Pope Francis ushered in Christmas by urging the faithful to reject the materialism that pervades the gift-giving season, and to embrace "simple, balanced" values, as violence subdued festivities in the Holy Land.
Has the stress and socializing of the festive season taken its toll? If you've found yourself struck down with the mother of all hangovers, don’t worry. There’s hope – in the form of Italy’s unique hangover remedies.
An Italian court decided a lesbian woman can adopt her partners biological child. Photo: Claudio Reyes/AFP
An Italian appeals court has upheld the right of a lesbian woman to adopt her partner's biological child, a gay rights group said on Wednesday, in a landmark case for the Catholic country as it considers granting rights to same-sex couples.
Italy's northern city of Milan is limiting traffic over the next three days to combat smog choking the city. Photo: Andrea Squatrito/Flickr
As world leaders meet in Paris in an effort to stop man-made climate change reaching the point of no return, The Local looks at ways it is already affecting Italy and what the country can expect if it continues unabated.
Italy's Muslim community must stand up to terrorists and build bridges with Italian society at large after the recent terror attacks in Paris if it wants to avoid a backlash, the head of Italy's Muslim Union has told The Local.
Being invited to a Christmas party is a sure sign you're settling in to your adopted country. But be careful - festive gatherings can be a minefield for foreigners unaware of Italian social etiquette, so read our survival guide to transform yourself into the perfect guest.
A suspected mafioso has been arrested in connection with the murder of a judge in Turin in 1983. Photo: Raffaele Esposito/AFP
A suspected accomplice in the murder of an anti-mafia judge was arrested Tuesday 32 years after the killing thanks to a sting operation combining an anonymous letter with wiretaps, Italian media reported on Tuesday.
Italy's Interior Minister Angelino Alfano told reporters the country's intelligence services had been on high alert since the Charlie Hebdo attacks in Paris in January. Photo: Vincenzo Pinto/AFP
More than 650 people have been plucked to safety in the Mediterranean and one body recovered, the Italian coastguard said on Tuesday, as migrants continue to attempt the perilous crossing to Europe despite the winter weather.
A herbal tea on sale in Italy has been pulled from the shelves after a bus driver tested positive for cocaine after drinking a cup. Photo Ruta and Zinas/Flickr
When "Silent Night" was born in Austria almost 200 years ago, those present had little idea that the Christmas carol would one day be sung the world over, including this year by Miley Cyrus and some Swedish goats.
The Banque Cantonal du Valais is one of the latest banks to settle under the Swiss Bank Program. Photo: Banque Cantonal du Valais