UKIP victory sets stage for EU upheaval

Nov 23, 2014

UKIP victory sets stage for EU upheaval

Some 16,867 voters in southeast England ushered in a season of European political tumult that in an extreme scenario could lead to Britain exiting the European Union, Greece quitting the euro or Catalonia seceding from Spain. Victory by the anti-EU U.K. Independence Party in ...

Nov 23, 2014

Venice declares war on noisy suitcases

Famed for the serene silence of its timeless nooks and crannies, Venice is about to get even quieter by banning noisy suitcases on wheels. Residents have had it with the round-the-clock rumble of luggage being dragged across cobblestoned alleyways and bridges by a large ...

Nov 21, 2014

Astronauts to get 'ISSpresso' coffee machine

Ristretto or lungo? Not a question astronauts on the International Space Station normally have to contemplate, but that is about to change thanks to a new zero-gravity coffee machine being delivered this weekend. The ISSpresso machine is set to boldly go to the orbital ...

Nov 21, 2014

Italy in fury as tycoon's asbestos deaths conviction quashed

Prime Minister Matteo Renzi vowed Thursday to change Italy’s “nightmare” statute of limitation rules after the conviction of a Swiss billionaire related to nearly 3,000 asbestos deaths was overturned. In a ruling greeted with fury by relatives of the victims, the Court of Cassation ...

Italian mobsters take secret oath in police video

Nov 19, 2014

Italian mobsters take secret oath in police video

Recruits for Italy’s ‘ndrangheta crime syndicate have been caught on video taking a loyalty oath, swearing “under the splendor of the moon,” in a ceremony secretly recorded by police in what investigators called authorities’ first such glimpse of the ritual. Carabinieri paramilitary police in ...

'Rewilded' bears pose a dilemma in Europe

Nov 17, 2014

'Rewilded' bears pose a dilemma in Europe

If Europeans go down to the woods today they might be in for a big surprise: bears. And in countries no longer used to big predators, it’s no picnic. Reintroduced in parts of Western Europe in “rewilding” programs — in the east they never ...

Italy's Tuscany is best savored on foot

Nov 8, 2014

Italy's Tuscany is best savored on foot

by Karen Schwartz

Walking from the towns of Buonconvento to Montalcino as part of a weeklong trek through Tuscany, I was faced with a tough decision. How many bottles of wine could I reasonably carry in my daypack? The road that led to this quandary had passed ...

Italian floods hit agriculture, draw accusations of neglect

Nov 6, 2014

Italian floods hit agriculture, draw accusations of neglect

Floods coursed through Italy on Wednesday, damaging agriculture and reviving a controversy over environmental neglect. Italy’s agricultural heartland in the fertile north was particularly heavily hit by the flooding. National agriculture association CIA said mud and water had destroyed orchards and vineyards in the ...

Nov 4, 2014

Workers find last missing Concordia victim while dismantling ship

The body of an Indian waiter who was the last missing victim of the shipwrecked Costa Concordia cruise liner has been found by crews dismantling the vessel, authorities said Monday. The body was discovered by workers clearing debris from the ship in a passenger’s ...

Migrants' lives in peril as Italy  ends sea rescues

Nov 1, 2014

Migrants' lives in peril as Italy ends sea rescues

Italy said Friday it will close a sea rescue mission that has saved the lives of more than 100,000 migrants from Africa and the Middle East, a move one rights group warned could lead to a “surge of deaths” in the Mediterranean. Interior Minister ...

Oct 31, 2014

Get your facts right: Italy, U.S. come bottom in modern life survey

Italians and Americans score worst when it comes to correctly assessing basic facts of modern life, such as what proportion of the population are immigrants or what percentage of teenage girls get pregnant. Swedes and Germans do best, although even they consistently get things ...