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Italy admits paying to free some hostages
Aid workers Greta Ramelli (left) and Vanessa Marzullo, who went missing near Aleppo in July are among six Italians being held hostage. Photo: Facebook

Italy admits paying to free some hostages

Italy on Tuesday admitted paying ransoms to obtain the freedom of some hostages, saying it approached negotiations on a case-by-case basis. READ  

Berlusconi's ex-wife sees alimony cut by third
Silvio Berlusconi (R) and his ex-wife Veronica Lario in Rome. Photo: Vincenzo Pinto/AFP

Berlusconi's ex-wife sees alimony cut by third

Veronica Lario, the ex-wife of Silvio Berlusconi, will see her monthly alimony payment of €3 million from the ex-prime minister slashed by a third, following a ruling by a Milan appeals court on Tuesday. READ  

'We're working like crazy on reforms': Padoan
Italy's Economy Minister Pier Carlo Padoan said the country's reform plan will produce results. Photo: Eric Piermont/AFP

'We're working like crazy on reforms': Padoan

Italy’s Economy Minister Pier Carlo Padoan said the government is “working like crazy” on essential reforms and rebutted criticism that it has over-promised and under-delivered. READ  

Italians arrested over drug stash in Vatican car
An official Vatican car was caught smuggling drugs through France. Photo: AFP

Italians arrested over drug stash in Vatican car

Two Italian men are in French jail after they allegedly used an official Vatican vehicle to try to smuggle several kilos of cocaine and cannabis through France, according to media reports. READ  

Cops probe poor parents who keep kids at home
The children missed at least 25 percent of lessons. Classroom photo: Shutterstock

Cops probe poor parents who keep kids at home

A total of 165 parents in southern Italy have been reported to the police for not sending their children to school, with many of the would-be pupils kept away from the classroom to support their families. READ  

Two people plunge to death from Milan building
Police are investigating after a man and woman plunged to their deaths from a building in Milan. Police photo: Shutterstock

Two people plunge to death from Milan building

A 20-year-old man and a woman, aged 19, died after falling seven floors from an apartment building in Milan. A British woman living opposite said the man appeared “to drag” the woman down with him. READ  

One quarter of Italian teens has tried cannabis
The study found that almost one in four Italian teenagers between the ages of 15 and 19 had tried cannabis in the past year. Photo: Robyn Beck/AFP

One quarter of Italian teens has tried cannabis

More and more Italian teenagers are experimenting with cannabis, with almost one in four having tried the drug at least once in the past year, a new government report on drug addiction has found. READ  

American tourists caught with Pompeii relic
The American tourists allegedly stole an artefact from Pompeii weighing 30kg. Photos: Il Mattino

American tourists caught with Pompeii relic

Two American tourists were caught at Rome’s Fiumicino airport with a 30kg artefact from the ruins of Pompeii stashed in their luggage. READ  

Immigrants drive Italy's economy
325,000 small businesses in Italy are now owned by non-European immigrants. Photo: Lee Coursey

Immigrants drive Italy's economy

UPDATED: The number of small businesses owned by immigrants surged 44 percent between April and June as they snapped up failed Italian firms at bargain prices, the head of a Rome business group told The Local. READ  

Cuckold calls cops on wife's 'burglar' lover
Police officers then had to break up a violent fight which broke out between the two men. Police photo: Shutterstock

Cuckold calls cops on wife's 'burglar' lover

A man in Pisa called the police during the night after finding a “burglar” in his home, only to discover the intruder was his wife’s lover. READ  

Features
My Italian Career
'I chose Italy because I know the culture'
Gilad Uziely (L) with a Mekomy guide in Rome. Photo: Gilad Uziely

'I chose Italy because I know the culture'

Tourism in Italy is big business, but it’s not always easy for visitors to find out how best to learn about the vast culture. As the website Mekomy expands into Italy, we spoke to its Israeli co-founder, Gilad Uziely, about how it's challenging traditional tourism. READ  

The Local List
Italy's expat tribes: What kind are you?
Do you love to sit in the piazza wistfully with your sketchbook? Shutterstock

Italy's expat tribes: What kind are you?

Whatever motivated you to move to Italy, The Local's got you sussed. From diplomacy to wine, we've picked out the top ten expat tribes in Italy. Which one do you belong to? READ  

The Local List
The world's top ten unis to study Italian
The University of Cambridge in the UK offers an Italian degree. Photo: llee_wu

The world's top ten unis to study Italian

The Local takes a look at the world’s leading universities offering Italian degrees, everywhere from California to Melbourne. READ  

Higher education
Ranked: Italy's best MBAs in English
Italy's highly-ranked business schools are in Milan and Rome. Graduation photo: Shutterstock

Ranked: Italy's best MBAs in English

Italy is casting aside its image as a monolingual country for higher education, by inviting foreign business students to study in English. The Local takes a look at the top three MBAs in the country. READ  

The Local List
Top ten: Weird Italian expressions
Il lupo nero porta fortuna. Photo: Bruce Mckay

Top ten: Weird Italian expressions

It is fair to say that when people visit or move to Italy, they will probably come across some typical sayings and Italian expressions that may sound completely out of context, and sometimes even slightly weird. READ  

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Italy will not take part in air strikes against Isis
Italy's Foreign Minister Federica Mogherini said the country will not participate in air strikes against Isis. Photo: Maxim Shipenkova/AFP

Italy will not take part in air strikes against Isis

Italy will send arms and aid to Iraq to fight the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (Isis) militant group but will not take part in US-led air strikes, Foreign Minister Federica Mogherini said after a summit in Paris on Monday. READ  

Clooney to be married by Rome's ex-mayor
The pair will wed on September 29th in the former Doge's Palace in Venice, Ca' Farsetti. Photo: AFP

Clooney to be married by Rome's ex-mayor

George Clooney and human rights lawyer Amal Alamuddin will be married later this month in Venice by Walter Veltroni, a former mayor of Rome, Italian media has reported. READ  

'Italian priest was held with James Foley'
Paolo Dall'Oglio was kidnapped in Syria more than a year ago. Photo: Kenzo Tribouillard/AFP

'Italian priest was held with James Foley'

An Italian priest who has been missing in Syria for more than a year was held with James Foley, the American journalist beheaded by Islamic militants last month, a Syrian dissident has said. READ  

'There is a dearth of investment in Europe'
Pier Carlo Padoan was heading a meeting of European Union finance ministers in Milan on Saturday. Photo: Alberto Pizzoli/AFP

'There is a dearth of investment in Europe'

EU ministers said on the weekend that investment was key to bringing the European economy out of the doldrums, but options were limited with funding and spending issues still unresolved. READ  

Bomb scare halts flights at Rome airport
The above plane is not the one forced to land on Sunday. Plane photo: Shutterstock

Bomb scare halts flights at Rome airport

Flights were temporarily grounded at Rome’s Fiumicino airport on Sunday when a plane was forced to land after a suspect piece of luggage was found on board. READ  

Pope marries Italian couples who lived 'in sin'
Popes very rarely perform marriages - the last one was in 2000. Photo: Alberto Pizzoli/AFP

Pope marries Italian couples who lived 'in sin'

A single mother, people who have been married before and Italian couples who have been living together "in sin" were married by Pope Francis in a taboo-challenging ceremony at the Vatican on Sunday. READ  

Anti-US 'Italian fascist' joins rebels in Ukraine
Pavel Gubarev said an "Italian fascist" had joined his rebel forces in eastern Ukraine. Photo: Sergei Venyavsky/AFP

Anti-US 'Italian fascist' joins rebels in Ukraine

An “Italian fascist” has joined rebels fighting against government forces in eastern Ukraine, the leader of one militant group has claimed. READ  

Seven whales stranded on Italian beach
Four of the whales have now been safely assisted back into the sea by rescuers. Photo of sperm whales: Shutterstock

Seven whales stranded on Italian beach

Three sperm whales died on Friday while four were saved after washing up on a beach in central Italy, according to media reports. READ  

Syria jihadist was 'integrated' in Italy
Munifer Karamaleski is one of around 50 people who have left Italy to join Islamic militants. Photo: AFP Photo/HO/ISIL

Syria jihadist was 'integrated' in Italy

A 25-year-old man who is believed to have gone to fight alongside jihadists in Syria was “integrated” in Italy, his father has told Italian media. READ  

Man sets partner alight in Tuscan city centre
The attack happened just metres away from the city's crowded September fair. Photo: Burgkirsch/Wikicommons

Man sets partner alight in Tuscan city centre

A woman is being treated for serious burns after a man threw alcohol over her and set her alight in central Arezzo, Tuscany. READ  

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Austria bans Isis terror symbols
Fighters from Isis near the border between Syria and Iraq. Photo: EPA/ALBARAKA NEWS/HANDOUT

Austria bans Isis terror symbols

Following closely on the heels of Germany, Austria has announced a forthcoming ban on terrorism-related symbols, specifically starting with the Isis flag, reported the Austrian Press Agency (APA) on Friday evening. [Updated to reflect comments from HC Strache over the weekend.] READ  

EasyJet passenger held over hand luggage row
Photo: Shutterstock

EasyJet passenger held over hand luggage row

Police in Geneva arrested an Italian woman over a spat about the size of her hand luggage when boarding an easyJet flight from the Swiss city to Venice, according to a media report. READ  

Germany officially bans terror group Isis
Isis fighters (l) and Thomas de Mazière (r) Photo: DPA/EPA/ALBARAKA NEWS/HANDOUT BEST QUALITY AVAILABLE

Germany officially bans terror group Isis

UPDATE: Germany on Friday officially banned Islamic terror group Isis from any activities in the country, warning that the jihadists, who have captured swathes of Iraq and Syria, also posed a threat to Europe. READ  

One dead, one injured in Copenhagen shooting
The shooting took place on a side street to Copenhagen's Town Hall Square. Photo: Simon Skipper/Scanpix

One dead, one injured in Copenhagen shooting

Two victims were hit by shots from a sawed-off shotgun on Tuesday morning. One has died and the other is in critical condition. READ  

Gravedigger suspended for corpse photo gaffe
The photo was shared by family members of the deceased but town hall officials described the act as "silliness". Photo: Twitter

Gravedigger suspended for corpse photo gaffe

A cemetery worker in a town in southern Spain has been suspended after a photo of him posing with an exhumed corpse went viral on social media. READ  

Air France pilots set for 'massive' strike
Air France pilots are strike to strike on Monday. Photo: Thomas Samson/AFP

Air France pilots set for 'massive' strike

With negotiations sputtering, it’s looking increasingly likely that Air France pilots are going to carry out their threat of a “massive” walkout on Monday. Their unions have called for a week-long strike over re-organization plans. READ  

Ships without crew set for the seas
In the near-future merchant ships may sail with the aid of technology, not humans. Photo: Luigi Cotrufo / Scanpix

Ships without crew set for the seas

Researchers based in Norway believe that in around 10 years time cargo ships will have the technology to sail the seas without the need of a captain or crew. READ  

Elections 2014
ELECTIONS BLOG: Updates and analysis
Social Democrat leader Stefan Löfven. Photo: TT

ELECTIONS BLOG: Updates and analysis

The Local blogged live throughout Sunday night as our reporters watched Reinfeldt resign as prime minister, Löfven declare he was ready to lead the red-greens and the Sweden Democrats celebrate becoming Sweden's third largest party. READ  

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