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Italy awaits president's decision on new prime minister

Italy awaits president's decision on new prime minister

Giuseppe Conte, the lawyer and political newcomer picked to lead a populist government, met the president on Wednesday evening.

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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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'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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'How I fell in love with Naples, a city full of contrasts'

'How I fell in love with Naples, a city full of contrasts'

Naples has its own way of doing things and attempts to postpone modernity, but will charm you if you go with an open mind, says a tour guide who moved there two years ago.

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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.

Italian artist sculpts a Fiat 500 out of marble

Italian artist sculpts a Fiat 500 out of marble

A young Turin-based artist has spent months sculpting a life-size Fiat 500 car out of a 15-tonne block of white Carrara marble in a work he sees as a critique of today's consumerist, throw-away society.

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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 must pursue 'responsible' budget policy: EU official

Italy must pursue 'responsible' budget policy: EU official

"We view it as important that the Italian government remains on course in pursuing a responsible budget policy."

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How Switzerland’s direct democracy system works

How Switzerland’s direct democracy system works

Switzerland's regular referendums are a key feature of its unique democracy. But how does it all work? We go behind the scenes.

 

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Rome among worst cities in Europe for road safety, traffic and pollution: Greenpeace

Rome among worst cities in Europe for road safety, traffic and pollution: Greenpeace

Rome has come out bottom of a new Greenpeace ranking that scored 13 European capitals according to how easy, safe, and sustainable they are to get around.

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.

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.