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Adelina Sotnikova Wins Women’s Figure Skating Gold

Russian figure skater Adelina Sotnikova won the gold medal in women’s figure skating in Sochi on Thursday. The win was a minor upset for South Korea, and a record setter for Russia. Sotnikova scored an overall 224.59 points, with 149.95 …

Matteo Renzi To Lead New Italian Government

Last Friday, Enrico Letta resigned as Italy’s prime minister after he was ousted from the position in a vote engineered by Matteo Renzi, his party rival, for delaying reform programs. As a result, President Giorgio Napolitano has tasked Renzi to …

Enrico Letta Resigns: Renzi’s Eyes Are On The Prize

Enrico Letta officially resigned from the Italian Prime Minister position this week. This move follows a discontent by many in past months regarding his indecisive actions and slow-moving reforms. The Democratic Party agreed that changes in government and new reforms …

Li Jianrou Wins China’s First Gold at Sochi Olympic Games

Li Jianrou won China its first gold medal of the Sochi Games on Thursday. Li was able to avoid a massive pile-up on the ice to take first place in the women’s short-track 500-meter speed skating event. The short-track 500-meter …

Alessandro Nencini Faces Allegations Of Impropriety In Amanda Knox Trial

On Monday, the judge who found Amanda Knox and her former boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito guilty of murder is facing legal problems of his own. Judge Alessandro Nencini is being investigated for improper comments he allegedly made to the Italian media regarding the …

Amanda Knox And Ex Boyfriend Found Guilty Again

Amanda Knox’s legal troubles have been through a series of unpredictable twist and turns. In 2009, Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito (Knox’s former boyfriend) were convicted of murder. An Italian court found the pair guilty of the 2007 murder of Meredith …

Amanda Knox Is Facing Yet Another Verdict
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Amanda Knox has been through the ringer when it comes to enduring trials. However, the prosecutor believes that not all evidence was properly reviewed, and some was mishandled. The most recent trial is the fourth one in six years, in …

Roxana Rodriguez On Being Pregnant: “It’s Not Possible. I’m A Nun.”
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A catholic nun in Italy has given birth to a healthy baby boy whom she named Francesco (Francis), after the new pope. The nun reportedly called for an ambulance on Wednesday morning after experiencing abdominal pains, which she thought were normal …

Vatican Monsignor Arrested for Money Laundering
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A former senior Vatican accountant who is already on house arrest is facing yet another charge for money laundering. Monsignor Nunzio Scarano is currently facing separate charges from last year for smuggling 20m euros into Italy. However, on Tuesday, he, …

Pregnant Nun Surprises Roman Catholic Church
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A 31-year-old El Salvadoran nun has caught the Roman Catholic Church off guard by giving birth to a baby boy. Roxana Rodriguez was rushed to a hospital in Rieti, Italy on Wednesday for severe stomach pains. She eventually had the baby …

Google Adds Ski Slope Imagery To Street View Google Adds Ski Slope Imagery To Street View
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Google announced that it has gathered some new imagery of ski slopes for Street View using its Street View snowmobile. Google introduced the snowmobile back in 2010 when it gathered imagery from Vancouver and Whistler. It’s good to see it’s …

Tunnels Under Rome Being Mapped to Prevent Further Damage to City

An extensive series of ancient tunnels and quarries under Rome are threatening parts of the city that has been built atop them. Many years ago, Rome’s earliest architects discovered that tuff, or rock made of consolidated volcanic ash, was a …

Amanda Knox: Italian Prosecutor Wants Her Back In Prison

Italian prosecutor, Alessandro Crini, has appealed an appellate court to convict Amanda Knox for the 2007 murder of her British roommate. The prosecutor urged the appeals court Monday not to repeat mistakes made by the high court that freed her. …

Mount Etna Erupts, Peppers Towns with Ash

Europe’s most active volcano, Mount Etna, erupted Saturday, showering pyroclastic detritus on towns around the mountain’s slopes and the nearby comune of Taormina. The eruption didn’t call for any evacuations, though an area highway was shut down for 30 minutes, …

Mt. Etna: First Major Eruption Since 1992
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Mt. Etna in Sicily erupted over the weekend. Lava and hot ash began spewing out on Saturday, and tapered off on Sunday. Etna is Europe’s most active volcano, with 16 paroxysmal, or sudden, eruptions this year and the last major …

Google Takes The Trekker To Venice For New Street View Imagery Google Takes The Trekker To Venice For New Street View Imagery

Google has taken its Trekker camera system to Venice to capture some new Street View imagery. Google Street View Operations Manager Daniele Rizzetto said, “It was impossible for us to collect images of Venice with a Street View car or …

Amanda Knox Retrial, Details Emerge
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The retrial for the Meredith Kercher murder has been holding the attention of the public as much as the first trial. For now, reports claim that a verdict is expected by January. However, considering the emerging details, expecting a verdict …

Amanda Knox Trial: Victim’s DNA Not on Kitchen Knife
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If you weren’t sure whether to believe in Amanda Knox’s innocence, a DNA test performed on the infamous kitchen knife may help to finally clear her name. Knox’s laywer, Carlo Dalla Vedova, is currently in Florence, Italy while the case …

Erich Priebke: Nazi Criminal, Funeral Sparks Protest
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Erich Priebke, a German Nazi war criminal, died last week. His body was being transported in order to hold a funeral for him, and was forced to be called off, due to the amount of controversy that surrounds the case. …

“Jesus” Misspelled On Medals, Become Extra Valuable
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Thousands of medals have been recalled by the Vatican after it was discovered that “Jesus” had been spelled “Lesus”. The medals–more than 6,000 in all–were minted to commemorate Pope Francis’ papacy and were put up for sale at the Vatican …

Costa Concordia: Remains Found As Italy Mourns Another Tragedy

The last two missing victims from the Costa Concordia wreck are believed to have been found after 20 months at sea, and authorities are awaiting DNA testing to confirm their identities. The cruise liner sank last January off the Italian …