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Calabria risks EU cash loss for failing to spend
Italy’s poor Calabria region was set to be one of the key beneficiaries of EU funds between 2007 and 2013. Calabria photo: Shutterstock

Calabria risks EU cash loss for failing to spend

Calabria has a “chronic problem” of failing to spend EU funds, a European Commission spokeswoman told The Local on Wednesday, as the Italian region faces a deadline to spend €1 billion from Brussels. READ  

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Ten tips for men's winter fashion in Italy
Don't go anywhere without a scarf this winter. Men's fashion photo: Shutterstock

Ten tips for men's winter fashion in Italy

As the winter weather draws in, The Local speaks to fashion blogger Christian Muraglia about how men can make the most of the changing season. Check out his ten tips. READ  

Cancer survival rates climb in Italy
Cancer survival rates in Italy improved between 1995 and 2009. Photo: Photo of cancer patient: Shutterstock

Cancer survival rates climb in Italy

Italy saw a strong rise in five-year cancer survival rates from 1995 to 2009, but poorer countries are missing out on the benefits of improved treatment methods, a major new global study shows. READ  

Capello 'shameful' over Russia unpaid salary row
Russia's coach Fabio Capello has not been paid for five months. Photo: Kirill Kudryavtsev/AFP

Capello 'shameful' over Russia unpaid salary row

The former deputy to Russian coach Fabio Capello has slammed the Italian for failing to defend his staff who left when they were not paid. READ  

First Italian with Ebola takes trial drug
The doctor was flown into the military airport of Pratica di Mare, outside Rome. Photo: Italian Airforce/AFP

First Italian with Ebola takes trial drug

UPDATED: An Italian doctor battling the deadly Ebola virus on Tuesday began treatment with an experimental drug in Italy's leading hospital for infectious diseases. READ  

Italy's looted treasures found in lawyer's home
The stolen artefacts were found in the home of a lawyer near Rome. Photo: Italy 2

Italy's looted treasures found in lawyer's home

Italian police have found a vast collection of the country's stolen historical gems in the home of a lawyer near Rome. READ  

Italy among biggest spenders on pensions
Italy’s ageing population is not reason enough to explain such high spending on pensions, the OECD said. Pensioners photo: Shutterstock

Italy among biggest spenders on pensions

Italy spends more than any other OECD country on pensions, while overall the government is the fifth-biggest social spender in terms of GDP, new figures show. READ  

Italy wins more time to enact tough reforms
The EU will give Italy and France until next spring to implement tough reforms. European Commission photo: Shutterstock

Italy wins more time to enact tough reforms

The EU will give Italy and France until next spring to implement tough reforms, delaying a verdict on national overspending originally set for this week, a European source told AFP. READ  

Woman gives birth on Milan metro platform
The woman gave birth on a platform of Milan's metro. Photo: Ian Fisher

Woman gives birth on Milan metro platform

A woman unexpectedly went into labour and gave birth on a Milan metro platform on Monday evening. READ  

Italian man killed ex and hid her body in a wall
Tonino Cianfarani denied murdering his ex girlfriend, Samanta Fava. Gavel photo: Shutterstock

Italian man killed ex and hid her body in a wall

A man who murdered his ex-girlfriend, and hid her body in a cellar wall at a home in Lazio, has been jailed for 25 years. READ  

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Life as an elite Vatican Swiss Guard
David Geisser has also authored a cookbook filled with popes' favourite recipes. Photo: David Geisser

Life as an elite Vatican Swiss Guard

Despite being better known today for their colourful uniforms than their reputation as fearless warriors, the Swiss Guards have been a powerful symbol of the Vatican for centuries. The Local speaks to David Geisser, one of the latest recruits, about a career protecting popes. READ  

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Test your Italian history with The Local's quiz
Italian history: Shutterstock

Test your Italian history with The Local's quiz

Italy is home to some of the world’s most iconic monuments and is the birthplace of a long list of artists, inventors and composers...but how well do you know its history? READ  

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Top ten: Travel warnings for Italy
Tourists in Italy: Shutterstock

Top ten: Travel warnings for Italy

Many of us tend to leave our brains at home when heading abroad on holiday, and with that in mind governments issue travel warnings. From volcanoes to thieves distracting tourists with pizza, here are some of the most striking — and bizarre — warnings about Italy. READ  

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Top ten: Famous quotes about Italy
German novelist Thomas Mann was struck by the "flattering and suspect beauty" of the city of Venice. Venice photo: Shutterstock

Top ten: Famous quotes about Italy

Italy has been a source of inspiration for many a traveller over the centuries. From Lord Byron to George Clooney, here are ten quotes about the country from some of the peninsula’s most famous visitors. READ  

Opinion - Working in Italy
Is Italy a desirable place for foreigners to work?
Italy came ninth in a survey ranking the most desirable places in the world to work. Italy worker: Shutterstock

Is Italy a desirable place for foreigners to work?

Italy was ranked the ninth most desirable place in the world to work in a survey this week, but some foreigners who live and work here beg to differ. READ  

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Rome wins cameo role in new Bond film
Daniel Craig is set to get caught up in several high-speed chases around Rome's history-lined alleyways. Photo: Daniel Craig photo: Shutterstock

Rome wins cameo role in new Bond film

The seven hills of Rome will provide the backdrop to 007's latest adventures as producers of the 24th James Bond film shoot scenes in the Italian capital next year. READ  

UN praises Italy's speedy internet progress
Just under 59 percent of people in Italy used the internet last year. Internet photo: Shutterstock

UN praises Italy's speedy internet progress

Italy is still far behind its European neighbours for internet connectivity, but the country is progressing at one of the fastest rates in the world, a new UN report has found. READ  

Italy's Eni inks $6 billion oil deal with Ghana
Eni has signed a $6 billion oil deal in Ghana. Luca Mascaro

Italy's Eni inks $6 billion oil deal with Ghana

Ghana on Monday accepted a bid from Italian oil major Eni to develop its offshore oil and gas resources, part of an effort to boost the west African nation's nascent energy sector, officials said. READ  

Italy hails Egypt as a 'strategic partner'
Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi. Photo: Filippo Monteforte/AFP

Italy hails Egypt as a 'strategic partner'

Prime Minister Matteo Renzi on Monday hailed Egypt as a "strategic partner" of Italy and Europe in the latest sign of Cairo's rehabilitation on the international stage. READ  

Bra shop offers best prices for biggest busts
The advert on Lovable's website.

Bra shop offers best prices for biggest busts

The bigger the breast size, the bigger the discount. That’s the special offer an Italian lingerie chain gave to women to mark its 50th anniversary. READ  

Intesa Sanpaolo may buy Queen's bank: report
Zurich-based Coutts International has been valued at up to $1 billion (€805 million). Photo: Odd Andersen/AFP

Intesa Sanpaolo may buy Queen's bank: report

Shares in Intesa Sanpaolo leapt on Monday following a report the Italian bank is mulling a bid for Coutts, the British private bank that counts Queen Elizabeth II among its clients. READ  

Italian doctor contracts Ebola in Sierra Leone
An Italian doctor has contracted Ebola in Sierra Leone. Photo: Seyrellou/AFP

Italian doctor contracts Ebola in Sierra Leone

UPDATED: An Italian doctor has contracted Ebola in Sierra Leone and is being repatriated for treatment, the health ministry said on Monday. READ  

Foreigners more at risk of poverty than Italians
Locals in other European countries fare better than Italians do at home. Europe map: Shutterstock

Foreigners more at risk of poverty than Italians

Foreigners in Italy are more at risk of poverty and social exclusion than Italians, new figures from the EU show. READ  

Poll win for Renzi but voters fire warning shots
Matteo Renzi said the results were a "clear victory" for his Democratic Party. Photo: Tiziana Fabi/AFP

Poll win for Renzi but voters fire warning shots

Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi on Monday celebrated his centre-left Democratic Party's victory in two regional elections, despite a record low turnout as disenchanted voters stayed away from the polls. READ  

Egypt's Sisi in Rome on first European visit
Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi arrives in Rome on Monday for talks with Pope Francis and Prime Minister Matteo Renzi. Photo: Khaled Desouki/AFP

Egypt's Sisi in Rome on first European visit

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi left for Rome on Monday on his first European trip since ousting his Islamist predecessor and overseeing a crackdown that has killed hundreds. READ  

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Call to counter 'radical Islam' in kindergartens
Heinz-Christian Strache (R). Photo: APA/Harald Schneider, Herbert P. Oczeret

Call to counter 'radical Islam' in kindergartens

The right-wing Freedom Party (FPÖ) has said it wants to be able to “counter Islamist tendencies” in Vienna’s kindergartens. READ  

Financial markets brace for Swiss 'gold' vote
Photo: Bullion Vault

Financial markets brace for Swiss 'gold' vote

As Switzerland prepares to vote this month on whether to force the country's central bank to increase its gold reserves, economists warn a 'Yes' vote could wreak havoc in financial markets. READ  

Burger King axes 89 franchises over scandals
Burger King employees in Lower Saxony protest against a dismissal in January. Photo: DPA

Burger King axes 89 franchises over scandals

Following earlier reports of poor hygiene, the fast food giant announced Wednesday that it was terminating contracts for 89 franchised outlets because of continued poor treatment of staff. READ  

Denmark selects its first national dish
Want to eat like a Dane? Dig in to a plate of stegt flæsk med persillesovs og kartofler. Photo: Søren Bidstrup/Scanpix

Denmark selects its first national dish

The Danes have spoken and their favourite meal is fried pork served with potatoes and parsley sauce. Sound good? Try the enclosed recipe. READ  

'World's longest railway' links Madrid and China
"Yixinou" will operate from Yiwu, the world's biggest wholesale hub, in east China's Zhejiang province. Photo: AFP/STR

'World's longest railway' links Madrid and China

China launched an 82-wagon cargo train on Tuesday which will take 21 days to travel 10,000km (6,200 miles) and pass through six other countries as it moves goods from the industrial city of Yiwu to the Spanish capital, Madrid. READ  

France gets new power to sack the president
Has François Hollande just heard the news that French MPs now have the power to sack the president? Photo: AFP

France gets new power to sack the president

François Hollande would be forgiven for not sleeping well in his bed tonight after French MPs were, for the first time, handed the power to sack the president in the case of "a breach of duties". READ  

Norway to grow food crops in space
NASA's International Space Station. Photo: Shutterstock

Norway to grow food crops in space

A team of scientists in Norway are set to research the possibility of growing plants and food crops in outer space, it was revealed on Friday. READ  

Swedes' blonde only school photo goes viral
Student Patricia Spång Lundahl holds the sign 'Jimmie sent the rest home' in the protest school photo. Photo. Private

Swedes' blonde only school photo goes viral

A protest school photo by Swedish students to highlight the anti-immigration polices of the Sweden Democrats has generated a storm on social media. READ  

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