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Italy plans bid for 2023 Rugby World Cup
Italian Rugby Federation bosses have officially confirmed their interest in hosting the 2023 World Cup. Photo: Andreas Solaro/AFP

Italy plans bid for 2023 Rugby World Cup

Italian Rugby Federation (Fir) bosses have officially confirmed their interest in hosting the 2023 World Cup. READ  

Italian stripped of World Press Photo award
World Press Photo said Giovanni Troilo had broken the rules governing the awards. Photo: Robin Utrecht/ANP/AFP

Italian stripped of World Press Photo award

An Italian photographer has been stripped of a prestigious World Press Photo award after lying about the location of the image shot in Belgium. READ  

Italians cheesed off over US parmesan copies
Parmesan makers have cried foul over the huge scale on which the famous Italian cheese is copied in the United States. Photo: Parmesan photo: Shutterstock

Italians cheesed off over US parmesan copies

Parmesan makers cried foul on Thursday over the huge scale on which the famous Italian cheese is copied in the United States. READ  

Anger as EU keeps mobile roaming fees
Mobile phone use at airport. Photo: Shutterstock

Anger as EU keeps mobile roaming fees

A decision by EU governments not to end roaming mobile charges until the end of 2018 has prompted anger from consumer groups and EU politicians who had wanted the fees ditched this year. READ  

Italy's gender pay gap getting worse
No EU country has achieved full gender pay equality. Pay gap photo: Shutterstock

Italy's gender pay gap getting worse

Italy's gender pay gap is increasing, with women on average earning 7.3 percent less than men and rarely making it into managerial positions, figures released on Thursday show. READ  

Unesco praises Italy for efforts to save Pompeii
Unesco has praised Italy for its efforts to save Pompeii. Photo: Pompeii photo: Shutterstock

Unesco praises Italy for efforts to save Pompeii

Two years after Unesco gave Italy a stern rebuke over its upkeep of the Roman city of Pompeii, the UN cultural agency has praised the country for the strides made in maintaining the site. READ  

M5S politicians in €10m salary gift to Italians
Italian businesses will be able to apply for a cash injection of up to €35,000. Business photo: Shutterstock

M5S politicians in €10m salary gift to Italians

Politicians from the Five Star Movement are giving €10 million of their salaries and unspent allowances to Italian business owners and entrepreneurs, the party announced on Wednesday. READ  

Two dead as strong winds and rain lash Italy
Two people have died as strong winds and heavy rain lash Italy. Rain photo: Shutterstock

Two dead as strong winds and rain lash Italy

Two people have died as strong winds and heavy rain wreaked havoc across parts of Italy. READ  

PM at Nemtsov murder site before Putin meet
Matteo Renzi will meet Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday in Moscow. Photo: Frederick Florin/AFP

PM at Nemtsov murder site before Putin meet

Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi on Thursday visited the Moscow bridge on which the opposition leader Boris Nemtsov was murdered, ahead of a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin. READ  

Cash-strapped Parma rescue 'plan' in place
A financial rescue plan to enable cash-strapped Parma see out the remainder of the Serie A season is in place. Photo: Paolo Cocco/AFP

Cash-strapped Parma rescue 'plan' in place

A financial rescue plan to enable cash-strapped Parma see out the remainder of the Serie A season is in place, the Italian football federation (FIGC) said on Wednesday. READ  

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Ten phrases to arm you for your Italian date
In Italian a blind date is an "appuntamento al buio" (literally a date in the dark). Blind date photo: Shutterstock

Ten phrases to arm you for your Italian date

Just like English, the Italian language has some interesting expressions when it comes to love and dating. We’ve put together a list of ten of phrases – just in time for Valentine’s Day. READ  

Dating in Italy
Why flirty Italians still don't do online dating
It might be harder to find love online in Italy. Italy romance photo: Shutterstock

Why flirty Italians still don't do online dating

Online dating has taken off around the world but in Italy it still hasn't quite caught on. As Valentines Day looms, The Local's Angela Giuffrida finds out why. READ  

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Top ten: your favourite Italian words
The exclamation “Mannaggia!” (Dammit!) is the favourite word of The Local’s Angela Giuffrida. Woman with a broken down car: Shutterstock

Top ten: your favourite Italian words

Everyone who learns Italian will have favourite words - whether it’s because of their sound, their meaning or their associations. With the help of our readers The Local has put together a list of likely candidates. READ  

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Ten common mistakes Italians make in English
The difference between “fun” and “funny” can be hard for Italians to understand. Couple having fun and A clown: Shutterstock

Ten common mistakes Italians make in English

Despite an increasing number of Italians speaking excellent English, common mix-ups continue. The Local takes a look at the top ten linguistic mistakes. READ  

The secret of Italy’s best city: speaking German?
Bolzano was given 10/10 for safety in a recent OECD report on well-being. Bolzano photo: Shutterstock

The secret of Italy’s best city: speaking German?

Bolzano in the far north of Italy consistently earns top marks for quality of life, scoring well on everything from jobs to civic engagement. The Local finds out what makes the German-speaking city so special. READ  

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Why Libya is ringing alarm bells in Italy
Soldiers in Benghazi, eastern Libya, in February 2015. Photo: Abdullah Doma/AFP

Why Libya is ringing alarm bells in Italy

As Rome rings alarm bells over the deteriorating situation in Libya, The Local investigates the ramifications of a conflict across the Mediterranean. READ  

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James Bond's best Italian moments
Bond, played by Roger Moore, in a gondola in Moonraker. Screengrab: Adrien Malbosc/YouTube

James Bond's best Italian moments

From a car chase along the Sardinian coast to a high-speed gondola chase in Venice, Italy has provided the backdrop for some of the most exciting James Bond scenes to date. As filming wraps on Spectre - the latest 007 film - we take a look at Bond’s best Italian moments. READ  

How Islamic college plan has split Italian town
Plans are underway to bring an Islamic University to Lecce, in Puglia. Photo: Lecce photo: Shutterstock

How Islamic college plan has split Italian town

Plans to build an Islamic university for 5,000 students in a small town in Italy's heel will help change attitudes towards Muslims, organizers say. But many locals are afraid that it will change the character of Lecce - and are asking who's paying for it. READ  

Ten dead after migrant boat capsizes off Sicily
The EU pledged last month to increase aid to Italy to help cope with the ongoing influx of migrants. Photo: Gabriel Buoys/AFP

Ten dead after migrant boat capsizes off Sicily

UPDATED: A boat transporting migrants has capsized off Sicily, killing at least ten people, while hundreds have been rescued in various incidents over the past day, the Italian coast guard said on Wednesday. READ  

3.7 earthquake hits Tuscany overnight
The earthquake's epicentre was registered between Florence and Siena. Tuscany photo: Shutterstock

3.7 earthquake hits Tuscany overnight

People living in the Florence and Siena areas were woken by strong tremors after an earthquake registering 3.7 on the Richter scale hit Tuscany overnight. READ  

Brazil orders deportation of Italian extremist
Italian extremist and writer Cesare Battisti at his home in Rio de Janeiro in 2007. Photo: Christophe Simon/AFP

Brazil orders deportation of Italian extremist

A Brazilian federal judge on Tuesday ordered the deportation of Italian extremist and writer Cesare Battisti, convicted of murder in his homeland, citing legislation providing for the removal of wanted foreign nationals. READ  

Italy adopts plan to shift into internet fast lane
Italy's government adopted a €6 billion plan on Tuesday to modernize its internet network. Photo: Internet photo: Shutterstock

Italy adopts plan to shift into internet fast lane

Italy's government adopted a €6 billion plan on Tuesday to modernize its internet network and improve access to broadband in hopes of shedding its reputation as one of Europe's online laggards. READ  

Italy to nationalize Ilva steel plant
The Ilva site in Taranto, in the Puglia region of southern Italy, employs over 14,000 people. Photo: Donato Fasano/AFP

Italy to nationalize Ilva steel plant

Italy's parliament approved on Tuesday a government decree temporarily nationalizing the country's loss-making Ilva steel plant, one of the most polluting in Europe, in the hope of finding a new owner. READ  

Spain outstrips Italy and France in wine exports
Spain's King Felipe and Queen Letizia enjoy some cava on a visit to a Spanish vineyard. Photo: Josep Lago/AFP

Spain outstrips Italy and France in wine exports

Spain is the biggest exporter of wine in the world, beating Italy and France, according to the latest figures from the Spanish wine market observatory. READ  

Italy to join Ukraine crisis call with Obama
Italy's Prime Minister Matteo Renzi will join a call with US President President Barack Obama and other European leaders about the Ukraine crisis and other "global security issues". Photo: Tiziana Fab

Italy to join Ukraine crisis call with Obama

President Barack Obama will hold a secure video conference with European leaders to discuss the crisis in Ukraine on Tuesday, as Russia faces possible further sanctions for its role in the conflict. READ  

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UN weighs in on 'unjust' disabled access case
Simon Bacher. Photo: Sue Bacher

UN weighs in on 'unjust' disabled access case

The United Nations has asked Austria for an explanation after a British woman complained that her 25-year-old disabled son has been left stranded in their home every time there is bad weather because of bureaucratic red tape. READ  

Swiss businessman charged in art fraud case
Dmitry Rybolovlev with unidentified woman at Monaco football game last year. Photo: AFP

Swiss businessman charged in art fraud case

A prominent Swiss businessman was on Saturday charged in connection with an alleged art fraud targeting Russian oligarch and football club owner Dmitry Rybolovlev. READ  

Court lets child porn MP Edathy off with fine
Edathy in court on Monday. Photo: DPA

Court lets child porn MP Edathy off with fine

A court has decided to fine former MP Sebastian Edathy €5,000 after he admitted on Monday to downloading child pornography images and video onto his official parliamentary laptop. READ  

Denmark may introduce porn to public schools
Photo: Colourbox

Denmark may introduce porn to public schools

A sexology professor is calling on schools to show students porn so that they can learn to tell the difference between real-life sex and what they see in online films. READ  

Exposed: actress who faked Oscar glory
Anna Allen appearing on Spanish programme, Pasapalabra. Screen grab: YouTube/bogo xoer.

Exposed: actress who faked Oscar glory

The invented life of a Spanish actress has been revealed after Spanish media discovered she had not actually attended the Oscars, but used Photoshop to place herself on the red carpet. READ  

Paris is pricey, but is that good news for Parisians?
Paris is pricey but it's not all bad news. Photo: AFP

Paris is pricey, but is that good news for Parisians?

Paris has once again been named the world’s second most expensive city in a global study this week, meaning it's pricier than the likes of Oslo, Zurich and Sydney. But those behind the report say it's not all bad news for people living in the French capital. READ  

Norwegian Air pilots braced for bankrupcty
Norwegian Chairman Bjørn Kise grilled by press ahead of Monday's emergency board meeting. Photo: Lise Åserud / NTB scanpix

Norwegian Air pilots braced for bankrupcty

Norway’s pilot unions were braced on Monday for Norwegian Air Shuttle to bankrupt its local subsidiary in a strategy they decried as “outrageous union-busting”. READ  

Malmö school 'too dangerous' for students
Photo: TT

Malmö school 'too dangerous' for students

A secondary school in Malmö has been closed after the teachers' union declared that it is too dangerous a place for students and teachers to attend due to widespread violence and criminality. READ  

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