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Italy boat rescues 'were not migrant pull-factor'
IOM chief William Lacy Swing rejected on Friday allegations that Italy's migrant rescue mission inspired a surge in migrant numbers. Photo: Lionel Healing/AFP

Italy boat rescues 'were not migrant pull-factor'

The International Organization for Migration rejected on Friday allegations that an Italian operation to rescue migrants in the Mediterranean had inspired a surge in the numbers attempting the perilous journey to Europe. READ  

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Cops patrol bus to 'shield' locals from Roma
The controversial bus segregation plan was discussed at the town hall last week. Photo: F Ceragioli/Wikimedia Commons

Cops patrol bus to 'shield' locals from Roma

Police in Borgaro, north-west Italy, are to bolster security on one of the town's bus routes as an alternative to a controversial plan put forward by the town’s mayor to create a bus line only for Roma people. READ  

Italian fined as Ebola joke triggers plane alert
Roberto Binaschi was arrested after getting off an Aer Lingus flight at Dublin airport. Nate Eagelson

Italian fined as Ebola joke triggers plane alert

An Irish court on Friday ordered an Italian man to pay a €2,500 fine for charity after "a sick joke" about Ebola during a flight. READ  

UN fears for migrants as Italy ends rescue mission
Italy has confirmed the end of its boat migrant rescue operation, Mare Nostrum. Photo: HO Italia Navy

UN fears for migrants as Italy ends rescue mission

UPDATED: Italy on Friday confirmed the end of its search and rescue operation "Mare Nostrum", which has saved the lives of tens of thousands of boat migrants in the Mediterranean. READ  

Paolo Gentiloni named Italian foreign minister
Italy's former communications minister Paolo Gentiloni has been nominated foreign minister. Photo: Andreas Solaro/AFP

Paolo Gentiloni named Italian foreign minister

Italy's former communications minister Paolo Gentiloni has been nominated foreign minister, his new deputy said on Friday. READ  

Medics fight to save baby in dead mother's womb
Doctors hope to bring the pregnancy to 28 weeks. Baby photo: Shutterstock

Medics fight to save baby in dead mother's womb

UPDATED: Doctors in Milan are battling to save the life of an unborn baby by keeping his mother's heart beating for another month, despite her being brain dead. An expert told The Local the case is "incredibly rare". READ  

Opinion - Italy's South
'Forget the baby bonus, we need investment'
Naples, in Italy's southern Campania region. Naples photo: Shutterstock

'Forget the baby bonus, we need investment'

With births in southern Italy at their lowest rate in over 150 years, The Local spoke to the head of a development organization about what needs to be done to help Italians have a family. READ  

Renzi under pressure as Italy's jobless rate rises
Italy's unemployment rate hit 12.6 percent in September. Photo: Shutterstock

Renzi under pressure as Italy's jobless rate rises

Italy's unemployment rate rose against analysts' expectations in September, increasing the pressure on Prime Minister Matteo Renzi who is battling trade unions over measures to overhaul the job market. READ  

Italy's poverty rate fell slightly in 2013
The number of residents whose monthly spending is less than €800 remains high. Poverty photo: Shutterstock

Italy's poverty rate fell slightly in 2013

Over a quarter of residents in Italy faced poverty or social exclusion last year, but the number of people at risk of poverty is falling across the country, new statistics show. READ  

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Test your Italian history with The Local's quiz
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Test your Italian history with The Local's quiz

Italy is home to some of the world’s most iconic monuments and is the birthplace of a long list of artists, inventors and composers...but how well do you know its history? READ  

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Top ten: Famous quotes about Italy
German novelist Thomas Mann was struck by the "flattering and suspect beauty" of the city of Venice. Venice photo: Shutterstock

Top ten: Famous quotes about Italy

Italy has been a source of inspiration for many a traveller over the centuries. From Lord Byron to George Clooney, here are ten quotes about the country from some of the peninsula’s most famous visitors. READ  

Opinion - Working in Italy
Is Italy a desirable place for foreigners to work?
Italy came ninth in a survey ranking the most desirable places in the world to work. Italy worker: Shutterstock

Is Italy a desirable place for foreigners to work?

Italy was ranked the ninth most desirable place in the world to work in a survey this week, but some foreigners who live and work here beg to differ. READ  

My Italian Career: Lawyer
'Accept that you're not doing this for the money'
Julia Holden is a lawyer with Trevisan & Cuonzo Avvocati in Milan.

'Accept that you're not doing this for the money'

British lawyer Julia Holden has worked in Italy for over 20 years. She talks to The Local about the challenges of being a foreign lawyer and what it takes to land a role in Italy. READ  

Analysis
Why Milan uni's English switch opened minds
Rector Giovanni Azzone (L) and Professor Michela Arnaboldi are firm supporters of teaching in English. Photos: Politecnico di Milano

Why Milan uni's English switch opened minds

Milan's elite Polytechnic University was hit with an onslaught of criticism in 2011 when it said all its masters courses would be taught in English. The Local went on campus to find out how professors and students are adapting to the innovative move. READ  

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Renzi fights for female FM as Mogherini resigns
Photo: Giuseppe Aresu/AFP

Renzi fights for female FM as Mogherini resigns

Italy's Foreign Minister Federica Mogherini stepped down on Friday, a day before she is set to take on the role of European foreign policy chief in Brussels. READ  

Mummified body found in Modena hospital
The body was found at a hospital in Modena (not pictured). Photo: Hospital image: Shutterstock

Mummified body found in Modena hospital

A mummified body, believed to belong to a patient who went missing in 2011, has been found at Baggiovara hospital in Modena, northern Italy. READ  

Terror at Eataly as two employees stabbed
The man allegedly stabbed two colleagues at Eataly in Rome. Photo: Eataly

Terror at Eataly as two employees stabbed

A cook and security guard were stabbed at Rome’s gourmet Italian food store, Eataly, on Thursday afternoon, allegedly by a colleague who reportedly “went wild” following a row with the cook. READ  

Rip-off Rome taxi driver robs tourists' luggage
The German woman and her daughter took a taxi to Rome's Via Veneto. Taxi photo: Shutterstock

Rip-off Rome taxi driver robs tourists' luggage

A Rome taxi driver charged a German woman and her daughter €100 for a ride from the airport and then sped off with one of their bags, containing possessions worth €10,000, Italian media reported on Thursday. READ  

Births in Southern Italy at lowest rate since 1861
Italy has one of the lowest fertility rates in Europe. Baby photo: Shutterstock

Births in Southern Italy at lowest rate since 1861

The birth rate in southern Italy hit a historic low last year, the lowest registered figure since 1861, figures from a new report show. READ  

Pompeii: Canadian gives back relic after 50 years
The relic was stolen from Pompeii's theatre. Photo: John McLinden

Pompeii: Canadian gives back relic after 50 years

A repentent Canadian woman has given back a relic she stole from the ancient ruins of Pompeii in 1964. READ  

Italian oil giant posts profit rise
Italy's oil and gas giant Eni achieved a rise in net profit in the third quarter despite a drop in production and falling oil prices. Photo: Luca Mascaro

Italian oil giant posts profit rise

Italy's oil and gas giant Eni achieved a 2.5-percent rise in net profit in the third quarter, it said on Thursday despite a drop in production and falling oil prices. READ  

Filming Sky's mafia show in mob villa a 'mistake'
The mansion is in Torre Annunziata, south of Naples. Photo: Xocolatl/Wikimedia Commons

Filming Sky's mafia show in mob villa a 'mistake'

The decision to film the Sky TV series, Gomorra, in a mobster’s mansion - and paying €30,000 for the privilege - was “a mistake”, the show's producer has admitted. READ  

Faster internet among Italy's project proposals
Investment in ultra-broadband is among the proposals set to be submitted by Italy to the EU. Broadband image: Shutterstock

Faster internet among Italy's project proposals

Speeding up internet connection in Italy is among the 1,000 investment project proposals set to be submitted to the European Union, Italy’s Finance Minister Pier Carlo Padoan said on Thursday. READ  

JobTalk Italy
Life as an elite Vatican Swiss Guard
David Geisser has also authored a cookbook filled with popes' favourite recipes. Photo: David Geisser

Life as an elite Vatican Swiss Guard

Despite being better known today for their colourful uniforms than their reputation as fearless warriors, the Swiss Guards have been a powerful symbol of the Vatican for centuries. The Local speaks to David Geisser, one of the latest recruits, about a career protecting popes. READ  

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Ten things to never say to an Austrian
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Ten things to never say to an Austrian

Since it declared its everlasting neutrality on October 26, 1955, the national holiday, the Alpine country of Austria has gone from strength to strength, boasting a staggering twenty Nobel Prize laureates, including seven in physiology or medicine, five in chemistry, three in physics and economist Friedrich Hayek. READ  

Nadal calls time as Federer advances
Nadal: calling it quits for the season after upset loss. Photo: AFP

Nadal calls time as Federer advances

Teenage wildcard Borna Coric stunned Rafael Nadal in the quarterfinals of the Swiss Indoors tennis tournament in Basel on Friday, a defeat which marked the end of the Spaniard's season. READ  

Thief distracts staff by squirting her breast milk
Photo: DPA

Thief distracts staff by squirting her breast milk

A mother in central Germany came up with an unusual tactic to allegedly steal from a pharmacy on Monday. READ  

Russia simulated an attack on Denmark
A Russian MiG-29. Photo: Krasimir Grozev/WikiCommons

Russia simulated an attack on Denmark

The Danish Defence Intelligence Service has released its new long-term risk assessment which reveals that Russia carried out a "a more offensive" military exercise aimed at a heavily-populated target. READ  

'Scary clown' craze hits Spanish city
Coulrophobia, or fear of clowns, has swept across France in recent weeks. Photo of scary clown: Shutterstock

'Scary clown' craze hits Spanish city

A 'scary clown' craze that has caused panic across France in recent weeks has arrived in the northern Spanish city of Gijón, local media are reporting. READ  

France falls to Germans in nude swim tourney
A man holds medals during the naturist swimming championship. Photo: Sebastien Bozon/AFP

France falls to Germans in nude swim tourney

France is known for its clothing-optional beaches, but this weekend it was an international nude swimming competition that drew au naturel swimmers. And of course the Germans took the most medals. READ  

Mount Mannen avalanche set to tumble on Tuesday
Troops and experts prepare for Mount Mannen avalanche. Photo: Terje Pedersen / NTB scanpix

Mount Mannen avalanche set to tumble on Tuesday

Experts studying the imminent avalanche on Mount Mannen in South Norway said it is "fairly probable" it will occur some time on Tuesday. READ  

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Construction worker has 'Sweden's best beard'
Best beard winner Kristofer Larsson. Photo: Pontus Flatum

Construction worker has 'Sweden's best beard'

A father-of-two from west Sweden has fought off competition from more than a hundred hairy men to win a national prize in honour of his beard. READ  

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