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Armed gang flee after bank robbery goes wrong in Rome

Armed gang flee after bank robbery goes wrong in Rome

Police in Rome are hunting a gang of five men who attempted a bank robbery this afternoon in the city's Portuense district.

Change the world with a master’s degree from Sweden’s Linköping University

Change the world with a master’s degree from Sweden’s Linköping University

Master’s students at world-leading Linköping University (LiU) aren’t there simply to study. They solve real-world problems alongside experts in fields that can create a better tomorrow. Do you have what it takes to join them?

 
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Huge rubbish fire blazes in Milan

Huge rubbish fire blazes in Milan

People in Milan have been warned to keep their windows closed after a huge fire broke out at a waste recycling depot on the outskirts of the northern Italian city.

Winter getaway: The Mediterranean island with 'the best climate in the world'

Winter getaway: The Mediterranean island with 'the best climate in the world'

Malta’s up-and-coming capital took centre stage when it was crowned 2018’s Capital of Culture, but there’s much more to the enigmatic island than Valletta. The Local’s Commercial Editor took a whirlwind tour of the Mediterranean’s best-kept secret.

 
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QUIZ: How well do you know your Italian proverbs?
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QUIZ: How well do you know your Italian proverbs?

Is it good or bad to be 'in the wolf's mouth'? Test your knowledge of Italian proverbs by taking The Local's quiz.

Is an MBA the trick to launching your international career?

Is an MBA the trick to launching your international career?

An MBA could be what you need to take the elusive next step in your career.

 
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Eight of the best destinations for an autumn break in Italy

Eight of the best destinations for an autumn break in Italy

Autumn in Italy means good food, great wine, and gorgeous colours. But where are the best spots to visit during the cooler months? Here are eight great destinations for an autumn getaway.

Five delicious Italian food idioms, explained

Five delicious Italian food idioms, explained

It's no surprise that Italy has a lot of sayings about food. Here are five tasty expressions for you to start using today.

 ‘What I wish I’d known before I moved abroad’

‘What I wish I’d known before I moved abroad’

Moving is never easy but upping sticks for a new life abroad is even tougher. The Local caught up with two expats to find out about what they wish they’d known before the big move.

 
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Ten things to do in Italy for the European Year of Cultural Heritage

Ten things to do in Italy for the European Year of Cultural Heritage

From ancient Roman ships in Pisa to a deeper understanding of Pompeii, via a cycle route in Siena, there's plenty still to look forward to in Italy as part of the EU28-wide celebration of culture.

Italian word of the day: 'Allora'

Italian word of the day: 'Allora'

This word is our most requested yet. Well then, let's take a look at it...

Where to eat in Florence without falling foul of its snacking ban

Where to eat in Florence without falling foul of its snacking ban

As Florence introduced a new ban on eating in public on some of the busiest streets in its historic centre, The Local asked Florentine food experts where to go for affordable, authentic eats that won't get you nabbed by the "panino police".

12 mistakes foreigners make when moving to Italy

12 mistakes foreigners make when moving to Italy

When you move to Italy, you're bound to make a few mistakes before you settle into la dolce vita. Here are a few to look out for...

Italy's budget clash with Brussels: What you need to know

Italy's budget clash with Brussels: What you need to know

Italy's government is about to submit its 2019 budget to the European Commission, a high-risk exercise that could lead to a feud between Rome and Brussels. Here's the background.

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Sweden leads the world in cashless payments

Sweden leads the world in cashless payments

For the first time, Swedes have overtaken Americans when it comes to the amount of cashless payments carried out, a new report shows.

 

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Salvini wants Italy's 'little ethnic shops' to close at 9pm

Salvini wants Italy's 'little ethnic shops' to close at 9pm

Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini has proposed a mandatory 9pm closing time for what he called "little ethnic shops", which he claimed were a haven for drug dealers.

Italian senator slammed after mother found illegally occupying public housing

Italian senator slammed after mother found illegally occupying public housing

The vice president of Italy’s senate, Five Star Movement politician Paola Taverna, came under fire on Monday when it transpired that her eighty year old mother has for years been illicitly living in Rome's public housing despite the family owning several other properties.

World champ Valverde eyes maiden Tour of Lombardy triumph

World champ Valverde eyes maiden Tour of Lombardy triumph

Newly-crowned world champion Alejandro Valverde headlines the season-finale Tour of Lombardy on Saturday looking for his first win in a race where he has twice finished runner-up.

Spanish university accused of giving away diplomas to Italian nationals

Spanish university accused of giving away diplomas to Italian nationals

A Spanish university already accused of gifting degrees to high-profile politicians is also being probed for allegedly giving away diplomas to hundreds of Italian nationals, a court spokesman said Thursday September 20th.

Mount Etna is sliding towards the sea and now we know why

Mount Etna is sliding towards the sea and now we know why

Each year Mount Etna in Sicily slides a little closer to the sea. Researchers believe the effect is caused by gravity – making it more likely that the volcano could collapse altogether.

Protesters rally around migrant-supporting Italian mayor

Protesters rally around migrant-supporting Italian mayor

The weekend saw protesters gather in Riace – a small hamlet in Italy's deep south which has earned praise for its integration of migrants – demanding the release of their leftist mayor.

'Pop' and 'Rock' trains to bring free Wi-fi to regional Italian rail network from 2019

'Pop' and 'Rock' trains to bring free Wi-fi to regional Italian rail network from 2019

The Italian rail infrastructure administrator Ferrovie dello Stato Italiane has unveiled its new line of regional trains that it says will be rolled out across the country within five years.

Six bizarre health tips Italian grans swear by

Six bizarre health tips Italian grans swear by

Italians have come up with some truly weird and wonderful remedies for common health complaints but do they help, or are they just a bunch of old wives' tales?

Libyan coastguard fires on Italian fishing boats, detains crew

Libyan coastguard fires on Italian fishing boats, detains crew

The Libyan coastguard fired shots at Italian fishing boats before seizing the vessels and detaining their crew, Italian media said on Wednesday.