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French ditch home car brands for Italy's Fiat
Fiat is proving more popular in France. Fiat photo: Shutterstock

French ditch home car brands for Italy's Fiat

French drivers are ditching their country's own brands in favour of Italian car company Fiat, figures released on Monday show. READ  

Pistelli likely to be Italy's new foreign minister
Lapo Pistelli is currently Italy's deputy foreign minister. Photo: IAEA Imagebank/Flickr

Pistelli likely to be Italy's new foreign minister

After Federica Mogherini was on Saturday named the EU’s new foreign policy chief, her deputy Lapo Pistelli is in pole position to take over as Italy's foreign minister. READ  

Italian football
Lack of Italian footballers alarms sport chiefs
Carlo Tavecchio said new centres were being created to foster home-grown talent. Photo: Emanuele.corr/Wikimedia Commons

Lack of Italian footballers alarms sport chiefs

Carlo Tavecchio, head of the Italian Football Federation (FIGC), and Italy coach Antonio Conte said on Monday action was needed to redress the balance of national players after the season kicked off with a majority of foreign footballers. READ  

Spielberg leaves €300 tip in Italian restaurant
Giuseppe Basso, the owner of Locanda Lorena on Palmaria (left) with Steven Spielberg. Photo: Giuseppe Basso/Locanda Lorena

Spielberg leaves €300 tip in Italian restaurant

Waiting staff at a restaurant on an Italian island got a surprise when the American film director Steven Spielberg called in for lunch and left them a €300 tip. Generous though the tip was, it’s not the biggest staff have received, the restaurant’s owner told The Local. READ  

Far right slammed over gay adoption photo
This is not the photograph used by the political party. Baby photo: Shutterstock

Far right slammed over gay adoption photo

An Italian photographer has threatened to sue a far-right political party after it used one of his photographs - originally used for a pro-gay family article - in its campaign against gay people adopting children. READ  

Three Italians killed in Bolivia bus crash
The bus had been making its way back from the Salar de Uyuni salt flats when the accident happened. Photo: Martin Bernetti/AFP

Three Italians killed in Bolivia bus crash

Three Italians were among ten people killed when a tourist bus veered off a highway in Bolivia and crashed early on Saturday morning. READ  

Football
Andrea Pirlo 'available' to play for Italy
Andrea Pirlo is currently sidelined until October with a hip injury. Photo: Giuseppe Cacace/AFP

Andrea Pirlo 'available' to play for Italy

Andrea Pirlo may yet don an Italy shirt again despite suggesting after the World Cup he would move aside for younger talent, new national team boss Antonio Conte said on Sunday. READ  

Four mountaineers killed in Italian Alps
Four people died as they attempted to climb Monte Disgrazia. Photo: Roberto Galbiati

Four mountaineers killed in Italian Alps

Four mountain climbers were killed on Sunday after falling 3,000 metres down a crevasse in the Valtellina region of the Italian Alps, rescue workers said. READ  

Venice Film Festival
A glimpse at the Calabrian mafia in film
Francesco Munzi at the Venice Film Festival. Photo: AFP

A glimpse at the Calabrian mafia in film

Director Francesco Munzi talks about his film at the festival, and who the real "Black Souls" of the Calabrian mafia are. READ  

Mogherini: EU 'foreign minister'
Italy scores EU win as Mogherini gets top job
Mogherini is congratulated by outgoing European Council President Herman van Rompuy, while his successor Donald Tusk looks on. Photo: John Thys/AFP

Italy scores EU win as Mogherini gets top job

UPDATED: Italy's foreign minister, Federica Mogherini has been put in charge of the European Union's foreign relations at a summit in Brussels. The appointment represents a major coup for Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi. READ  

Features
Italy's pooches play at dog-only beach
Dogs play at Baubeach in Maccarese, near Rome. Photo: Gabriel Bouys/AFP

Italy's pooches play at dog-only beach

The sun brollies are up, the beach loungers full and the water is full of daytrippers splashing about. It is a classic Italian scene but with one crucial difference: the beach bums frolicking in the waves at Maccarese are nearly all dogs, revelling in a rare chance to romp by the seaside. READ  

The Local List
Ten fascinating facts about Augustus

Ten fascinating facts about Augustus

As the world marks 2,000 years to the day since the death of the Augustus, The Local brings you ten fascinating facts about Rome’s first ever emperor. READ  

Scots inspire separatists in Italy's Germanic north
Photo: AFP

Scots inspire separatists in Italy's Germanic north

In South Tyrol, Italy's German-speaking northern region, Teutonic efficiency meets Italian flair in a seemingly blissful union of lederhosen, "La Dolce Vita" and idyllic scenery. But for some, life is not so sweet. READ  

My Italian Career
'Italian bureaucracy is like Purgatory'
Kiersten Pilar Miller launched The Milk Bar after her experience of motherhood in Rome. Photo: elena k photography

'Italian bureaucracy is like Purgatory'

When Kiersten Pilar Miller moved to Rome to work on a TV series, she never thought she would end up staying - let alone opening a store selling products for new mums. The New Yorker speaks to The Local about life at The Milk Bar. READ  

JobTalk Italy
'Studying to be a priest requires determination'
Marc Homsey will be ordained a priest on July 26th.

'Studying to be a priest requires determination'

Marc Homsey, from the UK, was a teacher before deciding to become a priest. As he heads towards becoming ordained, the 35-year-old talks to The Local about his training in Rome and what it takes to join the priesthood. READ  

More News
Italy to host EU economy summit in October
Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi called for the EU economy summit in Italy on October 6th. Photo: Alberto Pizzoli/AFP

Italy to host EU economy summit in October

French President Francois Hollande announced on Saturday that EU leaders would hold a summit in Italy in early October aimed at boosting growth and jobs in the bloc. READ  

EU foreign policy job
EU Socialists back Italy FM for foreign policy job
EU Socialists have agreed to back Italy's Foreign Minister Federica Mogherini as the bloc's new foreign policy chief. Photo: Maxim Shipenkov/AFP

EU Socialists back Italy FM for foreign policy job

European Union Socialists have agreed to back Italy's Foreign Minister Federica Mogherini as the bloc's new foreign policy chief, Germany said on Saturday. READ  

EU to aid parmesan hit by Russian ban
Italy exported €45 million worth of dairy products to Russia last year. Parmesan photo: Shutterstock

EU to aid parmesan hit by Russian ban

The European Commission has announced an aid package to help cheesemakers hit by Russia’s embargo on food imports, a move greeted with “satisfaction” by Italy’s parmesan consortium. READ  

First gay couple in Italy allowed to adopt child
Couple photo: Shutterstock

First gay couple in Italy allowed to adopt child

UPDATED: A woman whose partner gave birth has been allowed to adopt the child in the first case of stepchild adoption involving a same-sex couple. It's been described by a rights group as an historic step for Italy. READ  

Mr Gay World 2014: Gallery
Rome seeks to be 'capital of homophobia fight'
The international contestants have been toured around Rome. Photo: Beate A Tecza/MrGayWorld.com

Rome seeks to be 'capital of homophobia fight'

Contestants from around the globe have arrived in Rome for the Mister Gay World 2014 contest as the city seeks to become the "capital of the fight against homophobia". READ  

Italy in recession
Italy's jobless rate back at 12.6 percent
Italy's unemployment rate is back at 12.6 percent. Photo: Jobs photo: Shutterstock

Italy's jobless rate back at 12.6 percent

Italy’s unemployment rate rose again in July after falling slightly in June, and now stands at 12.6 percent, the same rate recorded in April and May. READ  

Polish tourist dies by Rome's Spanish Steps
The accident happened close to Rome's Spanish Steps. Spanish Steps photo: Shutterstock

Polish tourist dies by Rome's Spanish Steps

A 19-year-old tourist died on Friday morning after falling from a convent just metres from Rome’s Spanish Steps. READ  

German tourist falls to death in Italian Alps
The accident happened in the Parcines area of northern Italy. Photo: Tourismusverein Partschins

German tourist falls to death in Italian Alps

A German tourist fell to her death on Thursday while walking in the mountains of northern Italy, the latest person to lose their life in the region this summer. READ  

Venice film festival
Chaplin coffin-theft film premieres in Venice
Eugene Chaplin (L) arrives for the screening of 'The Price of Fame' at the Venice film festival. Photo: Tiziana Fabi/AFP

Chaplin coffin-theft film premieres in Venice

Charlie Chaplin's son attended the Venice film festival on Thursday for the premiere of The Price of Fame, a movie based on the true story of two immigrants who dug up the silent-film legend's coffin for ransom money. READ  

Italian football
Andrea Pirlo sidelined for a month due to hip injury
Juventus playmaker Andrea Pirlo will miss the first month of Serie A action due to a hip injury. Photo: Валерий Дудуш

Andrea Pirlo sidelined for a month due to hip injury

Juventus playmaker Andrea Pirlo will miss the first month of Serie A action after picking up a hip injury, the Italian champions confirmed on Thursday. READ  

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Billionaire's wedding cake bitten by man
Photo: APA (Gert Eggenberger)

Billionaire's wedding cake bitten by man

Richard Lugner, the controversial Austrian billionaire, is in the news again after the wedding cake for his upcoming nuptials was attacked by an unidentified man at his Lugner City shopping centre. READ  

Swiss pick Swedes as ideal neighbours
Two-thirds of the Swiss surveyed would choose Sweden as their neighbour. Photo: Florian Prischl

Swiss pick Swedes as ideal neighbours

Despite a campaign launched by the Swedish to help Chinese people tell the difference between them and the Swiss, it turns out Switzerland and Sweden feel akin after all. Swiss people would rather have the nation of Ikea and ABBA as their neighbour than any other EU country, according to a new survey. READ  

Greens boss films ice challenge with cannabis
Cem Özdemir empties a bucket of water over his head next to a cannabis plant. Photo: Bündnis 90/Die Grünen

Greens boss films ice challenge with cannabis

What looked like just another ALS ice bucket challenge video has become a political statement after the leader of Germany's Green Party Cem Özdemir confirmed he filmed his clip next to a cannabis plant. READ  

Nervous student causes manhunt in Copenhagen
Police responded to the report of a suspicious man aboard a train in Copenhagen. Photo: Claus Bech/Scanpix

Nervous student causes manhunt in Copenhagen

Armed police officers searched throughout the city for a man reported as behaving suspiciously on the train. After finding him it turns out he was "completely clean". READ  

Ice Bucket Challenge
Man hurt as friend swaps ice bucket for plane
"They obviously miscalculated how much water it was," the head of the skydiving company located at the scene of the accident told The Local. File Photo: Pedro Armestre/AFP

Man hurt as friend swaps ice bucket for plane

UPDATED: A Belgian man has been seriously injured after his pilot friend dropped 1,500 litres (396 gallons) of water on him from a fire-fighting plane as part of a failed Ice Bucket Challenge. READ  

Parisian kicked off flight 'because he smelled'
A passenger was reportedly forced off an American Airlines plane because he smelled. Photo: Vincent Desjardins/Flickr

Parisian kicked off flight 'because he smelled'

An investigation is underway to see whether American Airlines may be guilty of discrimination after a passenger from Paris claims he was forced off a plane because he smelled. The airline denies the allegation. READ  

Mohammed is most popular name in Oslo
Photo: Group of multiethnic babies Shutterstock

Mohammed is most popular name in Oslo

For the first time in the capital city's history, Mohammed is the most common name for boys and men, said a study on Thursday. READ  

'Amnesiac' man avoids deportation for ten years

'Amnesiac' man avoids deportation for ten years

Sweden's Migration Board has asked for help after a foreigner facing deportation claimed he can't remember where he's from. The man has been "stuck" in Sweden for over ten years. READ  

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