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Looking through Galileo's eyes

[Editor's note: this story was updated to reflect the correct order of Galileo's full name — it is Galileo Galilei, not Galilei Galileo.] ARCETRI, Italy — Astronomers have recreated Galileo Galilei’s telescope to celebrate the 400th anniversary of his groundbreaking observations.

Christmas: A tree grows in St. Peter's Square

VATICAN CITY — Un-saintly sounds of chainsaws startled tourists, priests and nuns one morning in early December. At the center of St. Peter’s Square, workers in orange uniforms were preparing to lift a 100-foot-tall Christmas tree. The massive pine had arrived overnight as a gift to the pope. The Christmas tree, which came from the Ardennes forests in Belgium, took over a week to make it to Rome.

Students react to Knox verdict

Students react: Amanda Knox found guilty

ROME, Italy — After an 11-month trial, a jury found American exchange student Amanda Knox guilty. Since that verdict came down late Friday night, opinions have been raging in the press, online and on college campuses.

Tears as Amanda Knox's verdict is read

ROME, Italy — After deliberating for 14 hours, a jury found American exchange student Amanda Knox and her former boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito guilty in connection with the gruesome murder of Knox’s roommate, Meredith Kercher, in 2007.

Amanda Knox found guilty

BOSTON — Before Amanda Knox and her former boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito were pronounced guilty late Friday night, the court of public opinion spun into an internet frenzy. Virtual spectators raged in debate over the innocence or guilt of the American student from the University of Washington who was studying abroad in Italy, accused of killing her British roommate during a wild sex game.

Germany and France remain non-commital on Afghanistan

BRUSSELS, Belgium — For months, European allies have said they wanted to hear U.S. President Barack Obama’s plans for Afghanistan before they made any new commitments of troops to the eight-year-old war, now led by NATO. "I think most countries are waiting for the American decisions," Dutch Defense Minister Eimert Van Middelkoop said in October at a meeting of NATO defense ministers in Bratislava.

The Amanda Knox verdict might not end the drama

The exchange student could face civil penalties, jail even if she is found innocent of murder.

Video: The Birds — Rome's Hitchcock-ian problem

ROME, Italy — Every sundown come fall, Rome residents witness an astounding spectacle, or, depending on how you see it, a scene out of an Alfred Hitchcock movie. For a few hours after dusk, the sky above the city’s riverbank, piazzas and wealthy neighborhoods becomes plagued by thousands of European starlings zooming back and forth in fantastic tornado-like formations. Cacophonous calls echo throughout the city, as the dark-winged creatures soar through the air in sync.

Where the turkey is called chompipe and other Thanksgiving stories

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