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Italy's largest GDP growth for six years threatened by looming political storm

Italy's largest GDP growth for six years threatened by looming political storm

Italy has posted its best annual economic growth figures since 2011 with its gross domestic product outdoing official forecasts to grow 1.5 percent on an annual basis. But the threat of a hung parliament in the next election has experts worried.

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Migrant aid boat held by Libyan coastguard

Migrant aid boat held by Libyan coastguard

A Spanish migrant aid group said Tuesday that one of its rescue boats had been effectively detained by Libyan coastguard for nearly two hours in international waters.

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Introducing... the ultimate dating app for expats

Introducing... the ultimate dating app for expats

Finding love locally has never been easier. Find out why.

 
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Property of the week: Ancient meets modern in Stimigliano

Property of the week: Ancient meets modern in Stimigliano

Stimigliano is an ancient settlement on a hill near Rome. This week's Property of the Week features a newly-restored villa in the town.

 
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Online porn on thousands of public administrators' mobile phones

Online porn on thousands of public administrators' mobile phones

An Italian parliamentary group reviewed nearly half a million handsets used by public officials. It found thousands were used to access online porn, football and betting sites.

'If you want to move to Italy, brace yourself for things not going the way you want'

'If you want to move to Italy, brace yourself for things not going the way you want'

A relocation coach talks to The Local about what to do before making the move to Italy - and which pitfalls to avoid.

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Tiramisu status uplifting for Friuli but a put-down for Veneto

Tiramisu status uplifting for Friuli but a put-down for Veneto

An Italian ministry has ruled that tiramisu is from Friuli and not Veneto, setting off a less than sweet war of words between the neighbouring regions.

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Ten golden rules for cooking pasta like the Italians, from an artisan pasta maker

Ten golden rules for cooking pasta like the Italians, from an artisan pasta maker

A very good way to lose friends in Italy is to mess with pasta. Fiddling with the tried and trusted Italian methods can also affect the taste of the dish, but many foreigners don't even realise their technique is unorthodox.

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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...

Italy's Monte dei Paschi posts 3.2 billion second-quarter losses

Italy's Monte dei Paschi posts 3.2 billion second-quarter losses

Italy's troubled bank Monte dei Paschi di Siena said Friday it lost more than 3.2 billion euros in the second quarter, after the EU approved a bailout for the stricken lender.

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GO! Italians asked to vote on coveted Monopoly locations

GO! Italians asked to vote on coveted Monopoly locations

The classic board game is getting an Italian makeover - and you can have a say in how the finished board looks.

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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.

Hotel with separate gay toilet icon causes uproar

Hotel with separate gay toilet icon causes uproar

An Italian toilet icon in southern Italy has upset the LGBT community.

Reduction in new sea arrivals leaves experts guessing why

Reduction in new sea arrivals leaves experts guessing why

Italy has seen a sharp fall in the number of migrants arriving on its shores, a decline that has left experts scrambling for an explanation.

Last-gasp Lazio stun Juventus to win Italian Super Cup

Last-gasp Lazio stun Juventus to win Italian Super Cup

Lazio defeated Juventus for the first time in four years with a 3-2 triumph in the Italian Super Cup on Sunday with victory secured by an injury-time goal from substitute Alessandro Murgia.

Italian schoolkids make friends easily but suffer high anxiety

Italian schoolkids make friends easily but suffer high anxiety

Italy's schoolchildren get top marks for socializing but suffer from high levels of anxiety, an OECD survey reveals.

Chaos at new emergency services 112 hotline

Chaos at new emergency services 112 hotline

The 112 number for all emergency services was meant to streamline responses to crises. Instead, the waiting times have increased, coordination between services is slower and the hotline is often out of service.

Scorching temperatures until the end of the week

Scorching temperatures until the end of the week

Temperatures are set to continue above 40 Celsius in parts of Puglia and Sicily in southern Italy until Friday, when the temperatures are expected to drop by about 10 degrees Celsius, according to Repubblica.

Ryanair makes 'non-binding' offer for Alitalia

Ryanair makes 'non-binding' offer for Alitalia

UPDATED: Ryanair has made a "non-binding offer" for its loss-making Italian rival Alitalia, the Irish no-frills carrier said on Monday.

Health risk alarm over water rationing in Rome

Health risk alarm over water rationing in Rome

Plans to ration water in drought-hit Rome could have serious consequences for public health, Italy's health minister warned on Wednesday.

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Austria reinforces army presence and control on Italian border

Austria reinforces army presence and control on Italian border

Austria is building up a stronger police and military presence on it borders in an attempt to reduce the number of asylum seekers trying to enter via Italy, Slovakia, Slovenia and Hungary.