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Conor O’Shea: 'I believe you can win any game at any time. It doesn’t matter what sport, because it’s two teams.' Photograph: Dan Mullan/Getty

Once again Italy appear to have drawn the short straw. First up they face England in Rome next Sunday, before just a six-day turnaround before playing(...)

Beppe Grillo (centre), co-founder of the Five Star Movement, at a rally in Aci Trezza on Sicily, on October 28th. Photograph:  Gianni Cipriano/The New York Times

For Italian politicians, it’s high season in Sicily. Days before the island votes in regional elections on Sunday, the country’s ambitious and warring(...)

 Daphne Caruana Galizia, an investigative journalist who was killed in a car bomb near her home in Malta on October 16th. Photograph:  The Malta Independent via AP

There are possible links between the murder of the investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia, who was killed by a car bomb in Malta last week, a(...)

Migrants on a dinghy are rescued by German NGO Jugend Rettet ship “Juventa” crew in the Mediterranean sea. Photograph: Stefano Rellandini/Reuters

Humanitarian organisation Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has decided to suspend its search and rescue operations in the Mediterranean following threat(...)

Heatwave: a boy cools off in Turin, in Italy. Photograph: Marco Bertorello/AFP/Getty

Eleven southern and central European countries have issued extreme-heat warnings amid a brutal heatwave nicknamed Lucifer, with residents and tourists(...)

CasaVecchia at Montebuoni, near Siena, is reduced to €567 for a week.

Beautiful Tuscan villas reduced by up to €580 Find end-of-season discounts from €200 to €580 on Tuscan villas for August and September. Browse a sele(...)

The LÉ Eithne rescued 703 migrants from five inflatable boats about 83km off the North West coast of Tripoli on Friday. Photograph: Defence Forces

A baby girl was born on board the Irish navy vessel LÉ Eithne on Friday after a rescue operation off the coast of Tripoli. The ship rescued 703 migra(...)

If connecting flights become part of Ryanair’s service, then it should help the carrier draw more passengers to its network, as it should broaden the destinations it can offer from individual airports. Photograph: Josep Lago/AFP/Getty Images

Ryanair took what could be another big departure yesterday when it began offering connecting flights through its base at Rome Fiumicino airport. The c(...)

A plane approaches to land at Fiumicino international airport in Rome. Ryanair is trialling connecting flights.

Ryanair is likely to offer connecting flights across its network if a trial begun on Wednesday with services through Rome succeeds. The Irish airline(...)

Should Alitalia go, Italy would be the only big EU state without a national carrier. Photograph: Max Rossi/Reuters

If Alitalia’s bankruptcy spells the end for the airline, Italians may well be able to turn to Ryanair, or possibly some of its rivals, as an alternati(...)

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