Italy in limbo after PM Conte attacks Salvini and resigns | AFP

Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte resigns after lashing out at far-right Interior Minister Matteo Salvini for pursuing his own interests by pulling the plug on the government coalition.

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‘Toxic’ Italian steel plant clean-up is a towering task | AFP

Steel giant ArcelorMittal strives to clean up and turn around Italy’s most polluting plant while activists and nearby residents urge its closure. The site in southern Italy’s Puglia region, formerly owned by Ilva, is at the heart of a huge legal battle during which experts cited by prosecutors have charged that 11,550 people died from toxic emissions over seven years.

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Italian hydroponics farm bets on ‘red gold’ | AFP

The Italian tomato is prized around the world, but its reputation has soured in recent years over reports of mafia infiltration, slave labour and toxic fires that poison water sources. Southern Europe’s biggest hydroponics farm is out to change all that, by growing pesticide-free crops in environmentally friendly greenhouses — and getting bees to do the hard work.

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ShowBiz Minute: Klum, Williamson, Box Office

Heidi Klum celebrates wedding to Tom Kaulitz in lavish yacht party off Italian island; “The Rookie” star says she’s quitting the show because of sexual harassment and racial discrimination; “Fast and Furious” spinoff “Hobbs and Shaw” races to box office top spot, despite lacklustre opening weekend. (Aug. 5)

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Glimmer of hope as Italy battles ‘olive tree leprosy’ | AFP

The advance of Xylella fastidiosa in Apulia is relentless, destroying often-ancient olive trees in this southern Italian region. The bacterium has ravaged the economy and countryside here since arriving in 2013. To survive, local olive oil producers are forced to import their olives from other so-far unaffected Italian regions, or even abroad. There is no cure for the insect-borne disease, but the discovery of resistant olive varieties has offered a glimmer of hope.

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US teens face very different legal system in Italy

Two American teenagers jailed in the slaying of an Italian police officer showed “absence of self-control,” a judge concluded in ordering them kept behind bars. Attorney Brian Claypool says the case is reminiscent of how Amanda Knox was treated. (July 29)

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Funeral held for Italian police officer allegedly killed by two US teens | AFP

Italians pay hommage to Mario Cerciello Refa, a police officer whose stabbing death sparked a national outcry, while the leaked photo of a blindfolded US suspect raised protests. Cerciello’s funeral takes place in his home town near Mount Vesuvius. IMAGES

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Dozens of migrants still stuck on vessel in Italy port | AFP

An Italian coastguard vessel stranded in the Mediterranean with more than 130 migrants aboard has been allowed to dock in the eastern Sicilian port of Augusta but Rome refuses to let them disembark until a deal is struck with the EU.

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