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Store's anti-Roma sign slammed as 'pure racism'
The supermarket sign warned customers against giving money to beggars. Begging photo: Shutterstock

Store's anti-Roma sign slammed as 'pure racism'

A supermarket sign in Sicily urging people not to give money to “gypsies” is “pure racism”, a director from the European Roma Rights Centre told The Local. READ  

NAPLES MAFIA
Mob storms hospital in Naples: nabs mafia body
The Cardarelli hospital in Naples, where relatives snatched the body of a mafia member. Photo: Il Sistemone

Mob storms hospital in Naples: nabs mafia body

A 200-strong crowd snatched the body of a member of a mafia clan from a Naples hospital in the middle of the night, it has emerged. READ  

Super Mario on brink of shock Liverpool move
Mario Balotelli spent three years playing for Manchester City. Photo: Gabriel Bouys/AFP

Super Mario on brink of shock Liverpool move

Mario Balotelli is on the brink of a shock move to Liverpool, media in England and Italy reported on Thursday, two weeks after Reds boss Brendan Rodgers ruled out a bid for the controversial striker. READ  

Italian women kidnapped by Isis: report
Greta Ramelli (left) and Vanessa Marzullo were captured in Syria in July. Photo: Facebook

Italian women kidnapped by Isis: report

Two Italian women are reported to be among four new captives being held by the same militant who beheaded American journalist James Foley. READ  

Hotels reimburse visitors for bad weather
Rain photo: Shutterstock

Hotels reimburse visitors for bad weather

Hotels and resorts on Italy’s weather-beaten northern coastline have come up with yet another innovative way to salvage the tourism industry this summer: by compensating tourists for bad weather. READ  

€500 fine for tourists who steal Sicily rock
Police and volunteers will be on hand to enforce the fine. Stair of the Turks photo: Shutterstock

€500 fine for tourists who steal Sicily rock

Authorities in Sicily have started slamming tourists with a €500 fine if they try to steal rocks from the island’s famous Stair of the Turks. READ  

Italy to arm Iraqi fighters against Isis
Thousands of people have been displaced by violence in Iraq. Photo: Ahmad Al-Rubaye/AFP

Italy to arm Iraqi fighters against Isis

The Italian government said on Wednesday it was ready to send arms to Iraqi Kurds fighting militant group Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (Isis), as Prime Minister Matteo Renzi made a flying visit to the conflict-wracked country. READ  

Italy's pooches play at dog-only beach
Dogs play at Baubeach in Maccarese, near Rome. Photo: Gabriel Bouys/AFP

Italy's pooches play at dog-only beach

The sun brollies are up, the beach loungers full and the water is full of daytrippers splashing about. It is a classic Italian scene but with one crucial difference: the beach bums frolicking in the waves at Maccarese are nearly all dogs, revelling in a rare chance to romp by the seaside. READ  

European record for Italy swim champ
Gregorio Paltrinieri wants to beat the world champion at the 2016 Olympics. Photo: John MacDougall/AFP

European record for Italy swim champ

Italian teenager Gregorio Paltrinieri smashed the European 1500m freestyle record at the European Championships in Berlin on Wednesday. READ  

Two pilots' bodies found at fighter jet crash site
An investigation is underway into the cause of the accident. Fighter jet photo: Shutterstock

Two pilots' bodies found at fighter jet crash site

Italian authorities said on Wednesday they had found the bodies of two pilots after a pair of Tornado fighter jets crashed following a mid-air collision, while two other crew members were still missing. READ  

Features
JobTalk Italy
'Studying to be a priest requires determination'
Marc Homsey will be ordained a priest on July 26th.

'Studying to be a priest requires determination'

Marc Homsey, from the UK, was a teacher before deciding to become a priest. As he heads towards becoming ordained, the 35-year-old talks to The Local about his training in Rome and what it takes to join the priesthood. READ  

Expat in Italy
Italy: no place for pets?
David Brenner's rescue cats. Photo: David Brenner

Italy: no place for pets?

The attitude some Italians display towards their pet cats and dogs can be disconcerting and upsetting. David Brenner, a British expatriate in Abruzzo, has noticed distinct differences in town and country approaches, and wonders how widespread the situation is. READ  

My Italian Career
'There is misogyny in the Italian wine industry'
Hande Leimer opened Vino Roma in 2008. Photo: Vino Roma

'There is misogyny in the Italian wine industry'

Hande Leimer, from Turkey, abandoned her career in Germany to work in the Italian wine industry. She talks to The Local about opening her wine tasting studio - Vino Roma - and her battles against misogyny and misunderstandings. READ  

My Italian Career
'Be prepared to make some serious sacrifices'
Katie Parla offers food and wine tours in Rome. Photo: Rick Poon

'Be prepared to make some serious sacrifices'

Katie Parla, from the US, moved to Rome in 2003 with a passion for Italy, art history and archaelogy. She talks to The Local about how, after a string of jobs, she carved out a successful career as a food and wine guide and writer. READ  

JobTalk Italy
'New law will encourage more full-time hiring'
The new labour decree is aimed at easing rules for firms that hire temporary staff. Job contract photo: Shutterstock

'New law will encourage more full-time hiring'

Earlier this month, the Italian government agreed to ease rules for firms that hire temporary staff, as part of an overall plan to revamp Italy’s labour laws. Now that the plans have been made law, The Local spoke to Sergio Barozzi, the managing partner of Lexellent, an employment law firm, to find out what this means for companies. READ  

More News
Tax cheat rumbled by Ferrari in his garage
The businessman had a Ferrari 360 Modena - worth €90,000 - in his garage. Ferrari photo: Shutterstock

Tax cheat rumbled by Ferrari in his garage

A businessman in central Italy is facing a €210,000 tax bill after falsely claiming he earned just €900 a month, despite owning a Ferrari worth 1,000 times his reported earnings. READ  

Italy in a tweet
What Italy means to you in just one tweet

What Italy means to you in just one tweet

The Local Italy has been asking readers this week to squeeze their view of Italy into just 140 characters or less, in other words just one tweet. Here's what you came up with up for #ItalyinaTweet. READ  

Pilot's body found at Italy fight jet crash site
An investigation is underway into the cause of the accident. Fighter jet photo: Shutterstock

Pilot's body found at Italy fight jet crash site

Italian authorities said on Wednesday they had found the body of a pilot who was one of four crew aboard two Tornado fighter jets which crashed after a mid-air collision. READ  

Uefa to probe football chief's alleged racism
Carlo Tavecchio was named as the Italian Football Federation's (FIGC) new president earlier this month. Photo: Alberto Pizzoli/AFP

Uefa to probe football chief's alleged racism

European football's governing body Uefa has opened an investigation into an alleged racist comment made by new Italian Football Federation (FIGC) president Carlo Tavecchio. READ  

Italian minister criticized over topless beach photo
Stefania Giannini is Italy's education minister. Photo: Andreas Solaro/AFP

Italian minister criticized over topless beach photo

Italian weekly Chi has published a topless photo of Education Minister Stefania Giannini, which has sparked debate about her choice of beach attire rather than the right to privacy. READ  

'Naples is less dangerous than London'
Photo of Naples: Shutterstock

'Naples is less dangerous than London'

London is more dangerous than Naples, a city councillor has claimed, just days after Rome's mayor slammed a British government warning about petty crime in Italy's city centres. READ  

God will give me two or three more years: Pope
Pope Francis leaves the St. Mary Major Basilica in Rome on August 18th, on the day of his arrival in Rome at the end of a five-day trip to South-Korea. Photo: Alberto Pizzoli/AFP

God will give me two or three more years: Pope

Pope Francis on Monday publicly broached the prospect of his own death for the first time, giving himself "two or three years" but not ruling out retirement before then. READ  

Weather
VIDEO: 'Day of fear' as five tornadoes hit Italy
The tornadoes hit around the port city of Genoa. Screenshot: YouReporterNEWS

VIDEO: 'Day of fear' as five tornadoes hit Italy

A series of five tornadoes swept through northern Italy on Tuesday, prompting flights to be diverted and causing millions of euros worth of damage. READ  

Consumers may have to shell out more for Nutella
Nutella lovers may take a hit in the pocketbook due to a shortage. Nutella photo: Shutterstock

Consumers may have to shell out more for Nutella

Legions of Nutella fanatics may find themselves having to pay a bit more to get their fix of the Italian chocolate spread in future after a disastrous spell of weather prompted a shortage of the product's key ingredient. READ  

Four missing after Italy fighter jets collide
Witnesses said the two planes had touched in flight before crashing. Tornado aircraft photo: Shutterstock

Four missing after Italy fighter jets collide

Two Italian air force fighter jets on a training exercise crashed into each other in a mid-air collision over the centre of the country on Tuesday, officials said. READ  

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Austria is runner-up in calorie consumption
Photo: Sean MacEntee/Creative Commons

Austria is runner-up in calorie consumption

Austria is usually considered to be a very healthy country, so it may come as a surprise to discover that Austrians consume the second greatest number of calories on a daily basis, just behind world champions USA. READ  

Swiss probe alleged cellar serial rapist
A Swiss police car. Photo: John Leslie

Swiss probe alleged cellar serial rapist

Swiss prosecutors said Friday that they were probing claims that a 60-year-old man raped and tortured at least six women in a cellar, filming them in the process. READ  

German journalists arrested in Ferguson
Police in Ferguson, Missouri, US. Photo: DPA

German journalists arrested in Ferguson

"To be arrested and yelled at and be rudely treated by police I had to travel to Ferguson and St. Louis in the United States of America," writes veteran reporter of his ordeal. READ  

Danish art project deemed racist by Swedes
Through Other Eyes gives "individuals an opportunity to try another ethnicity and possibly a different gender". Photo: Anna Andrea Malzer, Global Stories

Danish art project deemed racist by Swedes

A performance art project designed to give "a deeper understanding of discrimination" is accused of being an offensive blackface performance and removed from the Malmö Festival. READ  

Woman on Madrid plane had 1.7kg coke in breasts
The woman's breast implants were found to contain 1.7 kilos (3.74 pounds) of cocaine. Breast implant photo: Shutterstock

Woman on Madrid plane had 1.7kg coke in breasts

A Venezuelan woman with 1.7 kilos of cocaine hidden in her breast implants was arrested at Madrid airport after arriving on a flight from Colombia, police said on Friday. READ  

Air France staff object to flying to Ebola countries
Air France staff want flights to Ebola hit countries to be suspended. Photo: AFP

Air France staff object to flying to Ebola countries

Air France cabin crew are so concerned about the threat of the Ebola epidemic that unions have started a petition calling for flights to be stopped to those West African countries most affected by the disease. READ  

Second death within hours at Chess Olympics
A second man has died at the Chess Olympiad in Norway. Photo: Shutterstock

Second death within hours at Chess Olympics

A second chess player died at the Norway Chess Olympiad in Tromsø on Thursday. READ  

Sweden celebrates 200 years of peace

Sweden celebrates 200 years of peace

Sweden has not actively taken part in a war since 1814 - breaking even Switzerland's record for peace. One peace and conflict expert has told The Local that Swedes learned the hard way to take the non-confrontational stance. READ  

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