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'I got into politics after I had an illegal abortion'

'I got into politics after I had an illegal abortion'

Italian foreign minister Emma Bonino is one of 100 women chosen by the BBC as someone who has "campaigned for her causes and striven for a better world". As the politician known for her independent streak attends a BBC debate in London on Friday, The Local looks back over her 37 years in politics.

Shipwreck passenger identified by remains

Shipwreck passenger identified by remains

Human remains found at the wreck of Italy's Costa Concordia belong to a female Italian passenger, one of two victims still missing after the 2012 tragedy, the prosecutor investigating the disaster said on Thursday.

Lampedusa mayor says EU snubs migrants

Lampedusa mayor says EU snubs migrants

The mayor of Lampedusa on Thursday warned European leaders arriving for a Brussels summit that they must rethink their refugee policy and accused Europe of "looking away" from the suffering of migrants.

Politicians exposed for toilet trips and cheese

Politicians exposed for toilet trips and cheese

The multi-party regional council of Emilia-Romagna, in central Italy, is under investigation for embezzlement after allegedly expensing everything from cheese to a trip to the toilet.

How big are Berlusconi's legal woes?

How big are Berlusconi's legal woes?

Silvio Berlusconi may well have the busiest legal team in Italy. Already this week they have fought a divorce settlement appeal and turned their attention to bribery allegations. The Local takes a look at the former prime minister's many legal battles.

Britain and US also spied on Italy: report

Britain and US also spied on Italy: report

Britain and the United States spied on Italy too, including on the government but with the consent of secret services, the Italian weekly L'Espresso reported in its edition due out on Friday.

Fury over Italian ham ad with naked woman

Fury over Italian ham ad with naked woman

An advertisement featuring a slice of Parma ham on the bottom of a naked woman is causing a stir on the luxury Italian island of Capri.

Italy to lead G20 anti-corruption efforts

Italy to lead G20 anti-corruption efforts

On the same day Italy's former prime minister was indicted for bribery, the world's largest economies decided to entrust the country with leading its anti-corruption efforts.

Morgue staff cut pacemakers from bodies

Morgue staff cut pacemakers from bodies

A group of mortuary workers in the central Italian region of Marche region have been arrested for allegedly removing pacemakers from corpses, Italian media has reported.

'Life was better when I lived under Qaddafi'

'Life was better when I lived under Qaddafi'

A towering squat on the outskirts of Rome with an ever swelling population of hundreds of refugees has become the squalid emblem of a failing system that is haunting this week's EU summit.

Sophia Loren ends 39-year tax feud

Sophia Loren ends 39-year tax feud

A court ruling in Italy this week has put an end to a 39-year legal dispute between Oscar-winning film star Sophia Loren and Italian tax authorities, Italian media reported on Thursday.

Rebels without a cause: why Italy is angry

Rebels without a cause: why Italy is angry

Italians pay some of the highest taxes in Europe, yet they get little in return. This was just one of the myriad of reasons thousands took to the streets of Rome last weekend.