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Hundreds of illegal immigrants broke out of a detention centre on the Italian island of Lampedusa and staged a protest against conditions.

2009-01-24

 Italy Lampedusa UN immigrant
Venice may have stood for hundreds of years, but its population is recycled every few days as tourists come and go. For residents, such an influx is edging them out. ... "Venice is becoming a museum."...

2006-10-10

 Italy tourism Venice museum
Criminals in Italy are increasingly making phone calls over the internet in order to avoid getting caught through mobile phone intercepts, police say. Officers in Milan say organised crime, arms and drugs traffickers, and prostitution rings are turning to Skype in order to frustrate investigators. The police say Skype's encryption system is a secret which the company refuses to share with the authorities...

2009-02-14

 mobile Italy Skype criminal drug trafficking
At least 90 people are believed dead and tens of thousands homeless after an earthquake hit L'Aquila and other towns in central Italy, rescuers say. About 1,500 people were injured and many people are still missing as rescuers search desperately for survivors trapped beneath rubble. The 6.3-magnitude quake struck at 0330 close to L'Aquila...

2009-04-06

 Italy earthquake
Google has added Pompeii to its Street View application, allowing internet users to take a 360-degree virtual tour of the ancient Roman city.

2009-12-04

 Pompeii Italy maps Google archaeology tourism virtual
Florence and Venice have started fining people who sit down on the steps in front of their churches. The 50-euro fines apply to the areas around Florence's cathedral, the Duomo, and the Basilica of St Mark in St Mark's Square in Venice...

2003-08-09

 Italy church sit tourism fine incredible
An Italian court has convicted three Google executives in a trial over a video showing an autistic teenager being bullied. The Google employees were accused of breaking Italian law by allowing the video to be posted online.

2010-02-24

 Google bullying video Italy autism freedom
A government minister said the ruling was "shameful", while Education Minister Mariastella Gelmini said the crucifix was a "symbol of our tradition", and not a mark of Catholicism. ... But the role of Catholicism as the state religion ended in 1984, when the official link between the Vatican and the Italian government ended...

2010-06-30

 religion Italy education crucifix school Catholic Church Vatican
A seaside city in Italy is planning to ban miniskirts and other revealing clothing to improve what the mayor calls standards of public decency. Castellammare di Stabia is trying to be the latest location in Italy to make use of new powers to crack down on what is deemed to be anti-social behaviour.

2010-10-25

 Italy decency fashion skirt incredible law religion
Eight Italian doctors have been sentenced to prison for carrying out dozens of unnecessary operations for financial gain.

2010-10-29

 Italy surgery medicine business
The controversial whistle-blowing site Wilileaks has released a cache of 250,000 secret messages sent by US diplomatic staff. Here are some of the key issues the documents reveal, as reported by the New York Times and Guardian newspapers.

2010-11-28

 WikiLeaks whistleblower leak secret embassy spying USA Pakistan hacking nuclear proliferation China Iran invasion Saudi Arabia biometric United Nations North Korea Guantanamo Bay Belgium Italy UK Russia Zimbabwe

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