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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

Formed in 1975, some 40 murders have been linked to the group

Corsican terror group lays down arms in battle for independence from France

FLNC’s move appears to have been prompted by a recent decision by the island’s regional assembly to give people born there priority in buying property

The wreckage of the Costa Concordia

Costa Concordia to be towed from wreck site as Italian ports vie to scrap her

Engineers have said they will use a robot to monitor residual fuel in the ship’s tanks to prevent any leaks during the removal operation

Pope Francis agreed to use the Popemobile in April in Rome

Francis accepts risk of giving up Popemobile to get closer to faithful

Pope Francis, famous for his populist touch, has also demonstrated a fatalist streak in eschewing use of the bullet-proof Popemobile, designed to protect him from attacks of the type that almost killed Pope John Paul II.

Pope Francis' new financial watchdog board includes a woman for the first time

Pope Francis sacks entire board of Vatican's financial watchdog

Experts from Switzerland, Singapore, the United States and Italy to replace all-Italian group

The Moses flood barrier is designed to prevent the sort of flooding that affected St Mark’s Square in October 2008

Venice's Moses flood barrier inundated by fraud claims

Investigators say they have traced some €20m in kickbacks from contractors for the project that is designed to prevent the sort of flooding that affected St Mark’s Square in 2008

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'I don't think a single bodice gets ripped'
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The head of WWF UK remains sanguine despite the Government’s failure to live up to its pledges on the environment
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Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

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Money, corruption and drugs

The monk who fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’
America's first slavery museum established at Django Unchained plantation - 150 years after slavery outlawed

150 years after it was outlawed...

... America's first slavery museum is established in Louisiana
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Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

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You won't believe your eyes

Tony Oursler's new show explores our uneasy relationship with technology. He's one of a growing number of artists with that preoccupation
Ian Herbert: Peter Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

The England coach leaves players to find solutions - which makes you wonder where he adds value, says Ian Herbert
War with Isis: Fears that the looming battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

The battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

Aid agencies prepare for vast exodus following planned Iraqi offensive against the Isis-held city, reports Patrick Cockburn