The Italian Almanac
Italian News - April 30 Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes were photographed living la dolce vita in Rome this week. Both stars' publicists confirmed the duo have been dating for a few weeks.
Italian News - April 30 Thousands of people queued to buy the Vatican's last series of coins bearing the image of Pope John Paul ordered before his death and already soaring in value.
Italian Sport - April 28 Championship leader Petter Solberg is confident of a second consecutive triumph in the Rally of Italy, which gets under way totay.
Italian News - April 27 A Roman restaurant owner called the police after a smartly dressed customer got up and calmly declared that he didn't have any money to pay the bill.
Italian Art - April 27 It is one of the masterpieces of ancient Greek sculpture. But could the Laocoön really be a fake by Michelangelo? It's true that Michelangelo was a brilliant forger.
Italian News - April 26 A porn director is trying to capitalize on local 'attractions' with a series of sex flicks starring residents of small towns.
Italian News - April 26 Art patrons have often indulged in having their portraits put in larger works, but an Italian mayor is the first present-day official to have himself sculpted with the saints.
Italian News - April 25 Traditional Italian names like Marco and Francesca are making a comeback after an "alarming" trend of babies being named after movie stars.
Italian News - April 27 Italian cemeteries are preparing special areas for people to scatter ashes of the dead after a long-awaited law allowing them to do what they wish was enacted.
Italian Movies - April 25 The director Aurelio Grimaldi is back, this time with a movie based on "Philosophy in the Boudoir" by the Marquis De Sade.
Italian News - April 23 Dog owners in Turin will be fined up to 500 euros ($650) if they don't walk their pets at least three times a day, under a new law from the city's council.
Italian News - April 22 The Italian Consulate General in Karachi is organising an art exhibition titled ‘Islam in Sicily: A Garden Between Two Civilisations’
Italian News - April 21 The school year comprises 200 days of lessons. At secondary schools, absences reduce that number by anything from 20 to 30%.
Italian News - April 21 The 250 inhabitants of Torri, about 9 kilometers (5.7 miles) inland from Ventimiglia, appear to have turned to procreation as recreation.
Italian News - April 20 It will be an especially loud mating season off Northern Italy's Ligurian coast where whales have hit a new frequency to make themselves heard over noise pollution.
Italian News - April 20 In an age of email and mass media, pouring smoke out of a chimney to announce the election of a new pope seems as ancient as Latin liturgy and glowing vestments.
Italian News - April 20 The home Web page of Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger's fan club crashed after his election as pope yesterday amid a flood of interest in the new leader of the world's Roman Catholics.
Italian News - April 18 Italians soldiers are taking over a reconstruction team in Afghanistan. The soldiers will provide security to Afghan and international aid workers.
Italian Art - April 18 A 15th century painting that turned up in a church storage closet 50 years ago was escorted back to St. James Cathedral in Seattle after being restored.
Italian News - April 17 Housekeepers, elevator operators, and others who will come in contact with cardinals as they choose a new pope had to take an oath of secrecy.
Italian News / Music - April 17 Luciano Pavarotti has cancelled one performance and rescheduled three others on his farewell world tour because of a medical procedure planned for June.
Italian News - April 15 Forget images of germ-free processed space rations, the crew of the International Space Station (ISS) will now be able to feast on a range of Italian delicacies,
Italian Science - April 15 Most male racehorses are castrated while young, making it impossible to breed from them, but scientists have now cloned a stallion from a castrated champion racehorse.
Italian News - April 14 In a case brought before the Cassation court, because of her relationship with another woman a wife in Sicily was faulted with the breakup of her marriage.
Italian Science - April 14 Falling in love is the quickest way to lose weight, according to Italian diet experts. Love as the (diet) drug works because it sets off a reaction that lessens appetite and increases feelings of satiety.
Italian News - April 13 Comparisons between standards products and lite versions did not reveal any particular differences in calorie content. Lite and standard versions are very similar.
Italian News - April 13 It was business as usual at St. Nazaro Maggiore, Don Giulio Giacometti celebrated Sunday mass for a minuscule congregation of fewer than 30 souls.
Italian News - April 13 Under the umbrella of ARTEX, nine companies from Italy are exhibiting in Sharjah for the first time offering new designs and brands not available in the local market.
Italian News - April 12 Within a year, the largest train station in Rome - the bustling, slightly seedy Stazione Termini - will most likely be renamed Pope John Paul II Station.
Italian News - April 11 A set of Vatican stamps that will be usable only until the election of a new pope, a period that could be as little as 10 days, will go on sale from Tuesday.
Italian Sport - April 11 Wilson Kenebei Kiprotich of Kenya took a wrong turn but recovered in time to win the Stramilano half marathon on Sunday, beating John Yuda of Tanzania.
Italian News - April 9 Italian authorities on high alert for Pope John Paul II's funeral Friday scrambled F -16 jet fighters to force down one plane.
Italian News - April 9 The body of Pope John Paul II has hardly been peaceful, with 18,000 people shuffling by each hour, especially when the majority were wielding cellphone cameras.
Italian News - April 9 Worried about possibly unmanageable crowds surging toward the Vatican, officials in Rome enlisted different viewing spots for the ceremonies.
italian News - April 7 Several TV networks will provide live coverage of Pope John Paul II's funeral Friday for Americans who want to get up early or stay up late.
Italian Legends - April 7 The pope elected to succeed John Paul II will be assassinated and his death will spark a Muslim invasion of the west that will split the Catholic Church.
Italian News - April 6 In preparation for a gathering of world leaders in Rome for Pope John Paul's funeral, authorities are putting in place a defense shield that will include anti-aircraft missiles.
Italian Science - April 6 More than 300 delegates from around the world are gathering in Milan to talk about the ethical and legal implications of working with human cells.
Italian News - April 5 It's being proclaimed by powerful clergymen, printed in newspapers and even tucked into a Vatican-drafted homily: Pope John Paul the Great.
Italian News - April 5 The Vatican press office has been overwhelmed with accreditation requests from journalists worldwide seeking to cover the papal funeral.
Italian News - April 5 A message of "peace, youth and the environment" started its 6,000-mile journey from Salt Lake City to Turin on Monday as the Italian city prepares to host the 2006 Winter Olympics.
Italian News - April 3 Rome is preparing extra trains, fresh water supplies and thousands of beds in expectation of one of the greatest influxes of pilgrims in its memory.
Italian News / Sport - April 3 All Italian sports competitions including Serie A soccer have been suspended out of respect for the death of Pope John Paul.
Italian News - April 2 Italy's Premier Silvio Berlusconi, proud of his new hair implants, said his European counterparts "are seriously interested by this operation".
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