Map updates are up and running
And it looks like the searches are working too, even if in a strange way: If i search for "Italy" I only get US results ("Italy TX"), but If I search for "Bergamo, Italy" I get the names of some of my roads.
Btw, sooner or later you'll have to figure out a better way to manage international locations. Right now in the database there are only names for the major cities, but there's no way to name the other minor towns/villages in their area (not that I know, at least). It's not a problem right now, but if waze starts to get used by more people, we'll have to deal with it.