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Coffee, knickers and lottery dreams: Five things to know about Italy

Italy might be politically divided, with a kaleidoscopic landscape of parties jostling for supremacy in Sunday's polls, but there are some quirks that unite the nation.  Here are five facts about what Italians get up to when they aren't voting: - Fancy a coffee? - The Italian coffee cult is now a worldwide phenomenon with its own vocabulary. But there are rules: milk only in the morning in the form of a caffe latte, latte macchiato or cappuccino, and no milky coffee after a meal. The other variants include ristretto…

Five things to know about India’s Nehru-Gandhi dynasty

NEW DELHI: Rahul Gandhi, the scion of India’s Nehru-Gandhi political dynasty, was Monday named as the new leader of the main opposition Congress party, which has ruled the country for much of its independent history. Here are five key things to know about India’s most famous political family: The Nehru-Gandhi family has dominated Indian politics since independence from Britain in 1947, when Jawaharlal Nehru became the country’s first prime minister. The dynasty has produced three prime ministers and a member of the…