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Pope urges end to violence against women

Pope urges end to violence against women

Pope Francis on Saturday urged Latin America's faithful to fight rampant violent crime against women including murder, while holding mass in Trujillo, Peru's largest northern city.

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How many Stockholmers are actually immigrants?

How many Stockholmers are actually immigrants?

To celebrate International Migrants Day, the team at Beyond Borders hit the streets to chat with Stockholmers about where they come from.

 
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Italy is in the grip of its worst flu season in 14 years

Italy is in the grip of its worst flu season in 14 years

Nearly 4 million people in Italy sought treatment for the flu in recent weeks, the highest number of cases since 2004.

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The volunteer opportunity with a unique difference

The volunteer opportunity with a unique difference

Learn more about the gap year opportunity attracting volunteers from across the globe to a unique community nestled in 600 acres of wood and farmland in upstate New York.

 
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The top five free smartphone apps for learning Italian

The top five free smartphone apps for learning Italian

Always wanted to learn Italian but didn't know where to start? The huge number of language-learning apps now available means it's easier than ever.

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Italian regulator fines six travel booking sites for unfair practices

Italian regulator fines six travel booking sites for unfair practices

The Italian Antitrust Authority fined six travel websites more than €4 million on Wednesday for lack of transparency and unfair practices, including adding credit card fees and charging customers premium rates for telephone inquiries.

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An expat’s introduction to Italian healthcare

An expat’s introduction to Italian healthcare

Italy has one of the best healthcare systems in the world so if the unexpected does happen you’re in good hands.

 
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Seven very Italian ways to beat the January blues

Seven very Italian ways to beat the January blues

The combination of the winter weather and return to work after the holidays can leave anyone feeling a bit down in the dumps. But you're not alone, so here's how to beat the blues - Italian style.

Legendary Italian filmmaker Franco Zeffirelli accused of sexual assault

Legendary Italian filmmaker Franco Zeffirelli accused of sexual assault

An American actor has accused the Italian director Franco Zeffirelli of sexually assaulting him 25 years ago, prompting a fierce rebuttal from the filmmaker’s son.

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Italian chef rescues fish from baking tray and sets it free

Italian chef rescues fish from baking tray and sets it free

An Italian chef took pity on a fish which had been destined to end up on his diners' plates, returning it to the sea after realizing in the kitchen that the creature was still alive.

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Why coffee in Italy is a culture you must taste to understand

Why coffee in Italy is a culture you must taste to understand

"To live in Italy, one must do more than drink coffee. One must understand coffee."

Lamborghini sales hit a new record in 2017

Lamborghini sales hit a new record in 2017

Italian sports carmaker Lamborghini said on Monday it set another sales record in 2017.

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'Smart' hotels and virtual reality tours: Madrid fair previews the future of tourism

'Smart' hotels and virtual reality tours: Madrid fair previews the future of tourism

A hotel room automatically adjusting to the tastes of each guest, virtual reality headsets as brochures: the tourism sector is starting to embrace new technologies, hoping to benefit from lucrative personal data.

 

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Italian property of the week: A stone home in undiscovered Abruzzo

Italian property of the week: A stone home in undiscovered Abruzzo

Located in an ancient village in Abruzzo, this unique stone house is the perfect place for those seeking to lose themselves in Italy's natural attractions.

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Winter wonderland: This is just how much snow Italy got last week

Winter wonderland: This is just how much snow Italy got last week

January has got off to a snowy start in Italy, with the south of the country - usually famed for its beaches and mild climate - now resembling a wintery fairytale. Got pictures of the snow where you are? Send them to news.italy@thelocal.com

Italy's election campaign is descending into a race row

Italy's election campaign is descending into a race row

Italy was gripped by a racism row on Tuesday as parties from across the political spectrum weighed in on calls to defend the "white race", sparking anger but also drawing support.

Benevento football captain apologizes for Instagram death posts

Benevento football captain apologizes for Instagram death posts

Benevento captain Fabio Lucioni on Wednesday apologized after posts on his Instagram account wishing death on those who imposed a one-year doping ban on him.

Italian headteacher causes controversy by ending school prayers

Italian headteacher causes controversy by ending school prayers

People across Italy are weighing in on a headteacher’s decision to stop saying prayers and remove Catholic statues at a school in Sicily.

Child mummy in Italy had hepatitis, not smallpox: study

Child mummy in Italy had hepatitis, not smallpox: study

A child mummy in Italy was thought to display the oldest medieval evidence of smallpox, but a new DNA analysis shows the disease was actually hepatitis B, researchers said on Thursday.

Canine couture: The Milan designer creating tailored outfits for dogs

Canine couture: The Milan designer creating tailored outfits for dogs

"Everything is born out of love," says Giovanna Temellini, who creates made-to-measure couture for dogs.

Thousands stranded amid avalanche risk in northern Italy

Thousands stranded amid avalanche risk in northern Italy

Some 12,000 people were stranded in the Val D'Aosta region after a road leading to the Breuil-Cervinia ski area was closed due to the danger of an avalanche amid heavy snowfall.

Italy approves 'living wills' to decide end-of-life care

Italy approves 'living wills' to decide end-of-life care

Italy has passed a law that will allow people to decide what medical treatment they receive at the end of their life.

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Baby dies at sea as hundreds seek to cross stormy Mediterranean

Baby dies at sea as hundreds seek to cross stormy Mediterranean

A three-month-old baby has died after being picked up by rescuers at sea off Libya, because bad weather and a lack of boats made a medical evacuation impossible, aid organizations said on Thursday.