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Italian doctor 'refused to assist abortion'
Abortion pill photo: Shutterstock

Italian doctor 'refused to assist abortion'

A woman in the process of having a medical abortion was forced to call police to a hospital in Genoa on Easter Saturday after a doctor, described as a ‘conscientious objector’ to abortion, refused to assist her. READ () »

Berlusconi signs up for community service
Silvio Berlusconi will work at an old people's home for one day a week. Photo: AFP

Berlusconi signs up for community service

Italian former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi officially signed up to his community service Wednesday, agreeing to a court document which lays down the rules for his punishment for tax fraud. READ () »

Rome braces itself for thousands of pilgrims
Popes John Paul II and John XXIII will be made saints on Sunday. Photos: Wikipedia and AFP

Rome braces itself for thousands of pilgrims

Rome is getting ready for hundreds of thousands of pilgrims and dozens of foreign delegations visiting the Vatican on Sunday for an historic event - the double canonisation of popes John Paul II and John XXIII. READ () »

Jew-saving priest 'blessed' for WW2 efforts
Giuseppe Girotti died in Dachau concentration camp in 1945. Priest photo: Shutterstock

Jew-saving priest 'blessed' for WW2 efforts

An Italian priest who died in a Nazi concentration camp during the Second World War, after being condemned for helping Jews, is set to be beatified by the Vatican and could become a saint. READ () »

Escaped serial killer sent back to Italy
Serial killer Bartolomeo Gagliano is now back in Italy after escaping from prison in December. Photo: Valerie Hache/AFP

Escaped serial killer sent back to Italy

Serial killer Bartolomeo Gagliano, who escaped from prison in the northern Italian city of Genoa in December after being granted leave to visit his mother, has been sent back to Italy from France. READ () »

Only Greece tops Italy for debt: EU
The Italian government recent cut its 2014 growth forecast to 0.8 percent. Photo: money pictures/Flickr

Only Greece tops Italy for debt: EU

The Italian government's debt-to-GDP ratio hit 132.6 percent in 2013, the second-highest in the EU after Greece, figures released on Wednesday showed. READ () »

Italian doctor sued for 'refusing Easter visit'
Doctor photo: Shutterstock

Italian doctor sued for 'refusing Easter visit'

A doctor in Locorotondo, a town in the southern Italian province of Bari, who took a call from the son of a bedridden patient urgently requiring a tracheostomy tube change at home, is being sued for allegedly failing to assist the woman. READ () »

Italy to declassify Bologna bomb files
A total of 85 people were killed in the 1980 Bologna Massacre. Photo: AFP

Italy to declassify Bologna bomb files

The Italian government will declassify secret documents relating to terrorist attacks in the country during the 1970s and 1980s, including the deadly Bologna train station bombing. READ () »

12-year-old girl saves dad from suicide
The man, from Lecce in Puglia, was said to be having problems at work. Photo: Patrick Nouhailler/Wikipedia

12-year-old girl saves dad from suicide

A 12-year-old girl from Lecce in the southern Italian region of Puglia saved her father from suicide after reading a "desperate" text message from him. READ () »

Italian hospital botched paternity test
Paternity test photo: Shutterstock

Italian hospital botched paternity test

An appeal court in Milan has ordered a hospital in Como to pay €50,000 for the “psychological damage” inflicted on a 14-year-old boy after his ‘father’ abandoned him over a botched paternity test. READ () »

Features
My Italian Career
'I want everyone to care about Italian history'
Darius Arya co-founded the American Institute for Roman Culture (AIRC) in 2003.

'I want everyone to care about Italian history'

Darius Arya, from the US, has always had a passion for the ancient, so where better to pursue being an archaeologist than in Rome. With one eye on the capital's history and another on social media, Arya talks to The Local about how he's managed to carve himself a role as a multi-platform archaeologist. READ () »

JobTalk Italy
Top 10: dream jobs in Italy for expats
Writer photo: Shutterstock

Top 10: dream jobs in Italy for expats

Italy may have one of the highest rates of unemployment in Europe, but in some areas there is a huge demand for workers, especially foreigners. READ () »

My Italian Career
'We are building a loyal fan base of crisp lovers'
Pete Grey, left, and Marcello Esposito are selling Brown Bag Crisps in northern Italy

'We are building a loyal fan base of crisp lovers'

Surviving in Italy often means going out on a limb. Pete Grey, from the UK, and his Italian business partner, Marcello Esposito, looked to Britain for inspiration, and are now daring to challenge Italians' taste in food with a classic British product. READ () »

Gallery: The Local's Property of the Week
Castle Baronale was once the home of Cardinal Barberini. Photo: Knight Frank

Gallery: The Local's Property of the Week

If you’ve always dreamt of being King or Queen of your own castle, there’s one in the heart of Lazio that might just satisfy your inner aristocrat. READ () »

My Italian Career
'We saw a gap in the market in Italy'
Paul and Lisa Howard set up an office for Blacktower Financial Management in Rome last year.

'We saw a gap in the market in Italy'

With its precarious economy, high corporate tax and cumbersome bureaucracy, Italy isn't usually top of the list for foreign business investment. But one company is seeing a golden opportunity amid all the obstacles. READ () »

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Hanged man found in school with wrists tied
The school was closed for the Easter holidays when the man's body was found. School photo: Shutterstock

Hanged man found in school with wrists tied

The body of a man has been found in a school in Naples, hanging from a stairwell with his wrists tied behind his back, in what police believe to be a suicide. READ () »

The Local List
Top ten English words adopted by Italians
Italians have largely shunned "fine settimana" in favour of the English-language "weekend". Weekend photo: Shutterstock

Top ten English words adopted by Italians

English-speakers have for years adopted Italian words, including everything from "diva" to "mafia", but now the linguistic tables have turned. The Local takes a look at some of the most common - and most unexpected - English words creeping into the Italian language. READ () »

We did not rule baptism a crime: court
Baptism photo: Shutterstock

We did not rule baptism a crime: court

A European court has dismissed as untrue a story that claimed baptizing newborn children without permission from both parents "violates their freedom". READ () »

Venice holiday snaps snare iPad thief
The man was caught after taking photos with the stolen iPad while on holiday in Venice. Photo: Comando Provinciale Carabinieri Milano

Venice holiday snaps snare iPad thief

A man has been arrested in Milan for stealing an iPad after the owner of the tablet discovered holiday snaps of the alleged thief in Venice. The owner managed to access the photos thanks to the device’s iCloud serivce. READ () »

Hopes for Italian priest's release in Syria
Paolo Dall'Oglio went missing in Syria in July 2013. Photo: Kenzo Tribouillard/AFP

Hopes for Italian priest's release in Syria

An Italian priest captured by Islamic fighters in Syria last year is alive, with negotiations currently underway for his release, according to Italian media. READ () »

Italy's biggest banks sign loan deal with US firm
Intesa Sanpaolo's headquarters in Turin. Along with UniCredit, the bank has signed a deal with US private equity firm KKR for a restructured loan vehicle. Photo: Wikipedia

Italy's biggest banks sign loan deal with US firm

Italy's two biggest banks, Intesa Sanpaolo and UniCredit, have signed a deal with US private equity firm KKR and restructuring adviser Alvarez & Marsal to create a vehicle for restructured loans, a statement said on Tuesday. READ () »

'Italy must stop saving migrants': ex-minister
Italy's sea operation, which plucks people from floundering vessels in the Mediterranean, reportedly costs €9 million a month. Photo: HO/Italian Coast Guard/AFP

'Italy must stop saving migrants': ex-minister

Italy has rescued over 1,000 migrants over the past 48 hours, the navy said on Tuesday, amid rising criticism from the political right over the high cost of the operation. READ () »

Earthquake rocks north-east Italy
The earthquake was felt in the Trieste area, in north-east Italy. Trieste photo: Shutterstock

Earthquake rocks north-east Italy

An earthquake measuring 4.7 on the Richter scale was felt across north-east Italy on Tuesday morning, from the epicentre in neighbouring Slovenia. READ () »

Italian toddler dies from methadone overdose
Methadone is used to wean drug addicts off heroine. Heroine photo: Shutterstock

Italian toddler dies from methadone overdose

A two-year-old boy who died last year in north-west Italy was killed by the heroin-replacement drug methadone, according to a new toxicology report. READ () »

Adolf Hitler's birthday celebrated in Milan
Posters were put up across Milan by neo-Nazis in honour of Adolf Hitler's birthday. Photo: Wikipedia

Adolf Hitler's birthday celebrated in Milan

Supporters of Adolf Hitler in Milan emblazoned the city with posters of the German dictator over the weekend in honour of his 125th birthday. READ () »

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Germans smuggle cash out of Switzerland
Customs officials found €573 million in illegal money in 2013. Photo: Emilian Robert Vicol

Germans smuggle cash out of Switzerland

The number of Germans smuggling money out of Switzerland rose dramatically last year. Customs officers on the German-Swiss border said on Thursday they made a find in almost every third car they checked. READ () »

Girls find live munition in Easter bonfire
Nane, with her father and a picture of the cartridge-laden wood. Photo: DPA

Girls find live munition in Easter bonfire

Two 12-year-old German girls found live ammunition lodged into a branch in an Easter bonfire. It was due to be lit the next day, potentially igniting the cartridges and causing disaster. READ () »

Spain rated world's most gay-friendly country
Spain was the third country in the world to legalize same-sex marriage. Photo: Dani Pozo/AFP

Spain rated world's most gay-friendly country

A new international 'morality poll' looking at 40 nations has revealed that Spanish people earn top marks in terms of acceptance of homosexuality. READ () »

IN PICTURES
French actress Deneuve to sell €4m château
Catherine Deneuve's Château de Primard, which she is selling for €4 million. Photo: Sotheby's

French actress Deneuve to sell €4m château

Famed French actress Catherine Deneuve has reportedly put her holiday home up for sale. The Château de Primard, located 75 km from Paris, will go on the market for a cool €4 million. READ () »

Norway teen has lived in cave for a year
da Beate Løken in her cave. Photo: Screen Grab Romerikes Blad TV

Norway teen has lived in cave for a year

A 19-year-old girl from the most fjord-filled region of Western Norway has been living a cave for almost a year with little but a high-grade sleeping bag to get her through the gruelling Norwegian winter. READ () »

Swedes open coffin of 850-year-old king
Photo: Bertil Ericson/TT

Swedes open coffin of 850-year-old king

UPDATED: Scientists pried open the 850-year-old casket of King Erik the Holy on Wednesday, hoping to find out more about the king, his crown, and his eating habits. READ () »

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