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The cost so far of the outbreak, in terms of lost trees alone, is £200m, but this figure is set to rise sharply

Alien bacteria threatens southern Italy’s most prized olive groves

The cost so far of the outbreak, in terms of lost trees alone, is £200m, but this figure is set to rise sharply

The two horses, Oracle Force and Golden Storming, were quickly destroyed by vets. The riders suffered only minor injuries

Future of Italy's Tuscan palios in doubt after horses put down following race

Animal rights activists scream abuse and spectators watch in stunned silence as the injured animals are carted off to be destroyed during the race in Pistoia

Pope Francis meets Meriam Ibrahim, with her daughter Maya, in his Santa Marta residence at the Vatican yesterday

Meriam Yahia Ibrahim Ishag’s release and safe arrival is a diplomatic triumph for Italy

Meriam Yahia Ibrahim Ishag’s safe arrival in Rome, en-route to the US, is also a diplomatic triumph for Italy – a nation that strongly opposes the death penalty and one that has historic ties with the Horn of Africa.

A handout photo released by the Osservatore Romano and taken on July 24, 2014 shows Pope Francis greeting Sudanese Christian Meriam Ibrahim and her daughter Maya during a private audience at the Vatican

Pope Francis holds 'very affectionate' meeting with Sudanese apostasy woman Meriam Ibrahim after she arrives in Rome

Ms Ibrahim and her family fled Sudan for Italy only this morning

Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash: Pro-Russian rebel 'admits to shooting down plane'

A pro-Russian militiaman has said his forces shot down Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17, according to a report in an Italian newspaper.

Education Minister Stefania Giannini wants an inquiry

Outcry in Italy after teacher says she was sacked for being a lesbian

Education Minister promises inquiry into ‘discrimination’ by nuns at state-funded school

Silvio Berlusconi leaves the Fondazione Sacra Famiglia on May 9, 2014 in Milan, Italy.

Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi cleared of underage prostitution charges

Surprise verdict sees ex-Premier cleared of paying 17-year-old girl for sex

There has been criticism of Francis for failing to take a high-profile stand against the global paedophilia scandal

Pope Francis apologises to clerical sex abuse victims and asks for forgiveness

Despite his popularity, there has been criticism of Francis for failing to take a high-profile stand against the global paedophilia scandal

Oppido Mamertina mayor Domenico Giannetta, centre, wearing a sash, flanked on the left by Italian Carabinieri officer Andrea Marino during the procession in Oppido Mamertina

‘Cowardly’ priests paid Mafia boss respect in Church parade

The gesture came just two weeks after Pope Francis made a strong condemnation of organised crime

An Italian navy motor boat approaches a boat full of migrants making its way to Europe. The boat was carrying almost 600 people – but some 30 died during the journey

The deadly exodus: Italian right attacks government operation to rescue boat immigrants from North Africa

As 30 migrants are found dead in the hold of a boat in the Mediterranean, anger mounts in Italy at the perceived lack of support from other EU members to stop the record flow of immigrants from North Africa

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Robert Fisk: All this talk of an ‘apocalyptic’ threat is simply childish

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Mafia Dons: is the Camorra in control of the Granite City?

Mafia Dons: is the Camorra in control of the Granite City?

So claims an EU report which points to the Italian Mob’s alleged grip on everything from public works to property
Emmys look set to overhaul the Oscars as Hollywood’s prize draw

Emmys look set to overhaul the Oscars as Hollywood’s prize draw

Once the poor relation, the awards show now has the top stars and boasts the best drama
What happens to African migrants once they land in Italy during the summer?

What happens to migrants once they land in Italy?

Memphis Barker follows their trail through southern Europe
French connection: After 1,300 years, there’s a bridge to Mont Saint-Michel

French connection: After 1,300 years, there’s a bridge to Mont Saint-Michel

The ugly causeway is being dismantled, an elegant connection erected in its place. So everyone’s happy, right?
Frank Mugisha: Uganda's most outspoken gay rights activist on changing people's attitudes, coming out, and the threat of being attacked

Frank Mugisha: 'Coming out was a gradual process '

Uganda's most outspoken gay rights activist on changing people's attitudes, coming out, and the threat of being attacked
Radio 1 to hire 'YouTube-famous' vloggers to broadcast online

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The ‘vloggers’ signed up to find twentysomething audience
David Abraham: Big ideas for the small screen

David Abraham: Big ideas for the small screen

A blistering attack on US influence on British television has lifted the savvy head of Channel 4 out of the shadows
Florence Knight's perfect picnic: Make the most of summer's last Bank Holiday weekend

Florence Knight's perfect picnic

Polpetto's head chef shares her favourite recipes from Iced Earl Grey tea to baked peaches, mascarpone & brown sugar meringues...
Horst P Horst: The fashion photography genius who inspired Madonna comes to the V&A

Horst P Horst comes to the V&A

The London's museum has delved into its archives to stage a far-reaching retrospective celebrating the photographer's six decades of creativity
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Mark Hix's summery soups

Soup isn’t just about comforting broths and steaming hot bowls...
Tim Sherwood column: 'It started as a three-horse race but turned into the Grand National'

Tim Sherwood column

I would have taken the Crystal Palace job if I’d been offered it soon after my interview... but the whole process dragged on so I had to pull out
Eden Hazard: Young, gifted... not yet perfect

Eden Hazard: Young, gifted... not yet perfect

Eden Hazard admits he is still below the level of Ronaldo and Messi but, after a breakthrough season, is ready to thrill Chelsea’s fans
Tim Howard: I’m an old dog. I don’t get too excited

Tim Howard: I’m an old dog. I don’t get too excited

The Everton and US goalkeeper was such a star at the World Cup that the President phoned to congratulate him... not that he knows what the fuss is all about
Match of the Day at 50: Show reminds us that even the most revered BBC institution may have a finite lifespan – thanks to the opposition

Tom Peck on Match of the Day at 50

The show reminds us that even the most revered BBC institution may have a finite lifespan – thanks to the opposition