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Vatican calls rebel diocese to order

Vatican calls rebel diocese to order

The Vatican on Thursday said it was calling to order a German diocese that announced it would give out Holy Communion to Catholic divorcees who have re-married, in defiance of official policy.

Oil rig ship planned to remove Concordia

Oil rig ship planned to remove Concordia

Cruise company Costa Crociere said on Thursday it had signed a contract for a special ship used to lift oil platforms as a possible way of raising the wrecked Costa Concordia liner next year.

Migrant mother gave birth as she drowned

Migrant mother gave birth as she drowned

One of the more than 300 asylum-seekers who drowned off the coast of Italy last week had given birth moments before dying. She was found by divers with her newborn son still attached by the umbilical cord.

The Italians fighting illness from toxic waste

The Italians fighting illness from toxic waste

Two Italian teenagers with first-hand experience of the dangers of illegal toxic waste dumping have started a Facebook page to draw attention to the health risks – a campaign that went viral this week. The Local catches up with them to find out more.

Italians bin €8.7 billion of food each year

Italians bin €8.7 billion of food each year

Despite Italians being in the midst of the worst recession since the Second World War, a new study has found they are still throwing away €8.7 billion of food each year.

Tax fraud probe for Italy's ex-Masonic schemer

Tax fraud probe for Italy's ex-Masonic schemer

Italy's police said on Thursday it was investigating Licio Gelli, a 94-year-old former Masonic leader implicated in some of the darkest chapters in the country's post-war history, for tax fraud.

Italy kicks off festivities for Verdi's 200th birthday

Italy kicks off festivities for Verdi's 200th birthday

Celebrations for opera maestro Giuseppe Verdi's 200th birthday began in his home village in Italy on Thursday and were due to continue throughout the day across the globe.

Moroccan vendor praised by anti-immigrant party

Moroccan vendor praised by anti-immigrant party

A Moroccan engineering student graduated this week in Turin, funding his education by selling tissues and lighters on the streets. His efforts have been praised by the usually anti-immigrant Northern League party, which has called for the town hall to give him an award.

Thieves attempt €200,000 Nutella heist

Thieves attempt €200,000 Nutella heist

Perhaps they'd run out of the famed chocolate and hazelnut spread, but three thieves were so determined to get their hands on a jar by morning they broke into a lorry stocked with €200,000 worth of Nutella as it was parked at a service station outside Rome.

Alitalia eyes deal to avoid default 'within days'

Alitalia eyes deal to avoid default 'within days'

Italy's Alitalia is mulling a capital increase of €300 million and a loan of €200 million to avert the prospect of imminent bankruptcy, trade union officials have said.

'Eritreans have no choice but to leave their country'

'Eritreans have no choice but to leave their country'

When tragedy struck off Italy's coast last week, it was a Paris-based radio station that broke the news to Eritrea, home to a majority of the 300-plus men, women and children feared dead in the shipwreck.