Michael Day

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Francesco Schettino became a national hate figure after his cruise ship capsized

Costa Concordia trial: Captain Francesco Schettino awaits verdict that could put him in jail for 26 years

Mr Schettino is charged with multiple manslaughter and causing a shipwreck, and accused of abandoning ship ahead of his passengers

Silvio Berlusconi has been outwitted by Matteo Renzi in recent political deals

Disgraced Berlusconi faces losing control of his party as support and funding slump

Disgraced former PM blamed for demise of the once-mighty Forza Italia

The plight of Agrigento appears to encapsulate the graft that has stifled Italy’s economy

Sicilian city of Agrigento 'bled dry' by corrupt councillors who earn up to €10,000 a time for 'ghost meetings'

Thousands of furious residents demand the scalps of those who have been lining their own pockets

Postcard from... Rome

Rome’s exquisite city centre might sound like the perfect location to shoot action scenes for the new Bond film, Spectre – but some locals beg to differ.

James Bond 'Spectre' film challenged to show true state of Rome by campaigners

Constant blight of rubbish and grime that has turned Europe's most beautiful capital into one of its dirtiest

Italian PM Matteo Renzi

Matteo Renzi channels Machiavelli to secure his favoured president

Prime Minister wins coalition support for anti-Mafia, anti-Berlusconi candidate

Michael Corleone, played by Al Pacino, goes back to his family's Sicilian roots in the first 'Godfather' film

Postcard from... Rome

Italy’s brain drain continues. And the latest evidence of this? Figures from the health ministry showing that the overseas migration of Italian doctors is becoming a mass exodus.

Rome's Supreme Court of Cassation, where Danilo Giuffrida's case was heard

'Homophobic' Italian officials stripped man of driving licence 'because he was gay'

Man ordered to have examination to see if 'condition' was deteriorating

Some of the 5,361 ancient objects – which had been stolen by Italian and Swiss criminals – in Rome this week

Italy celebrates as 5,000 plundered artefacts worth €50m are returned following 14-year inquiry

Recovered haul goes on show after investigation finds stolen antiquities in Switzerland

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The tournament has reached its halfway mark and scores of 300 and amazing catches abound. One thing never changes, though – everyone loves beating England
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And it will trigger more war in future
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