TOP MILITARY GENERALS LIVING LAVISH: TOP BRASS HOUSED IN EXPENSIVE GOVERNMENT PAID VILLAS AND MANSIONS EQUIPPED WITH PROFESSIONAL CHEFS AND GARDENERS, AVERAGING $100,000 A YEAR COST

U.S. Marine General John Kelly, 62, will take up residence in October in the posh home - one of hundreds of luxury accommodations owned or leased by the military

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ITALY: THE LAND OF 250 GESTURES…BUONGIORNO!

Meaning: The range of signs can have quite complex meanings, from desperation to shame. Here, Berlusconi seems to be pinching his lips, telling someone to stop talking

Italy, land of 250 hand gestures: Nation now uses that many in everyday conversation

  • Gestures originated in Naples are now internationally recognised
  • Complex system of gestures began in 14th century to mark territory
  • Best known gesture of pushing fingertips together and cupping palms is used by Silvio Berlusconi  Continue reading

U.S. STOPS PICASSO SALE: $11.5 MILLION 1909 PICASSO SEIZED BY JUSTICE DEPARTMENT ON BEHALF OF ITALIAN GOVERNMENT, WIDOW SELLER ACCUSED OF $44 MILLION TAX FRAUD

Justice department seizes $11.5m Picasso on behalf of Italian government as widow who tried to sell it is charged with $44m tax fraud

  • 1909 painting ‘Fruit Bowl and Cup’ seized before private sale in New York
  • Widow allegedly bought Picasso with taxes paid by Naples residents

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