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Mussolini to compete in European elections
Alessandra Mussolini pictured with Silvio Berlusconi in 2008. Photo: Alberto Pizzoli/AFP

Mussolini to compete in European elections

Alessandra Mussolini, the granddaughter of the Italian fascist leader Benito Mussolini, is set to compete in the European elections on behalf of Silvio Berlusconi’s Forza Italia party. READ () »

Video
Singing nun strikes again with 80s classic
The nun was singing in a musical ‘battle’ between her and fellow contestant Luna Palumbo. Screengrab: YouTube/The Voice Italy

Singing nun strikes again with 80s classic

Sister Cristina, the Sicilian nun who last month wowed the world with her rendition of Alicia Keys’ No One has done it again with Cyndi Lauper’s Girls Just Want to Have Fun. Watch her performance for yourself. READ () »

Italy embryo mix-up: real parents identified
The mistake happened on December 4th at the Sandro Pertini Hospital in Rome. IVF photo: Shutterstock

Italy embryo mix-up: real parents identified

DNA tests have confirmed that the embryos implanted in a woman in Rome who then became pregnant with twins are not in fact hers. The genetic parents of the twins have now been identified and informed. READ () »

Man dies in suspected 'knockout game'
The unsolicited attack happened in central Pisa. Photo: Argenberg/Flickr

Man dies in suspected 'knockout game'

A man has died in Pisa after being punched in the head while walking in the city centre in an attack characteristic of the so-called ‘knockout game’, a vicious street-game craze that originated in the US, whereby passers-by are punched for the fun of it. READ () »

'You don't have to name to defame on Facebook'
The case involves a financial inspector for the Italian Finance Police who published defamatory content on his Facebook profile. Facebook photo: Shutterstock

'You don't have to name to defame on Facebook'

Facebook users in Italy may want to think twice next time they post something on the social networking site after the country’s highest court ruled that insults on the site – even ones with an unnamed target – could be regarded as defamatory. READ () »

Turkey may win bid to dismantle Italy shipwreck
The Costa Concordia was raised upright last September. Photo: Vincenzo Pinto/AFP

Turkey may win bid to dismantle Italy shipwreck

Turkey may clinch a bid to dismantle the wrecked Costa Concordia cruise ship, Italy's civil protection agency said on Thursday, adding that the decision on which port will be used will be taken in May. READ () »

'Secret' Ostia is bigger than Pompeii
Ostia was once a thriving port. Photo: Ton Rulkens/Flickr

'Secret' Ostia is bigger than Pompeii

Archaeologists have discovered a ‘secret’ part of Ostia, the ancient seaport close to Rome, which they say is ‘bigger than Pompeii’. READ () »

Bruised baby treated for 'cocaine overdose'
The woman's partner stands accused of allowing the baby to ingest cocaine. Cocaine photo: Shutterstock

Bruised baby treated for 'cocaine overdose'

A mother of three in Sicily has been jailed after her toddler son was admitted to hospital with bruises, scratches, burns and a suspected cocaine overdose. READ () »

Telecom Italia elects new chairman
Giuseppe Recchi is the new chairman of Telecom Italia. Photo: Eric Piermont/AFP

Telecom Italia elects new chairman

Telecom Italia investors elected a new chairman on Wednesday and overhauled the company's board in a bid to bring greater transparency and efficiency to Italy's largest phone group. READ () »

Detained Berlusconi ally in Beirut hospital
Marcello Dell'Utri is wanted over mafia charges. Photo: AFP

Detained Berlusconi ally in Beirut hospital

An Italian ex-senator and ally of former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi who was arrested in Lebanon at the weekend was hospitalised in Beirut on Wednesday, his lawyer said. 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 () »

More News
Outcry as Italy auctions off 'haunted island'
The abandoned hospital in Poveglia, where experiments on the mentally sick are rumoured to have taken place. Photo: Wikipedia

Outcry as Italy auctions off 'haunted island'

Residents of Giudecca, an island in the Venice lagoon, are attempting to sabotage plans by the debt-laden Italian government to auction the lease of a neighbouring isle, said to be the most haunted place in Italy, in a bid to prevent it from being turned into “yet another luxury resort”. READ () »

Two men stabbed and left to die on Turin street
Police suspect the murder may be linked to a territorial dispute among rival parking attendants in the area. File photo: Flickr

Two men stabbed and left to die on Turin street

Police are searching for the killer of two men who were stabbed and left to die in the middle of a street in central Turin in the early hours of Wednesday morning. READ () »

Clashes as Rome police move to evict squatters
File photo: Andreas Solaro/AFP

Clashes as Rome police move to evict squatters

Clashes broke out at an abandoned office block in Rome on Wednesday as scores of riot police moved to evict some 350 poor families who had occupied the building because of a chronic housing crisis in the city. READ () »

Italian priest hits boy on scooter and flees
The priest reportedly drove to the hospital to inquire about the status of the patient just a few hours after the accident. Priest photo: Shutterstock

Italian priest hits boy on scooter and flees

A priest who allegedly knocked a boy off his scooter before fleeing the scene in his car in Ravenna, northern Italy, appears to have had a change of heart when he went to the hospital to inquire about his victim. He later handed himself in to police. READ () »

Car sales help boost Italy's exports
Car sales have helped to boost Italy's exports. Photo: Jorge Felix/Flickr

Car sales help boost Italy's exports

Italy's trade surplus rose to €2.6 billion in February thanks to a sharp increase in exports within Europe, particularly of cars, official data showed on Wednesday. READ () »

MP slams Italy migrant health care
Khalid Chaouki is an MP for Italy's Democratic Party (PD). Photo: Khalid Chaouki

MP slams Italy migrant health care

An Italian MP has slammed the treatment of migrants In Italy’s immigration reception centres after a young man from Gambia died at a centre in Sicily on Monday. READ () »

Grillo won't apologize for 'anti-Semitic' post
The post was strongly condemned by Italy’s Jewish community. Photo: Gabriel Bouys/AFP

Grillo won't apologize for 'anti-Semitic' post

Politician Beppe Grillo has refused to apologize to Italy’s Jewish community after the press dubbed him an anti-Semite for publishing an adapted version of Holocaust survivor Primo Levi’s classic ‘If this is a man’. READ () »

Milan pickaxe killer jailed for 20 years
Footage showed Mada 'Adam' Kabobo roaming the streets with the pickaxe slung over his shoulder. Screengrrab: YouTube/Photo: AFP/Italian Police

Milan pickaxe killer jailed for 20 years

A migrant from Ghana who went on the rampage with a pickaxe in Milan last year, killing three people, has been sentenced to 20 years in jail. READ () »

Austrian tourist falls six metres in Imperial Fora
File photo: Andrea Puggioni/Flickr

Austrian tourist falls six metres in Imperial Fora

An Austrian tourist remains in a serious condition after plunging six metres from a parapet at the historic Imperial Fora (Fori Imperiali) site in Rome. READ () »

Original Jesus brings 'Superstar' to Rome
Ted Neeley, the original lead in "Jesus Christ Superstar", is back as the son of God in the musical in Rome. Photo: Gabriel Buoys/AFP

Original Jesus brings 'Superstar' to Rome

Ted Neeley, the original lead in "Jesus Christ Superstar", is back four decades on as the son of God in the hit musical in Rome, and hopes Pope Francis will be in the audience. READ () »

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Swiss voters set to sink Swedish jet fighter deal
Photo: AFP

Swiss voters set to sink Swedish jet fighter deal

Swiss voters are set to sink a massive defence deal with Swedish firm Saab to buy 22 fighter planes, an opinion poll showed Friday ahead of a referendum next month. READ () »

School kids hospitalized after 'porno' party
Photo: DPA

School kids hospitalized after 'porno' party

Dozens of school children at a “porno-themed” high school party were taken to hospital on Thursday for nausea and stomach aches. It was initially believed they were poisoned but no alcohol has been found. READ () »

The Local List
Top expat moans about Spain on Twitter
Having an 'Only in Spain' moment? You're not alone. Picture of angry expat woman: Shutterstock

Top expat moans about Spain on Twitter

Expats in Spain are taking to Twitter to vent their frustrations about life in the country. Here The Local has selected some of the funniest and truest tweets. READ () »

VIDEO
‘Anti-French’ Cadillac ad sparks anger in France
The new 'anti-French' Cadillac ad has not gone down well in France, believe it or not. Photo: Screengrab YouTube

‘Anti-French’ Cadillac ad sparks anger in France

VIDEO: US luxury brand Cadillac should not count on its new electric car selling well in France after its latest advert for the vehicle was blasted as “anti-French” and “lamentable”. See for yourself why and check out the response ad from Ford. READ () »

Norway man finds adult toy in cod's stomach
Bjørn Frilund, 64, with his unusual catch. Photo: Anders Hagen, Åndalsnes Avis

Norway man finds adult toy in cod's stomach

Bjørn Frilund was gutting a large cod he'd caught, when he felt a big lump in its belly. As he cut in, he first found two semi-digested herrings. Then he pulled out a hefty orange vibrator. READ () »

JobTalk Sweden
Sweden's worst office clichés revealed

Sweden's worst office clichés revealed

"We have to hit the brakes and the gas at the same time." Does your Swedish boss confuse you? You're not alone. Swedes have crowned that phrase as the worst workplace cliché of the year. READ () »

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