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Bury him: Jailed mobster's hit order
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Bury him: Jailed mobster's hit order

Italian police said on Saturday they had prevented a mafia war in Palermo with eight arrests including members of the city's most powerful clan, and published transcripts of an execution order from an imprisoned mobster. READ () »

Pope makes Easter plea for Ukraine peace
Pope Francis leads the Easter mass on April 20, 2014 at St Peter's square in Vatican. AFP Photo: Andreas Solaro

Pope makes Easter plea for Ukraine peace

Pope Francis urged the international community to "prevent violence" in Ukraine in his Easter Sunday message after pro-Russian insurgents in the east of the country reported four people killed in a gunbattle. READ () »

Armani settles tax row with €270m payoff
Giorgio Armani pictured in Milan in January 2014. Photo: Andreas Solaro/AFP

Armani settles tax row with €270m payoff

Giorgio Armani settled a tax dispute in Italy by paying €270 million ($373 million) this week, Italian business daily Il Sole 24 Ore reported on Friday. READ () »

Kazakh tycoon's family granted refugee status
Mukhtar Ablyazov pictured with his daughter Alua in 2010. AFP Photo/Family hand out

Kazakh tycoon's family granted refugee status

Italy has granted political refugee status to the family of a Kazakh tycoon, who is in prison in France fighting an extradition order from Russia and Ukraine where he is wanted for massive fraud, lawyers said. READ () »

Renzi trims car perks in round of tax cuts
Italy's Prime Minister Matteo Renzi gives a speech during a campaign meeting of the Democratic Party. Photo: Marco Bertorello/AFP

Renzi trims car perks in round of tax cuts

Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi on Friday hailed a "structural revolution" after his cabinet approved a round of tax and spending cuts including a limit of five chauffeured cars per government ministry. READ () »

Pope sends condolences for S.Korea ferry victims
Pope Francis presides the Celebration of the Way of the Cross on Good Friday on April 18, 2014 at the Colosseum in Rome. AFP Photo / Alberto Pizzoli

Pope sends condolences for S.Korea ferry victims

Pope Francis on Saturday voiced condolences for the victims of a ferry disaster in South Korea, where 273 people are missing and 29 have been confirmed dead. READ () »

Italian bank backs €5bn capital boost plan
Monte dei Paschi di Siena has given the go-ahead to a €5.0 billion equity raise. Photo: Fabio Muzzi/AFP

Italian bank backs €5bn capital boost plan

Italian bank Monte dei Paschi di Siena gave the go-ahead on Friday to a €5.0 billion equity raising that will boost its capital and allow it to repay a government bailout this year. READ () »

Veneto activists released from jail
The group allegedly converted a digger into a tank, which they planned to use to attack Venice. Photo: ROS Carabinieri

Veneto activists released from jail

A court in Brescia, northern Italy, has ordered the release from jail of seven activists who allegedly plotted to 'liberate' Venice with a homemade 'tank' earlier this month. READ () »

Sollecito takes girlfriend to Kercher murder house
Raffaele Sollecito was convicted alongside Amanda Knox of murdering Meredith Kercher. Photo: Tiziana Fabi/AFP

Sollecito takes girlfriend to Kercher murder house

Raffaele Sollecito, convicted in January alongside Amanda Knox of killing British student Meredith Kercher, has taken his girlfriend to the Perugia house where the murder took place, according to Italian media reports on Friday. READ () »

Italian of the Week
The dictator's grand-daughter vying for MEP
Alessandra Mussolini will compete in the upcoming European elections. Photo: Filippo Monteforte/AFP

The dictator's grand-daughter vying for MEP

Alessandra Mussolini, the granddaughter of Italy's fascist dictator, will compete in the upcoming European elections. Staunchly defensive of her heritage, The Local takes a look at the personality behind the woman who could be elected MEP for a second time. 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 () »

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Rome's 'artists' slash themselves over eviction
More than 100 painting sellers in Piazza Navona are said to work illegally. Photo:Hslo/Flickr

Rome's 'artists' slash themselves over eviction

An ‘artist’ in Piazza Navona, one of Rome’s busiest tourist areas, slashed himself in the stomach while another cut his own chest as police tried to evict them on Thursday. READ () »

Italy raises €371,400 from eBay luxury car sale
Alfa Romeos were among the luxury cars on offer. Photo: MinouraNito/Flickr

Italy raises €371,400 from eBay luxury car sale

Italy's government on Friday said it had raised €371,400 so far in an eBay auction of luxury official cars in a symbolic effort to cut outrageous spending by ministries that has sparked public anger. READ () »

Italy asks EU for more time to meet debt target
Finance Minister Pier Carlo Padoan said record unemployment and weak growth were making it difficult to pay off Italy's debt. Photo: Eric Piermont/AFP

Italy asks EU for more time to meet debt target

Italy on Thursday asked the European Union to push back a deadline for cutting its public deficit to 2016, days after France reportedly tried and failed to get another extension. READ () »

Berlusconi is 'pleased' to be helping the needy
Silvio Berlusconi says he is 'pleased' to be doing community service for his tax fraud conviction. Photo: AFP/Gabriel Buoys

Berlusconi is 'pleased' to be helping the needy

Italy's former premier and billionaire tycoon Silvio Berlusconi said Thursday he was happy to do his community service in a centre for disabled and elderly people and would do his best to be helpful. READ () »

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 () »

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Gritty district turns into Zurich’s trendiest spot
Cyclist and dog pass by Im Viadukt in Zurich's Kreis 5. Photo: Diego Alborghetti/Zurich Tourismus

Gritty district turns into Zurich’s trendiest spot

Zurich’s Kreis 5 may be the antithesis of the idyllic Switzerland shown in tourist brochures, but that uniqueness is proving a draw for tourists and residents alike. READ () »

Germany warns of war in Europe
Pro-Russian protesters in Donetsk on Monday. Photo: DPA

Germany warns of war in Europe

Germany warned of war in Europe on Monday, with vice chancellor Sigmar Gabriel stating the continent was being "dragged" into a "smouldering conflict" with Russia over Ukraine. READ () »

German jobs scheme shuts door on Spaniards
Germany's Job of My Life programme is targeted at 18 to 35 year olds and was initially scheduled to run until 2016 but had been extended to 2018. File photo: Zoetnet/Flickr

German jobs scheme shuts door on Spaniards

Germany said on Monday it was no longer accepting applications for a programme to attract young Europeans to its job market due to overwhelming demand from crisis-ravaged countries. READ () »

French scientists: We've lost SARS virus vials
French scientists said they have misplaced some deadly SARS virus. Photo: Frederic Brown/AFP

French scientists: We've lost SARS virus vials

A routine inventory at the prestigious French research body Institut Pasteur in Paris revealed it has lost some 2,300 tubes containing samples of the potentially deadly SARS virus. READ () »

VIDEO
Amazing eight-year-old channels Nancy Sinatra
Angelina Jordan Astar performs in the semi finals of Norway's Got Talent. Photo: YouTube

Amazing eight-year-old channels Nancy Sinatra

Angelina Jordan, the Norwegian eight-year-old who wowed the world with her eerily perfect Billie Holiday cover last month, has done it again with a rendition of Nancy Sinatra's Bang Bang (my baby shot me down). It's so good, you suspect some trickery at play. 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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