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Silvio Berlusconi, former Italian prime minister and founder of Forza Italia, on an Italian TV show in  January. Photograph: Getty Images

With his perfectly dyed dark hair and his ivory-white teeth glistening in the lights of the television studio, Silvio Berlusconi – the octogenarian co(...)

Workers build a new school in Amatrice, Italy. Photograph: Alessandro Di Meo/EPA

Even as Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi was holding a meeting on Wednesday intended to promote a 10-year reconstruction project in the aftermath o(...)

The Romolo Capranica school in Amatrice, where €500,000 of reconstruction work did little to offset damage when the earthquake struck. Photograph: Andreas Solaro/AFP/Getty

In his homily during Tuesday’s funeral of earthquake victims in Amatrice, the Bishop of Rieti, Domenico Pompilli, observed that “it is not the earthqu(...)

Members of the Italian fire brigades operate near civic tower, in the earthquake-stricken town of Amatrice, on Monday. Photograph: Massimo Percossi/EPA

Paddy Agnew in Rome Faced with a citizens’ protest in the earthquake-hit town of Amatrice, Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi on Monday intervened to(...)

People sit beside  coffins holding remains of their relatives before a mass funeral for some of the victims of the earthquake that devastated central Italy,  in Ascoli Piceno, Italy. Photograph: Cristiano Chodi

The names were read out, one by one - Alberto, Clara, Giorgia, Pietro, Lucrezia, Marisol and 29 others. The litany of names seemed to accentuate the(...)

Rescue workers search through the rubble of an earthquake damaged building in the central Italian village of Amatrice on Friday.  Photograph: Andreas Solaroandreas/ AFP/Getty

Strong aftershocks have rattled central Italy as hopes of finding any more earthquake survivors began to fade and the death toll rose to 278. Some of(...)

Rescue workers with sniffer  dogs following an earthquake in Amatrice, Italy. The dogs have a tough time dealing with dust in their noses. Photograph: Ciro De Luca/Reuters

On the day after Italy’s most recent deadly earthquake, which at the latest count has claimed 241 lives, Amatrice was given yet another ugly reminder (...)

A tent camp for  earthquake refugees  in Arquata del Tronto, Italy. Photograph: Giuseppe Bellini/Getty Images

With the death toll in the central Italian earthquake now having reached at least 250, rescue workers are still searching for survivors across the fou(...)

People stand next to collapsed buildings in Amatrice following the  earthquake  in central Italy. Photograph: Stefano Rellandini/Reuters

Italy was struck again yesterday by one of those periodic natural disasters which seem to afflict the country when at least 120 people were killed by (...)

 An injured woman  is carried  by rescuers from  the rubble of collapsed buildings in Amatrice, central Italy, following a 6.2 magnitude earthquake. Photograph: Massimo Percossi/EPA

As you walk up the winding road to Amatrice, you get the sensation that this is a film you have seen before. This handsome, rural, medieval town, cool(...)

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