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Severe storms and flash floods wreak havoc in Milan
Severe storms caused flash floods in Milan on Monday. Photo: YouReporter

A hospital accident and emergency unit was flooded, while the River Lambro burst its banks.

Migrant crossings to Italy - what do we know?
A report this month said there were around 800,000 migrants in Libya waiting to attempt the journey across the Mediterranean. Photo: Gabriel Bouys/AFP

With 13,000 people rescued in one week and hundreds presumed drowned, what do we know about migrant flows across the Mediterranean to Italy?

Italian gran drives wrong way along motorway...for 7km
The 80-year-old was heading home after going for pizza in Alghero, Sardinia. Photo: Cost of Living/Flickr

The 80-year-old was returning home – in pouring rain - to Sassari after spending the evening with friends at a pizzeria in Alghero, Sardinia, but took the wrong direction on the SS 291.

Rome risks rubbish pile-up as binmen strike
An overflowing bin in front of the Pantheon, Rome. Photo: Andreas Solaro/AFP

Rome residents fear a national rubbish collection strike will cause the city's waste problems to spiral out of control.

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Quiz: Silvio Berlusconi versus Donald Trump - who said it?
Donald Trump and Silvio Berlusconi have much in common: Photos: Ethan Miller/AFP (L) and Tiziana Fabi/AFP (R)

With their perma-tans, riches and love of women, Donald Trump and Italy’s three-time prime minister Silvio Berlusconi are strikingly similar.

Ex-boyfriend of Rome student found burning to death probed
Prosecutors in Rome have opened a murder investigation. Photo: The Local

The student's burning body was found by her mother in the early hours of Sunday.

Italy hunts for more foreign directors in museum shake-up
A new director is wanted for the Roman ruins at Ostia Antica, among other sites. Photo: Sergio e Gabriella trentanni/Flickr

Do you fancy overseeing one of Italy's top cultural sites?

Migrant who survived boat wreck drowns in Italian lake
The migrant died after diving into Lake Sirio in Piedmont. Photo: Ilaria Coradazzi

A 24-year-old from the Ivory Coast who survived a shipwreck in the Mediterranean has drowned in a lake in northern Italy.

Dozens of kids die as boat tragedies claim up to 700 lives
A bout of good weather as summer arrives has kicked off a fresh stream of boats attempting to make the perilous crossing from Libya to Italy. Photo: Gabriel Buoys/AFP

A week of shipwrecks in the Mediterranean culminated on Sunday with 700 migrants feared dead and survivors giving harrowing testimony of dozens of small children drowned.

Milan readies for all-Spanish Champions League final
It is the fourth time the final of Europe’s premier club event will to be held at the San Siro. Photo: AFP

Milan’s San Siro stadium is preparing for a glitzy all-Spanish final of the Champions League final on Saturday, as fans of Real and Atletico Madrid packed the city in glorious summer sunshine.

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These are the best beaches within easy reach of Rome
Sabaudia. Photo: Dorli Photography

You don’t need to venture far to find some good beaches near Rome. And they're cheap to get to!

My Italian career
Foreign, female and a self-made success in arduous Italy
Linda Martinez (T, L), Amy West (B,L), Kathy Moulton (T,R) and Ginny Bevan (B,R)

From an architect and dentist to a hotel owner and wedding planner, we chat to eight entrepreneurial women about the challenges (and joys) of running your own business in Italy.

Meet the expats making a career out of Italian food
Katherine Wilson, one of the three expats, cooking with her Italian mother-in-law. Photo: Tara Crossley

These three women are truly living the dream.

The ultimate guide to the insanity of driving in Italy
Are you brave enough to tackle Italy's roads? Photo: Jun/Flickr

From someone who still doesn’t entirely know how...

Eight of Rome's most tantalizing foreign food gems
There are plenty of tacos to be found in Rome. Photo: Sacofat/Flickr

Delicious though Italian food is, Romans and visitors alike often crave foreign food in the capital. But where can they find it?

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Dozens missing in fresh migrant shipwreck: rescuers
Dozens more migrants are reported missing after a fishing boat sank on Friday. Photo: AFP

The Italian coastguard is searching for survivors after an overloaded fishing boat sank off the coast of Libya.

'Racist' Chinese ad causes outrage...but Italy did it first
Screengrab: Qiaobi/YouTube

A TV advert for a Chinese laundry detergent has been widely condemned, with commentators saying it’s the most racist ad to ever be screened. But hang on, a similar one was made in Italy...

Alicia Keys to sing live at Milan Champions League final
Alicia Keys will become the first person to sing live at a Champions League final. Photo: Stephen Brashear/Getty Images/AFP

The final will be held at Milan's San Siro stadium on Saturday.

Crew who sunk with WWII sub 'wanted to be found': relative
The wreck of the P311. Photo: Massimo Domenico Bondone

People were stunned by the discovery of a body-filled, Second World War-era submarine off the coast of Sardinia earlier this week, not least Paul Denison, who told The Local his great-uncle was among the 71 who perished on board.

Man can pay ex-wife's alimony with pizza, Italian court rules
A court in Padua has ruled in favour of a divorced father who pays alimony to his ex-wife in the form of pizza. Photo: Erich Ferdinand/Flickr

Every family's needs are different...

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Defeated Freedom Party candidate Norbert Hofer asks Austria to refrain from arguing and “stick together” as some of his supporters complain that the presidential election was fixed.

Basel: Muslim schoolboys must shake hands or face fine
File photo: Broad Bean Media

Decision by Basel education authorities comes after two Muslim boys refused to shake their female teacher's hand on religious grounds.

Five sure-fire ways to impress Germans with your manners
Chancellor Angela Merkel showing up French President François Hollande in a neighbourly battle of table manners. Photo: DPA.

Despite what stereotypes might have you believe, Germans aren't that different from the rest of us when it comes to social interactions. But these tips should at least help guide you through the minor quirks that come with your next dinner invitation.

Green card holders in Denmark in race against time
Green card holder Mehvish Kiran said that her four children would not be able to adjust to life in Pakistan. Photo: Submitted

Thousands of green card holders are desperately trying convince politicians not to force them out of Denmark and say that a recently-granted extension to the scheme is a hollow victory.

Plane forced to dodge THREE drones to land in Bilbao
Photo: Don McCullough/Flickr

The plane was attempting to land at Bilbao airport in the Basque Country.

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