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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  

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  

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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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Five hurt in Rome jobs protest clashes
Terni steel workers and their families pictured earlier this year. Photo: Alberto Pizzoli/AFP

Five hurt in Rome jobs protest clashes

Skirmishes broke out between Italian police and metal workers protesting job cuts in Rome on Wednesday, fuelling tensions between Prime Minister Matteo Renzi's government and trade unions. READ  

Light shines brightly on Italy's prized artworks
A revolutionary new lighting system has been installed at Rome's Sistine Chapel. Photo: Filippo Monteforte/AFP

Light shines brightly on Italy's prized artworks

High above the altar in the Vatican's Sistine Chapel, the halo around Jesus Christ's head in Michelangelo's famous frescoes shines with a brighter glow, thanks to a revolutionary new lighting system. READ  

Doing business in Italy is getting harder
The basic cost of setting up a business in Italy is over €3,000. Business photo: Shutterstock

Doing business in Italy is getting harder

It is becoming increasingly difficult to do business in Italy, particularly when it comes to paying taxes and getting electricity connected, according to a new survey by the World Bank. READ  

Ferrari spin-off 'will preserve Italian heritage'
Ferrari is to be spun off as an independent business with 10 percent floated on the stock exchange. Photo: Naotake Murayama

Ferrari spin-off 'will preserve Italian heritage'

Luxury car company Ferrari is to be spun off as an independent business with ten percent floated on the stock exchange, parent group Fiat Chrysler Automobiles said on Wednesday, reporting firm profits. READ  

Outrage as Italy's broke far-right party sacks 76
Leader Matteo Salvini said the party would draw on its voluntary service. Photo: Marco Bertorello/AFP

Outrage as Italy's broke far-right party sacks 76

The leader of Italy’s far-right Northern League has confessed the political party is “money poor”, angering staff by announcing a series of layoffs at its Milan headquarters. READ  

Furore after Milan boss called 'fat Indonesian'
Erick Thohir took over Inter Milan last year after acquiring a 70 percent share from former president Massimo Moratti. Photo: Bay Ismoyo/AFP

Furore after Milan boss called 'fat Indonesian'

Inter Milan president Erick Thohir was subjected to a fresh attack after an Italian columnist with the Huffington Post labelled him a "a fat little Indonesian", reports said Wednesday. 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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Italian sex abuse priest hangs himself in church
The priest confessed to committing "grave acts" with a 13-year-old girl. Priest photo: Shutterstock

Italian sex abuse priest hangs himself in church

An Italian priest who admitted to sexually abusing a young teenage girl hanged himself in the sacristy - the cleric's changing room in his church - the diocese of Santa Croce in northern Italy said on Wednesday. READ  

Ebola crisis
Uproar over US troops' Ebola quarantine in Italy
S troops at the Vicenza base. Photo: Edward Braly/HO US Army/AFP

Uproar over US troops' Ebola quarantine in Italy

The decision to put a dozen American soldiers returning from Liberia into quarantine for Ebola at their base near Venice rather than in the United States sparked controversy in Italy on Wednesday. READ  

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Top ten: funniest English translations in Italy
We can only assume this is a mistranslation of the Italian verb "molestare", meaning "to bother" in English. Photo: Jeff Dlouhy/Flickr

Top ten: funniest English translations in Italy

It's kind when Italians translate menus and signs into English for the benefit of us Anglos, but the result is sometimes hilarious. We've gathered a collection of photos of the most amusing translations. READ  

Doctor 'forged baby scan to hide deformity'
The gynaecologist is accused of falsifying a pregnancy scan after a baby was born without a hand and part of its forearm.Pregnancy scan photo: Shutterstock

Doctor 'forged baby scan to hide deformity'

A gynaecologist at a hospital in the northern Italian province of Vicenza is being investigated for allegedly falsifying a pregnancy scan after a baby was born without a hand and part of its forearm. READ  

A year of Mare Nostrum: Italy's 'proud' rescuers
Rescuers hold babies as an Italian military ship arrives in Pozzallo, Sicily, in June 2014. Photo: Giovanni Isolino/AFP

A year of Mare Nostrum: Italy's 'proud' rescuers

As Italy mulls ending its "Mare Nostrum" sea operation, Italians recount their experiences on the front lines of the battle to save tens of thousands of boat migrants. READ  

Da Vinci's self-portrait in rare public show
The only existing self-portrait by Leonardo da Vinci has only been put on show for the public three times in the last century. Photo: Giuseppe Cacace/AFP

Da Vinci's self-portrait in rare public show

The only existing self-portrait by Italian master Leonardo da Vinci is to make a rare appearance in a new exhibition in Turin in northern Italy, organizers said on Tuesday. READ  

EU clears Italy's budget for 2015
The European Commission cleared Italy's budget for 2015 after the country made last-minute changes to meet EU demands. Photo: Patrick Hertzog/AFP

EU clears Italy's budget for 2015

The European Commission said on Tuesday it had found no serious fault with eurozone member states' 2015 budget plans, clearing Italy and France after they made last-minute changes to meet EU demands. READ  

What's on in Italy: November
What's on in Italy: ten things to do in November
November is the time to try Italy’s renowned white truffles during the short period in which they are in season. Photo: Alessandro Giannini

What's on in Italy: ten things to do in November

If you're short of ideas for what to do in Italy in November, we've gathered a list of ten events that are well worth checking out, especially if you like art, jazz, olives and truffles. READ  

Foreigners in Italy are happier than Italians
Foreigners in Italy are much happier with their lives than Italians, according to Istat. Life Satisfaction photo: Shutterstock

Foreigners in Italy are happier than Italians

Foreigners in Italy are much happier with their lives than Italians, according to figures published on Tuesday by Istat, the national statistics agency. READ  

1,749 apply for 30 jobs at McDonald's in Venice
A McDonald's outlet at Mestre train station. Photo: Anne Jacko

1,749 apply for 30 jobs at McDonald's in Venice

1,749 people have so far applied for 30 jobs at a fourth McDonald's fastfood outlet set to open in the Venice suburb of Mestre. READ  

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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  

German exports to Russia dive by a quarter
Russia has banned food imports from the EU. Photo: DPA

German exports to Russia dive by a quarter

German exports to Russia have collapsed by more than a quarter, according to figures released on Wednesday, as sanctions brought about by the Ukraine crisis take effect. READ  

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Melting ice gives 'wake-up call' in Copenhagen
100 tonnes of Greenlandic ice was brought to Copenhagen to melt in front of onlookers in order to make "the climate challenges we are facing tangible". Photo: Anders Sune Berg

Melting ice gives 'wake-up call' in Copenhagen

Artist Olafur Eliasson confronted onlookers with the realities of climate change by bringing 12 huge blocks of Greenlandic ice to downtown Copenhagen. See photos of the event here. READ  

Drug mule left to die in airport over Ebola fears
The drug mule arrived at Madrid's Barajas airport almost two hours before dying of an overdose. Photo o Barajas airport: Shutterstock

Drug mule left to die in airport over Ebola fears

A Nigerian drug smuggler at Madrid's international airport who started shivering after the cocaine bags he was carrying inside his body burst was left to die after airport authorities activated an emergency Ebola alert READ  

Mother has four limbs removed after abortion
A French mum had to have four limbs amputated due to complications following an abortion. Photo: Shutterstock

Mother has four limbs removed after abortion

A woman who had an abortion in Bordeaux is suing the medical team that performed the procedure after she ended up having to have partial amputations to both arms and legs. 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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