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Italy will 'dare to say no' to EU on migrants: Matteo Salvini

Italy will 'dare to say no' to EU on migrants: Matteo Salvini

Italy's interior minister said Italy would not be pushed around at an emergency summit on migration this weekend, after threatening to boycott the event.

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Make this small Mediterranean capital your next city break

Make this small Mediterranean capital your next city break

Valletta, Malta’s small but mighty capital, still feels like one of the Med’s undiscovered gems. But it won’t stay that way for long. The Local’s commercial editor, Sophie Miskiw, explored this year’s Capital of Culture and can’t wait to go back.

 
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Travel while you learn at this European business school

Travel while you learn at this European business school

Europe’s first business school continues to attract students from all around the world.

 
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Italy says Spain should take 'next four' migrant boats

Italy says Spain should take 'next four' migrant boats

Italy's hard-right interior minister accused Spain of failing its commitments to receive migrants, saying it should take "the next four" rescue boats after Madrid welcomed one rejected by Rome.

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'Anyone but Sweden’: Italy fans take out salty full-page ad in Swedish newspaper

'Anyone but Sweden’: Italy fans take out salty full-page ad in Swedish newspaper

One group of Azzurri supporters are still so bitter about being knocked out of the World Cup that they placed a peppy ad in a Swedish newspaper.

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12 unexpected facts you probably didn't know about Iceland

12 unexpected facts you probably didn't know about Iceland

Iceland has long been known as one of the most beautiful places in the world, but over the past few years it has also come to be viewed as a rather unusual hotbed of football talent. Here are 12 other things that you might not know about Iceland.

 
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Five ways to spend your gap year exploring Italy

Five ways to spend your gap year exploring Italy

Looking for somewhere to spend your gap year? The Local explores the wealth of experiences Italy has to offer.

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Why Italy's 'mammoni' will keep staying with mamma

Why Italy's 'mammoni' will keep staying with mamma

Two in three Italians under 35 still live with their parents, and the phenomenon is especially high among young men. What keeps Italy's "mummy's boys" staying at home?

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 weird things Italians say, and what they mean

Ten weird things Italians say, and what they mean

Ever found yourself wondering what your Italian friends are going on about? You might need our guide to the oddest Italian sayings, translated.

Ten surprising pasta facts in honour of Italy’s favourite food

Ten surprising pasta facts in honour of Italy’s favourite food

Why do Italians love pasta? There are too many reasons to count. So instead we'll share a few things you might not know about Italy's best-loved export.

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12 signs you’ve cracked the Italian language

12 signs you’ve cracked the Italian language

It's known as the language of love, but many expats and students struggle with the peculiarities of Italian. The good news is that if you relate to most of the items on this list, you're not far off fluency.

Italy fines Ryanair for mass flight cancellations

Italy fines Ryanair for mass flight cancellations

Italy's competition authority (AGCM) on Thursday hit Ryanair with a €1.85 million fine for mass flight cancellations late last year and failing to adequately inform affected passengers of their rights.

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Thief in Kassel saws down tree in effort to steal €2,000 bike

Thief in Kassel saws down tree in effort to steal €2,000 bike

A yet unknown thief used a saw to cut down a tree at the weekend in the central German city of Kassel in order to steal an expensive mountain bike.

 

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Italian mafioso jailed for attack on journalist

Italian mafioso jailed for attack on journalist

A notorious Italian mobster was sentenced to six years in prison for violently assaulting a journalist during an interview, the video of which immediately went viral.

Trump praises Conte as 'very strong' on immigration

Trump praises Conte as 'very strong' on immigration

US President Donald Trump on Friday hailed Italy's novice prime minister, Giuseppe Conte, as "very strong" on immigration, days after the European nation rejected a ship loaded with migrants.

AC Milan to form its first ever women's team

AC Milan to form its first ever women's team

"AC Milan is announcing that from the 2018/2019 season it will participate for the first time in the club's history in the female Serie A championship."

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.

Italy earthquake scam: More than 100 false benefit claims uncovered

Italy earthquake scam: More than 100 false benefit claims uncovered

An investigation has revealed more than 100 fraudulent claims for hundreds of thousands of euros of state funds intended for victims of the devastating earthquake that shook central Italy in 2016.

Beat the crowds: Seven breathtaking alternatives to Italy's tourist hotspots

Beat the crowds: Seven breathtaking alternatives to Italy's tourist hotspots

If you're planning a trip to Italy - or are lucky enough to live here - then get away from the maddening crowds with a visit to one of these gems.

Italy issues presidential pardon for pot-growing pensioner

Italy issues presidential pardon for pot-growing pensioner

The Italian president has formally pardoned a pensioner who grew marijuana for use as pain relief, it was announced this week.

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Italian coastguard ship brings more than 500 migrants to Sicily

Italian coastguard ship brings more than 500 migrants to Sicily

An Italian coastguard ship carrying more than 500 migrants, including dozens rescued by the US Navy off Libya last week, arrived on Tuesday night at a port in Sicily.