Man eats $120,000 piece of art – a banana taped to a wall | AFP

A performance artist shakes up a crowd at the Art Basel fair in Miami Beach, when he grabbed a banana that had been duct-taped to a gallery wall, and ate it. The banana was, in fact, a work of art by Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan titled “Comedian” and sold to a French collector for $120,000.

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SD – Epinephrine

Italian talent SD touches down on Delta9 Recordings with ‘Epinephrine’.

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Fashionable feathers: Italian designer’s life in plumes | AFP

Feathers have adorned the most glamorous of fashionistas throughout history, from Marie Antoinette to Lady Gaga, and one Italian octogenarian continues to fuel the fantasy.

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Did Italian priest father two African sons?

When Gerald Erebon accused a priest of being his father, church officials refused to compel a DNA test to check the Kenyan man’s claims. After The Associated Press wrote about the case, another man came forward with a key piece of the puzzle. (Dec. 6)

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Frame & Base – Cold Thug

Italian talent Frame joins Warm Ears Music with his five track ‘Out There EP’.

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Italian designer Stefano Ricci unveils new Fall/Winter collection | AFP

Italian luxury designer Stefano Ricci unveils his Fall/Winter 2020-21 collection at the prestigious Scuola Grande di San Rocco in Venice, which boasts the biggest collection of paintings in the world by 16th century Italian master Tintoretto.

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Referees chief discusses handball rule

Nicola Rizzoli, who handles the Italian league’s refereeing appointments, explains how difficult the new handball rules are for referees. (Nov. 20)

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Venice floods: Italian PM Conte to declare state of emergency | AFP

Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte says the government is prepared to take emergency measures for Venice, struck by an exceptional tide this week. The canal city was bracing itself for more rising waters.

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Venice’s flood protection project | AFP Animé

Videographic on Venice flood defence. Venetians woke Wednesday to devastating scenes after the highest tide in 50 years washed through the historic Italian city, beaching gondolas, trashing hotels and sending tourists fleeing through rapidly rising waters. A massive infrastructure project called MOSE has been underway since 2003 to protect the city, but it has been plagued by cost overruns, corruption scandals and delays.VIDEOGRAPHICS

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Venice underwater as exceptional tide sweeps through canal city | AFP

Venetians wake up to devastating scenes after the highest tide in 50 years washed through the historic Italian city, beaching gondolas, trashing hotels and sending tourists fleeing through rapidly rising waters.

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Andrea Bocelli: ‘Absurd’ to shun Placido Domingo

Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli is staunchly defending opera legend Placido Domingo, calling it “absurd” that opera houses have canceled the star’s performances over sexual harassment allegations before they are fully investigated. (Nov. 12)

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Flooded palace as record high tide hits flooded Venice | AFP

A palace is flooded in Venice as a record high tide hits the Italian city, with water levels expected to reach or surpass 1.90 metres (six feet) according to the city’s tide monitoring centre. IMAGES

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Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte greets German Chancellor Angela Merkel | AFP

Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte greets German Chancellor Angela Merkel as she arrives in Rome on a state visit. IMAGES

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White truffle sells for 120,000 euros at Italian auction | AFP

A white truffle weighing just over 1 kg was sold for 120,000 euros, or about 120 euros per gram, at the 20th White Truffle Auction held in Alba, near Turin.

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Christmas window displays: behind the scenes of a longstanding Parisian tradition | AFP

Spectacular Christmas window displays are an annual tradition for Parisian department stores. AFP was treated to a peak behind the scenes at Printemps ahead of the big reveal by Italian blogger and stylist Chiara Ferragni on Thursday.

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Rome’s ‘invisible’ migrants offer guide to Eternal City | AFP

The Eternal City’s famed monuments are given an African twist by refugees Abdul, Kaba and Sidia, who use anecdotes from their life journeys to show the Italian capital in a unique light.

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Rome’s ‘invisible’ migrants offer guide to Eternal City | AFP

The Eternal City’s famed monuments are given an African twist by refugees Abdul, Kaba and Sidia, who use anecdotes from their life journeys to show the Italian capital in a unique light.

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Today in History for October 28th

The Statue of Liberty is dedicated in New York; Benito Mussolini takes control of the Italian government; The Cuban Missile Crisis ends; Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates and actress Julia Roberts are born. (Oct. 28)

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Early Renaissance painting found in French kitchen fetches 24 mn euros | AFP

A rare masterpiece by Italian early Renaissance master Cimabue that was discovered in a French kitchen was sold on Sunday for 24 million euros ($26.6 million) including fees. IMAGES

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