The Local : Italy (34)

'Lego emergency' yields hundreds of toy bricks for Italian hospital

A pediatric cancer hospital in northern Italy thanked supporters online on Friday after a desperate and unusual appeal for toys earlier in the week yielded hundreds of boxes of Lego building bricks.

IN PICTURES: 40-metre-long yacht catches fire off the coast of Nice

Beach-goers in Nice witnessed a surprising sight on Thursday afternoon as a 40-metre-long yacht caught fire just off the Mediterranean coast.

Anti migrant boat C-star claims it achieved its mission after plans to refuel in Italy abandoned

Defend Europe, the group which sent a ship to waters off Libya to protest and potentially block migrant flows to Europe, has ended its controversial and setback-plagued mission.

Pregnant Senegalese women allegedly beaten by two men on Italian bus

A woman in her sixth month of pregnancy was attacked and repeatedly abused on a bus in Rimini, according to reports in Italy's largest dailies on Friday.

Barcelona victim: Italian father-of-two slain in front of family

A man who was one of two Italians killed in the Barcelona attack died in front of his wife and two young children who narrowly escaped harm when a van ploughed into tourists.

Two Italians dead and three reported injured in Barcelona terror attacks

Two Italians were among the 13 killed by the van attack in Barcelona on Thursday afternoon according to multiple media reports citing foreign office sources. At least three more Italians have been reported injured in a night that saw three terrorist incidents on Spain's east coast.

Road to Italy gets tougher for migrants

From the increasingly fraught trek through the Sahara to violence in Libya, asylum seekers rescued this week in the Mediterranean say the obstacles to reaching Europe are getting bigger.

German online retailer Zalando to create 1000 jobs in Italy expansion

Online retail giant Zalando, one of the largest single employers in Germany's capital Berlin, is looking to build on its presence in Italy with a new warehouse to serve the region.

Stephen Frears to be recognised with award at Venice Film Festival

Stephen Frears, the British director of "The Queen", "Philomena" and a string of other award-winning films, is to be honoured with a special prize at this year's Venice film festival.

Italian teachers demand same pay as in other EU countries

Schoolteachers in Italy earn less than in many other EU countries. A new petition hopes to raise public awareness before key negotiations about pay rises for state functionaries with the government in September 2017.

New Italian ambassador to be accompanied by 'special investigator' to Cairo

The death of Italian researcher Giulio Regeni in Cairo in 2016 remains unsolved, but the Italian government says the presence of a special investigator in Egypt will help establish the truth of what happened to the PhD student.

Serie A: who will be crowned champions of the 2017/2018 season?

Serie A kicks off again this weekend. Will Juve, who have won the last six editions, emerge as winners again?

Italian couple turned away from hotel 'because of their skin colour'

A hotelier in southern Italy reportedly turned a couple away from his hotel because of their skin colour, in what appears to be another racist incident in the tourism industry.

Former spymaster Minniti credited with stalling migration flow

He was tasked with fixing Italy's migrant crisis: eight months after becoming interior minister, ex-communist turned spy master Marco Minniti's hardline approach and contacts seem to have borne fruit.

Police in the UK arrest suspect in Italy model kidnap

British police on Wednesday arrested the brother of a man accused of an extraordinary abduction of a young British model in Italy, following a request from the Italian authorities.

Italy's largest GDP growth for six years threatened by looming political storm

Italy has posted its best annual economic growth figures since 2011 with its gross domestic product outdoing official forecasts to grow 1.5 percent on an annual basis. But the threat of a hung parliament in the next election has experts worried.

Human legs found in rubbish bin in Rome

A severed pair of human legs was found in a rubbish bin in Rome on Tuesday evening. Initial Italian media reports say the brother of the 59-year-old victim has confessed to the gruesome murder.

Fiat joins BMW-led group to develop self-driving cars

Italian-American automaker Fiat Chrysler on Wednesday said it was joining a BMW-led group to develop fully self-driving vehicles, the latest tie-up in an industry racing to get ready for the cars of the future.

Black Italian teenager told she can't enter festival because she's not 'true' Italian

A 15-year-old teenager was reportedly denied entry to an Italian music festival because organizers said she was "not a true Italian" - despite being born and raised in the country.

Human legs found in rubbish bin in Rome

A severed pair of human legs was found in a rubbish bin in Rome on Tuesday evening, according to Italian media citing police sources.

Migrant aid boat held by Libyan coastguard

A Spanish migrant aid group said Tuesday that one of its rescue boats had been effectively detained by Libyan coastguard for nearly two hours in international waters.

Sandal in the Mediterranean: Why you should visit Sardinia

Tired of mainland Italy? Why not try a tour of Sardinia, land of moonscapes, beach paradises and street art villages.

Sandal in the Med: Why visit Sardinia

Tired of mainland Italy? Why not try a tour of Sardinia, land of moonscapes, beach paradises and street art villages.

Florentine beaten to death in Costa Brava club by three men

Niccolò Ciatti, 22, from near Florence, was on holiday with his girlfriend and friends in Lloret del Mar, on the Costa Brava near Barcelona, when he was attacked by three Chechen men in a night club.

Italian doctors implant first artificial esophagus

The first ever artificial esophagus transplant took place this year in the United States. Now the doctors want to cure more patients.

Italy sends envoy back to Egypt after student killing

Italy announced Monday that it is sending an ambassador back to Cairo, 15 months after withdrawing the previous one to protest the slow pace of a probe into an Italian student's grisly murder.

Reduction in new sea arrivals leaves experts guessing why

Italy has seen a sharp fall in the number of migrants arriving on its shores, a decline that has left experts scrambling for an explanation.

Everything you need to know about Ferragosto

Why is August 15 a holiday? The Local looks at the history behind Ferragosto, and how you can celebrate the day like an Italian.

NATO, the Med, Iran: study details extent of cyber attacks on Italy

More than 1760 messages from Italy's office at the EU in Brussels and from the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs were stolen between 2013 and 2016 by hackers linked to Russia and China, according to an investigation by Italian daily Repubblica.

Hotel with separate gay toilet icon causes uproar

An Italian toilet icon in southern Italy has upset the LGBT community.

Death of brown bear killed in northern Italy enrages activists

A brown bear has been shot dead by forest rangers in Italy after it allegedly attacked a walker in the northeastern Trentino region last month, local media said Sunday.

Tourist bus crashes in Rome, multiple injuries

A tourist bus carrying mainly French and British nationals foreign collided with the top of an underpass at a railway crossing yesterday in Rome, the Italian capital.

Last-gasp Lazio stun Juventus to win Italian Super Cup

Lazio defeated Juventus for the first time in four years with a 3-2 triumph in the Italian Super Cup on Sunday with victory secured by an injury-time goal from substitute Alessandro Murgia.

Italy applauds Libya's decision on migrant 'search and rescue' zone

The Italian government on Sunday welcomed Libya's decision to bar foreign vessels from a stretch of water off its coast, as both countries struggle with a migrant crisis that has engulfed Europe in recent years.