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Cheesed off: Italian regions highly strung over mozzarella

Rome - Defenders of buffalo mozzarella in the Campania region of southern Italy have vowed to fight a decision made this week by the farming ministry which allows a cow mozzarella from neighbouring Puglia to be given special status.

White truffles fetch 75,000 euros at Italian auction

Alba - A lot of around 850 grammes (1.9 pounds) of white truffles was sold for 75,000 euros ($87,500) in a top Italian auction on Sunday.

Italy's Ostia, Mafia-by-the-sea where silence is safe

Ostia - The resort town of Ostia, on Italy's west coast, is a magnet for tourists in the summer but is also mafia territory where clans carve up the drugs and extortion business.

Italian PM calls for standardised EU rules on granting asylum

Lyon - Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni on Wednesday called for asylum regulations to be standardised across Europe, saying immigration was one of the biggest challenges facing the continent and a major concern of EU citizens.

Rome sets mosquito campaign after chikungunya cases

Rome - The city of Rome on Wednesday announced it would carry out a fast-track anti-mosquito campaign after a string of suspected cases of the insect-borne chikungunya virus were detected in the region.

Madrid pushing for Eurozone budget: PM

Madrid - Spain will call for a eurozone budget and finance minister to oversee it at an August 28 summit with France, Germany and Italy, Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said Monday.

1,200 Fiat 500s mass for iconic cars 60th birthday

Garlenda - More than 1,200 Fiat 500s from across Europe revved into the Italian foothills on Saturday to mark the 60th birthday of the iconic little car. The Italian classic took its first spin on July 4, 1957. Eighteen years later, more than 4.

Mont Blanc cable car to reopen 9 months after dramatic rescue

Grenoble - A cable car whose dramatic breakdown last September forced 33 tourists to spend the night stranded -- suspended high over the French Alps -- is to reopen on Thursday, local officials announced.

Italy ex-PM's father 'suspected of influence peddling'

Rome - The father of former Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi is suspected of influence peddling and has been summoned to appear before prosecutors next week, national media reported Thursday.

Italy still seeking cure for cancer of corruption

Rome - "I personally marked every note, one by one." Twenty five years have elapsed since Antonio Di Pietro's sting arrest of Socialist Party official Marco Chiesa lit the fuse on the biggest corruption scandal in Italy's history.

Italy avalanche toll at 17 as helicopter crash adds to pain

Farindola - The toll from an avalanche that swamped an Italian mountain hotel rose to 17 dead and 12 missing Tuesday as a nearby helicopter crash claimed the lives of six people and dealt another blow to a region reeling from earthquakes and the heaviest snowfall ...

Six more bodies found at Italy avalanche hotel

Rome - Six more bodies have been retrieved from an Italian hotel devastated by an avalanche nearly a week ago, media said Tuesday citing local authorities, with 17 people still missing.

Italy grants ex-CIA spies partial pardon over rendition of imam

Rome - Italy's President Sergio Mattarella on Wednesday reduced the sentences of two former CIA agents, including a station chief, over the kidnapping and extraordinary rendition of an Egyptian imam in 2003.

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