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ITALY SPENDING CUTS
Italy's state barbers' pay trimmed...to €99,000
Italy's government barbers will have their pay capped at €99 a year. Note, the men pictured are not parliamentary workers. Barber photo: Shutterstock

Italy's state barbers' pay trimmed...to €99,000

Barbers paid to style Italy's politicians will see €37,000 shaved off their salaries, as part of government spending cuts which will cap their incomes at €99,000 a year. READ  

Fruit seller dies after setting himself on fire
The fruit and seller died after setting himself on fire. Photo: Fruit and vegetables photo: Shutterstock

Fruit seller dies after setting himself on fire

An unemployed man who set himself on fire after two police officers allegedly tried to confiscate boxes of fruit that he was selling illegally, has died of his injuries in Sicily. READ  

ITALIAN ECONOMY
Italy's labour reforms will boost youth employment
Prime Minister Matteo Renzi wants to make it easier for companies to hire and fire employees. Jobs photo: Shutterstock

Italy's labour reforms will boost youth employment

Prime Minister Matteo Renzi’s controversial labour reforms will be painful in the short-term but will eventually boost jobs, especially for young people in Italy, an economist told The Local. READ  

Ukraine crisis hits gas prices in Italy
Gas prices are due to jump 5.4 percent in the last quarter of 2014. Gas photo: Shutterstock

Ukraine crisis hits gas prices in Italy

The conflict in Ukraine will lead gas prices to rise in Italy this winter, the national energy authority has said. READ  

ITALY UNEMPLOYMENT
Youth jobless rate hits record high in August
Youth unemployment in Italy reached 44.2 percent in August. Photo: Job search photo: Shutterstock

Youth jobless rate hits record high in August

Italy’s jobless rate fell 12.3 percent in August, from 12.6 percent in July, but youth unemployment hit a record high of 44.2 percent. READ  

ITALIAN REFORMS
German minister praises Italy's reform efforts
German Labour Minister Andrea Nahles has given Italy's reforms the thumbs-up. Photo: Clemens Bilan/AFP

German minister praises Italy's reform efforts

It’s rare for Germany to compliment its debt-ridden southern EU counterpart, but German Labour Minister Andrea Nahles sprung to Italy's defense on Monday, saying it was “incredible” to see how much effort the government has already made with reforms. READ  

Cash-strapped Rome film festival sacks 'jury'
The prizes at this year's Rome's international film festival will be decided by a vote by the viewing public as organisers move to cut costs. Photo: Tiziana Fabi/AFP

Cash-strapped Rome film festival sacks 'jury'

The prizes at this year's Rome's international film festival will be decided by a vote by the viewing public as organisers move to cut costs by doing away with expensive star juries. READ  

PRADA TAX EVASION PROBE
Prada chiefs in tax evasion probe
Miuccia Prada and her husband Patrizio Bertelli are being probed over tax evasion. Photo: Christophe Simon/AFP

Prada chiefs in tax evasion probe

Troubled Italian fashion giant Prada stonewalled questions over its tax affairs on Monday after it emerged that its top two executives are being investigated for allegedly not disclosing many millions in overseas earnings to Italian authorities. READ  

COSTA CONCORDIA
Schettino's ex-lover in 'tell the truth' threat
Domnica Cemortan admitted in court last year to being Francesco Schettino's lover. Photo: Eduard Gizgu/Adevarul Chisinau/AFP

Schettino's ex-lover in 'tell the truth' threat

Domnica Cemortan, the former lover of Costa Concordia captain Francesco Schettino, said he has until tomorrow to “tell the truth” over the moments after the fatal cruise ship crash, or she will reveal all. READ  

Boy, 5, gets Hepatitis B from discarded syringe
The syringe was discarded in a park in Padua. Photo: Syringe photo: Shutterstock

Boy, 5, gets Hepatitis B from discarded syringe

The parents of a four-year-old boy are planning to sue authorities in Padua after the child contracted Hepatitis B from a discarded syringe while playing in a park. READ  

Features
My Italian Career
'I chose Italy because I know the culture'
Gilad Uziely (L) with a Mekomy guide in Rome. Photo: Gilad Uziely

'I chose Italy because I know the culture'

Tourism in Italy is big business, but it’s not always easy for visitors to find out how best to learn about the vast culture. As the website Mekomy expands into Italy, we spoke to its Israeli co-founder, Gilad Uziely, about how it's challenging traditional tourism. READ  

The Local List
Italy's expat tribes: What kind are you?
Do you love to sit in the piazza wistfully with your sketchbook? Shutterstock

Italy's expat tribes: What kind are you?

Whatever motivated you to move to Italy, The Local's got you sussed. From diplomacy to wine, we've picked out the top ten expat tribes in Italy. Which one do you belong to? READ  

The Local List
The world's top ten unis to study Italian
The University of Cambridge in the UK offers an Italian degree. Photo: llee_wu

The world's top ten unis to study Italian

The Local takes a look at the world’s leading universities offering Italian degrees, everywhere from California to Melbourne. READ  

Higher education
Ranked: Italy's best MBAs in English
Italy's highly-ranked business schools are in Milan and Rome. Graduation photo: Shutterstock

Ranked: Italy's best MBAs in English

Italy is casting aside its image as a monolingual country for higher education, by inviting foreign business students to study in English. The Local takes a look at the top three MBAs in the country. READ  

The Local List
Top ten: Weird Italian expressions
Il lupo nero porta fortuna. Photo: Bruce Mckay

Top ten: Weird Italian expressions

It is fair to say that when people visit or move to Italy, they will probably come across some typical sayings and Italian expressions that may sound completely out of context, and sometimes even slightly weird. READ  

More News
eBay users snub Italy’s luxury official cars
A fleet of Maseratis, formerly used by government officials, remain unsold. Screengrab: eBay

eBay users snub Italy’s luxury official cars

Almost 100 luxury official cars, including a fleet of Maseratis, remain unsold after Italian government tried to auction them off on eBay in an effort to shore-up much needed cash. READ  

Drunk driver kills brother and three others
The driver is now facing charges of multiple manslaughter. Drink driving photo: Shutterstock

Drunk driver kills brother and three others

A drunk driver in southern Italy crashed into a bar killing four people, including his younger brother and the bar owner's two sons who were sitting outside. READ  

Udder joy: Italian man is world's best cow-milker
The winner milked 8.7 litres of milk from his cow in two minutes. Milking photo: Shutterstock

Udder joy: Italian man is world's best cow-milker

An Italian man has won the world cow-milking championship in northern Italy, after the title holder said the anti-doping checks were not rigorous enough and refused to compete. READ  

'Granny pusher', 82, arrested in Sardinia
The 82-year-old was arrested while packaging drugs at her home in Cagliari. Photo: Drugs photo: Shutterstock

'Granny pusher', 82, arrested in Sardinia

Her drug dealing career spanned over 50 years, but now an 82-year-old woman, nicknamed “the grandmother of drug pushers”, has finally been arrested at her home in Sardinia. READ  

ITALIAN ECONOMY
Italy's high tax 'burden' stalls economic rebound
The government should be focusing on spending cuts, not increasing taxes, the report said. Taxes photo: Shutterstock

Italy's high tax 'burden' stalls economic rebound

Italy’s tax system has become increasingly costly and inefficient since the economic crisis, with the burden falling on workers and business owners, a new study has found. READ  

Chinese fashion titans look to Italy for value
Uma Wang, China's best-known international designer, uses a 60 percent made-in-Italy production model. Photo: Filippo Monteforte/AFP

Chinese fashion titans look to Italy for value

It has been called fashion's dirty little secret but according to Miuccia Prada, soon everybody will be doing it. READ  

Clooney wedding 'good news for the Middle East'
Newlyweds George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin are expected to officialise their marriage at a civil service in Venice on Monday. Photo: Pierre Teyssot

Clooney wedding 'good news for the Middle East'

George Clooney's Lebanese father-in-law said on Sunday that his daughter Amal Alamuddin's wedding to the Hollywood heartthrob was "very good news" for the turmoil-ridden Middle East. READ  

George Clooney Wedding
Clooney ties knot in star-studded Venice bash
George Clooney waves to fans from a taxi boat on the Grand Canal on his way to the Aman hotel on September to celebrate his wedding. AFP Photo/Andreas Solaro

Clooney ties knot in star-studded Venice bash

Hollywood heartthrob George Clooney and Lebanese-British lawyer Amal Alamuddin married in Venice on Saturday in one of the most high-profile celebrity weddings in years. READ  

Italian killed in Himalayan avalanche
File photo: Prakash Mathema/AFP

Italian killed in Himalayan avalanche

An Italian national has been named as one of the two climbers killed in an avalanche in the Himalayas. READ  

Child dead after Sicily mud geyser eruption
The eruption of a mud geyser at the Maccalube nature reserve in Sicily killed a seven-year-old girl on Saturday. Photo: MJobling

Child dead after Sicily mud geyser eruption

The sudden eruption of a mud geyser at a nature reserve in southern Sicily killed a seven-year-old girl on Saturday, Italian media reported, adding that her nine-year-old brother was missing. READ  

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NSA 'could be spying on UN' in Vienna
Vienna's UNO City. Photo: APA/ROBERT JAEGER

NSA 'could be spying on UN' in Vienna

Photos have emerged that suggest that the NSA - the US intelligence service - has a monitoring station in Vienna used for listening in on what’s happening at the UN complex. READ  

Study sounds warning alarm for Swiss cow bells
Cows wear ceremonial bells during the desalpe at Charmey. Photo: Caroline Bishop

Study sounds warning alarm for Swiss cow bells

The future of one of Switzerland’s most iconic symbols is under threat after a new study found that cow bells can damage the hearing and feeding habits of the alpine cows that wear them. READ  

Hamburg graffiti legend killed by train
Oz pictured in 2013. Photo: OZM gallery, in memory of Oz

Hamburg graffiti legend killed by train

Hamburg's most prolific graffiti artist was killed on Thursday night by an S-Bahn train, police said on Friday. READ  

Sex toys and burgers at Copenhagen restaurant
"Would you like a spanking to go with that?" Photo: Submitted

Sex toys and burgers at Copenhagen restaurant

In serving burgers next to dildos, Hot Buns is just giving the people what they want, the owner tells The Local. READ  

Spanish court suspends Catalan self-rule vote
Pro-independence Catalans protest with a banner reading "Disobey" in front of a Spanish government delegation in Barcelona on Monday . Photo: Josep Lago/AFP

Spanish court suspends Catalan self-rule vote

Spain's Constitutional Court on Monday suspended an independence referendum called by Catalonia for November 9th, although leaders of the rich north-eastern region vowed to press ahead anyway with preparations for the vote. READ  

Striking Air France pilots refuse to budge
Air France has moved to end a crippling air strike by proposing scrapping its plans to expand its low-cost subsidiary into Europe. Photo: Eric Feferberg/AFP

Striking Air France pilots refuse to budge

UPDATED: Defiant Air France pilots said they would continue their crippling strike on Thursday despite company chiefs proposing to scrap its plans to expand its low-cost subsidiary into Europe. Company chiefs had called for pilots to return to work "immediately". READ  

Cops swipe smugglers of Norwegian nappies
The nappies in the picture are not the nappies in the story. Nappy photo: Shutterstock

Cops swipe smugglers of Norwegian nappies

Police in northern Sweden have arrested two individuals with a haul of over 25,000 Norwegian nappies, which they believe were destined for the black market in eastern Europe. READ  

National
Scientists sneak Bob Dylan lyrics into articles
A simple twist of fate led these Dylan fans to the same university. Photo: Gustav Mårtensson

Scientists sneak Bob Dylan lyrics into articles

Five Swedish scientists have confessed that they have been quoting Bob Dylan lyrics in research articles and are running a wager on who can squeeze the most in before retirement. READ  

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