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Thursday, December 31, 2015

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Buffon blew €20 million in bid to save Italian jobs
Juventus and Italy 'keeper Gianluigi Buffon reportedly sank €20 million of his own money into an Italian textiles company to save its workers from losing their jobs. Photo: Christina Quicler/AFP

Buffon blew €20 million in bid to save Italian jobs

Italy's World Cup-winning goalkeeper, Gianluigi Buffon, reportedly lost €20 million after investing in an Italian textiles company in order to save its workers from losing their jobs. 
    Nine record-breaking Italians of 2015
    Milan's Lego tower. Photo: Lego

    Nine record-breaking Italians of 2015

    From breakdancing and baking to building towers out of lego, Italians have been smashing all sorts of world records this year. The Local looks back over some of our favourites. 
      Italian cities to get €12 million to fight smog
      A woman covers her face with her scarf to protect herself from the air pollution in Milan on Monday. Photo: Marco Bertorello/AFP

      Italian cities to get €12 million to fight smog

      A €12 million fund will be available immediately for city councils to spend on public transport and car-sharing in an effort to combat severely high smog levels, Environment Minister Gian Luca Galletti said. 
        Italy's public holidays in 2016
        Italy kicks off 2016 with two public holidays in January. Photo: Paul Richards/Flickr

        Italy's public holidays in 2016

        New calendars at the ready! With 2015 drawing to an end, those working in Italy will be eagerly checking next year's dates to see when the public holidays fall. 
        NYE party at Autogrill prank lures thousands
        The NYE party at Autogrill will not be going ahead. Photo: Kathie Sierra

        NYE party at Autogrill prank lures thousands

        It was meant to be a “sort of” joke by four friends, but an invitation to spend New Year’s Eve at the motorway diner, Autogrill, attracted almost 13,000 revellers, forcing the restaurant to disconnect its phone line after a surge in calls from people eager to get on the party list. 
          Record low tide dries Venice's famous canals
          Record low tides in Venice are making life difficult for the city's boatmen. Photo: Chris Chabot

          Record low tide dries Venice's famous canals

          Record low water levels in Venice are making life difficult for the city's boatmen and exposing years of neglect of the city's canals. 
          Politician sparks outrage over Isis 'joke' at Renzi
          Prime Minister Matteo Renzi will wrap up the year with a skiiing holiday in Cormayeur. Photo: Thierry Charlier/AFP

          Politician sparks outrage over Isis 'joke' at Renzi

          The leader of the Forza Italia party in the northern Aosta Valley region has sparked controversy after making an Isis-related dig against Prime Minister Matteo Renzi on his Facebook page. 
          Bah humbug! Italy bans New Year's Eve fireworks
          Local councils up and down Italy are banning traditional New Year's Eve firework displays. Photo: Colin Knowles / Flickr

          Bah humbug! Italy bans New Year's Eve fireworks

          They may be a millennia-old and time-honoured tradition, but cities and towns across Italy are introducing measures to ban or limit customary New Year's Eve firework displays. 
          Apple to pay €318m in tax owed to Italy
          Apple employees walk towards the Apple headquarters in Cupertino, California. Photo: Kimihiro Hoshino/AFP

          Apple to pay €318m in tax owed to Italy

          UPDATED: US tech giant Apple has agreed to pay €318 million in tax owed to Italy’s inland revenue, wrapping up an investigation that got underway in 2013, according to a report in La Repubblica. 
            Ten of Italy's 'stranger than fiction' 2015 stories
            2015 yielded some fantastically strange news stories from Italy. Photo: Spyros Papaspyrupoulos/Flickr

            Ten of Italy's 'stranger than fiction' 2015 stories

            It's been a jam-packed year of news for Italy, with plenty of incredible offbeat stories making headlines at The Local. Here are of the strangest news stories from 2015. 
              Features
              Five surprisingly great places to live in Italy
              Nuoro, the Sardinian village with the best public order in Italy. Photo: fabulousfabs/Flickr

              Five surprisingly great places to live in Italy

              In Monday's report on quality of life across Italy, there were a few surprises. The Local looks at the cities where you never knew life could be so sweet. 
              This is where you'll find the best food in Italy
              Photo: Katherine Lim/Flickr

              This is where you'll find the best food in Italy

              The Michelin Guide for Italy 2016 has been released, awarding 334 Italian eateries a coveted star rating. And the best city to eat in Italy might surprise you... 
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              Quirky Italian habits that won't work back home
              It's surprisingly easy to take on new habits in Italy. Photo: Pierro Fissore/Flickr

              Quirky Italian habits that won't work back home

              Some Italian habits are easy to acquire, difficult to lose and likely to annoy your friends and family if you take them back home. 
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              How climate change will devastate Italy
              Italy's parched river Po in July this year. Photo: Giuseppe Cacace/AFP

              How climate change will devastate Italy

              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. 
              What's on in December
              Ten things to do in Italy in December
              Photo: George Rex

              Ten things to do in Italy in December

              If you're short of ideas for what to do in Italy in December, we've gathered a list of ten events that are well worth checking out, especially now that the Christmas season is almost upon us. 
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              Man deported for saying he would 'blow up Rome'
              Interior Minister Angelino Alfano signed the deportation order after a report from Italy's Ros security police. Photo: Vincenzo Pinto/AFP

              Man deported for saying he would 'blow up Rome'

              A Moroccan man was expelled from Italy on Tuesday after saying he was planning to "blow up Rome". 
              Rome airport cleaners in pilfered artworks racket
              Italian police with some of the recovered paintings. Photo: Polizia di Stato

              Rome airport cleaners in pilfered artworks racket

              Police have dismantled an elaborate network of thieves at Rome’s Fiumicino airport, including cleaners, ground crew and passenger assistants, who were behind the theft of valuable paintings from passengers in transit. 
              Italy consumers to pay less for electricity in 2016
              Photo: LablaScovegMenu

              Italy consumers to pay less for electricity in 2016

              As we head towards 2016, Italy’s national energy authority has given the population some good news - gas and electricity bills are set to fall. 
              Five truly inspirational interviews from 2015

              Five truly inspirational interviews from 2015

              An Afghan refugee, a student-turned-millionaire and a dare-devil are among the most inspirational people interviewed by The Local this year. 
              Snow forecast as festive season ends
              Wintry weather is set to bring snow to northern Italy. Photo: Luca Moglia/Flickr

              Snow forecast as festive season ends

              It may have been an unusually mild winter so far, but meteorologists are predicting wintry weather will arrive on Thursday, with icy air set to send the mercury plunging and bringing snow to northern Italy. 
              From our other editions
              Security risk elevated in lead up to New Year
              Tightened security is expected at Vienna's New Year celebrations. Photo: Paul Gillingwater

              Security risk elevated in lead up to New Year

              As a result of a tip from a so-called "friendly" intelligence service, police in Austria are increasing precautions against a potential terrorist attack somewhere in the country. 
              Swiss bank tax evasion fines to US reach $1 bn
              The Banque Cantonal du Valais is one of the latest banks to settle under the Swiss Bank Program. Photo: Banque Cantonal du Valais

              Swiss bank tax evasion fines to US reach $1 bn 

              US officials have settlements with four more Swiss banks to lift the total fines in the two-year disclosure program to more than $1 billion from 75 banks. 
              Man dies after condom machine explosion
              The condom machine in Münster. Photo: DPA

              Man dies after condom machine explosion

              A young man from western Germany died in tragic circumstances on Christmas Eve after blowing up a condom machine with a homemade bomb. 
              Danish PM seeks change to UN asylum pact
              Danish PM Lars Lokke Rasmussen appears on the TV2 channel. Photo: TV2/Screen Grab

              Danish PM seeks change to UN asylum pact

              Denmark's centre-right prime minister on Sunday said he would seek a revision of the UN Refugee Convention, as Europe faces its worst migration crisis since World War II. 
              Migrants riot in Spanish beach town after African stabbed
              Fire rages on the streets of Roquetas del Mar on Friday. Photo: YouTube screen gran

              Migrants riot in Spanish beach town after African stabbed

              African migrants rioted in a southern Spanish beach city on Friday, setting fire to garbage bins and cars, after a man from Guinea-Bissau was stabbed to death, local officials said. 
              Year in review: Italy's major stories in 2015
              Culture
              Newly restored ruins lure thousands to Pompeii
              Five truly inspirational interviews from 2015
              Health
              Italy's youth shun the Mediterranean diet
              National
              Car clampdown as smog smothers Italy
              Society
              Italy court OKs landmark gay adoption case
              National
              Italy to fine smokers €300 for tossing cigarettes
              Italy's Bocelli busks Big Apple to help homeless
              Culture
              Italy's Bocelli busks Big Apple to help homeless
              Five surprisingly great places to live in Italy
              Five surprisingly great places to live in Italy
              National
              Italy town fights smog by 'banning' pizza making
              National
              Granny mafia boss, 38, hooked for fish scam
              Business & Money
              Tax dodgers cost Italy €122 billion in 2015
              Health
              Italian gives birth to two sets of identical twins
              Culture
              Quirky Italian habits that won't work back home
              National
              Men shout 'God is Great' and grab soldiers' guns
              National
              Ex-Ferrari boss vows to bring Olympics to Rome
              Boat migrant held over suspected Isis links
              Libya talks 'a turning point': Gentiloni
              National
              Sunken haul of Roman fish sauce found off Italy
              Business & Money
              Italy moves to bail out savers hit by bank plan
              National
              Man kills himself as bank failure wipes out savings
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              How to figure out healthcare abroad
              National
              Italy: thank us for refugee help - don't sue
              Business & Money
              The startup looking to revamp banking in Italy