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Sensors and satellites deployed to save Pompeii

Ground sensors and satellites will be deployed in a new bid to keep the ancient Roman city of Pompeii from crumbling following a series of recent collapses at the sprawling and long-neglected site near Naples. Italian aerospace and defence giant Finmeccanica on Thursday said it was donating the technology to the culture ministry in a 1.7 million euro ($2.3 million) project entitled "Pompeii: Give it a Future".

Thieves steal part of Pompeii fresco

Thieves have stolen part of an ancient fresco from Pompeii, breaking in to a closed area of the UNESCO World Heritage landmark and chipping off a portrait of a Greek deity. A custodian doing rounds last week discovered "the removal of a part of a fresco in the House of Neptune," where a depiction of the goddess Artemis had been "chiseled off with a metallic object," the Roman site's curator department said in a statement Tuesday.

Thieves steal section of fresco from Pompeii

ROME (Reuters) - Thieves detached and stole a section of fresco in the ancient Roman city of Pompeii last week, adding to the degradation of one of the world's outstanding archaeological sites after heavy rain caused sections of wall to collapse. Officials from Pompeii's archaeology service said the thieves chipped off a 20 cm-wide section of fresco depicting the goddess Artemis from a site known as the House of Neptune and Amphitrite, which is not currently open to the public.

Italy says to unblock 2.0mn euros to save Pompeii

Italy vowed on Tuesday to unblock some 2.0 million euros ($2.8 million) to save the long-neglected ruins of Pompeii after rain caused further damage to the UNESCO World Heritage landmark. Culture Minister Dario Franceschini said he was "unblocking many measures which will get the machine working" amid anger about the slow pace of a multi-million EU-backed project to restore the famous Roman site. Franceschini's statement came after the Temple of Venus and the walls of a tomb and shop in the archaeological site near Naples were damaged by rainfall on Sunday and Monday.

Damage found in ancient ruins of Pompeii

The Temple of Venus and walls of a tomb and shop in the long-neglected ruins of Pompeii near Naples have been damaged, possibly due to heavy rain, officials said on Monday. Custodians found that a two-metre wall of an ancient shop in the ruined city -- which had recently been restored -- had collapsed under the weight of another wall that crumbled onto it. It followed the discovery Sunday that parts of an archway in the temple had fallen off and a wall in the necropolis -- the biggest in the ancient Roman city -- had tumbled down.

New collapses occur at Pompeii

Rome, Mar 2 (EFE).- Portions of the Temple of Venus and the Porta Nocera necropolis in the Pompeii archaeological complex near Naples in southern Italy suffered fresh collapses caused by recent heavy rains in the area, Italian media reported Sunday. The problems affected part of the Temple of Venus and one of the walls of a tomb in the Porta Nocera necropolis in the ancient Roman city, which was completely buried by ash during an eruption of the nearby Vesuvius volcano in 79 A.D., rediscovered in 1748 and declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1997.

Giraffe, flamingo on menu for ancient Romans

Ancient Romans dined on giraffes, pink flamingos and exotic spices from as far away as Indonesia, according to a new scientific study of excavations in Pompeii near Naples in southern Italy. The study of food waste dug up by researchers from the University of Cincinnati in the United States led by archaeologist Steven Ellis found that menus in the city were far richer and more varied than previously thought.

Rome accused of fiddling as Pompeii crumbles

By Naomi O'Leary ROME (Reuters) - Collapsing walls at the ancient Roman city of Pompeii have raised fresh concerns about Italy's efforts to maintain one of the world's most treasured sites, preserved for 2,000 years but now crumbling from neglect. On Monday, site officials said part of a wall had collapsed on one of Pompeii's major streets after weeks of heavy rains and wind. Plaster had also fallen off the wall of the ornately frescoed House of the Small Fountain.

Football: Naples police on high alert for Marseille clash

Police in Naples are on high alert in anticipation of possible violent clashes surrounding the Champions League match between Serie A side Napoli and Marseille later Wednesday. Over 800 visiting supporters have bought tickets for the Group F fixture, which has caught the attention of authorities in Italy following violence in Marseille two weeks ago when Napoli defeated the struggling French side 2-1.

Alarm sounded over state of Italy's historic monuments

Alarm bells are ringing once more over the upkeep of Italy's historic monuments, from the Roman city of Pompeii to the Colosseum, with budget cuts hampering repairs and UNESCO issuing a stern rebuke. "Over the last five years, the culture budget has been reduced by two thirds," Culture Minister Massimo Bray complained in an interview on Monday published in Italian newspapers.
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