Italy

10:01pm

Thu December 22, 2011
World

Italians Are Mostly Window Shopping This Christmas

Originally published on Fri December 23, 2011 8:19 pm

A woman gazes into a shop window in downtown Rome. Due to tough austerity measures, even wealthy Italians are buying less this holiday season.
Max Rossi Reuters

A tour of how Christmas shopping is going in Italy starts with Via Condotti — Rome's premier shopping street.

It features high-end stores like Prada, Gucci, Armani, Bulgari, Louis Vuitton, Valentino and Ferragamo. But salespeople are standing idly by the door. There's a yawning emptiness in these shops.

Two streets down, the only Christmas sound is a recording of a children's chorus singing "Gloria in Excelsis Deo." But even in a toy store, well-dressed customers leave without buying.

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5:30am

Tue October 4, 2011
The Two-Way

As Amanda Knox Heads Home, Murdered Girl's Family Seeks Answers

Originally published on Tue October 4, 2011 5:39 am

Arline Kercher and Lyle Kercher, the mother and brother of murder victim Meredith Kercher, on Monday in Perugia, Italy.

Franco Origlia Getty Images

Her murder conviction overturned by an Italian appeals court, American Amanda Knox has left Italy and is making her way home to Seattle, The Associated Press reports.

Now, the BCC writes:

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1:55pm

Mon October 3, 2011
The Two-Way

Amanda Knox Wins Appeal, As Italian Court Overturns Murder Conviction

Originally published on Mon October 3, 2011 4:19 pm

Amanda Knox weeps in an Italian appeals court as her murder verdict is overturned. In 2009, Knox was found guilty of charges stemming from the stabbing death of fellow student Meredith Kercher in Perugia, Italy.

Tiziana Fabi AFP/Getty Images

Amanda Knox has won her freedom after appealing her murder conviction, for which the American had been serving a 26-year prison sentence. In 2009, Knox, who came to Perugia, Italy, as an exchange student, was found guilty in the November 2007 murder of British student Meredith Kercher.

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