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Greece to bring anti-austerity battle to Rome
Yanis Varoufakis will arrive in Rome on Tuesday, after visiting London and Paris. Yanis Varoufakis photo: Shutterstock

Greece to bring anti-austerity battle to Rome

Greece's new left-wing Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis will visit Rome and two other European Union capitals next week to push the government's agenda for a renegotiated deal on its multi billion-euro bailout, his office said on Thursday. READ  

Milan probes Syrians for international terrorism
A man in the Syrian town of Kobane on January 28th 2015. Photo: Bulent Kilic/AFP

Milan probes Syrians for international terrorism

Prosecutors in Milan have accused six Syrians of international terrorism and other charges, following a series of violent incidents in northern Italy, national media reported on Thursday. READ  

Renzi backs judge to be next Italy president
Sergio Mattarella, 73, will be backed by Matteo Renzi's ruling Democratic Party (PD). Photo: Gerry Penny/AFP

Renzi backs judge to be next Italy president

Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi on Thursday backed a Constitutional Court judge whose brother was slain by the mafia to be Italy's next president. READ  

Homeless to get haircut and shave at the Vatican
Showers, toilets and a barber service will be provided for the homeless under the colonnades of St Peter’s Square. Photo: Sneaker Dog

Homeless to get haircut and shave at the Vatican

Homeless people will soon be able to get a free shave and a haircut at the Vatican as part of a papal charity initiative. READ  

Rome defies ban to register gay civil unions
A woman celebrates Gay Pride in Rome. Gay Pride photo: Shutterstock

Rome defies ban to register gay civil unions

Councillors in Rome have agreed to start registering gay civil unions, despite same-sex relationships having no legal status in Italy. READ  

Giglio island wants €20m over Concordia tragedy
The Costa Concordia sunk off Giglio island in January 2012, killing 32 people. Photo: Giglio photo: Shutterstock

Giglio island wants €20m over Concordia tragedy

The Italian island of Giglio is seeking at least €20 million in compensation for the damage caused to the island by the sinking of the Costa Concordia. READ  

'Taking selfies with dead patients was wrong'
Investigators have estimated that there were 87 more deaths than average during a two-year period. Hospital photo: Shutterstock

'Taking selfies with dead patients was wrong'

An Italian nurse has admitted that taking photographs of herself with dead patients was “wrong” but has denied multiple murder charges in a case which has gripped the country. READ  

Six Nations Championship
Proud Parisse confident of Italy rugby revival
Italy's captain Sergio Parisse (L) and head coach Jacques Brunel pose with the new Six Nations trophy. Photo: Ben Stansall/AFP

Proud Parisse confident of Italy rugby revival

Italy captain Sergio Parisse expects his side to more than justify their place in the forthcoming Six Nations Championship following a lacklustre campaign last year. READ  

Italy artisan crafts guitars for musicians in need
Roberto Ceretti makes between five and six guitars a year. Photo: Marco Bertorello/AFP

Italy artisan crafts guitars for musicians in need

Offer Roberto Ceretti a fortune for one of his coveted hand-made guitars and he'll likely turn you down: the Italian craftsman may be in demand among collectors, but only plies his trade for top musicians in need. READ  

Italy launches search for a new president
The race to the Palazzo del Quirinale, Italy's presidential palace, is on. Photo: Filippo Monteforte/AFP

Italy launches search for a new president

Italy's parliament meets on Thursday to begin selecting a new president with the race apparently wide open and much at stake for Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, who is keen on having a friendly figure installed as head of state. READ  

Features
Word on the street
What did you think of the Pope's rabbit rant?
Pope Francis addresses journalists during a flight back to Rome from the Philippines. Photo: Giuseppe Cacace/AFP

What did you think of the Pope's rabbit rant?

Earlier this week, Pope Francis said that being a good Catholic does not mean you have to "breed like rabbits" and appealed to the world’s Catholics to be more responsible when it comes to parenting. The Local asked people in Italy, where the birth rate continues to dwindle, what they thought. READ  

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Top 15 English words reinvented by Italians
No, footing has nothing to do with football, it's just the Italian word for jogging. Jogging photo: Shutterstock

Top 15 English words reinvented by Italians

English words have been creeping into the Italian language – but not all are used correctly. Here we list 15 particularly confusing – and in some cases amusing – misuses of English words. READ  

How can an American get Italian citizenship?
Coral Sisk works in the food and wine travel industry in Tuscany. Photo: Coral Sisk

How can an American get Italian citizenship?

While Europeans can move to Italy with relative ease, staying in the country is for Americans a greater challenge. The Local speaks to Coral Sisk, from the US, about how she turned her Italian heritage into citizenship. READ  

Obituary
Anita Ekberg: The Swede who was La Dolce Vita
A 1955 portrait of Anita Ekberg in a publicity photo for the film War and Peace. Photo: INP/AFP

Anita Ekberg: The Swede who was La Dolce Vita

The actress Anita Ekberg, who has died aged 83, is likely to be remembered for a single scene in which she cavorts in Rome's Trevi Fountain, exhibiting her curvaceous charms to an urbane Marcello Mastroianni in Federico Fellini's "La Dolce Vita". READ  

My Italian Career
'We've been riding the waves and are still afloat'

'We've been riding the waves and are still afloat'

Pamela Sheldon Johns, from the US, has been hosting cooking classes and writing books about Italian food for years. She also runs an agritourism site in Tuscany and makes her own olive oil. She talks to The Local about juggling it all, and weathering several crises, in Italy. READ  

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AS Roma announce US soccer academy deal
AS Roma's American president James Pallotta. Photo: Gabriel Buoys/AFP

AS Roma announce US soccer academy deal

AS Roma on Wednesday announced a partnership with seven American soccer teams with the aim of helping produce a steady stream of elite players with strong links to the Serie A club. READ  

Italy 'sabotage' writer compares self to Gandhi
Italian writer Erri De Luca (L) walks past supporters holding posters "Je Suis Erri" during his trial in Turin. Photo: Marco Bertorello/AFP

Italy 'sabotage' writer compares self to Gandhi

Italian writer Erri de Luca invoked Gandhi on Wednesday as he began his trial defence against charges of inciting criminal damage to a controversial high-speed rail link through the Alps. READ  

Man who 'converted to Islam' arrested in Sicily
The 43-year-old was arrested in Palermo, Sicily, as part of Italy's anti-terror operation. Photo: Xerones

Man who 'converted to Islam' arrested in Sicily

A 43-year-old ex-soldier who reportedly converted to Islam was arrested in the Sicilian capital of Palermo last night as part of Italy’s anti-terror sweep. READ  

The Local List
Ten Italian words used differently in English
A bimbo in English is a rather unintelligent woman. In Italian it’s a young male child. Photo: Shutterstock

Ten Italian words used differently in English

Many Italian words are now embedded the English language – particularly in the realms of music and food. But not all mean the same thing in both tongues. Here we list ten of the most problematic expressions. READ  

Italian TV crew trapped in Auschwitz overnight
Holocaust survivors and dignitaries gathered at Auschwitz on Tuesday to commemorate 70 years since its liberation. Photo: Jochen Zimmermann

Italian TV crew trapped in Auschwitz overnight

Italian diplomats were forced to intervene on Wednesday morning after an Italian TV crew and the leader of Rome’s Jewish community, Riccardo Pacifici, became trapped in Auschwitz overnight after filming at the former concentration camp. READ  

Football boss left red-faced over prank call
AC Milan CEO Adriano Galliani has been left red-faced after being tricked into revealing the club will not sack embattled coach Filippo Inzaghi during a prank telephone call. Photo: Alberto Lingria/AF

Football boss left red-faced over prank call

AC Milan CEO Adriano Galliani has been left red-faced after being tricked into revealing the club will not sack embattled coach Filippo Inzaghi during a prank telephone call on Italian radio. READ  

15kg woman 'held captive' at home dies
The woman was taken to hospital but died on Wednesday morning. Photo: Chris Sampson/Flickr

15kg woman 'held captive' at home dies

UPDATED: A starving woman weighing just over 15 kilos, who was allegedly held captive and forced to live in squalid conditions, died on Tuesday morning. READ  

Wild boar attacks man outside Umbria nursery
The wild boar attacked the man outside a nursery in Arrone, Umbria. Photo: Prinke

Wild boar attacks man outside Umbria nursery

A man is recovering in hospital after being attacked by a wild boar outside a nursery in Umbria. READ  

Italy hails 'turning point' in battle against mafia
More than 40 of the arrests and detentions were made in Calabria, the crime group's southern homeland. Police photo: Shutterstock

Italy hails 'turning point' in battle against mafia

UPDATED: Italian police on Wednesday arrested more than 160 alleged members of the 'Ndrangheta mafia in what was hailed as a historic setback for the group behind much of Europe's cocaine trade. READ  

Italy's Senate green-lights new electoral law
Italy's Senate has given the green light to Prime Minister Matteo Renzi's new electoral law Photo: Filippo Monteforte/AFP

Italy's Senate green-lights new electoral law

Italy's Senate on Tuesday definitively adopted Prime Minister Matteo Renzi's new electoral law, which must now go before the lower house of parliament. READ  

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Man leaves baby on U6 metro
File photo: Shutterstock

Man leaves baby on U6 metro

A desperate young father realized only after exiting the carriage of the U6 metro train that he'd left his baby on board. READ  

Anglo expats mine creativity to earn crust
Gareth Knott: "Thankfully design is a universal language." Photo: Handout

Anglo expats mine creativity to earn crust

Switzerland’s job market is appealingly lucrative but sometimes anglophones need to be creative to find a job in a country where English is not an official language, as The Local's Emily Mawson finds out. READ  

Russia may declare 1990 reunification illegal
Russian President Vladimir Putin. Photo: DPA

Russia may declare 1990 reunification illegal

More than 25 years after the Berlin Wall's fall, Russian lawmakers are mulling a proposal to condemn West Germany's 1990 "annexation" of East Germany as Moscow's answer to Western denunciation of its seizure of Crimea. READ  

Video
Syrian refugees hand out free coffee to commuters
Mohammad Sharaa, Samih Alnakawah and other members of Syrian Touch at Aalborg's J.F. Kennedys Plads. Photo: Facebook

Syrian refugees hand out free coffee to commuters

A group of Syrian refugees in Denmark has started handing out free coffee to morning commuters to thank the country for the warm welcome they’ve received since escaping the ongoing civil war in their homeland. READ  

11 dead as F-16 jet explodes at Spain base
A Greek fighter jet crashes on takeoff at a military airbase in Spain while taking part in NATO exercises on Monday, killing 10 people and injuring 16. Photo: Josema Moreno/AFP

11 dead as F-16 jet explodes at Spain base

Updated: Nine French and two Greek nationals were killed on Monday when a fighter jet crashed on takeoff at a military base in Spain housing a NATO training centre for elite pilots. READ  

Studying in France: what you need to know
France is home to 300,000 foreign students. Photo: Simone Ramella/Flickr

Studying in France: what you need to know

France is one of the most popular study destinations in the world, with nearly 300,000 foreign students. Relatively low tuition fees and the chance to live in France are certainly appealing, but France’s confusing higher education system can be frustrating to navigate. READ  

Norway's Jansrud takes Kitzbühel downhill crown
Jansrud during his victorious run on Saturday. Photo: SAMUEL KUBANI / AFP

Norway's Jansrud takes Kitzbühel downhill crown

Kjetil Jansrud of Norway joined the pantheon of greats to win the men's World Cup downhill at Kitzbühel on Saturday. READ  

The Local List
Ten ways talking in English baffles Swedes
A Viking - sometimes pronounced 'Wiking', in Sweden. Photo: Shutterstock

Ten ways talking in English baffles Swedes

While Swedes are among the world's best English speakers, there are a few common - and often charming - mistakes The Local's team has spotted while chatting to Swedes in their second language (because yes, of course, it is still better than our Swedish). READ  

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