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Mr Gay World 2014: Gallery
Rome seeks to be 'capital of homophobia fight'
The international contestants have been toured around Rome. Photo: Beate A Tecza/MrGayWorld.com

Rome seeks to be 'capital of homophobia fight'

Contestants from around the globe have arrived in Rome for the Mister Gay World 2014 contest as the city seeks to become the "capital of the fight against homophobia". READ  

Italy in recession
Italy's jobless rate back at 12.6 percent
Italy's unemployment rate is back at 12.6 percent. Photo: Jobs photo: Shutterstock

Italy's jobless rate back at 12.6 percent

Italy’s unemployment rate rose again in July after falling slightly in June, and now stands at 12.6 percent, the same rate recorded in April and May. READ  

Polish tourist dies by Rome's Spanish Steps
The accident happened close to Rome's Spanish Steps. Spanish Steps photo: Shutterstock

Polish tourist dies by Rome's Spanish Steps

A 19-year-old tourist died on Friday morning after falling from a convent just metres from Rome’s Spanish Steps. READ  

Venice film festival
Chaplin coffin-theft film premieres in Venice
Eugene Chaplin (L) arrives for the screening of 'The Price of Fame' at the Venice film festival. Photo: Tiziana Fabi/AFP

Chaplin coffin-theft film premieres in Venice

Charlie Chaplin's son attended the Venice film festival on Thursday for the premiere of The Price of Fame, a movie based on the true story of two immigrants who dug up the silent-film legend's coffin for ransom money. READ  

German tourist falls to death in Italian Alps
The accident happened in the Parcines area of northern Italy. Photo: Tourismusverein Partschins

German tourist falls to death in Italian Alps

A German tourist fell to her death on Thursday while walking in the mountains of northern Italy, the latest person to lose their life in the region this summer. READ  

Italian football
Andrea Pirlo sidelined for a month due to hip injury
Juventus playmaker Andrea Pirlo will miss the first month of Serie A action due to a hip injury. Photo: Валерий Дудуш

Andrea Pirlo sidelined for a month due to hip injury

Juventus playmaker Andrea Pirlo will miss the first month of Serie A action after picking up a hip injury, the Italian champions confirmed on Thursday. READ  

Renzi slams Putin for 'escalation' in Ukraine
President Vladimir Putin was warned of "very serious consequences" after Russian troops reportedly entered Ukraine. Vladimir Putin photo: Shutterstock

Renzi slams Putin for 'escalation' in Ukraine

Italy's Prime Minister Matteo Renzi on Thursday called Russian President Vladimir Putin to warn of "very serious consequences" after reports that Moscow has sent troops into Ukraine. READ  

Italians top buyers of London luxury property
Italian buyers typically favour the wealthy neighbourhoods of Knightsbridge, Chelsea and South Kensington. London photo: Shutterstock

Italians top buyers of London luxury property

Italians have overtaken Russians and Emiratis as the top buyers of luxury property in central London, with one expert telling The Local the UK capital is a “safe haven” for those facing economic uncertainty at home. READ  

VIDEO
Hunky models dump ice bucket on Donatella
Screengrab: YouTube

Hunky models dump ice bucket on Donatella

When fashion queen Donatello Versace embraced the Ice Bucket Challenge, she probably didn't expect the male models tasked with dousing her to actually have minds of their own. READ  

Cavalli fashion empire sued for 'copying graffiti'
Fashion designer Roberto Cavalli is being sued for allegedly copying graffiti. Photo: Savo Prelevic/AFP

Cavalli fashion empire sued for 'copying graffiti'

Italian designer Roberto Cavalli's fashion house is being sued by a group of graffiti artists in the US for allegedly copying their work. READ  

Features
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  

The Local List
Ten fascinating facts about Augustus

Ten fascinating facts about Augustus

As the world marks 2,000 years to the day since the death of the Augustus, The Local brings you ten fascinating facts about Rome’s first ever emperor. READ  

Scots inspire separatists in Italy's Germanic north
Photo: AFP

Scots inspire separatists in Italy's Germanic north

In South Tyrol, Italy's German-speaking northern region, Teutonic efficiency meets Italian flair in a seemingly blissful union of lederhosen, "La Dolce Vita" and idyllic scenery. But for some, life is not so sweet. READ  

My Italian Career
'Italian bureaucracy is like Purgatory'
Kiersten Pilar Miller launched The Milk Bar after her experience of motherhood in Rome. Photo: elena k photography

'Italian bureaucracy is like Purgatory'

When Kiersten Pilar Miller moved to Rome to work on a TV series, she never thought she would end up staying - let alone opening a store selling products for new mums. The New Yorker speaks to The Local about life at The Milk Bar. READ  

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  

More News
Lightning bolt may have damaged Giotto frescoes
The Chapel's cross was removed after being damaged by lightning. Scrovegni Chapel photo: Shutterstock

Lightning bolt may have damaged Giotto frescoes

A lightning bolt has hit a chapel frescoed more than 700 years ago by Italian painter Giotto, raising fears that the priceless work may have been damaged. READ  

Ape jibe senator 'cursed by African spirits'
Roberto Calderoli claims he has been cursed by African spirits in revenge for a racist slur. Photo: Vicenzo Pinto/AFP

Ape jibe senator 'cursed by African spirits'

An Italian senator is seeking an exorcist after being "cursed" by evil African spirits in revenge for calling Italy’s first black minister an orangutan. READ  

Venetians fight to rid city of 'disgusting' love locks
Love locks adorning bridges in Venice have been described as "dangerous". Photo: Rosie Scammell

Venetians fight to rid city of 'disgusting' love locks

A campaign is underway in Venice to rid the city of tourists’ love locks, with one Italian telling The Local they are “absolutely disgusting” and have nothing to do with Venetian culture. READ  

Analysis: Renzi's reforms
Holiday over: PM's critics demand results
Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi's reform plans are designed to lay the foundations for a renaissance of the moribund economy. Photo: Alberto Pizzoli/AFP

Holiday over: PM's critics demand results

Matteo Renzi's Twitter hashtag summed it up: #ciaovacanze (#byebyeholidays). READ  

EU migrant rescue plan
Migrant plan unveiled as Italy struggles with surge
Photo: Filippo Monteforte/AFP

Migrant plan unveiled as Italy struggles with surge

The European Commission on Wednesday pledged to launch a new migrant rescue operation in the Mediterranean, as Italy struggles with a surge of migrants trying to reach the continent by boat. READ  

European Union
Mogherini poised to get EU foreign policy job
Italy's Foreign Minister Federica Mogherini is poised to become the next EU foreign policy chief. Photo: Maxim Shipenkov/AFP

Mogherini poised to get EU foreign policy job

Italian Foreign Minister Federica Mogherini is poised to become the next EU foreign policy chief, several European sources said on Wednesday. READ  

'Bankrupt' Italian couple caught on luxury yacht
The couple were caught in the port town of Gaeta. Photo: Ern/Wikimedia Commons

'Bankrupt' Italian couple caught on luxury yacht

An Italian couple wanted for faking their own bankruptcy have been caught by police disguised as holidaymakers, on board a luxury yacht registered to England. READ  

Five investigated in Italy over jihadist links
Around 50 Italians have reportedly been recruited by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (Isis). Photo: al-Furqan Media/AFP

Five investigated in Italy over jihadist links

Five people in the northern Italian region of Veneto are being investigated for alleged links to jihadist militant groups, La Stampa reported. READ  

Mafia godfather denies kissing Italy's ex-PM
Giulio Andreotti, pictured here in 1986, was acquitted of meeting Salvatore "Totò" Riina. Photo: Dominique Gutekunst/AFP

Mafia godfather denies kissing Italy's ex-PM

Mafia kingpin Salvatore "Totò" Riina has reportedly denied kissing Giulio Andreotti, who served seven terms as prime minister, but told a fellow crime boss the pair did meet. READ  

Refugees protest against 'monotonous' Italian food
Refugees at a centre in Italy protest against their "pasta and tomato sauce" diet. Photo: Russell James Smith

Refugees protest against 'monotonous' Italian food

A protest held by refugees against “monotonous” Italian food was “excessive”, especially at a time when thousands of Italians go hungry, the president of a police organization told The Local. READ  

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Vienna teenager strangles wild boar piglet
Wild boar piglet. Photo: Steven Walling

Vienna teenager strangles wild boar piglet

A teenager has strangled a baby wild boar in Vienna’s Lainzer Tiergarten wildlife preserve - apparently out of boredom. READ  

Teen shot dead in Saint Gallen city mosque
Photo: Saint Gallen cantonal police

Teen shot dead in Saint Gallen city mosque

UPDATE: One person was killed Friday in a shooting in the prayer hall of a mosque in the Swiss city of Saint Gallen, police said. Media reports said the victim was 18 and was killed as a result of a row between Albanian families. READ  

Size does matter in this case, rules judge
Photo:Shutterstock

Size does matter in this case, rules judge

A judge has ordered a deliveryman's manhood to be measured after he claimed in court that it was too small for him to be guilty of exhibitionism. READ  

Twins run to history at Ironman Copenhagen
Steen and Peder Madrup completed the KMD Ironman Copenhagen contest on Sunday less than 20 minutes before the cut-off time. Photo: Simon Skipper/Scanpix

Twins run to history at Ironman Copenhagen

With some major help from his brother Steen, Peder Mondrup became the first person with cerebral palsy to complete an Ironman contest. READ  

Ice Bucket Challenge
Man hurt as friend swaps ice bucket for plane
"They obviously miscalculated how much water it was," the head of the skydiving company located at the scene of the accident told The Local. File Photo: Pedro Armestre/AFP

Man hurt as friend swaps ice bucket for plane

UPDATED: A Belgian man has been seriously injured after his pilot friend dropped 1,500 litres (396 gallons) of water on him from a fire-fighting plane as part of a failed Ice Bucket Challenge. READ  

Parisian kicked off flight 'because he smelled'
A passenger was reportedly forced off an American Airlines plane because he smelled. Photo: Vincent Desjardins/Flickr

Parisian kicked off flight 'because he smelled'

An investigation is underway to see whether American Airlines may be guilty of discrimination after a passenger from Paris claims he was forced off a plane because he smelled. The airline denies the allegation. READ  

Mohammed is most popular name in Oslo
Photo: Group of multiethnic babies Shutterstock

Mohammed is most popular name in Oslo

For the first time in the capital city's history, Mohammed is the most common name for boys and men, said a study on Thursday. READ  

Ten injured at Malmö anti-Nazi demonstration
Police on horseback charge into the crowd in Malmö during the counter demonstration on August 23rd 2014. Photo: Drago Prvulovic/TT

Ten injured at Malmö anti-Nazi demonstration

A planned manifestation against the neo-Nazi Party of the Swedes spiralled out of control on Saturday in Malmö as police and protesters clashed leading to several injuries. READ  

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