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Italians: abortions are OK - but not facelifts
Facelifts are more acceptable to young Italians than pensioners. Facelift photo: Shutterstock

Italians: abortions are OK - but not facelifts

Having an abortion is more acceptable to Italians than getting a facelift, despite plastic surgery being popular in the Catholic country, a revealing new survey of the country's social attitudes has found. READ  

Italy denies sending fire-fighting jets to Libya
The fire has raged at at an oil depot in the outskirts of Tripoli since Sunday. Photo: Mahmud Turkia/AFP

Italy denies sending fire-fighting jets to Libya

Italy has denied a report by Libyan authorities that Rome was to send seven fire-fighting planes to combat an inferno that has been blazing since Sunday at an oil depot in the outskirts of Tripoli. READ  

Swiss-EU relations discussed in Rome
Swiss President Didier Burkhalter and Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi met in Rome on Tuesday. Photo: Alberto Pizzoli/AFP

Swiss-EU relations discussed in Rome

Switzerland’s relationship with the EU was on the agenda when Swiss President Didier Burkhalter met Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi during an official visit to Rome on Tuesday. READ  

EU prepares to hit Russia with tough sanctions
Young people during a protest rally in front of a European Union delegation in Kiev on May 30th. Photo: Yuriy Kirnichny/AFP

EU prepares to hit Russia with tough sanctions

The EU prepared on Tuesday to hit Russia where it hurts with tough economic sanctions as Moscow insisted the West can do it little harm and showed no sign of reversing course in Ukraine. READ  

€5,000 bounty offered for Tuscan wolf killer
Eleven wolves have been killed in Grosseto, Tuscany, since spring 2013. Wolf photo: Shutterstock

€5,000 bounty offered for Tuscan wolf killer

Activists offered a €5,000 reward to catch the killer of a wolf in central Italy as tensions between farmers and animal rights groups mounted, with the latter saying a "conspiracy of silence" among villagers is protecting those responsible. READ  

Italian fire-fighting jets to combat Libya oil inferno
Flames and smoke billowing from an oil depot where a huge blaze started following clashes around Tripoli airport. Photo: Mahmud Turkia/AFP

Italian fire-fighting jets to combat Libya oil inferno

The Italian government and national energy giant ENI will send seven fire-fighting planes to help combat an inferno raging at an oil depot on the outskirts of Tripoli, Libyan authorities said on Tuesday. READ  

Embryo mix-up couple to launch custody battle
The embryo mix-up happened at the Sandro Pertini hospital in Rome. IVF photo: Shutterstock

Embryo mix-up couple to launch custody battle

The genetic parents of embryos mistakenly implanted in another woman plan to take legal action in a bid to gain custody over the twins. The unprecedented case will likely be a “long, drawn-out” battle, one of the lawyers involved told The Local. READ  

Italians among the most surgically enhanced
There were 27,952 eyelid jobs in Italy last year. Plastic surgery photo: Shutterstock

Italians among the most surgically enhanced

Italy has one of the world's highest uptakes of plastic surgery, with eyelid and breast surgery being particularly popular, according to a new survey. READ  

VIDEO: Inmates get 'Happy' in Italian prison
Screengrab: Paolo Andolina/CataniaOggi/YouTube

VIDEO: Inmates get 'Happy' in Italian prison

It's lifted spirits and sparked a global movement for happiness. Now prisoners in Sicily have been filmed singing along to Pharrell Williams' 'Happy' song in a bid to show that, even behind bars, they too experience moments that make them smile. READ  

New investor confidence boosts Italian economy
Borrowing costs for southern European countries have fallen since the European Central Bank brought in unprecedented measures in June. Money photo: Shutterstock

New investor confidence boosts Italian economy

Interest on Italian and Spanish debt fell to record low on Monday, while Portugal's continued to drop, as investor concerns about the eurozone's former laggards eased. READ  

Features
JobTalk Italy
'Studying to be a priest requires determination'
Marc Homsey will be ordained a priest on July 26th.

'Studying to be a priest requires determination'

Marc Homsey, from the UK, was a teacher before deciding to become a priest. As he heads towards becoming ordained, the 35-year-old talks to The Local about his training in Rome and what it takes to join the priesthood. READ  

Expat in Italy
Italy: no place for pets?
David Brenner's rescue cats. Photo: David Brenner

Italy: no place for pets?

The attitude some Italians display towards their pet cats and dogs can be disconcerting and upsetting. David Brenner, a British expatriate in Abruzzo, has noticed distinct differences in town and country approaches, and wonders how widespread the situation is. READ  

My Italian Career
'There is misogyny in the Italian wine industry'
Hande Leimer opened Vino Roma in 2008. Photo: Vino Roma

'There is misogyny in the Italian wine industry'

Hande Leimer, from Turkey, abandoned her career in Germany to work in the Italian wine industry. She talks to The Local about opening her wine tasting studio - Vino Roma - and her battles against misogyny and misunderstandings. READ  

My Italian Career
'Be prepared to make some serious sacrifices'
Katie Parla offers food and wine tours in Rome. Photo: Rick Poon

'Be prepared to make some serious sacrifices'

Katie Parla, from the US, moved to Rome in 2003 with a passion for Italy, art history and archaelogy. She talks to The Local about how, after a string of jobs, she carved out a successful career as a food and wine guide and writer. READ  

JobTalk Italy
'New law will encourage more full-time hiring'
The new labour decree is aimed at easing rules for firms that hire temporary staff. Job contract photo: Shutterstock

'New law will encourage more full-time hiring'

Earlier this month, the Italian government agreed to ease rules for firms that hire temporary staff, as part of an overall plan to revamp Italy’s labour laws. Now that the plans have been made law, The Local spoke to Sergio Barozzi, the managing partner of Lexellent, an employment law firm, to find out what this means for companies. READ  

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Renzi calls for ceasefire as Italians flee Libya
Members of the Libyan army guarding the western gate of Tripoli in May. Photo: Mahmud Turkia/AFP

Renzi calls for ceasefire as Italians flee Libya

Top US and European leaders, including Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, on Monday called for a ceasefire in Libya and for the United Nations to take on a major role in helping to stop the spiralling violence and lawlessness. READ  

Italian cycling champ boosts Kazakhstan
Vincenzo Nibali finished safely in the peloton to succeed Briton Chris Froome as Tour champion. Photo: Lionel Bonaventure/AFP

Italian cycling champ boosts Kazakhstan

Hollywood unleashed Borat on Kazakhstan's image, so the oil-rich Central Asian nation hit back with Italian rider Vincenzo Nibali and it believes his Tour de France victory helps put the record straight. READ  

Pope apologizes for Fascist era persecution
Pope Francis said Catholics also persecuted the Pentecostalists during Italy's Fascist era. Photo: Alessandro Bianchi/Pool/AFP

Pope apologizes for Fascist era persecution

Pope Francis has asked forgiveness from Protestant Pentecostalists persecuted by Catholics under Italian fascism in the 1930s, religious news agency i.media said on Monday. READ  

'Italian FA must probe racism': Fifa
Carlo Tavecchio has denied his comments amount to racism. Photo: Emanuele.corr/Wikimedia Commons

'Italian FA must probe racism': Fifa

Fifa on Monday called for an investigation into alleged racist comments made by the front runner in the race for the top job in Italian football. READ  

Italy has slowest broadband in EU: report
More than a third of Italians have never used the internet. Broadband image: Shutterstock

Italy has slowest broadband in EU: report

Fewer people in Italy have high-speed internet at home than in any other EU country, a new report says. Super-fast broadband barely exists in the country, with rural areas worst served. READ  

Migrants sew lips together in new protest
The Ponte Galeria migrant centre south of Rome. Photo: Filippo Monteforte/AFP

Migrants sew lips together in new protest

Two men being held at a migrant centre on the outskirts of Rome have sewn their lips together in protest against the conditions at the facility. It’s only the latest example of such a protest at the centre. READ  

Honeymoon guest in Concordia's Genoa team
The Costa Concordia was removed from Italy's Giglio island last week. Photo: Protezione Civile/AFP

Honeymoon guest in Concordia's Genoa team

A man who spent his honeymoon on the Costa Concordia is now part of a team dismantling the cruise ship wreck, two and a half years after it was holed and sank off Italy, according to La Stampa daily. READ  

Italians flee Libya as violence escalates
The aftermath of a car bomb attack on the French embassy in Tripoli on April 23rd 2013. Mahmud Turkia/AFP

Italians flee Libya as violence escalates

More than 100 Italians have fled Libya over the past few days as violence escalates in the country, although Italy’s embassy in the capital Tripoli remains open. READ  

Controversy as Israeli's Italy concert cancelled
Israeli singer Achinoam Nini – known internationally by her stage name, “Noa” – had been due to perform on October 27th at the Manzoni theatre in Milan. Photo: Hector Guerrero/AFP

Controversy as Israeli's Italy concert cancelled

The organizers of an upcoming concert in Milan by the Israeli singer and peace activist Noa say they have cancelled the event due to "economic reasons". But the singer's Italian manager insists she is being ostracized for her views on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. READ  

Pensioner sets self alight in care home protest
The man's body was found by a nurse at the care home. Care home photo: Shutterstock

Pensioner sets self alight in care home protest

An 89-year-old man died over the weekend in Genoa after setting himself on fire, in protest at being sent to live in a care home. READ  

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A carnivore explores vegan Vienna
All Photos: Gareth Smith

A carnivore explores vegan Vienna

Confirmed carnivore and The Local's resident food writer Gaz Smith decides to cross to the dark side, and explores some of Vienna's vegan restaurants. He was pleasantly surprised by what he found. READ  

Red Cross officially declares Ukraine civil war

The Geneva-based International Committee of the Red Cross said Wednesday that it considered Ukraine to be in a state of civil war, urging both sides to respect the laws of conflict as civilians bear the brunt. READ  

German of the Week
Should we all get €12,000 a year?
Martin Bohmeyer has not worked for money in six months. Photo: DPA

Should we all get €12,000 a year?

What would happen if everyone was suddenly paid €1,000 a month with no strings attached? "Let's try it," says Michael Bohmeyer, who raised the money through crowdfunding and will now experiment with the idea of a basic income for one year. READ  

VIDEO: Denmark's 'crazy terrifying' ride goes viral
The view down. Screenshot: Theme Park Review/YouTube

VIDEO: Denmark's 'crazy terrifying' ride goes viral

In just over a week, nearly two million YouTube viewers have taken a virtual ride on the Sky Tower at Aarhus's Tivoli Friheden. READ  

Magaluf 'oral sex' bar shut down
Playhouse club and Carnage Magaluf (not pictured), the firm organizing the bar crawl, will also have to pay a €55,000 fine. File Photo: Jaime Reina/AFP

Magaluf 'oral sex' bar shut down

A nightclub in the notorious Spanish holiday resort of Magaluf in Majorca has been forced to close for a year by local authorities following a sex-for-drinks scandal which made international headlines. READ  

Plane with 51 French on board 'crashes in Mali'
The latest map released by officials in Burkina Faso, showing the presumed site where the plane is believed to have come down. Photo: Airport of Ougadougou

Plane with 51 French on board 'crashes in Mali'

An Air Algérie-operated flight carrying 116 people on board, including 51 French nationals, is believed to have crashed in Mali on Thursday. There have been unconfirmed reports that the wreckage of the plane has been found. READ  

Day 2: Norway terror warnings
Top government officials in Oslo react to the terror alert. Photo: Berit Roald / NTB Scanpix

Day 2: Norway terror warnings

UPDATED: Norway's nuclear facilities and a Jewish Museum in Oslo are the latest security closures amid the imminent terror threat to Norway announced on Thursday. READ  

Swedes voted 'most beautiful' in the Nordics
Swedish actors Peter Johansson, Anna Sahlin and Måns Zelmerlöw. Photo: Maja Suslin/TT

Swedes voted 'most beautiful' in the Nordics

Who is the fairest of them all? Swedes are, according to the rest of the Nordic nations in a recent survey. READ  

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