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Ferrari put fizz back into Formula One
Sebastian Vettel celebrates winning the Formula One Malaysian Grand Prix. Photo: Manan Vatsyayana/AFP

Ferrari put fizz back into Formula One

As Sebastian Vettel nurses his hangover, Bernie Ecclestone can raise a toast to the F1 gods after a weekend to savour in Malaysia gave the sport a reason to smile again. READ  

Euro 2016 qualifiers
Conte set for tense friendly against England
Italy coach Antonio Conte will be under the spotlight when Italy play England in a friendly in Turin on Tuesday. Photo: Olivier Morina/AFP

Conte set for tense friendly against England

Former Juventus coach Antonio Conte has been given a warm welcome on his return to Turin but the Italy boss could be under the spotlight when the Azzurri host England in a friendly on Tuesday. READ  

Italian veteran Paolini wins Gent-Wevelgem
Italy's Luca Paolini of Team Katusha competes in the 77th edition of the Gent-Wevelgem one-day cycling race from Deinze to Wevelgem. Photo: Tim De Waele/Belga/AFP

Italian veteran Paolini wins Gent-Wevelgem

Italian veteran Luca Paolini timed his attack to perfection to take victory at the one-day cobbled classic race Gent-Wevelgem in Belgium on Sunday. READ  

Dufry to buy Italy's WDF to create duty-free giant

Dufry to buy Italy's WDF to create duty-free giant

Switzerland's Dufry group will acquire a majority stake in chief rival World Duty Free (WDF) in a $3.8 billion (3.6-million-euro) deal to create the biggest travel retailer in the world. READ  

Kercher's mother 'shocked' by Italy verdict
Meredith Kercher was found dead in the home she shared with Knox in Perugia in 2007. Photo by John Kercher. Supplied by TJMK

Kercher's mother 'shocked' by Italy verdict

UPDATED: Meredith Kercher's mother said on Friday she was "surprised and very shocked" by Italy's top court clearing Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito of her daughter's murder. READ  

Knox 'relieved and grateful' after Italy verdict
Amanda Knox waves to supporters after arriving in Seattle following her acquittal in 2011. Photo: Kevin Casey/AFP

Knox 'relieved and grateful' after Italy verdict

American Amanda Knox expressed "tremendous" relief on Friday after Italy's top court cleared her of the 2007 murder of British student Meredith Kercher, drawing a line under the eight-year legal saga. READ  

Meredith Kercher murder case
Italy clears Knox and Sollecito of murder
Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito have been cleared of the murder of Meredith Kercher. Photos: Filippo Monteforte/Tiziana Fabi/AFP

Italy clears Knox and Sollecito of murder

UPDATED: Italy's top court on Friday cleared Amanda Knox of the 2007 murder of British student Meredith Kercher, bringing a sensational end to an eight-year legal drama. READ  

Pope to visit Chinese community in Florence
Prato reported having 17,000 Chinese nationals in 2010. Photo: Fabio Muzzia/AFP

Pope to visit Chinese community in Florence

Pope Francis will visit one of Italy's largest Chinese communities in November, at a time when the Vatican is engaged in negotiations to normalize relations with Beijing, the Holy See said on Friday. READ  

Uproar as Grillo likens Renzi to crash pilot
Five Star Movement leader Beppe Grillo. Photo: Marco Bertorello/AFP

Uproar as Grillo likens Renzi to crash pilot

The leader of Italy’s Five Star Movement sparked outrage on Friday when he said there were similarities between the “depressed” Germanwings co-pilot who officials said deliberately crashed his plane, killing 150 people, and Italian premier Matteo Renzi. READ  

Alps plane crash
Alitalia brings in two-person cockpit rule
Alitalia said the new rule would immediately apply to all of its flights. Alitalia photo: Shutterstock

Alitalia brings in two-person cockpit rule

Italy's flagship airline Alitalia has changed its rules to ensure there are two people in the cockpit at all times, after French investigators said a Germanwings plane was intentionally downed by a co-pilot. READ  

Features
Why Libya is ringing alarm bells in Italy
Soldiers in Benghazi, eastern Libya, in February 2015. Photo: Abdullah Doma/AFP

Why Libya is ringing alarm bells in Italy

As Rome rings alarm bells over the deteriorating situation in Libya, The Local investigates the ramifications of a conflict across the Mediterranean. READ  

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James Bond's best Italian moments
Bond, played by Roger Moore, in a gondola in Moonraker. Screengrab: Adrien Malbosc/YouTube

James Bond's best Italian moments

From a car chase along the Sardinian coast to a high-speed gondola chase in Venice, Italy has provided the backdrop for some of the most exciting James Bond scenes to date. As filming wraps on Spectre - the latest 007 film - we take a look at Bond’s best Italian moments. READ  

How Islamic college plan has split Italian town
Plans are underway to bring an Islamic University to Lecce, in Puglia. Photo: Lecce photo: Shutterstock

How Islamic college plan has split Italian town

Plans to build an Islamic university for 5,000 students in a small town in Italy's heel will help change attitudes towards Muslims, organizers say. But many locals are afraid that it will change the character of Lecce - and are asking who's paying for it. READ  

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Ten phrases to arm you for your Italian date
In Italian a blind date is an "appuntamento al buio" (literally a date in the dark). Blind date photo: Shutterstock

Ten phrases to arm you for your Italian date

Just like English, the Italian language has some interesting expressions when it comes to love and dating. We’ve put together a list of ten of phrases – just in time for Valentine’s Day. READ  

Dating in Italy
Why flirty Italians still don't do online dating
It might be harder to find love online in Italy. Italy romance photo: Shutterstock

Why flirty Italians still don't do online dating

Online dating has taken off around the world but in Italy it still hasn't quite caught on. As Valentines Day looms, The Local's Angela Giuffrida finds out why. READ  

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F1 may scrap Italian Grand Prix: Ecclestone
The historic Monza race was first held in 1950. Monza photo: Shutterstock

F1 may scrap Italian Grand Prix: Ecclestone

Bernie Ecclestone on Friday said he was prepared to let the Italian Grand Prix follow Germany by dropping off the Formula One calendar, in a stark warning for organizers. READ  

Italian pupils suspended for Isis beheading stunt
The pupils were suspended for impersonating Isis terrorists (pictured). Photo: AFP

Italian pupils suspended for Isis beheading stunt

A group of 13-year-old pupils have been suspended from school after reenacting the beheading of hostages by terrorist group Isis, before distributing the images through social media. READ  

Milan-airport cab fare third priciest in Europe
The cost of a taxi trip between Milan's Malpensa airport to the centre is among the priciest in Europe. Photo: Milan taxi photo: Shutterstock

Milan-airport cab fare third priciest in Europe

Taxi transfers between central Milan and Malpensa airport are the third most expensive in Europe, with a one-way trip costing over €80, according to research released on Friday from a UK-based travel money specialist. READ  

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Ten 'Italian' firms that aren't actually Italian
Baci, the chocolate made by Perugina, kissed goodbye to Italy when it was bought by Nestlé in 1998. Photo: Baci photo: Shutterstock

Ten 'Italian' firms that aren't actually Italian

The takeover of tyre maker Pirelli by a Chinese firm ignited some fiery debate over the loss of homegrown businesses this week. But the acquisition of prized Italian assets started years ago. The Local has compiled a list of some of the biggest brands that are foreign-owned. READ  

Pensioner claims €15m Picasso was a gift
Celebrated Spanish artist, Pablo Picasso. Photo: Ralph Gatti/AFP

Pensioner claims €15m Picasso was a gift

UPDATED: Italian police are trying to establish the true owner of a Picasso painting worth €15 million after confiscating it from a pensioner who says he was given it for free. READ  

Euro 2016 qualifiers
Conte primes Juve-inspired Italy for Bulgaria
Antonio Conte quit Juventus with three scudetto titles to his name. Photo: Fredrik Varfjell/AFP

Conte primes Juve-inspired Italy for Bulgaria

World Cup flops Italy look to continue their strong start to Euro 2016 qualifying when they face Bulgaria away in a Group H clash that could revive memories of coach Antonio Conte's spell at Juventus. READ  

Naples' pizza offered for Unesco heritage menu
Italy has chosen Neapolitan pizza as its candidate for protection under Unesco's Intangible Cultural Heritage list. Photo: Neopolitan pizza photo: Shutterstock

Naples' pizza offered for Unesco heritage menu

Italy has chosen Neapolitan pizza as its candidate for protection under Unesco's Intangible Cultural Heritage list, Italian media reported late on Thursday. READ  

Italian prosecco sales continue to fizz
The global love affair with Italy's finest fizz is not about to go flat. Photo: Dinner Series

Italian prosecco sales continue to fizz

If there was one tipple wine lovers couldn't get enough of last year it was prosecco, the Italian sparkler that has outstripped champagne as the world's favourite bubbly. READ  

Renzi moves to stop anti-terror snooping
Matteo Renzi requested the snooping measure be removed from draft legislation. Matteo Renzi photo: Shutterstock

Renzi moves to stop anti-terror snooping

Prime Minister Matteo Renzi has blocked legislation which would have allowed anti-terrorism authorities to remotely access people's computers, Italian media reported on Thursday. READ  

Eni-Kogas come up dry in Cyprus gas drill
Eni's Rome headquarters. Photo: Eni

Eni-Kogas come up dry in Cyprus gas drill

Italian-South Korean energy consortium Eni-Kogas has failed to discover any exploitable gas reserves after deep-sea drilling off the Mediterranean island of Cyprus, the energy ministry said on Thursday. READ  

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Doctor (71) sentenced for Holocaust denial
The Mauthausen Memorial site. Photo: APA/Rubra

Doctor (71) sentenced for Holocaust denial

A 71-year-old doctor from Upper Austria has been sentenced to one year’s house arrest for Holocaust denial. READ  

Six steps to getting along better with the Swiss

Six steps to getting along better with the Swiss

If you value the same things the Swiss do, you have a better chance of building positive relationships with them, says Zurich-based communications trainer Shane Norton. But what if you don’t? Norton’s advice is to learn to — and if that fails, at least show some willingness to appreciate them. Here are his top tips on how to do that. READ  

Alps Plane Crash
Germanwings captain's compassion goes viral
Photo: DPA

Germanwings captain's compassion goes viral

A Facebook post describing how a Germanwings pilot personally reassured his passengers of their safety on a flight on Wednesday has received over quarter of a million likes. READ  

Denmark issues 11,000 invalid passports

Denmark issues 11,000 invalid passports

If you or your family members have been issued a Danish passport since February, it may include a vital mistake that makes it invalid for international travel. READ  

Alps plane crash
No-show passenger: 'It's a second chance at life'
Photo: AFP

No-show passenger: 'It's a second chance at life'

Claudia Vásquez was meant to be on board doomed Germanwings flight 4U9525 but a twist of fate meant that she is alive today. READ  

Alps Plane Crash
As it happened: Plane crashes in French Alps
Emergency services are on the scene. Photo: AFP

As it happened: Plane crashes in French Alps

AS IT HAPPENED: An airbus A320 carrying 150 people has crashed in the southern French Alps. French President François Hollande has said there are no survivors from the crash. READ  

Police find torture clips on refugee phones
An image from an Islamic State propaganda video released in March.

Police find torture clips on refugee phones

Norwegian Police have found video clips of torture, mutilation, and executions saved on the mobile phones of those seeking asylum in Norway, the Police Immigration Service has told the country’s Dagsavisen newspaper. READ  

Russian jets spotted off Sweden's east coast
An SU-27 fighter jet. Photo: TT

Russian jets spotted off Sweden's east coast

UPDATED: Swedish military identified and followed four Russian fighter plane near Gotland and Bornholm, off the country's east coast on Tuesday morning. READ  

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