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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  

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  

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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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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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'Blind' claimant caught using smartphone
One of the suspects was seen driving a car and even using a touch-screen mobile phone. Screengrab: Pupia Crime/YouTube

'Blind' claimant caught using smartphone

Two people claiming a total of €120,000 in disability benefits for total blindness have been arrested in southern Italy after they were spotted engaging in normal activities such as driving, using a touch screen phone and moving around without assistance. READ  

Italian stallions 'bigger men than Germans'
The size of a man’s feet, index finger or testicles could not be used to determine the size of a man’s penis, scientists said. Couple photo: Shutterstock

Italian stallions 'bigger men than Germans'

If recent economic developments have left Italians with an inferiority complex towards Germans, a new British medical study has given the men, at least, reason to stand tall. READ  

Most Italians unhappy with EU leadership
More than half the number of Italians polled by Gallup said they disapproved of the job performance of those leading the EU. EU parliament photo: Shutterstock

Most Italians unhappy with EU leadership

More than half the number of Italians polled about the European Union said they disapproved of the job performance of those leading the economic bloc. READ  

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Italian police arrest 52 for armed robberies
The arrests follow an investigation which began in 2010. Police photo: Shutterstock

Italian police arrest 52 for armed robberies

Police in northern Italy on Tuesday arrested 52 people accused of 55 armed robberies as well as kidnapping, international drug trafficking, blackmail and theft. READ  

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Ten surprising themes from Milan fashion week
Big furry slippers and babies made an appearance at Milan fashion week. Photos: Giuseppe Cacace and Filippo Monteforte/AFP

Ten surprising themes from Milan fashion week

As Milan fashion week hands over the baton to Paris, winding up a whirlwind show which saw historic brands revitalized and young designers triumph, here are ten themes from the autumn/winter 2015 collections. READ  

Juve tighten grip on Serie A top spot
"The season is still long," said Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri after the game. Photo: Marco Bertorello AFP

Juve tighten grip on Serie A top spot

Seydou Keita salvaged a point for ten-man Roma in a 1-1 draw with Juventus on Monday that saw the champions retain their nine-point lead at the top of Serie A. READ  

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'Cinderella' dresses hit Armani catwalk
Armani's evening wear had a touch of the adolescent about it too, with "Cinderella" dresses. Photo: Gabriel Bouys/AFP

'Cinderella' dresses hit Armani catwalk

King of fashion Giorgio Armani closed a whirlwind fashion week in Milan on Monday with an autumn/winter 2015 collection starring "Cinderella" dresses and a new skirt-trousers combo which had fashionistas all in a tizz. READ  

Film claims Italian Pope saved 800,000 Jews
The Italian pontiff, born Eugenio Maria Giuseppe Pacelli, led the Catholic Church from 1939 to 1958. Photo: Vatican/Wikimedia Commons

Film claims Italian Pope saved 800,000 Jews

A new film about Pope Pius XII has sparked controversy over claims the pontiff saved 800,000 Jews from the Nazis during the Second World War. 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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