Astronaut Nespoli to be next Italian on ISS


Astronaut Paolo Nespoli will be the next Italian to conduct a mission on the International Space Station (ISS), ANSA sources said on Thursday. It will be the 58-year-old's third trip to outer space.


Mattarella says reforms are crux of current parliament


President Sergio Mattarella said Thursday that the reform of Italy's political machinery was one of the key issues that the current parliamentary term will address. "I hope that the path of reforms is completed after decades of unsuccessful attempts," he said.


ENI posts Q2 loss of 0.11 billion euros

Italian energy giant ENI said Thursday that it posted a loss 0.11 billion euros in the second quarter of this year due to falling oil prices. It said that its adjusted net profit for the quarter was 0.14 billion euros, down 84%.



Platini announces FIFA presidency bid


French former football star Michel Platini announced Wednesday he was throwing his hat in the ring to become president of the international soccer's governing body FIFA.

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Diving: Cagnotto wins gold at world championships


Italy's Tania Cagnotto won gold in the 1m springboard event at the Aquatics World Championships in the Russian city of Kazan on Tuesday. It is the first world title for the 30-year-old, after her bronze medal at Shanghai in 2011 and silver in Barcelona in 2013.

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Expo 2015

Over 40 chefs at Italian Cooking Forum

Chefs and govt team up for 'FoodAct' launch at Expo

Over 40 of Italy's most important chefs and three ministers representing the Italian government presented 'FoodAct' during the Italian Cooking Forum at Expo Milano 2015.

Emilia Romagna region project

Man Against Hunger exhibit at Expo

The Emilia Romagna region will present an educational exhibit designed for schools entitled Man Against Hunger at the Expo world's fair on Friday.

Fair will have more of an impact if it promotes key issues

Milan Expo is 'a great success' says Lombardy governor

The six-month Milan Expo 2015 running through October is a success in terms of visitor satisfaction, Lombardy Governor Roberto Maroni told Radio Montecarlo on Wednesday.

Sweets and pastries from Paolo Forti

Sicilian 'buccellati' cakes at Expo

Traditional 'buccellati' or Sicilian Christmas cakes from the Paolo Forti family-run company are on display at the Expo world's fair Bio-Mediterranean Cluster. The company has deep ties to the Sicilian territory and its pastry-making tradition.

Showcased at Bio-Med Cluster

Sicilian hoteliers promote unusual itineraries at Expo

Sicilian hoteliers association Federalberghi Sicilia is promoting unusual tourist itineraries at the Expo Bio-Mediterranean Cluster.

Tourism project a success at other fairs

Rural Sicily routes presented at Expo

Sicilian rural tourism itineraries making up Il Percorso delle Torri e delle Primizie (The Way of Towers and Early Harvests) will be presented Wednesday at Expo as part of a special initiative at the Cocoa and Chocolate Cluster.

Techniques illustrated by experts

Sicilian ceramics on show at Expo

Piazzetta Sicilia has been filled with jars from Santo Stefano di Camastra, the celebrated city of ceramics evoked by the likes of playwright Luigi Pirandello.

Chefs show off powers of ancient spice

Saffron festival at Expo Bio-Med Cluster

Greece has organized a cooking show focusing on the celebrated Krokos Kozanis saffron at the Bio-Med Cluster at the Expo world's fair.

Instrument crafted in 1669 to be highlighted in September

Stradivarius replaces Arcimboldi work at Expo pavilion

The painting which inspired the Expo mascot Foody is to leave its showcase in the Italian pavilion at Milan Expo 2015 and be replaced by an historic Stradivarius violin.

Punta del Este stand at Uruguay pavilion

Uruguay encourages foreign investors at Milan Expo

The Uruguayan peninsula of Punta del Este is encouraging investment at Expo, promising that investors can recoup "up to 100% in 15 years" thanks to government tax credits, said John Stuart Leaman, vice president of Destino Punta del Este, on Tuesday.

Expo: Padiglione Uruguay

Milan Center for Food Law and Policy launched

Milan 'world capital of right to food' after Expo

Milan should become the world's capital of right to food and a legal reference point for food rights after it hosts the food-themed Expo 2015 world's fair, according to the former president of the city's tribunal, Livia Pomodoro.

'ScobyDo' project produced material from kombucha

Israeli students at Expo show clothes made from bacteria

Israeli high school students at Expo on Tuesday displayed clothing and objects they produced from a material derived from bacteria.

Material made from bacteria

Instrument crafted in 1669 to be highlighted in September

Stradivarius violin replaces Arcimboldi at Expo

The painting which inspired the Expo mascot Foody is to leave its showcase in the Italian pavilion at Milan Expo 2015 and be replaced by an historic Stradivarius violin.


Food, Politics World's fair legacy to last beyond October 31

Milan Charter to UN in September, Martina tells Expo

Agriculture Minister Maurizio Martina said Monday the Milan Charter on right to food, which is to be the legacy of the Expo world's fair, will be submitted to the United Nations on September 26.

'They cultivate one million hectares across Italy'

Martina hails fruit, veg farmers at Expo

Agriculture Minister Maurizio Martina hailed Italy's fruit and vegetable sector on Tuesday at the Expo world's fair.

'Big business, must be prosecuted'

Food crime worth 15.4bn Coldiretti tells Expo

Food-related crimes rake in some 15.

Biodiversity and local products at Slow Food pavilion

Sicilian honey, Madonie reserve at Expo Bio-Med Cluster

A book about Sicilian organic black bee honey was presented at the Slow Food pavilion at the Expo world's fair on Monday.

Muzzuni vase, part of ancient harvest ritual

Sicilian pagan vase exhibited at Expo

A symbol of the oldest known pagan rite in Italy was presented at the Expo world's fair over the weekend, in the shape of an ancient terracotta vase from the Sicilian village of Alcara Li Fusi.

Documents routes of crusading knights

Video on medieval pilgrims Sicilian routes at Expo

The Mediterranean Itineraries cultural association will present a video titled Paths and Animal Routes: in the Footsteps of Pilgrims and Knights through the Mountains, along the Palermo-Messina Tract of the Via Francigena will be presented Wednesday at Expo.

Farmers' group says orchards have diminished by 33%

Italian fruit orchards in danger, Coldiretti says at Expo

Italian fruit orchards are at risk of disappearing, having lost 140,000 hectares in the last 15 years, Coldiretti farmers' group said on Tuesday at Expo during the Festival of Fruits and Vegetables.