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'I'd burn my gay son' comment enrages parents of gay kids
A Northern League councillor has said he would burn his gay son. Photo: Alberto Pizzoli/AFP

'I'd burn my gay son' comment enrages parents of gay kids
11 hours ago

“If my son was gay, I would throw him in a furnace and burn him.”

Italy arrests former prelate over €30 million fraud
The money was allegedly laundered through individuals and companies in Italy and overseas. Photo: Gabriel Buoys/AFP

Italy arrests former prelate over €30 million fraud
11 hours ago

A fresh scandal for the Vatican.

Busted: five pernicious myths about dating an Italian
Forget these stale old stereotypes about dating an Italian. Photo: Alex De Carvalho

Busted: five pernicious myths about dating an Italian
13 hours ago

A lot has been written about what it's like to date an Italian - and most of it is nonsense.

Italy PM likens EU to 'orchestra on the Titanic'
Matteo Renzi with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in late January. Photo: John MacDougall/AFP

Italy PM likens EU to 'orchestra on the Titanic'
15 hours ago

Italy's premier is once again stirring things up in Brussels.

Italy to punish monument vandals with longer jail terms
Rome's Barcaccia Fountain after it was damaged by Dutch football fans last February. Photo: Filippo Monteforte/AFP

Italy to punish monument vandals with longer jail terms
17 hours ago

Vandals could get a 15 year prison term.

Alitalia fined after dog refused flight home for Christmas
An unrelated American bulldog called Irma. Photo: Lucassen Emmanuel

Alitalia fined after dog refused flight home for Christmas
18 hours ago

The refusal meant a day's travel over land and sea for one Italian and his dog.

Italian opera singer wins prestigious music prize
Cecilia Bartoli. Photo: Dieter Nagl/AFP

Italian opera singer wins prestigious music prize
18 hours ago

Cecilia Bartoli "has developed song as an art form".

Brexit referendum
Italy wants UK to stay but will march on with fellow founders
Dutch PM Mark Rutte (L) meets his Italian counterpart Matteo Renzi in The Hague, on February 5, 2016. Italy and the Netherlands remain committed to "ever closer union". Photo: Michel Porro/ANP/AFP

Italy wants UK to stay but will march on with fellow founders
19 hours ago

"United we can influence events, divided we become totally insignificant."

Beer for billions: Japanese brewer wants Italy's Peroni
Photo: Michael Loccisano/AFP

Beer for billions: Japanese brewer wants Italy's Peroni
20 hours ago

If accepted, it will be the biggest-ever overseas acquisition by a Japanese beer company.

Italy's biggest bank trounces expectations
Italian bank UniCredit reported a €1.7 billion profit last year. Photo: Giuseppe Cacace/AFP

Italy's biggest bank trounces expectations
23 hours ago

Good news for UniCredit.

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Ten fantastic holidays for Italy-loving foodies
Photo: Danny Nicholson

Ten fantastic holidays for Italy-loving foodies
February 02, 2016

With our guide to Italian cookery holidays, you can plan a trip to Italy which will give you a real taste for the country.

5,000 migrant kids vanished in Italy: but where are they?
Children disembark from a boat at the Brindisi harbor, southern Italy, in September 2014. Photo: DFF/AFP

5,000 migrant kids vanished in Italy: but where are they?
February 01, 2016

In an increasingly worrying element of the refugee crisis, at least 10,000 have disappeared in Europe.

Seven Italian ways to beat the saddest day of the year
Top tips on beating Blue Monday: Italian style. Photo: Toni Birrier/Flicker

Seven Italian ways to beat the saddest day of the year
January 18, 2016

Feeling glum? You're probably not alone. We've arrived at Blue Monday - the name given to the third Monday in January which some people believe is the most depressing day of the year.

Find out why Brits can't stop laughing at failed Italian actor
Italian actor and comedian Luca Cupani. Photo: New Variety Lives

Find out why Brits can't stop laughing at failed Italian actor
January 15, 2016

Italy's Luca Cupani left for the UK at the age of 37 to become an actor. Luckily things didn't go quite as planned.

Five amazing ski resorts that aren't in the Alps
You don't need to head to the Alps to have a skiing holiday in Italy. Photo: nonanet/Flickr

Five amazing ski resorts that aren't in the Alps
January 04, 2016

Winter sees many Italians take to the mountains for a snowsports holiday - the perfect antidote to Christmas indulgence. But why not avoid the crowded slopes of the Alps this year and instead choose one of The Local's top picks for alternative Italian ski destinations?

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Rome’s bargain homes: lucky few pay just €10 a month
The view of St Peter's from Borgo Pio, where renting from the city can cost just over €10 a month. Photo: Nicola

Rome’s bargain homes: lucky few pay just €10 a month
February 02, 2016

From a home near the Colosseum for just €25 a month to one near the Vatican for €10, some lucky tenants in council-owned property have been enjoying bargains for years in the latest scandal to emerge in the capital.

Italy snares mafia matriarch's clan in Camorra double blow
Photo: Raffaele Esposito

Italy snares mafia matriarch's clan in Camorra double blow
1 day ago

The so-called "Black Widow" took over the clan after the killing of her husband.

What do you think of the EU? Italy set for huge online poll
Italians will be asked their views on the EU. Photo: David Baxindale

What do you think of the EU? Italy set for huge online poll
1 day ago

The survey on the EU will open on Friday.

Sofia Coppola to direct first opera in Rome
Sofia Coppola will direct her first opera in Rome. Photo: Jemal Countess/AFP

Sofia Coppola to direct first opera in Rome
1 day ago

She will direct a production of Verdi's 'La Traviata' which will run from May.

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Landing aborted as Alitalia jet bounces off gale-hit runway
The Alitalia flight as it tries to land at London's City Airport. Screengrab: CCTV Live Views

Landing aborted as Alitalia jet bounces off gale-hit runway
1 day ago

The hair-raising moment was captured at London's City airport.

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All you need to know about Faschingskrapfen
Photo: weareaustria.at

All you need to know about Faschingskrapfen
AUSTRIA

Fasching, or carnival season, is an opportunity to eat as many Krapfen as you want. Here are four things to know about the jam-filled doughnuts before you give them up for Lent.

Two people dead and one officer wounded in Geneva
Photo: Geneva cantonal police

Two people dead and one officer wounded in Geneva
SWITZERLAND

UPDATED: Two people died from gunshots and one police officer was wounded in a shootout in Geneva early Tuesday, justice officials say.

As it happened: Bavaria train crash
An aerial shot shows the extent of the devastation at the crash site, where two trains ran into one another head-on on a single-track rail line just outside Bad Aibling. Photo: DPA

As it happened: Bavaria train crash
GERMANY

Two trains collided early on Tuesday morning in southern Germany, derailing carriages and killing nine passengers and injuring around 80 others.

Copenhagen sees big rise in radicalized residents
Photo: Colourbox

Copenhagen sees big rise in radicalized residents
DENMARK

The number of reports about potentially radicalized Copenhageners exploded in 2015.

Hapless man has FOUR steel rings cut off penis by firemen
Stock photo: Evaingesl / Flickr

Hapless man has FOUR steel rings cut off penis by firemen
SPAIN

Firefighters on the Costa Blanca were called to an unusual rescue last week after a kinky sex game went disastrously wrong.

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