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Italy's jobless rate at lowest level in two years
Italy's unemployment rate fell to 12 percent in July. Photo: Shutterstock

Italy's jobless rate at lowest level in two years

40 minutes ago

Italy’s unemployment rate fell to 12 percent in July – the lowest level in two years, the national statistics agency, Istat, said on Tuesday.

Israel PM criticized for Italian fine dining
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks at Milan's Expo. Photo: Giuseppe Cacace/AFP

Israel PM criticized for Italian fine dining

25 minutes ago

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu faced criticism on Tuesday from ultra-Orthodox politicians for having eaten in a non-kosher restaurant serving rabbit, escargot and lobster during a recent trip to Italy.

Fiat chief pushes for GM merger talks
FCA chief Sergio Marchionne wants merger talks with General Motors. Photo: Bill Pugliano/Getty Images North America/AFP

Fiat chief pushes for GM merger talks

3 hours ago

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles chief Sergio Marchionne is raising pressure on much larger rival General Motors for merger talks, saying in a Detroit interview the logic of the deal is "irrefutable."

Libya car bomb damages office of Italy's Eni
The car bomb in Tripoli injured one person and damaged offices co-owned by Italy's Eni. Photo: David Stanley

Libya car bomb damages office of Italy's Eni

3 hours ago

A car bomb exploded on Monday in the Libyan capital, wounding one person and causing damage to the offices of an oil company co-owned by Italy's Eni, a security official said.

Venice Film Festival
Depp and Netflix are the talk of Venice film fest
Johnny Depp on the red carpet in Venice in 2007. Photo: Christophe Simon / AFP

Depp and Netflix are the talk of Venice film fest

3 hours ago

Johnny Depp tops the cast of stars headed to Venice this week for what is shaping up as something of a watershed edition of the world's oldest film festival.

Euro 2016 qualifiers
Napoli's Insigne added to Italy squad
Napoli forward Lorenzo Insigne has been added to the Italy squad for upcoming Euro 2016 qualifiers. Photo: Emmanuel Dunand/AFP

Napoli's Insigne added to Italy squad

3 hours ago

Napoli forward Lorenzo Insigne has been added to the Italy squad for upcoming Euro 2016 qualifiers against Malta and Bulgaria as a replacement for Sebastian Giovinco.

BBC reporter ensnares Pisa’s up-skirt voyeur
The man filmed up women's skirts at Pisa's Square of Miracles. Photo: Kevin Schludermann

BBC reporter ensnares Pisa’s up-skirt voyeur

4 hours ago

A 63-year-old man was arrested after a BBC journalist and his girlfriend caught him using his mobile phone to take videos up the skirts of unsuspecting women in Pisa’s Square of Miracles.

Illegal toxic waste dump found outside Turin
Italian police survey the scale of the illegal dumping. Photo: Guarda di Finanza Torino

Illegal toxic waste dump found outside Turin

22 hours ago

Italian police have discovered mountains of illegally disposed harmful waste at an abandoned factory in San Gillio, a town near Turin.

Serie A
Buffon hits out as Juve slump in Serie A
Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon. Photo: Marco Bertorello/AFP

Buffon hits out as Juve slump in Serie A

22 hours ago

Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon has called on the stuttering Italian champions to stand up and be counted after a second consecutive league defeat left them in the Serie A Doldrums.

Italy's Enel becomes top solar player in Brazil
A field of solar panels. Photo: Boris Horvat / AFP

Italy's Enel becomes top solar player in Brazil

22 hours ago

Italy's Enel Green Power said on Monday it had won the right to sell power supply contracts for 553 MW in Brazil and would be investing €533 million euros in three new plants.

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Italy's best-kept secrets: Ten must-see places
Budelli, one of the Maddalena group of islands off Sardinia. Photo: Chrisoph Sammer

Italy's best-kept secrets: Ten must-see places

August 20, 2015

It was unsurprising to see Rome’s much-visited Colosseum and Venice’s St Mark’s Square feature in the Lonely Planet’s ‘Ultimate travel list’, published earlier this week. But what about Italy’s more obscure gems?

Civita: The Italian town that refuses to die
Civita di Bagnoregio. Photo: Angela Giuffrida/The Local

Civita: The Italian town that refuses to die

August 19, 2015

With a population of only six, it’s been dubbed “the dying town”. But on a recent visit to the hilltop Civita di Bagnoregio, The Local spoke to one of the inhabitants, and discovered a fervent desire to keep it very much alive.

Five 'ghost' buildings that cost Italy dearly
The unfinished polo stadium in Giarre, Sicily. Photo: Incompiuto Siciliano/Flickr

Five 'ghost' buildings that cost Italy dearly

August 06, 2015

Italy is a country of half-finished projects. In fact, there are 671 incomplete public works projects across the country, according to data compiled by Linkiesta.

Italian couple tie the knot at Swedish Pride festival
Diego Angemi and Francesco Ceccarini. Photo: private

Italian couple tie the knot at Swedish Pride festival

August 01, 2015

UPDATED: Two Italian expats in Sweden got married in front of hundreds of thousands of people at the Stockholm Pride Parade on Saturday afternoon – to send a message about gay rights to their home country.

What happens to Italy’s missing migrant kids?
Of the almost 6,000 minors who landed on Italy’s shores during the first six months of this year, more than 3,830 arrived alone. Photo: Alberto Pizzoli/AFP

What happens to Italy’s missing migrant kids?

July 30, 2015

Almost 5,000 refugee children have disappeared after arriving on Italy’s shores since last summer, with many passing through the small Sicilian port town of Pozzallo. The Local spoke to one woman there, who has witnessed both their fear and determination to survive.

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Two killed during historical re-enactment
The two men died during a historical re-enactment in Potenza (not the one pictured). Photo: Marvin/Flickr

Two killed during historical re-enactment

1 day ago

Two people were killed and five others injured when a period firearm exploded during a historical re-enactment in the Basilicata city of Potenza, in southern Italy.

Italy's Eni finds largest-ever gas field in the Med
Italy's Eni has found the Mediterranean's largest-ever natural gas field. Photo: Damien Meyer/AFP

Italy's Eni finds largest-ever gas field in the Med

1 day ago

Italian energy company Eni said on Sunday it has found one of the world’s largest natural gas fields - so big it could supply Egypt with natural gas for decades.

Alpine dam disaster remembered 50 years on
Aerial view of Mattmark dam. Photo: Switzerland Tourism

Alpine dam disaster remembered 50 years on

1 day ago

More than 1,000 people gathered at the Mattmark hydro dam in the Swiss canton of Valais Alps on Sunday to commemorate the 50th anniversary of a natural disaster that killed 88 workers, including 56 Italians.

Serie A
Roma stun Juve as Chievo crush Lazio
Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri has called for fans' patience as new recruits settled in. Photo: Alberto Pizzoli/AFP

Roma stun Juve as Chievo crush Lazio

1 day ago

Juventus's early season woes continued on Sunday with a 2-1 defeat to scudetto rivals Roma as Chievo went top of Serie A with a resounding 4-0 win over Lazio.

Migrant crisis
Italy arrests ten over migrant boat deaths
The arrests follow statements made by survivors rescued from the same migrant boat. Photo: Marcello Paternostro/AFP

Italy arrests ten over migrant boat deaths

3 days ago

Italian authorities said Friday they had arrested ten suspected people smugglers in connection with the death by asphyxiation of 52 people who had been forced to remain in the hold of a migrant boat on which 52 people asphyxiated.

Italian lesbian author gets papal blessing
Pope Francis has sent his blessing to a lesbian author of children's books dealing with same-sex families. Photo: Filippo Monteforte

Italian lesbian author gets papal blessing

3 days ago

Pope Francis has sent his blessing to a lesbian author of children's books dealing with same-sex families, wishing her and her wife well in their work, it emerged on Friday.

Venice Film Festival
Jonathan Demme to get Venice award
Silence of the Lambs director Jonathan Demme. Photo: Gabriel Buoys/AFP

Jonathan Demme to get Venice award

3 days ago

Silence of the Lambs director Jonathan Demme is to be presented with the Visionary Talent award at the upcoming Venice Film Festival, organizers announced on Friday.

UK police probe death of Italian restaurant owner
35-year-old Fabio Cabitza reportedly fell from the window of a flat in Homerton, east London. Photo: Raffaele

UK police probe death of Italian restaurant owner

3 days ago

British police are investigating the suspicious death of an Italian restaurant owner, who died after falling from the third floor of a flat in London early on Wednesday morning.

Migrant crisis
Up to 200 feared dead in latest migrant disaster
Two of the migrants rescued in the tragedy. Photo: Mahmud Turkia/AFP

Up to 200 feared dead in latest migrant disaster

3 days ago

Up to 200 people are feared to have died off the coast of Libya in the latest tragedy to strike migrants fleeing conflict in the hope of finding safety in Europe.

Muslim mayor refuses to take in refugees
Mayor Arturo Cerulli converted to Islam 27 years ago. Photo: Arturo Cerulli

Muslim mayor refuses to take in refugees

3 days ago

UPDATED: A Muslim mayor in the Tuscan seaside community of Monte Argentario has provoked a political outcry for refusing to accept any refugees.

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Six-year-old girl being sued for €38,000
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Six-year-old girl being sued for €38,000

August 27, 2015

A six-year-old girl is being sued by a woman for €38,000 for causing a skiing accident in Vorarlberg that left the adult with serious injuries.

Italian base jumper dies in Bernese Oberland
Base jumpers in Lauterbrunnen in the canton of Bern. Photo: AFP

Italian base jumper dies in Bernese Oberland

August 28, 2015

A 46-year-old Italian plunged to his death in the Bernese Alps Thursday after crashing onto rocks during a base jump, the latest in a series of such accidents in Switzerland in the past year, police said.

The Local List
Ten ways Germany puts Britain to shame
Big Brother keeping an eye on Big Ben. Photo: DPA

Ten ways Germany puts Britain to shame

August 26, 2015

As most true Brits realized long ago, there are a lot of reasons why Britain is pretty rubbish. Jörg Luyken argues that his fellow Brits should pack their bags and move to Deutschland.

Denmark enacts cuts to refugee benefits
Demonstrators took to Copenhagen's Nytorv on Wednesday to protest against the cuts. Photo: Emil Hougaard/Scanpix

Denmark enacts cuts to refugee benefits

August 26, 2015

The Danish parliament on Wednesday approved cuts to the welfare benefits afforded to refugees and other immigrants.

Fury as archaeological site ruined and replaced with picnic table
The picnic bench was positioned on top of the ancient tomb. Stock photo: Michael Coghlan/Flickr

Fury as archaeological site ruined and replaced with picnic table

August 26, 2015

Builders in a Galician village confused a neolithic tomb with a broken stone picnic table and replaced the 6,000-year-old artefact with a brand spanking new concrete bench.

Opinion - French schools
Ten ways France must fix its 'failing' school system
What must France do to fix its school system? Photo: AFP

Ten ways France must fix its 'failing' school system

14 hours ago

As pupils head back to the classroom this week, Peter Gumbel, a Paris-based British journalist and author of a best-selling critique of the French school system, spells out for The Local how France must fix a national education system in crisis.

Syrians cross Norway's Arctic border on bicyles
The Storskog border station between Norway and Russia. Photo: Cornelius Poppe/NTB scanpix

Syrians cross Norway's Arctic border on bicyles

August 27, 2015

More than 100 Syrian refugees have crossed the Arctic border into Norway from Russia on bicycles, exploiting a loophole in the country's border regulations.

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'Too big' Swedish model cheers global support
Swedish model Agnes Victoria Hedengård. Photo: Private/Instagram

'Too big' Swedish model cheers global support

August 25, 2015

UPDATED: A 19-year-old model from Sweden has told The Local she is thrilled to have raised concerns about the fashion industry, after using a video to reveal how agencies said she was "too big" despite her being underweight.

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