Pope visits optician in central Rome for glasses

Pope Francis went to an optician`s in central Rome on Thursday to try on glasses, Italian media reported.

One-day record for migrant rescues in sea near Libya: 4,400

 Italy's coast guard says it coordinated the rescue of some 4,400 migrants in a single day, a record-setting number, as smugglers took advantage of ideal sea conditions off Libya to launch a fleet of overcrowded, unseaworthy boats.

Italy rescuing 3,000 migrants, 18 boats in trouble

Italy's coastguard said on Saturday it was coordinating the rescue of up to 3,000 migrants from waters off Libya after receiving SOS calls from 18 different crowded vessels.

Death toll of migrants asphyxiated on Italy boat `rises to 49`

 The number of migrants asphyxiated in the hold of an overcrowded fishing boat off the Italian coast has climbed to 49, Italian media reported Sunday.

At least 40 migrants 'suffocated' in hold of boat off Italy
At least 40 migrants 'suffocated' in hold of boat off Italy

More than 40 migrants have died in the Mediterranean, the Italian navy said Saturday, while local media said they may have suffocated below decks.

At least 40 migrants dead in Mediterranean sinking: Italian Navy

More than 40 migrants have drowned after their boat sank in the Mediterranean, the Italian navy said Saturday.

Letter bomb sent to French embassy in Rome

A probe has been launched to investigate a letter bomb sent to the French embassy in the Italian capital of Rome, a media report said on Thursday.

'Alien life' exists, we are not alone, says Vatican chief astronomer
'Alien life' exists, we are not alone, says Vatican chief astronomer

The Vatican which reinforced the belief that Earth was the center of the Universe and the sun revolved around our planet instead has now relaxed its view of mankind's place in the cosmos.

400 migrants saved from wreck off Libya, 25 bodies found

Some 400 migrants have been rescued and 25 bodies recovered after a fishing boat carrying an estimated 600 capsizedon Wednesday in the Mediterranean Sea north of Libya, an Italian Coast Guard official said.

Italy invites Iran's Rouhani for Rome visit
Italy invites Iran's Rouhani for Rome visit

Italy on Wednesday invited Iran's President Hassan Rouhani to Rome for an official visit, as its foreign minister held talks in Tehran following last month's historic nuclear accord.

Rome rules out using Vatican for 2024 Olympics bid
Rome rules out using Vatican for 2024 Olympics bid

Rome will not use the Vatican for events in its 2024 Olympic bid, a top Italian sports official said Sunday, as Toronto gave stronger hints that it will join the campaign.

Disruption continues at Rome`s disaster-hit airport

Flights in and out of Rome`s disaster-hit Fiumicino airport were seriously disrupted for a second day Thursday after a fire in a nearby pine grove threw dense smoke across the runway.

Flights resume at Rome airport after fire: Alitalia

Rome's Fiumicino airport suspended all departing flights on Wednesday after a fire broke out in a nearby pine grove, Italian airline Alitalia said on Twitter.

Pope Francis urges youngsters to marry
Pope Francis urges youngsters to marry

 Young people should not fear wedlock and Jesus protects couples who keep the faith, Pope Francis told Catholics on Tuesday.

Italian president seeks jurisdiction over marines going on trial in India

 President Sergio Matarella and Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni on Monday said Italy will continue its fight to prevent two marines going on trial in India over the killing of two fishermen.

More than 1,300 migrants brought to Sicily

 More than 1,300 migrants, mostly from sub-Saharan Africa and Syria, arrived in Sicily on Saturday, after having been picked up in the Mediterranean, the Italian coastguard said.

Seven dead in Italy fireworks factory blast: Report

Seven people were killed and several injured on Friday in an explosion at a fireworks factory in the southern port city of Bari, local media reported citing the emergency services.

Vladimir Putin wants me for economy minister: Silvio Berlusconi

Russian President Vladimir Putin wants to give Silvio Berlusconi Russian citizenship -- and the job of economy minister -- the disgraced Italian billionaire politician was quoted as saying on Thursday.

Clashes, arrests after protest against migrant centre near Rome

Two people were arrested and 15 policemen were injured on Friday when far-right activists and local residents held a protest over a new centre for asylum-seekers outside Rome.

2024 Olympic Games bidding: Rome promises a fusion of tradition and future
2024 Olympic Games bidding: Rome promises a fusion of tradition and future

Rome promised a combination of "tradition and future", all done on a cost-sustainable basis, if it wins the right to host the 2024 Olympic Games, backers of the bid said on Thursday.