberg reports. The Michigan-based chain had originally planned to open 880 stores across Italy...

Vendor Murdered on Busy Italian Street: 'You Are Killing Him!'

32-year-old Italian man has been arrested for death of Nigerian migrant Alika Ogorchukwu, 39

(Newser) - A man is in custody for murder after a Nigerian immigrant was killed in the middle of the day on a busy Italian street. Police say 39-year-old Alika Ogorchukwu, who'd reportedly been living in Italy for nearly a decade and made a living selling items such as lighters and...

No One Knows for Sure What Country This Is
No One Knows for Sure
What Country This Is
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No One Knows for Sure What Country This Is

Melting glacier leaves Alps lodge at center of border dispute between Italy and Switzerland

(Newser) - In 1984, a lodge was built high up in the Pennine Alps in what was then Italy. Now most of it is technically part of Switzerland, though its manager—at the center of an international border dispute—will refute that. The alpine border between the two countries has been traditionally...

Italy&#39;s &#39;Unifying Force&#39; Is Resigning
Italy's 'Unifying Force'
Resigns Again

Italy's 'Unifying Force' Resigns Again

Premier Mario Draghi's coalition imploded

(Newser) - Update: Italian Premier Mario Draghi resigned Thursday after key coalition allies boycotted a confidence vote, signaling the likelihood of an early election, possibly as soon as September, and a renewed period of uncertainty for Italy and Europe at a critical time, the AP reports. Draghi tendered his resignation to President...

American Tourist Takes Selfie, Falls Into Mount Vesuvius
American Tourist
Takes Selfie, Falls
Into Mount Vesuvius
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American Tourist Takes Selfie, Falls Into Mount Vesuvius

Guides abseiled down to rescue him

(Newser) - Almost 2,000 years after Mount Vesuvius destroyed Pompeii and other Roman cities, an American tourist came close to becoming another volcano victim. Authorities say the 23-year-old man, who had been unable to book tickets online, took an unauthorized route to the edge of the volcano's crater and fell...

Soprano Says She'll Boycott Theater Over Blackface

Producers in Italy say Angel Blue knew about the staging before signing up

(Newser) - Angel Blue says she won't perform in an opera in Italy this month because blackface was used in the staging of a different work this summer on the same stage. The US soprano posted a note on her angeljoyblue Instagram page saying she will be bowing out of La ...

Mayor of Italian Resort Town Has Had It With Bikinis
Mayor of Resort Town
Will Fine Bikini-Wearers
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Mayor of Resort Town Will Fine Bikini-Wearers

At least, if they're walking around in Sorrento, Italy

(Newser) - Tourists flock to the resort town of Sorrento, Italy, on the southwestern coast for its picturesque views. The mayor, however, is insisting that they cover up when they do so, reports Travel Weekly . Massimo Coppola has decreed that anyone walking around town in a bikini or without a shirt faces...

Deadly Glacier Chunk Was Size of Apartment Building

And it was reportedly moving at 200mph

(Newser) - Thunderstorms on Monday hampered the search for more than a dozen hikers who remained unaccounted for a day after a huge chunk of an Alpine glacier in Italy's Dolomite mountains broke off , sending an avalanche of ice, snow, and rocks down the slope. Officials put the known death toll...

Drought Ruins Crops, Shuts Off Milan's Fountains

Archbishop visits area to pray for rain

(Newser) - The mayor of Milan signed an ordinance Saturday turning off the spigots of public decorative fountains, and the city's archbishop prayed for rain in a tour of churches as northern Italy endures one of its worst droughts in decades. The city ordinance follows the declaration Friday of a state...

'Completely Drunk' US Tourists Damage Rome Landmark

Woman was seen shoving electric scooter down Spanish Steps

(Newser) - This has been a rough year for Rome's iconic Spanish Steps. Authorities say two American tourists caused $27,000 in damage by pushing and dragging electric scooters down them, Business Insider reports. The pair, a 29-year-old man and a 28-year-old woman, were seen on the marble steps in the...

Putin May Own Superyacht About to Sail Out of Italy
Superyacht Suspected of
Ties to Putin Is Seized

Superyacht Suspected of Ties to Putin Is Seized

Italian authorities boarded the Scheherazade on Friday

(Newser) - Update: The Scheherazade isn't going anywhere anytime soon. The 459-foot, $700 million superyacht that's believed to be tied to (and possibly owned by) Russian President Vladimir Putin was ordered by the Italian government to be seized on Friday, reports Reuters . Police impounded the six-deck vessel in the port...

Wild Boars Are Holding Rome Residents 'Hostage'

Some neighborhoods have introduced curfews

(Newser) - Rome is being overrun not by Visigoths, but by wild boar. The animals have been considered a nuisance in the Italian capital for years, but unpleasant encounters between boar and Romans appear to be on the rise, the Guardian reports. After a spate of attacks, including one in which a...

COVID Restrictions Ease in Time for Tourist Season

Greece relaxes flight rules, as Italy drops health pass

(Newser) - Italy and Greece relaxed certain COVID-19 restrictions on Sunday, in a sign that life was increasingly returning to normal before Europe's peak summer tourist season. Greece's civil aviation authority announced that it was lifting all COVID-19 rules for international and domestic flights, except for the wearing of face...

77 Years After US Soldiers Stole Her Cake, a New One

US Army tries to make up for its shameless 1945 swipe from Italy's Meri Mion, now 90

(Newser) - What should have been an exciting entry into teenhood for Meri Mion was marred by the fact that someone stole the birthday cake her mom had baked for her. Now, 77 years later, an act of contrition from the perp—none other than the US Army, reports the BBC . The...

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