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Condemned horses given new lease of life in Italy
Photo: Marco Bertorello/AFP

Condemned horses given new lease of life in Italy

Considered taboo in many parts of the world, eating horsemeat remains sufficiently widespread in Italy for the country to have to import live animals destined for the slaughterhouse. READ  

 Italy's Northern League launches southern push
Photo: Gabriel Bouys/AFP

Italy's Northern League launches southern push

The Northern League, led by the rising star of the Italian right Matteo Salvini, launched its political conquest Friday of the country's south, with a view one day to capturing national power. READ  

Historic buildings closed by Tuscany tremors
Tourist crowd Florence's Piazza della Signoria. Photo: AFP

Historic buildings closed by Tuscany tremors

Some of Tuscany's landmark historic buildings were closed to visitors Friday as part of the region was shaken by 80 mini-earthquakes centred on the Chianti wine region. READ  

'I will not be here in ten years': Pope Francis
Pope Francis said he would not be around to watch the 2024 Olympics games. Photo: Vincenzo Pinto/AFP

'I will not be here in ten years': Pope Francis

Pope Francis on Friday said he will not still be in the Vatican in ten years time, during a meeting with athletes and officials from the Italian National Olympic Committee. READ  

Italy's Chianti region hit by earthquakes
The epicentre of the strongest quake was nine kilometres below ground close to Greve in Chianti. Photo: Konrad Lawson

Italy's Chianti region hit by earthquakes

Several mini-earthquakes with a maximum magnitude of 4.1 shook Italy's famous Chianti wine region on Friday. READ  

Cocaine channeled to heart of Venice by mob
The criminal gang channel huge quantities of cocaine into Venice and the north of Italy. Photo: Rosie Scammell

Cocaine channeled to heart of Venice by mob

Police on Friday arrested ten people accused of running a cocaine trafficking operation with its criminal headquarters in the heart of Venice. READ  

Bankrupt Danish firm exec wanted in Italy
Fraud sunk OW Bunker in November and the fallout continues. Photo: Kasper Palsnov/Scanpix

Bankrupt Danish firm exec wanted in Italy

A high-ranking employee of OW Bunker is wanted for fraud by Italian authorities and may also be involved in a case that implicates members of the Italian navy. READ  

Baby born in Milan to clinically dead mother
The clinically dead woman was kept on life support in intensive care. Intensive care photo: Shutterstock

Baby born in Milan to clinically dead mother

In what has been hailed a miracle, a baby boy has been born to an Italian woman pronounced clinically dead in October. READ  

Chinese firm trumps Italian bid for Club Med
Club Med first became a top name in the European tourism industry for its all-inclusive budget family villages, but has since moved up-market. Photo: Club Med

Chinese firm trumps Italian bid for Club Med

Chinese conglomerate Fosun raised its offer to buy French holiday group Club Med on Friday, as it strives to win the longest bidding war in Paris market history against an Italian tycoon. READ  

Italian president confirms resignation 'imminent'
Giorgio Napolitano reluctantly agreed to a second term as president in April 2013. Photo: Tiziana Fabi/AFP

Italian president confirms resignation 'imminent'

President Giorgio Napolitano on Thursday confirmed his resignation is “imminent”, paving the way for a new head of state to be voted in early next year. READ  

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Life as an elite Vatican Swiss Guard
David Geisser has also authored a cookbook filled with popes' favourite recipes. Photo: David Geisser

Life as an elite Vatican Swiss Guard

Despite being better known today for their colourful uniforms than their reputation as fearless warriors, the Swiss Guards have been a powerful symbol of the Vatican for centuries. The Local speaks to David Geisser, one of the latest recruits, about a career protecting popes. READ  

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Test your Italian history with The Local's quiz
Italian history: Shutterstock

Test your Italian history with The Local's quiz

Italy is home to some of the world’s most iconic monuments and is the birthplace of a long list of artists, inventors and composers...but how well do you know its history? READ  

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Top ten: Travel warnings for Italy
Tourists in Italy: Shutterstock

Top ten: Travel warnings for Italy

Many of us tend to leave our brains at home when heading abroad on holiday, and with that in mind governments issue travel warnings. From volcanoes to thieves distracting tourists with pizza, here are some of the most striking — and bizarre — warnings about Italy. READ  

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Top ten: Famous quotes about Italy
German novelist Thomas Mann was struck by the "flattering and suspect beauty" of the city of Venice. Venice photo: Shutterstock

Top ten: Famous quotes about Italy

Italy has been a source of inspiration for many a traveller over the centuries. From Lord Byron to George Clooney, here are ten quotes about the country from some of the peninsula’s most famous visitors. READ  

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Is Italy a desirable place for foreigners to work?
Italy came ninth in a survey ranking the most desirable places in the world to work. Italy worker: Shutterstock

Is Italy a desirable place for foreigners to work?

Italy was ranked the ninth most desirable place in the world to work in a survey this week, but some foreigners who live and work here beg to differ. READ  

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Artisans cry foul as Pope shuts down scrollmakers
Paolo Pensa works on a papal parchment in the workshop Pensa Rino in Rome. Photo: Alberto Pizzoli/AFP

Artisans cry foul as Pope shuts down scrollmakers

Rino Pensa and son have been making papal parchments for decades, crafting hand-painted blessing scrolls in Italy which are purchased by the faithful around the world to celebrate marriages, baptisms and anniversaries. READ  

Grillo's anti-euro campaign gathers pace
Beppe Grillo holds a “Out of the euro” campaign sign in Rome. Photo: Andreas Solaro/AFP

Grillo's anti-euro campaign gathers pace

The campaign by Italy’s Five Star Movement to exit the euro currency gathered pace on Thursday, with leader Beppe Grillo announcing the party has so far gathered 50,000 signatures calling for a referendum. READ  

Pope gives sleeping bags to Rome homeless
Pope Francis has made concern for the poor one of the defining themes of his papacy. Photo: Andreas Solaro/AFP

Pope gives sleeping bags to Rome homeless

Pope Francis marked his 78th birthday by ordering the distribution of hundreds of sleeping bags to homeless people in Rome, Vatican officials said on Thursday. READ  

Italy probes Isis arrivals among boat migrants
Prosecutors in Palermo have opened an investigation into the possible infiltration of Isis among boat migrants arriving in Sicily. Photo: al-Furqan Media/AFP

Italy probes Isis arrivals among boat migrants

Prosecutors in Palermo have opened an investigation into the possible infiltration of members of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (Isis) jihadist group among boat migrants arriving in Sicily. READ  

Italian Hollywood star Virna Lisi dies at 78
Virna Lisi made nearly 80 films during her career. Photo: stringer/AFP

Italian Hollywood star Virna Lisi dies at 78

Italian actress Virna Lisi, who played opposite Hollywood stars including Frank Sinatra in the 1960s and later established herself an acclaimed character actress, has died at the age of 78. READ  

iPad returned a month after lost on train
Daniela Di Martino left her iPad on a train at Bracciano’s lakeside station on November 15th. iPad photo: Shutterstock

iPad returned a month after lost on train

An Italian woman got an early Christmas present this week when she recovered her lost iPad, a month after leaving it on a train close to Rome. READ  

Italian women get festive with nude storytelling
The 1843 English classic, A Christmas Carol, will be retold by three nude Italian women. Photo: Naked Girls Reading Rome

Italian women get festive with nude storytelling

A group of Italian women will this weekend get into the festive spirit with a nude reading of Charles Dickens’ famous novella, A Christmas Carol. READ  

Drowned Russian baby 'found in St Tropez'
The baby boy's body was found on the beach in the southern French coastal town of St Tropez. Photo: David van der Mark

Drowned Russian baby 'found in St Tropez'

The body of a baby found in St Tropez, on the southern French coast, is believed to be that of a Russian boy of nine months, who was drowned by his mother during a holiday in Bordighera, northern Italy. READ  

Wealth falls for families in Italy
Price houses fell by 5.1 percent in 2013. Wealth photo: Shutterstock

Wealth falls for families in Italy

Italian families' wealth fell by 1.4 percent in 2013, although they are relatively better off than those in the US and Germany, the Bank of Italy has said. READ  

Debt-ridden Parma in new hands
Parma owner and president Tommaso Ghirardi has confirmed the sale of the Serie A club. Photo: Paolo Cocco/AFP

Debt-ridden Parma in new hands

Parma owner and president Tommaso Ghirardi has confirmed the sale of the Serie A club after reported new owner Pietro Doca played down reports he would soon take charge. READ  

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Austrian jihad teen girl 'likely killed'
Sabina (L) and Samra (R). Photo: APA/Interpol

Austrian jihad teen girl 'likely killed'

According to David Scharia, a senior Israeli expert of the United Nations Security Council's Counter-Terrorism Committee (CTED), one of the two teenage girls who fled to Syria in Spring to join the jihad has been killed in fighting. READ  

Swiss spills beans about guarding the pope
Photo: David Geisser

Swiss spills beans about guarding the pope

Although better known today for their colourful uniforms than their centuries-old reputation as fearless warriors, the Swiss Guards remain a powerful symbol of the Vatican. The Local speaks to David Geisser, one of the latest recruits, about a career protecting popes.
 READ  

Cops fear clashes as anti-Islam demos grow
Demonstrators in Dresden on Monday night. Photo: DPA

Cops fear clashes as anti-Islam demos grow

Federal Security Service chief Hans-Georg Maaßen has warned Germany could see confrontations between Salafists and people drawn to right-wing, xenophobic politics. READ  

Denmark passes dual citizenship bill
American expat Larry Feinberg and Anne Marie Dalgaard of Danes Worldwide in the Danish parliament just prior to the vote on dual citizenship. Photo: David S. Miller

Denmark passes dual citizenship bill

Thursday marked "a great day for expats" as the Danish parliament agreed to implement dual citizenship. The Local spoke to supporters and detractors of dual citizenship about the change. READ  

Fugitive killer mocks judges from Caribbean

Fugitive killer mocks judges from Caribbean

In a story that could come straight from Hollywood, a man facing 20 years in prison in Spain for murder has been sending postcards to his trial judge from the Caribbean, despite there being an international warrant for his arrest. READ  

'Legal' marijuana e-cigs to be launched in France
"Legal" marijuana e-cigs to be launched in France. Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty/AFP

'Legal' marijuana e-cigs to be launched in France

Electronic cigarettes containing cannabis extracts which give you the relaxing and pain-killing effect of the drug but without the high are about to go on sale in France. READ  

Prostitute beats off taxman in Oslo court
Oslo District Court. Photo: Mahlun

Prostitute beats off taxman in Oslo court

A prostitute won a landmark victory against police in an Oslo court on Wednesday, when it ruled that police were wrong to claim taxes for the money she had made selling sex in the Norwegian capital. READ  

SAS plane 'near miss' fears blamed on weed
Mikhail Vanin, Russia's ambassador in Copenhagen. Photo: TT

SAS plane 'near miss' fears blamed on weed

Russia's ambassador to Denmark has made light of Swedish concerns over a Russian military jet's alleged near-miss with a passenger plane, suggesting Swedish authorities may have smoked too much cannabis. READ  

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