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 ...

Over 1 million protesters march on Rome in anti-job reform demo

Oct 25, 2014

Over 1 million protesters march on Rome in anti-job reform demo

Some 1 million Italians took to the streets of Rome on Saturday for a demonstration organized by Italy’s largest trade union to protest Prime Minister Matteo Renzi’s plans to overhaul the labor market. As hundreds of thousands of Italians snaked through the capital calling ...