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This image released by NASA December 15,...This image released by NASA December 15, 2014 shows the easily recognized boot of Italy, with Sicily at its toe, spread across this panorama taken October 21 by astronauts aboard the International Space Station(ISS). On a clear night looking east, the pattern of night lights shows populations concentrated mainly along the coastlines, but also in the Po River Valley of northern Italy(L). Some of the brightest clusters of lights are Rome and nearby Naples, with island cities of Cagliari on Sardinia and Catania on Sicilynow well-known as the hometown of European Space Agency astronaut Luca Parmitano. The small, dark, circular patch dangerously close to Catania marks the unpopulated slopes of the active volcano Etna. Hazy lights, as over the Po valley and Rome, probably indicate thin clouds above. The island of Malta appears at the lower right. The airglow line is vivid in this night shot. AFP PHOTO / HANDOUT / NASA   == RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE / MANDATORY CREDIT: "AFP PHOTO / HANDOUT / NASA  "/ NO MARKETING / NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS / NO A LA CARTE SALES / DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS ==Handout/AFP/Getty Images

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This image released by Nasa on Monday shows the easily recognised ‘boot of Italy‘, with Sicily at its toe. On a clear night looking east, the pattern of night lights shows populations concentrated mainly along the coastlines.

Balloons featuring Italian Prime minister Matteo Renzi as Pinocchio are displayed during a general strike called by several trade union organisations to protest against the government's economic policy, on december 12, 2014 in Rome. Unions protest against Prime Minister Matteo Renzi's emblematic Jobs Act legislation approved this month which aims to shake up Italy's labour market by making it easier for companies to hire and fire.

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Balloons featuring Italian Prime minister Matteo Renzi as Pinocchio are displayed during a general strike called by several trade unions in protest against the government’s economic policy, on Friday in Rome

Italian Police prepare to face up to demonstrators in Rome, Italy on Wednesday during a  a demonstration in Rome against the government's Jobs Act labour reform bill. Three protesters were injured in a police charge at the demonstration. The protest organized by the self-styled National Social Strike Laboratory said high school students occupying their schools this week also participated in the march through central Rome, which turned into a melee when protesters tried to break through a police cordon around the Senate building, setting off flares and throwing eggs at law enforcement. The government's Jobs Act labour reform bill now on the floor of the Senate, where the administration of Premier Matteo Renzi looks set to call a confidence vote.

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Italian Police prepare to face up to demonstrators in Rome, Italy on Wednesday during a a demonstration in Rome against the government’s Jobs Act labour reform bill

Senegal's President Sall in Italy...epa04496358 Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi uses his mobiel phone as he awaits the arrival of Senegal's President Macky Sall (not pictured) at Chigi's Palace, Italy, 20 November 2014. Senegal's President Macky Sall is on an official visit to Italy.  EPA/ALESSANDRO DI MEO

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Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi uses his mobile phone as he awaits the arrival of Senegal’s President Macky Sall at Chigi’s Palace, Italy 

Demonstators hold flares during a demonstration as part of a general strike in central Rome on November 14, 2014.

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Demonstators hold flares during a demonstration as part of a general strike in central Rome on Friday

The Italian Air Force aerobatic unit Fre...The Italian Air Force aerobatic unit Frecce Tricolori (Tricolor Arrows) spreads smoke with the colors of the Italian flag over the Piazza Venezia as Italy celebrates today the National Unity Day and the Armed Forces Day which marks the end of World War I for Italy, on November 4, 2014 in Rome.  AFP PHOTO / ANDREAS SOLAROANDREAS SOLARO/AFP/Getty Images

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The Italian Air Force aerobatic unit Frecce Tricolori spreads smoke with the colours of the Italian flag over the Piazza Venezia as Italy celebrates National Unity Day and Armed Forces Day, which marks the end of the first world war for Italy

Anti-riot police clash with anti-austerity protesters near the Capodimonte museum during the Governing Council of the European Central Bank (ECB) on October 2, 2014 in Naples. Thousands of anti-austerity demonstrators rallied in Naples today as the European Central Bank convened in the Italian city to discuss how to avert looming deflation in the eurozone.

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Anti-riot police clash with anti-austerity protesters near the Capodimonte museum during the Governing Council of the European Central Bank (ECB) on Thursday in Naples

Actor George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin wave from a boat as they leave after a civil wedding ceremony at the town hall in Venice, Italy, Monday, Sept. 29, 2014. George Clooney married human rights lawyer Amal Alamuddin Saturday, the actor's representative said, out of sight of pursuing paparazzi and adoring crowds.

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Actor George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin wave from a boat as they leave after a civil wedding ceremony at the town hall in Venice, Italy on Monday

Employees grease hams with lard before hanging them to dry in storage as part of the Parma ham curing process at Pio Tosini Industria Prosciutti SpA in Langhirano, Italy, on Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014. Russia recently announced a one-year ban on a range of food products from the EU and the U.S., in retaliation for sanctions against the country over Ukraine

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Hams are greased with lard before drying as part of the Parma ham curing process at Pio Tosini Industria Prosciutti in Langhirano, Italy. Russia announced a one-year ban on a range of foods from the EU and US in retaliation for sanctions over the Ukraine crisis.

Swiss guards stand in the Clementine Hall before a private audience of Malta's President, Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca with Pope Francis on September 29, 2014 at the Vatican.

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Swiss guards in the Vatican’s Clementine Hall before a private meeting between Pope Francis and Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca, president of Malta, on Monday.