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Human rights court to decide if Silvio Berlusconi can run for office yet again

Human rights court to decide if Silvio Berlusconi can run for office yet again

"I will be on the pitch, as captain or coach," Silvio Berlusconi promises as he contests a ruling that bans him from running for public office.

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An expat’s introduction to Italian healthcare

An expat’s introduction to Italian healthcare

Italy has one of the best healthcare systems in the world so if the unexpected does happen you’re in good hands.

 
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It could take 15 years to restore Italy’s forests after wildfires

It could take 15 years to restore Italy’s forests after wildfires

Italian forests destroyed in wildfires this summer will take at least 15 years to regrow, according to the national farmers’ association.

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Is this the world’s most international business school?

Is this the world’s most international business school?

It's not just one of the world’s leading business schools. It’s also a chance for students to have a truly international undergraduate experience.

 
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19 of your favourite Italian words (and some of ours)

19 of your favourite Italian words (and some of ours)

We asked to pick your favourite Italian words. Here's what you chose.

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This tiny mountain retreat has Italy’s newest three-star restaurant

This tiny mountain retreat has Italy’s newest three-star restaurant

Nestled at the foot of the Dolomite mountains, St. Hubertus has just been awarded a maximum three Michelin stars.

Is this the best Swedish university for international master’s students?

Is this the best Swedish university for international master’s students?

Its graduates are also among the first in Sweden to gain employment once they've completed their studies.

 
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Italy plies visitors with wine in bid to boost tourism

Italy plies visitors with wine in bid to boost tourism

Italy is counting on its wine to help it compete for tourists against France and Spain.

This little country is possibly Europe’s best-kept secret

This little country is possibly Europe’s best-kept secret

If you want a holiday that has it all, this small European archipelago is just the spot.

 
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Italy finally has an official national anthem

Italy finally has an official national anthem

It turns out the song Italians have been singing since 1946 was only provisional.

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Job-hunting in Italy: The Italian words and phrases you need to know

Job-hunting in Italy: The Italian words and phrases you need to know

Embarking on a job hunt in a new country, not to mention a new language, is daunting to say the least. It is possible to get a job without speaking Italian in Italy, particularly if you speak fluent English, but knowing a few phrases can go a long way.

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Why Carla Bruni swapped Italian for English

Why Carla Bruni swapped Italian for English

The Italian-born singer explains why she prefers to sing in English instead of her native tongue.

'Godfather' of Italian cooking, Antonio Carluccio, dead at 80

'Godfather' of Italian cooking, Antonio Carluccio, dead at 80

The man who helped bring Italian home cooking to Britain, Antonio Carluccio, has died at the age of 80.

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This is where you'll find the best food in Italy

This is where you'll find the best food in Italy

The Michelin Guide for Italy 2016 has been released, awarding 334 Italian eateries a coveted star rating. And the best city to eat in Italy might surprise you...

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Tailwinds propel air traffic control business in Norway

Tailwinds propel air traffic control business in Norway

Airlines are increasingly choosing to fly over Norway on USA-bound routes, providing a windfall for air traffic operators in the Scandinavian country.

 

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Italian property of the week: Seaside condo on the toe of Italy's boot

Italian property of the week: Seaside condo on the toe of Italy's boot

Calabria is a popular region among foreign property buyers thanks to the sunny beaches and beautiful landscapes that have earned it a reputation as 'the Caribbean of Europe'. If you want to move there, property can be surprisingly budget-friendly.

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IN PICTURES: Venice Carnival opens in spectacular style

IN PICTURES: Venice Carnival opens in spectacular style

Venice's world famous carnival, which lasts until February 28th, is thought to have started in 1162 after a military victory. Abandoned for decades, it was resurrected in 1980.

Bologna priest compares abortion to mafia killings

Bologna priest compares abortion to mafia killings

An Italian priest has sparked outrage after apparently comparing lawmakers who have campaigned for abortion access in Italy to one of the country's most notorious mafia killers.

Sicilian deputy arrested for tax dodging, three days after election

Sicilian deputy arrested for tax dodging, three days after election

Cateno De Luca is accused of running a scheme that cost the tax man some €1.75 million.

Football: Juventus 'gobsmacked' after Serie A shocker

Football: Juventus 'gobsmacked' after Serie A shocker

Juventus slipped to third place in the Italian league after a surprise defeat to Sampdoria.

Italy amends law to allow kids to go home from school alone

Italy amends law to allow kids to go home from school alone

Italian schools can let children walk home alone without fear of legal repercussions, after the senate approved an amendment to a law that said they had to be picked up by an adult.

Pope Francis hits 40 million mark on Twitter

Pope Francis hits 40 million mark on Twitter

The pope has racked up 40 million followers on Twitter, the Vatican said on Wednesday, underlining the Catholic leader's status as one of the world's biggest social media players.

Pope denounces 'indifference' on first 'World Day for the Poor'

Pope denounces 'indifference' on first 'World Day for the Poor'

Pope Francis called on Sunday to fight indifference to poverty on what has been dubbed the first "World Day for the Poor" by the Catholic Church.

Florence closes landmark church after falling stone kills tourist

Florence closes landmark church after falling stone kills tourist

The Basilica di Santa Croce has been closed to the public after a visitor was killed by falling masonry.

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Italy defends 'inhumane' policy of blocking migrants in Libya

Italy defends 'inhumane' policy of blocking migrants in Libya

Italy doubles down on a policy that the UN says has left thousands trapped in horrific conditions in Libya.