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Italy institutes salary cap for government-run companies

Italy will cap salaries at some of the country’s biggest public companies, the new government of 39-year-old Matteo Renzi announced on Friday, though some major groups will be exempt. Government-controlled companies will now have top pay capped at the same level as the head of Italy’s top court as part…

The new Republic of Veneto? Venice to vote on seceding from Italy

Italians in Venice and its surrounding region are voting this week on whether to break away from the rest of the country and form their own country, organisers told AFP on Monday. The online vote, organised by local independence parties, is not legally binding but aims to galvanise support for…

Drug raids target New York’s Gambino family and Italy’s ‘Ndrangheta mafia

Italy and the United States arrested dozens of people and broke up a fledgling alliance between New York’s Gambino family and the ‘Ndrangheta mafia on Tuesday, mainly thanks to a US undercover agent who infiltrated the secretive Italian organised crime group. Italian and US prosecutors and police gave details of…

Police scramble to find tube of Pope John Paul II’s blood that was stolen in Italy

A tube containing Polish pope John Paul II’s blood has been stolen from a church in Italy, sparking a region-wide search involving sniffer dogs and 50 police officers, Italian media reports said Monday. The vial was stolen on Saturday from the San Pietro della Ienca church in the mountainous Abruzzo…

150 Syrians among refugees asking Italy for asylum

Two boats carrying around 270 mainly Syrian asylum seekers landed on Italian shores on Monday, the latest of thousands of refugees fleeing the war-torn country to arrive in Italy, officials said. The first boat carrying 150 people — all of them believed to be Syrian — arrived on the tiny…

Italy turns to German nanotech to preserve ruins of Pompeii

German archaeologists to use nanotechnology as Italians come under pressure from Unesco over vandalism With the greatest number of Unesco world heritage sites, and state coffers that do not have much to spare for the culture sector, Italy has long worried how to protect its heritage.from ruin Now it is…

Long-lost Orson Welles film ‘Too Much Johnson’ turns up in Italy

A long-lost silent film directed by Orson Welles in 1938 has been recovered from a warehouse in northeastern Italy, where it will be screened in public for the first time in October. “Too Much Johnson” was originally intended to be shown as a prologue to a slapstick comedy at the…

‘Zonkey’ — rare donkey-zebra hybrid born in Italy

Zonkey — Rare Zebra Donkey Hybrid Born In Italy (VIDEO) (via Planetsave) A very rare animal — a Zonkey, the hybrid between a male zebra and a female donkey — was recently born at an animal reserve in Italy, just outside of the city of Florence. And we have pictures…

Seven immigrants die attempting to cross sea clinging to fishing cage

AFP – Seven immigrants drowned on Sunday during an attempted crossing to Italy by gripping on to a large tuna fishing cage towed by a trawler, according to witnesses from among the 95 people rescued by the coast guard. Italy’s coast guard rescued the migrants off the shores of Sicily…

Italy bans minors from buying electronic cigarettes

Italy on Tuesday announced plans to raise the legal limit for buying electronic cigarettes to 18 years from a previous 16, citing the high dose of nicotine inhaled when using the smokeless product. The new rules will go into effect on April 23 and follow a study ordered by the…

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