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Greek crisis not due to 'mean Germans': Italy
Italian Foreign Minister, Paolo Gentiloni. Photo: Alfredo Estrella / AFP

Greek crisis not due to 'mean Germans': Italy

Greeks have their own leaders to blame for the crisis in their country, and not "mean Germans", Italian Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni said on Tuesday. READ  

Tunisia recovers bodies of Italy-bound migrants
Migrants arrive at the port in the Tunisian town of Ben Guerdane, some 40 kilometres west of the Libyan border, in June. Photo: Fethi Nasri/AFP

Tunisia recovers bodies of Italy-bound migrants

Tunisian coast guards recovered the decomposed bodies of five migrants who apparently drowned at sea as they sought to reach Italy from conflict-hit Libya, an official said on Monday. READ  

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Spain's far-left urges Italy to back Athens
Photo: Louisa Gouliamaki/AFP

Spain's far-left urges Italy to back Athens

Spain's far-left party Podemos, an ally of Greece's ruling Syriza, on Monday urged France and Italy's social democratic governments to back Athens as it bids to negotiate a new debt deal. READ  

Five Italian Unesco sites you won't have heard of
The interior of Monreale cathedral and Crist Pantocrator. Photo: Pit56

Five Italian Unesco sites you won't have heard of

Italy now has an impressive 51 spots on the Unesco World Heritage list - making it the most Unesco-rich country in the world. But how many of Italy's Unesco sites have you heard of? READ  

Pirlo leaves Juventus for New York City
Andrea Pirlo has joined New York City FC. Photo: Oliver Lang/AFP

Pirlo leaves Juventus for New York City

Italian World Cup-winner Andrea Pirlo has joined MLS side New York City FC on a two-and-a-half-year deal after being granted a free transfer by Juventus, both clubs and the player confirmed on Twitter on Monday. READ  

Italian spying company hacked: reports
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Italian spying company hacked: reports

Hacking Team, a controversial Italian firm which sells surveillance ware to governments and agencies with dodgy rights records, has had more than 400 gigabytes of data breached and leaked, media reports said on Monday. READ  

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Renzi calls for Greece talks to focus on growth
Italian PM Matteo Renzi with Greek counterpart, Alexis Tsipras. Photo: Andreas Solaro/AFP

Renzi calls for Greece talks to focus on growth

Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi on Monday called for talks on resolving Greece's debt crisis to not focus only on austerity but also on strategies to boost growth. READ  

Migrants must prove they are disease-free: mayors
Health risks? A migrant sleeps rough at the Franco-Italian border. Photo: Valery Hache / AFP

Migrants must prove they are disease-free: mayors

Six mayors of towns in the Ligurian province of Savona have signed decrees stating that they will only accept migrants who come with a clean bill of health. READ  

Nine die in Italy heatwave
A tourist cools off in a fountain in Milan on July 4th. Photo: Giuseppe Cacace/AFP

Nine die in Italy heatwave

Nine elderly people died of heat-related causes over four days that saw temperatures top 41 degrees Celsius in parts of Italy, according to Italian media reports. READ  

Suspected jihadist arrested in Pisa
The suspected jihadist was arrested in a town in Pisa. Photo: Shutterstock

Suspected jihadist arrested in Pisa

A man was arrested in Ponsacco, a town in the province of Pisa, on Monday morning on suspicion of spreading jihadist propaganda and inciting terrorism. READ  

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Dark tourism: Italy's creepiest attractions
Museum for the Memory of Ustica. Photo Ghedolo

Dark tourism: Italy's creepiest attractions

While Italy might be famed for its art, history and food - it is also home to some of the creepiest tourist attractions on Earth. READ  

Most liveable cities: five neglected Italian gems
A street scene in Palermo. Photo: Monte Cruz photo

Most liveable cities: five neglected Italian gems

The prestigious culture magazine, Monocle, has published its most liveable cities list for 2015 - with not one Italian city among the top 40. So how did they get it so wrong? READ  

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WATCH: Brilliant video lays bare mafia power
Italian comedian Andrea De Marco in his satirical video, 'Ndrangheta Today. Screengrab: YouTube

WATCH: Brilliant video lays bare mafia power

A scathing new video is winning plaudits for showing the global power of the Calabrian mafia, the ‘Ndrangheta - a group that makes more money than McDonald's and Deutsche Bank combined. READ  

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Six bizarre health tips Italian grans swear by
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Six bizarre health tips Italian grans swear by

Italians have come up with some truly weird and wonderful remedies for common health complaints but do they help, or are they just a bunch of old wives' tales? READ  

Turning away migrants 'heartless': Sicily mayor
Families disembark from the Italian military ship "Chimera" on June 30th, 2014 in Pozzallo, Sicily. Photo: Giovanni Isolino/AFP

Turning away migrants 'heartless': Sicily mayor

Italy’s wealthy northern regions have been labelled “heartless and selfish” for turning away refugees, by the mayor of a Sicily port that has seen tens of thousands land there. READ  

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Italian tour operator found dead in Kenya
Andrea Maffi was found dead at his home in Watamu, Kenya. Photo: John Hickey-Fry

Italian tour operator found dead in Kenya

An investigation is underway after a 40-year-old Italian tour operator was found dead in Kenya. READ  

British woman found dead in Tuscan pool
The woman is believed to have drowned in the pool at her home in Empoli, Tuscany. Photo: Makko Kappa

British woman found dead in Tuscan pool

A 66-year-old British woman is thought to have drowned in a swimming pool at her home near Florence in the early hours of Sunday morning. READ  

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Renzi calls for exit from 'Germany-France' format
Greek voters rejected bailout conditions in a referendum on Sunday. Photo: Louisa Gouliamaki/AFP

Renzi calls for exit from 'Germany-France' format

Italy’s premier Matteo Renzi said that France and Germany should not be making all the decisions as Greek voters overwhelmingly rejected international creditors’ tough bailout conditions. READ  

Are Italy's drinking fountains safe?
Toxic? A drinking fountain in Italy. Photo: Sergio de Ferra

Are Italy's drinking fountains safe?

A study published by Italian consumers Altroconsumo this week would suggest not. READ  

Sollecito turns page with new business and book
Raffaele Sollecito. Photo: Fillipo Monteforte / AFP

Sollecito turns page with new business and book

He was a protagonist in one of the most controversial murder trials in recent memory, but Raffaele Sollecito is trying to put the past behind him and aims to open his own IT business later this year. READ  

Clooney rumoured to be selling Como villa
George Clooney's Italian house, Villa Oleandra, situated on Lake Como's south-western shores, in Laglio. Photo: Giuseppe Cacace/AFP

Clooney rumoured to be selling Como villa

George Clooney might sell his luxury mansion Villa Oleandra, overlooking Lake Como, over privacy concerns, according to news reports. READ  

New French trains 'too high' to get to Italy
New TER trains are just a little too tall to make it through the tunnels to Italy. Photo: Julian Ghein1/flickr

New French trains 'too high' to get to Italy

First it was the calamity of the French trains too fat for platforms. Now French rail chiefs have been left embarrassed by a new fleet of regional trains that are too high to get through the tunnels into Italy. READ  

Nesting flamingos a first for Sicily
Nesting flamingos at Saline di Priolo. Photo: Fabio Cilea

Nesting flamingos a first for Sicily

Last spring, a flock of 220 greater flamingos arrived at the Saline di Priolo nature reserve in Sicily. Just over a year later, 36 newborn chicks have hatched – the first documented time the majestic birds have bred in Sicily. READ  

Vegan parents probed over malnourished baby
A vegan meal. Photo: Jennifer/Flickr

Vegan parents probed over malnourished baby

The vegan parents of an 11-month-year-old baby who is being treated for severe malnutrition at a hospital in Florence are being investigated by police. READ  

 Italian nun brings life in DR Congo
81 year-old Italian nun Sister Maria Concetta talks with mothers at Zongo Hospital. Photo: Federico Scoppa/AFP

Italian nun brings life in DR Congo

Still going strong at 81, Italian nun and midwife Sister Maria Concetta Esu recently asked Pope Francis to bless her hands, which have delivered more than 34,000 African babies. READ  

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Teacher kills rabbits in front of class
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Teacher kills rabbits in front of class

Outraged parents and students from Horn, Lower Austria have called for a secondary school teacher to be sacked after he killed two rabbits in front of his class as part of a biology lesson. READ  

Railway posts 'how-to' toilet signs for tourists

Railway posts 'how-to' toilet signs for tourists

Fed up with having to clean up messes in the public toilets, the operators of the Mount Rigi cogwheel railway in central Switzerland have installed pictogram signs showing the right and wrong way to use the facilities as part of an information campaign. READ  

Police confiscate WW2 tank hidden in cellar
The Panther tank removed from a cellar in Kiel, with a prosecutors' evidence label attached to its barrel. Photo: DPA

Police confiscate WW2 tank hidden in cellar

Police searched a villa in a wealthy suburb of Kiel on Wednesday and found a Second World War tank, a torpedo and other weaponry in the cellar. On Thursday they were still working on removing the tank. READ  

Convicted terrorist loses Danish citizenship
Sam Mansour. Photo: Jeanne Kornum/Scanpix

Convicted terrorist loses Danish citizenship

Sam Mansour, who has been dubbed ‘The Bookseller from Brønshøj’ and ‘al-Qaeda’s PR man in Denmark’, on Wednesday became the first ever Dane to have his citizenship revoked for illegal activity. READ  

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The ten most repressive points of Spain's gag law
Spaniards have been protesting as the country's new "gag law" comes into force. Photo: Dani Pozo/AFP

The ten most repressive points of Spain's gag law

Its many detractors complain that the new "gag law" introduced today harks back to the repressive days of the Franco regime. Here are a list of its most controversial points. READ  

French air traffic controllers call off strike

French air traffic controllers call off strike

Relief for air passengers on Wednesday as French air traffic controllers called off a planned two-day strike that was set to cause travel chaos across Europe on Thursday and Friday. READ  

Norway scientists find cause of coeliac disease
A biopsy of a small bowel afflicted by coeliac disease. Photo: ToNToNi/Wikimedia Commons

Norway scientists find cause of coeliac disease

Norwegian scientists have discovered the cause of coeliac disease, the auto-immune disorder which causes gluten intolerance in about one in a hundred people READ  

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Nine exciting activities to do on Sweden's Gotland
Visby, Gotland. Photo: Rodrigo Rivas/Imagebank Sweden

Nine exciting activities to do on Sweden's Gotland

Gotland is in the national spotlight each summer during Sweden's annual politics forum, Almedalen. But here's why it is also one of the nation's favourite tourist spots. READ  

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