Michael Day

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Amanda Knox will learn today if her conviction for murdering British student Mereditch Kercher has been upheld

Amanda Knox murder conviction: Italian court overturns verdict for US student and Raffaele Sollecito in the killing of Meredith Kercher

Amanda Knox and her ex-boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito have been sensationally cleared of killing British student Meredith Kercher after a tortuous legal process that lasted more than seven years and saw five trials.

The Fattoria Casabianca vineyard, near Siena, will trace its grapes throughout every step of the wine-making process to ensure a vegan product

Chianti wines go vegan this spring to satisfy growing demand in export markets

One producer has removed all animal products from the production process - and even from label glue and packing tape

Amanda Knox will learn today if her conviction for murdering British student Mereditch Kercher has been upheld

Amanda Knox murder conviction: US student could be extradited to Italy and jailed if verdict is upheld

Knox and her ex-boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito may be definitively condemned for the crime

Maurizio Lupi in parliament last week

Corruption in Italy 'worse than ever' as minister quits over links with gang accused of bribery

Scandal suggests country's political culture has not changed since the 1990s

The logo of Expo 2015 on top of the 'Palazzo Lombardia' (Lombardy Building) in Milan

Expo World Fair 2015: Sex workers of the world to unite in Milan and cash in on expected tourist boom

The predicted influx of 15,000 prostitutes and escorts from countries including Brazil, Bulgaria, China, Nigeria and Morocco, has seen the six-month event dubbed 'Sexpo' by locals

Sicilian politician and anti-Mafia activist, Rita Borsellino

Italy's 'anti-Mafia industry' comes under suspicion after shock claims over senior figures in fight against organised crime

The campaigner Rita Borsellino said the latest developments suggested something was rotten in the anti-Mafia movement

A worker checking a wheel of seasoned Parmigiano Reggiano cheese in a factory in Valestra, near Bologna

Cheesemakers hold protest over grating issue of Parmigiano Reggiano 'imposters'

Protest against the crop of imposters that are cashing in on famous name

La Bella Vita: Castello di Gabbiano Monferrato is one of the 40 participating mansions and castles

Downton Abbey effect sees impoverished Italian nobles inspired to open their doors to paying guests for up to €650 a night

Italy's painful recession has reached its aristocracy who are struggling with maintenance costs, increasing costs of living and changes in property taxes

Bologna, Emilia Romagna's capital. Ndrangheta had spent decades infiltrating the region

Sicilian Mafia now outgunned by Calabria's cocaine-trading mobsters 'Ndrangheta

Italian organised crime is also spreading abroad with ’Ndrangheta now active in Germany, France and Spain

Karima el-Mahroug is one of 45 people who are being investigated

Silvio Berlusconi paid women vast sums for their silence over 'bunga bunga' parties, say investigators

The former Italian premier has denied influencing the testimony of the women

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A report finds that private firms are not being properly assessed for their quality of care
Zac Goldsmith: 'I'll trigger a by-election over Heathrow'

Zac Goldsmith: 'I'll trigger a by-election over Heathrow'

The Tory MP said he did not want to stand again unless his party's manifesto ruled out a third runway. But he's doing so. Watch this space
How do Greek voters feel about Syriza's backtracking on its anti-austerity pledge?

How do Greeks feel about Syriza?

Five voters from different backgrounds tell us what they expect from Syriza's charismatic leader Alexis Tsipras
From Iraq to Libya and Syria: The wars that come back to haunt us

The wars that come back to haunt us

David Cameron should not escape blame for his role in conflicts that are still raging, argues Patrick Cockburn
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Too busy to surf? Head to The Pool

A new website is trying to declutter the internet to help busy women. Holly Williams meets the founders
Heston Blumenthal to cook up a spice odyssey for British astronaut manning the International Space Station

UK's Major Tum to blast off on a spice odyssey

Nothing but the best for British astronaut as chef Heston Blumenthal cooks up his rations
John Harrison's 'longitude' clock sets new record - 300 years on

‘Longitude’ clock sets new record - 300 years on

Greenwich horologists celebrate as it keeps to within a second of real time over a 100-day test
Fears in the US of being outgunned in the vital propaganda wars by Russia, China - and even Isis - have prompted a rethink on overseas broadcasters

Let the propaganda wars begin - again

'Accurate, objective, comprehensive': that was Voice of America's creed, but now its masters want it to promote US policy, reports Rupert Cornwell
Why Japan's incredible long-distance runners will never win the London Marathon

Japan's incredible long-distance runners

Every year, Japanese long-distance runners post some of the world's fastest times – yet, come next weekend, not a single elite competitor from the country will be at the London Marathon
Why does Tom Drury remain the greatest writer you've never heard of?

Tom Drury: The quiet American

His debut was considered one of the finest novels of the past 50 years, and he is every bit the equal of his contemporaries, Jonathan Franzen, Dave Eggers and David Foster Wallace
You should judge a person by how they peel a potato

You should judge a person by how they peel a potato

Dave Hax's domestic tips are reminiscent of George Orwell's tea routine. The world might need revolution, but we like to sweat the small stuff, says DJ Taylor
Beige is back: The drab car colours of the 1970s are proving popular again

Beige to the future

Flares and flounce are back on catwalks but a revival in ’70s car paintjobs was a stack-heeled step too far – until now
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Bill Granger cooks with fresh cheeses

More delicate on the palate, milder, fresh cheeses can also be kinder to the waistline
Aston Villa vs Liverpool: 'This FA Cup run has been wonderful,' says veteran Shay Given

Shay Given: 'This FA Cup run has been wonderful'

The Villa keeper has been overlooked for a long time and has unhappy memories of the national stadium – but he is savouring his chance to play at Wembley
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