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Wednesday, April 20, 2016

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Rome mayor hopeful says city 'not fit' for hosting Olympics
A candidate for the Rome mayor's office has said the city is unfit to host the Olympic games in 2024.Photo: Gabriel Buoys/AFP
The city has been shortlisted for the 2024 games but is racked by financial and structural problems. 
    Italian judge asked to jail ultra for life over rival fan shooting
    De Santis is accused of shooting rival fan Ciro Esposito before a match in 2014. Photo: Filippo Monteforte/AFP
    Daniele De Santis is accused of killing a rival fan before the 2014 Coppa Italia final. 
      The EU is 'too lenient' on overspending Italy: auditor
      Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi said earlier this month that the country would keep its pledge to reduce its debt ratio in 2016. Photo: Alberto Pizzoli/AFP
      Brussels is "too easy" on offenders, the EU's official auditors said. 
        Italian films to be shown in Cannes after Palme d’Or snub
        Italian film director Marco Bellochio's "Fai Bei Sogni" will open the Director's Fortnight. Photo: Tiziana Fabi/AFP
        The films are included in the Director's Fortnight contest held alongside the prestigious cinema showcase. 
          Italian businessman among 413 dead in Ecuador quake
          At least 413 people were killed in an earthquake in Ecuador on Saturday. Photo: Juan Cevallos/AFP
          Pasquale Kevin Bruzzese had celebrated his 65th birthday a day before the earthquake struck. 
            Italy dismisses beach terror plots report
            Terrorist attacks at beaches in Italy, Spain and France have been dismissed as "groundless". Paolo Macorig
            The story of planned attacks at beach resorts in Italy, Spain and France emerged in the German daily, Bild. 
              Warnings of a 'second Idomeni' on Italian border
              A German politician has said the introduction of border controls at the Italy-Austria border could result in a 'second Idomeni'. Photo: Arnulf Zu Lindern/Wikimedia
              Austria began building an anti-migrant barrier across the Brenner pass at the Italian border last week. 
              How police in Verona, US, saved a life in Verona, Italy
              The concerned friend contacted police in Verona, US, instead of Verona, Italy, by mistake. Photo: Brad Scruse/Flickr
              The New Jersey police force was mistakenly contacted by a girl reporting her suicidal friend in Italy. 
                Italy close to raising body-filled migrant disaster ship
                Italy will soon raise a migrant ship that sank in the mediterranean with 800 people on board. Photo: Aris Messinis/AFP
                Some 800 migrants died when the ship sank on the night of April 18th -19th, 2015. 
                The Local list
                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? 
                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.” 
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                La Scala told to rehire dancer who spoke out about anorexia
                Italy's top court has told La Scala to rehire a ballerina fired for revealing the extent of anorexia among the dance school's ballerinas. Photo: O2ma/Flickr
                The ballerina was fired after suggesting one in five dancers at La Scala's school was anorexic. 
                Pope's refugee families settle into Roman life
                Pope Francis welcomes a group of Syrian refugees after landing at Ciampino airport in Rome. Photo: Filippo Monteforte/AFP
                The families had been chosen out of some 3,000 people at the camp simply because their paperwork was sufficiently in order. 
                Art stolen from prince by Nazis turns up in Italian home
                Italian police have found three Renaissance masterpieces stolen by Nazis during WWII. Photo: Caribinieri
                The works were taken from the Prince of Luxembourg's villa by occupying forces in 1944. 
                Frenchman's 'fish soup' pizza beats Italy to world cup crown
                Frenchman Ludovic Bicchierai, centre, won top prize at Italy's pizza world championships. Photo: Campionato Mondiale della Pizza
                Italian pizza chefs had to be content with second and third place on the podium. 
                Refugee crisis
                Eight dead, nearly 20 missing in migrant boat tragedy
                French charity SOS Mediterranée said its boat, the Aquarius, had rescued 108 migrants from a stricken dinghy in high seas on Sunday. Photo: Patrick Bar/Sos Mediterranée
                One of the survivors told the Aquarius crew there had been at least 135 people on board. 
                From our other editions
                Chinese continue to appropriate Austrian culture
                The one and only original, not the copy. Photo: Nick Csakany/Wikimedia/Public Domain
                Chinese copycats who reproduced a picture-postcard Austrian town are now planning on copying two other Austrian cities, and combining them into one. 
                'Love-making couch' unveiled at Geneva inventions show
                The 'Desire' couch is adjustable for maximum comfort. Photo: Fabrice Coffrini/AFP
                A capsule-like sofa designed for intimate encounters is among the centrepieces at this year's Geneva inventions show. 
                Mass surveillance
                German spies imply Snowden leaked files for Russia
                Edward Snowden pictured appearing by video link at the CeBIT technology conference in Hanover in March 2015. Photo: DPA
                NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden could have been acting under the influence of the Russian government, the heads of Germany's foreign and domestic intelligence agencies said on Friday. 
                US leaders to Copenhagen for bicycling inspiration
                Secretary Foxx will visit Copenhagen to gather insights. Photo: Heb
                The US Secretary of Transportation will visit Denmark on Monday to gather insight on the capital's successful bicycle culture. 
                Ten weird things that shock Spaniards about the UK
                Queuing is a British pastime that is mystifying to Spaniards. Photo: Garry Knight/Flickr
                The UK is one of the most popular destinations for Spaniards who move abroad, but there are some things about their new home that are just impossible to get used to... 
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                The strange history behind five everyday Italian words
                Should Italy really be getting so cosy with Iran?
                Are 500,000 cats the solution to Rome’s rat crisis?
                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
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                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