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Vatican says it axed chief auditor for spying

Vatican says it axed chief auditor for spying

UPDATED: The Vatican said on Sunday it had been forced to oust its former auditor general - who resigned without explanation in June - because he had been spying on senior officials.

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Volunteering abroad ‘really changed my mind’ about the world

Volunteering abroad ‘really changed my mind’ about the world

Want to go on a real adventure and help a disadvantaged community at the same time? You can, and here's how...

 
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Italian police arrest two over claims they paid farm workers according to skin colour

Italian police arrest two over claims they paid farm workers according to skin colour

Italian police have arrested two men in Calabria, southern Italy over claims they paid farm workers according to their skin colour.

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The easiest way to drive in style while living abroad -- and back at home

The easiest way to drive in style while living abroad -- and back at home

Moving abroad? Nothing helps you feel at home faster than having a new luxury car to zip around in. And it's easier to get one than you think.

 
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Nine essential Italian phrases for the modern traveller

Nine essential Italian phrases for the modern traveller

Want to learn useful Italian phrases and nail the accent? With Tandem, you can instantly connect with a native speaker and practice for free.

 
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Five must-read novels that will transport you to Italy

Five must-read novels that will transport you to Italy

A phrasebook or traditional guidebook will equip you with enough knowledge to order food and track down the must-see monuments, but in order to really get under the skin of Italy, you'll need a different kind of reading material.

'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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A robot conducted Andrea Bocelli and an Italian orchestra in a world first

A robot conducted Andrea Bocelli and an Italian orchestra in a world first

Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli's voice soars to the rafters of the Tuscan theatre, but all eyes are on the orchestral conductor beside him - a robot with an apparent penchant for Verdi.

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The 12 ways speaking Italian will mess up your English

The 12 ways speaking Italian will mess up your English

Learning languages isn't all fun and games, and sometimes your new skill can have bizarre effects on your native tongue...

The 'World's Best Gelato' has been crowned after a three-year contest

The 'World's Best Gelato' has been crowned after a three-year contest

An Italian competition to find the best gelato in the world has come to the conclusion after three years of searching, that when it comes to perfect ice cream, there's no place like home.

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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...

'A 145-year-old startup': Pirelli will be relisted on Milan bourse

'A 145-year-old startup': Pirelli will be relisted on Milan bourse

Pirelli will be relisted on the Milan bourse on October 4th following the biggest new share offer in Europe this year, the tyremaker announced on Monday.

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Swiss vote against plan to save pensions

Swiss vote against plan to save pensions

UPDATED: Swiss voters rejected on Sunday a divisive pension reform plan that the government proposed to address the needs of an ageing population.

 

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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.

Planned march on anniversary of Mussolini's rise to power is illegal, says Italian Interior Minister

Planned march on anniversary of Mussolini's rise to power is illegal, says Italian Interior Minister

Italian Interior Minister Marco Minniti has said that plans for a march in Rome on the anniversary of Fascist dictator Benito Mussolini's rise to power is illegal.

Italy PM to meet EU Brexit negotiator ahead of Theresa May's speech in Florence

Italy PM to meet EU Brexit negotiator ahead of Theresa May's speech in Florence

Italy's prime minister, Paolo Gentiloni, will meet the EU's top Brexit negotiator ahead of Theresa May's speech in Florence, further details of which were announced on Thursday.

Motorcycling: Rossi returns to training just 18 days after double leg fracture

Motorcycling: Rossi returns to training just 18 days after double leg fracture

Italian motorcycling ace Valentino Rossi has returned to training just 18 days after suffering a double leg fracture, his Movistar Yahama team confirmed.

A long history of destructive earthquakes in Italy

A long history of destructive earthquakes in Italy

A 4.0 magnitude earthquake killed at least two people when it struck Ischia on Monday, August 21st. An earthquake on the same spot 134 years earlier killed more than 2,000 people.

Rome announces water rations due to 'extraordinary drought'

Rome announces water rations due to 'extraordinary drought'

Rome's water provider has responded to the continued drought in the capital with new measures that will see a reduction in water pressure at night from September onwards.

Italian wine production set to hit slump yet exports to smash records

Italian wine production set to hit slump yet exports to smash records

Italy's high summer temperatures are affecting this year's wine harvest, meaning production is substantially down. Yet demand for Italian wines abroad is at a record high.

Rome suspends blood donations after mosquito-borne chikungunya cases

Rome suspends blood donations after mosquito-borne chikungunya cases

The city of Rome on Wednesday announced it would carry out a fast-track anti-mosquito campaign after a string of suspected cases of the insect-borne chikungunya virus were detected in the region.

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German NGO urges Italy to release seized migrant rescue boat

German NGO urges Italy to release seized migrant rescue boat

The organization says it has been the victim of a "despicable smear campaign".