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Italian government debt 'reason for concern': EU

The European Commission sounded the alarm on Wednesday over Italy's high level of public debt, adding to concerns about the eurozone's third largest economy.

Pope Francis to meet Rohingya refugees

Pope Francis will meet Rohingya Muslim refugees from Myanmar in Dhaka when he visits the Bangladeshi capital next week, a Vatican spokesman said on Wednesday.

Human rights court hears Berlusconi's case against ban on public office

The European Court of Human Rights has begun hearing the case against a ban that prevents Italy's former premier Silvio Berlusconi from running for public office.

'Priceless' Italian painting stolen from French museum

A self-portrait by 20th-century Italian artist Giorgio de Chirico is missing from a museum in the south of France after a thief apparently cut it out of its frame.

Mafia boss Totò Riina buried in Corleone

Infamous godfather Salvatore Totò' Riina was buried in his Sicilian hometown on Wednesday morning.

Vatican tries 'art diplomacy' with China

China's Forbidden City and the Vatican Museums are set to swap 40 works of art as part of efforts to bolster diplomatic relations between the Communist country and the seat of the Catholic Church.

Former Italian football president accused of sexual harassment

Carlo Tavecchio, who quit as head of Italian football on Monday, was accused of sexual harassment by a former executive of the federation in an interview published on Tuesday.

'Slob of the Day': Mayor of Bari publicly shames dirty dog owner in viral video

Antonio Decaro, mayor of Italy's south-east port city of Bari, has adopted an usual tactic for encouraging good manners: by publicly shaming badly behaved citizens, beginning with a negligent dog owner who he dubbed slob of the day'.

Human rights court to decide if Silvio Berlusconi can run for office yet again

They used to call him the Comeback Kid, but even Silvio Berlusconi's most ardent supporters may have underestimated the scandal-hit former leader's abilities to claw his way back to the political summit once more.

It could take 15 years to restore Italy's forests after wildfires

Italian forests destroyed in wildfires this summer will take at least 15 years to regrow, according to the national farmers' association.

Italy's taxi drivers on strike nationwide

Taxi drivers across Italy are on strike all day on Tuesday, as unions protest against competition from Uber and other new rivals.

Carlo Tavecchio: 'I should have switched Italy's World Cup coach'

A week after missing out on qualifying for the World Cup final for the first time since 1958, former superstars Italy find themselves in a power vacuum.

Milan loses out to Amsterdam to host European Medicines Agency

Milan narrowly lost the bid to host the European Union's drug agency when it moves out of London after Brexit.

Turin evicts asylum seekers from former Olympic village

Authorities in Turin on Monday began moving the last remaining asylum seekers out of the city's former Olympic Village, which has been occupied by squatters for the past four years.

Italy's FA president Carlo Tavecchio quits after World Cup disaster

Italian FA president Carlo Tavecchio has resigned a week after Italy's World Cup qualifying fiasco, an FIGC official confirmed on Monday.

Bologna priest compares abortion to mafia killings

An Italian priest has sparked outrage after apparently comparing lawmakers who have campaigned for abortion access in Italy to one of the country's most notorious mafia killers.

Italy's Five Star Movement takes control of former mafia town Ostia

Italy's populist Five Star Movement has won a local election in Ostia, a seaside suburb of Rome once ruled by organized crime.

Football: Juventus 'gobsmacked' after Serie A shocker

Juventus slipped to third place in the Italian league after a surprise defeat to Genoa's Sampdoria.

Vatican opens fresh probe into 'sex abuse' at school

The Vatican has opened a new investigation into possible sexual abuse committed before 2013 at a private school in Rome for children destined for the priesthood, the Holy See announced on Saturday.

Pope denounces 'indifference' on first 'World Day for the Poor'

Pope Francis called on Sunday to fight indifference to poverty on what has been dubbed the first "World Day for the Poor" by the Catholic Church.

Juve's Allegri coy on Italy job

Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri distanced himself from taking up the vacant post as Italy coach on Saturday, but left the door open to eventually accepting the job.

Italy's young get poorer while the old get richer: report

Young people in Italy are worse off than their parents or even grandparents, an anti-poverty charity said on Friday.

Police in Turin arrest 60-year-old man for racist bus attack on schoolgirl

Police in Turin have arrested a man in his sixties for abusing a black schoolgirl aboard a bus.

Is Totò Riina's death the end of the Sicilian mafia?

With mafia king Totò Riina dead, and heir Matteo Messina Denaro on the run, is it game over for Sicily's once all-powerful Cosa Nostra?

Italy holds funerals for 26 Nigerian women drowned at sea

Italy's southern city of Salerno held a mass funeral on Friday for 26 young women from Nigeria who drowned earlier this month trying to cross the Mediterranean.

'The Beast' of Sicilian mafia, Totò Riina, dies in prison

Former "boss of bosses" Totò Riina, one of the most feared godfathers in the history of the Sicilian mafia, died early on Friday after battling cancer, the Italian government said.

This tiny mountain retreat has Italy's newest three-star restaurant

Italy has a new top-rated restaurant: St. Hubertus, nestled at the foot of the Dolomite mountains, which has just been awarded a maximum three Michelin stars.

Berlusconi's ex-wife ordered to repay €60 million in alimony

Veronica Lario, the second ex-wife of Silvio Berlusconi, has been ordered to repay the former Italian prime minister around €60 million after a court ruled that his alimony payments were too steep.

Italy finally has an official national anthem

It's official: Italy has a national anthem, just in time for the World Cup... oh.

Italy defends 'inhumane' policy of blocking migrants in Libya

Italy has defended its policy on blocking migrants in Libya, saying the deal, denounced as "inhumane" by the UN, was essential to stop boat departures towards Europe.

Teenage Nigerian girls drowned at sea, Italian autopsies find

Post-mortem examinations on the bodies of 26 teenage migrant girls found dead in the Mediterranean in early November confirmed they almost all drowned at sea, Italian news agencies reported on Wednesday.

Football: Italy sacks coach Gian Piero Ventura

Gian Piero Ventura's reign as Italy coach ended on Wednesday after a World Cup qualifying fiasco during which the four-time champions failed to reach next year's finals in Russia.

Last Da Vinci becomes most expensive artwork ever sold

UPDATE, November 16th 2017: Leonardo Da Vinci's Salvator Mundi sold for a record $400 million – plus $50 million of fees – making it the most expensive artwork ever auctioned. We don't know who bought it: the lucky buyer bid by telephone and chose to keep their identity private.

Made in Italy, the first electric Vespa

More than 70 years after Italy's iconic scooter was born, the Vespa is getting its most radical update yet.