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The long road to legal abortion in Italy - and why many women are still denied it

The long road to legal abortion in Italy - and why many women are still denied it

Italy marks 40 years of legalized abortion this month, but many women are still unable to access the procedure due to a rising rate of conscientious objection among doctors.

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Learn French in Switzerland: A fully immersive experience

Learn French in Switzerland: A fully immersive experience

Hiking in the Swiss Alps, visiting local chocolate factories, wine-tastings, jazz festivals and car shows are not part of your typical language course. Unless, that is, it’s an Alpadia language course.

 
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Venice Biennale shows the human face of architecture

Venice Biennale shows the human face of architecture

In an era when many countries are putting up border walls and barbed wire fences, the International Architecture Exhibition in Venice aims to showcase a "sense of humanity" through its displays, organizers said ahead of its opening on Saturday.

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'The beauty, music and people of Salento keep me coming back for more'

'The beauty, music and people of Salento keep me coming back for more'

When Audrey Fielding first came to Puglia, she was expecting "a barren landscape", based on what she's heard and read. Instead, she found vibrant towns, chatty locals, a rich culture and delicious food that kept her coming back year after year.

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Renting in Italy: the crucial vocabulary you need to know

Renting in Italy: the crucial vocabulary you need to know

One of the first tasks awaiting any new arrival in Italy is one of the most stressful: finding somewhere to live. Here's some vocabulary to help you out during the house-hunt.

The Italian inventor of the violin wanted to imitate human voices: study

The Italian inventor of the violin wanted to imitate human voices: study

Music historians have long suspected that the inventors of the violin wanted to imitate the human voice, and a study out on Monday shows how 16th to 18th century luthiers in Italy did it.

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Ten untranslatable words that only exist in Italian

Ten untranslatable words that only exist in Italian

Every language contains certain words or phrases that just can’t be translated into a single English word. And Italian is full of examples.

The one pasta dish you have to try in each of Italy's regions

The one pasta dish you have to try in each of Italy's regions

We don't know about you, but we can't imagine anything better than travelling Italy from top to toe, sampling the culinary delights of each of the places you stop at along the way.

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Italy's incoming eurosceptic government sparks crisis fears in Brussels

Italy's incoming eurosceptic government sparks crisis fears in Brussels

Fears of a new European crisis grew on Tuesday over Italy's incoming eurosceptic government, which has vowed to reject the Brussels austerity diet and to crack down on immigrants.

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The surprising global cities where German food is considered a treat

The surprising global cities where German food is considered a treat

German cuisine doesn’t really have the reputation that countries like Italy or Japan enjoy when it comes to catering to a global palate. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t cities where Bratwurst and Sauerkraut sell like hot potatoes.

 

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IN PICTURES: Emergency services rush to scene of Turin train crash

IN PICTURES: Emergency services rush to scene of Turin train crash

A passenger train collided with a lorry on the tracks near Turin on Wednesday night, killing two people and injuring more than 20. Pictures from the scene show the devastating impact.

Giuseppe Conte is the nominee for Italy's new prime minister

Giuseppe Conte is the nominee for Italy's new prime minister

"He is the Five Star Movement in a nutshell – he won't burden the Italian public."

Six injured, two seriously, in Juventus title parade

Six injured, two seriously, in Juventus title parade

Six Juventus fans were injured, two seriously, when a truck they were travelling in during the Italian champions' victory parade on Saturday night struck the electric cables of the city's tramway, according to media reports.

Italian high schoolers caught on video threatening teacher over grades

Italian high schoolers caught on video threatening teacher over grades

Police are investigating at least three students at a vocational high school in Lucca, Tuscany, after a video of them attempting to intimidate a teacher during a dispute over grades went viral.

Italian parliament gives go-ahead to road tests of driverless cars

Italian parliament gives go-ahead to road tests of driverless cars

Road tests of driverless cars have been given the OK by the Italian parliament, an important step towards the development of autonomous vehicles in the country.

Tourists spent nearly €40 billion in Italy last year

Tourists spent nearly €40 billion in Italy last year

Overseas tourists spent a record amount in Italy in 2017, according to new figures, splashing out nearly €3 billion more than the year before.

Italy can't fly Alfie Evans to Rome for further care, court rules

Italy can't fly Alfie Evans to Rome for further care, court rules

A UK judge has ruled that terminally ill British toddler Alfie Evans will not be allowed to go to Rome for further treatment but can go home, following a court appeal by his family.

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Pope to appoint 14 new cardinals

Pope to appoint 14 new cardinals

Pope Francis announced on Sunday that he will hold a meeting of the Church's top council to appoint 14 new cardinals next month, including from Iraq, Pakistan, Madagascar and Japan.