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Thursday, April 14, 2016

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The strange history behind five everyday Italian words
Photo: Tim Green
We bet you've said at least one of these words today - but did you know what it actually means? 
    Accent mimics and trashy news land police in hot water
    A policeman in Verona was sanctioned for putting on a southern accent.Photo: Patrick Rasenburg/Flickr
    Police officers in Verona have been hit with rafts of disciplinary procedures for dubious misdemeanors. 
    'Italy must stop refugee flow or we’ll shut Brenner pass'
    Austria said it would tighting controls at all of its borders from June 1st. Photo: Sakis Mitrolidis/AFP
    Italy has come under fire from Austria for letting refugees freely cross the border. 
    Neighbour drills through 500-year-old Italian church fresco
    A fresco in a the Basilica of San Giovanni Maggiore, pictured above, was damaged by building work. Photo: Wikimedia
    The drill perforated the fresco, missing Saint Peter's face by centimetres. 
      Italian research student slain in Geneva street
      The attack happened near Geneva's university hospital HUG. File Photo: Julien Gregario
      A 29-year-old Italian doctoral student at the University of Geneva was battered to death with an iron bar earlier this week.  
        Should Italy really be getting so cosy with Iran?
        Iranian President and Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi in Rome in January. Photo: Tiziana Fabi/AFP
        Italy wants to restore its economic clout in Iran. But is the rest of the world willing to accept that? 
        Are 500,000 cats the solution to Rome’s rat crisis?
        A candidate in Rome's mayoral elections has said he will unleash 500,000 cats against the city's rats if he takes office. Photo: Filippo Monteforte/AFP
        Are feline rat-catchers the solution for Rome's rodent problem? 
          Panic as shark swims up Tiber river
          A shark was seen swimming up the mouth of Rome's Tiber river on Tuesday. Photo: Nicola/Flickr
          A two-metre shark has been sighted at the mouth of the Tiber river. 
            'Honest' Swedes as likely to fudge taxes as crafty Italians
            A new study suggests Italians and Swedes are just as likely to cheat on their taxes. Photo: Ken Teegardin/Flickr
            The stereotype of the cheating Italian has just been blown apart. 
              What's on
              Ten wonderful things to do in Italy in April
              Historical re-enactments will be staged to celebrate Rome's brithday later this month. Photo: Filippo Monteforte/AFP
              Stuck for things to do in Italy this month? Then look no further... 
              Is Italy ready for the next wave of migrants?
              File photo: Alberto Pizzoli/AFP
              The "crossing season" for migrant boats from Libya to Italy has not yet begun, yet arrivals are already up on last year's count, raising questions about where the new wave of tens of thousands will be housed. 
              My Italian life
              How a few days in Capri changed this Australian’s life
              Gianluca and Holly with their son, Valentino.
              "I never imagined living anywhere beyond Australia." 
              How Florence is coping with its 'foreign' food clamp down
              All new restaurants and food shops in Florence's historic centre must now ensure that at least 70 percent of their produce is local. Photo: Frank Kovalchek
              “Sometimes, I like to eat sushi.” 
              These are the ten worst places to live in Italy
              Arsoli in Lazio. Screenshot: Google Maps
              Does anyone live in any of these places? 
              More news
              Refugee Crisis
              EU attacks Austria's planned 'migrant fence' on Italy border
              Asutria has begun building an anti-migrant barrier at the Brenner pass, pictured above, on its Italian border. Photo: Arnulf Zu Lindern/Wikimedia
              Italian ministers say the decision to build the fence is not based on facts. 
              Italians toast world's thirst for country's prized wines
              The Italian wine industry is flourishing. Photo: Vincenzo Pito/AFP
              Experts say punter's thirst for Italian wines shows no sign of abating.  
              Why Italy is scared that oil rush will blight Dante's beach
              People hold a banner reading "On April 17th, Vote Si" during a march in Rome. Photo: Filippo Monteforte/AFP
              The debate pits environmentalists against the government and big business. 
              Refugee crisis
              Italy saves 4,000 migrants as flow to Greece recedes
              The migrant arrivals represent a sharp increase on the average daily numbers landing in Italy since the start of the year. Photo: Alberto Pizzoli/AFP
              War-torn Libya is the main jump-off point for migrants trying to reach Europe from north Africa. 
              Ex-CIA agent in last ditch bid to avoid extradition to Italy
              An ex-CIA agent convicted for the extrodinary rendition of an Italian imam Abu Omar, pictured above, is trying to block her extradition to Italy Photo: Khalen Desouki/AFP
              Sabrina de Sousa was convicted by an Italian court in 2009 over the extraordinary rendition of an Italian imam. 
              From our other editions
              20kg of drugs seized on Vienna underground
              Helmer Manfred/Wiener Linien
              Police operation seizes 20 kilograms of drugs and arrests nearly 2,000 people in just a few weeks on one of Vienna’s underground lines. 
              Revealed: the richest regions in Switzerland
              Relaxing on Lake Hallwil in the cash-rich canton of Schwyz. Photo: Swiss Tourism
              New figures show where the wealthiest inhabitants of Switzerland make their home. 
              Diesel cars could face ban from city centres
              Cars travel under a display warning of fine particle pollution in Stuttgart. Photo: DPA
              A new system of emissions certificates could see diesel cars banned from parts of some German cities. 
              Danes leaving the church in droves
              Sankt Catharinae church in Ribe. File photo: Scanpix
              The Danish Atheist Society has used a new campaign to encourage members of the Church of Denmark (Folkekirken) to withdraw – and it's working. 
              Hate crime against Muslims rises tenfold in Spain
              Photo posted by far-right group Hogar Social Madrid.
              Extremist groups are channeling hate towards Muslims in the aftermath of jihadist attacks in Europe. 
              Walls go up in Europe again: Austria raises 'migrant fence'
              The next Copenhagen? Bari plans €7.9m seafront revamp
              Lost €120 million Caravaggio 'found in a leaky French attic'
              Why Italian bookshops are snubbing a mobster's son
              Locals first: Venice makes tourists wait for water buses
              Italian island hits back at British anti-migrant headlines
              Analysis & Opinion
              Italian island hits back at British anti-migrant headlines
              Italians pour scorn on French attempt to reinvent carbonara
              Italians pour scorn on French attempt to reinvent 
              Italian town still empty seven years after deadly quake
              Italian town still empty seven years after deadly quake
              Why Italy is mulling wine classes for schoolchildren
              Migrants saved after 'crank calling' Rome pensioner
              How Florence is coping with its 'foreign' food clamp down
              How a few days in Capri changed this Australian’s life
              Analysis & Opinion
              Why Italy is letting builders bury its history in concrete
              Caravaggio's violent triumphs go high-tech in Rome
              Italy wants common EU defense after Brussels attacks
              Looted artefacts stashed by British thief restored to Italy
              Italian fashion king Armani goes fur free
              Florence toasts Guggenheim eye for 20th century art
              Analysis & Opinion
              Italians look cheerful - so why do they claim to be unhappy?
              Italian town to fine people who give money to beggars