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Live: Italy earthquake death toll rises to 120
Residents of Amatrice survey the damage to their homes. Photo: Filippo Monteforte/AFP

At least 120 people have died after a powerful earthquake struck a remote area of central Italy on Wednesday, said Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, warning that the figure could still rise.

At least 120 dead in central Italy earthquake
Rescuers carry a man in Amatrice. Photo: Filippo Monteforte/AFP

A powerful earthquake that rocked central Italy on Wednesday left 120 people dead and the total is likely to rise, the country's civil protection unit said in the first official death toll.

Italy earthquake: What we know so far
Rescuers carry a man through the rubble of damaged homes. Photo: AFP

At least 120 are reported dead as rescuers work to save those trapped in the rubble.

A long history of deadly earthquakes in Italy
Photo taken on May 17th 1976 of a nun showing a church destroyed by the Friuli-Venezia earthquake. Photo: AFP

At least 73 people were killed after a powerful earthquake struck central Italy early on Wednesday.

'We only heard their cats': quake sorrow of Italian village
A victim of the quake in Illica desparately calls his relatives. Photo: Mario Laporta/AFP

Sitting with his brother on a bench in Illica, one of the Italian mountain villages devastated by a powerful earthquake on Wednesday, Guido Bordo clasps and unclasps his hands repeatedly.

IN PICS: Aftermath of deadly earthquake in Italy
A man from Amatrice. Photo: Filippo Monteforte/AFP

"Three quarters of the town isn't there anymore," said the mayor of Amatrice after a deadly quake hit overnight.

Italian mafia fugitive found on family holiday in Benidorm
Benidorm attracts all sorts, Photo: AFP

Police posed as hotel staff to capture a fugitive who had been on the run since March, and was one of the most-wanted members of the Italian mafia.

Migrant travels 400km clinging beneath lorry in Italy
The youngster was spotted travelling north on Italy's A1 motorway. Photo: Polizia di Stato

The refugee was exhausted from the effort of holding onto the truck by the time he was found.

Italian teenagers to get €500 'culture bonus'
The scheme will cost the govenment €290 million. Photo: Giuseppe Cacace/AFP

Italians who turn 18 this year can spend the money on books, concert tickets, trips to the cinema and more.

Venice and the perennial woe of unruly tourists
Venice attracts some 22 million people a year. Photo: Moyann Brenn

"One or two fools do not represents everyone," the city's councillor for tourism told The Local.

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Why coffee in Italy is a culture you must taste to understand
Photo: Red Flake/Flickr

"To live in Italy, one must do more than drink coffee. One must understand coffee."

Italy's tourist jewel feels the strain of fame
The Cinque Terre village of Vernazza. Photo: Lucadea/Flickr

A surge in the number of Chinese visitors is only one of the reasons that the Cinque Terre, a Unesco world heritage site that is home to some 5,000 people, attracted 2.5 million tourists last year.

So why do pasta-loving Italians live such long lives?
Photo: Dana McMahan/Flickr

"The point is this: the time-tested traditions of the Italian kitchen contain more wisdom than any scientific study ever could."

Trastevere: From a fiery past to Rome’s souvenir stand
Photo: Mozzercork/Flickr

Walk into Rome’s Trastevere neighbourhood and it feels like a theme park. But it wasn't so long ago the picturesque area was considered one of Europe's most interesting, especially with its fiery, and violent, history.

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12 mistakes foreigners make when moving to Italy
Photo: Alberto Fava/Flickr

When you move to Italy, you're bound to make a few mistakes before you settle into la dolce vita. Here are a few to look out for...

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Rome wants to send its rubbish to Austria
Rome wants to send 70,000 tonnes of household waste to Austria. Photo: Andreas Solaro/AFP

Austria has received a request from Rome authorities to help them deal with the Italian capital’s ongoing rubbish crisis by taking some of it off their hands.

Merkel backs 'courageous' Renzi over EU budget rules
Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi and German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Italy on Monday. Photo: Carlo Hermann/AFP

"I am doing everything in my power to support him with this."

Italy sees surge in number of visitors from Saudi Arabia
Italy is expecting another good year for tourism. Photo: Filippo Monteforte/AFP

The number of tourists from Saudi Arabia visiting Italy in June and July increased by a whopping 63 percent on the same period in 2015, according to new figures.

'Big Three' leaders insist EU not finished after Brexit
Matteo Renzi (R) met with François Hollande and Angela Merkel in Italy on Monday. Photo: Carlo Hermann/AFP

"Many thought the EU was finished after Brexit but that is not how it is."

Italy calls for reboot as EU big three mull Brexit wreckage
Britain voted to leave the EU on June 23rd. Photo: Phillipe Huguen/AFP

"It is easy to blame Europe for everything - harder to try to build a different Europe."

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Austrian scratches 1,000 cars around Styria
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Austrian police say they are unable to do anything to stop a woman from continuing to scratch cars in Syria.

Swiss Post trials robot parcel deliveries in Bern
The robots are designed to carry out local deliveries autonomously. Photo: Starship

Robots will be seen on the streets of the Swiss capital next month.

Stockpile food in case of attack, Germany tells citizens
Photo: DPA

Germany on Wednesday urged its population to stockpile food and water in case of terrorist or cyber attacks, as it adopted its first civil defence strategy since the end of the Cold War.

Per capita, Denmark is Europe’s Olympic champ
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Only four countries in the world had a better per capita medal haul than Denmark.

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