Prostitutes in Italy fight for right to pay tax and qualify for pensions

As thousands of cash-strapped Italians take to the streets to protest against their tax bills, a small group of earners who have never paid a penny in tax are instead demanding their right to contribute to the nation's coffers.

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Anti-mob prosecutor: Pope Francis making the mafia 'nervous and agitated'

Pope Francis's crusade against corruption has made him a target for Italy's all-powerful mafia clans, a leading anti-mob prosecutor has warned.

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Archaeologists uncover secrets of Portus, once gateway to Rome

University of Southampton team finds evidence explaining why opulent Roman empire port was dismantled in 6th century

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Want less time in purgatory? Follow Pope Francis on Twitter, says Vatican

In its latest attempt to keep up with the times the Vatican has married one of its oldest traditions to the world of social media by offering "indulgences" to followers of Pope Francis' tweets.

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Pope's 'gay lobby' remarks ignite questions about 'bunga bunga' scene

A tide of lurid speculation, questionable accusations and possible blackmail attempts is buffeting the Vatican following Pope Francis's claim that he is preparing to tackle a gay lobby secretly at work behind the Holy See's walls.

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Il Duce is back: New reverence for fascist dictator Benito Mussolini spreads across Italy

Pasquale Moretti pulls the latest Benito Mussolini calendar off the shelf at his Rome cafe and flips it open to a photo of the pouting, strutting dictator taking part in a grain harvest.

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Archeologists complete 'most important' excavation in 80 years: 900-seat Roman arts center

Arts centre discovered under one of Rome's busiest roundabouts was built in 123 AD and could seat 900 people

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Restoration of Roman tunnels gives a slave's eye view of Caracalla baths

In the middle of a patch of grass amid the ruins of the Caracalla baths in Rome, there is a staircase that takes visitors deep into the ground to a world resembling the lair of a James Bond villain.

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George Clooney to testify in Berlusconi's sex trial in Milan

Hollywood star will dispute claim by Karima el-Mahroug that he attended former Italian leader's 'Bunga Bunga' party

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Pope's butler goes on trial for theft of letters exposing corruption claims

The pope's former butler Paolo Gabriele, 46, smiled and joked on Saturday as his trial for stealing Benedict XVI's most private correspondence got under way at the Vatican.

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Vatican in controversy over 'drunken tourist herds' destroying Sistine Chapel's majesty

Author Pietro Citati calls for limit on crowd numbers to preserve Michelangelo's art

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Vatican newspaper makes bald Barbie appeal

The Vatican's official daily newspaper has appealed to the makers of the Barbie doll to put a bald version of the doll on toy shop shelves for children who have lost their hair through chemotherapy or illness.

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Rome police bust massive marijuana plantation under Bank of Italy

Tipped off by the strong smell wafting into a suburban street, police in Rome have discovered a massive underground marijuana plantation in a disused railway tunnel built by Mussolini.

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The Vatican condemns nun's sex-positive book

The Vatican has condemned a leading American nun for writing a book in which she praises female masturbation and approves divorce and gay sex and marriage, warning that the book must not be used by catholic educators.

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Twitter hoaxer comes clean and says: I did it to expose weak media

Tommaso De Benedetti faked the identities of world leaders and fooled editors into publishing false stories

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