Two Italian aid workers kidnapped in Syria: Foreign Ministry

Two Italian aid workers have been kidnapped in war-torn Syria, the Italian foreign ministry said on Wednesday.

Italy expels imam for calling for Jews to die `one by one`

Italy said Tuesday it is expelling a Moroccan imam caught on video inciting violence against Jews during Israel`s offensive against Hamas militants in Gaza.

Two killed in Italian chopper crash

A pilot and a technician were killed in an Italian city Sunday as their firefighting helicopter crashed.

24th James Bond movie to film in Rome

James Bond`s 24th movie post ` Skyfall ` might be filmed partly in Rome with a spectacular car chase, according to reports.

Italy navy rescues 2,600 boat migrants

More than 2,600 migrants were rescued by the Italian navy this weekend, authorities said on Monday, as police searched for new arrivals who landed by night on Sicily`s southern coast.

Dead grandmother took selfie from beyond the grave, claims Romanian woman

In what may seem bizarre to many, a Romanian woman, Gina Mihai, 34, has claimed that her grandmother, who died three years ago, took a selfie on her mobile phone from the other life.

WHO targets elimination of TB in over 30 countries

The World Health Organisation (WHO), along with the European Respiratory Society (ERS), Thursday presented a new framework to eliminate tuberculosis (TB) in countries with low levels of the disease.

80 more migrants drowned in latest Italy boat tragedy

Eighty more migrants are feared drowned after another shipwreck off Italy, just days after dozens of others suffocated in the hold of an overcrowded fishing boat.

75 migrants lost at sea off Italy, survivors say: UNCHR

Around 75 migrants are lost at sea according to survivors of a shipwreck off Italy who were plucked to safety by the navy, the UN`s refugee agency said Wednesday.

Pope tired but smiling amid new health concerns

Pope Francis has had a busy morning of audiences amid new health concerns following his cancellation of a planned outing.

Pope cancels Rome hospital visit at last minute

Pope Francis cancelled a visit to a Rome hospital at the last minute on Friday because of what the Vatican called a "sudden indisposition".

Italy warns against investing in Israeli settlements

Italy has advised its citizens not to invest in Israeli settlements built on occupied Palestinian land, just days after France issued the same warning, Italian media reported on Friday.

Romanian President`s brother arrested in bribery case

Police have arrested the brother of the Romanian president on suspicion of taking a bribe and using the president`s name to promise he could get a prison sentence reduced.

Morocco honoured for ``remarkable progress`` in fighting hunger and malnutrition

The UN Food and Agriculture Organization has awarded Morocco, along with China and Chile, a prize in recognition for its "remarkable progress" in fighting hunger, the Moroccan news agency MAP reported.

Body of Cardinal arrives from Rome

The body of Cardinal Duraisamy Simon Lourdusamy, who died last week in Rome, arrived at the airport here on Saturday.

Italian victims of priest sex abuse appeal to pope

Italian victims of priestly sex abuse have appealed directly to Pope Francis for justice, calling for a commission of inquiry into the problem in the Vatican`s backyard.

Italian court upholds sentence of key Berlusconi ally

Italy`s top court on Friday confirmed a seven-year sentence against a key political ally of Silvio Berlusconi accused of serving as a mediator between Italy`s former prime minister and the Sicilian Mafia.

Ex-Italian minister held over mafia links

Claudio Scajola, a former Italian economic development and interior minister, was detained Thursday on charges of helping a fugitive convicted for mafia links, prosecutors said.

Italian government wins confidence vote

Italy`s coalition government Wednesday won a confidence vote in the Senate on a labour decree which is going through parliamentary procedure to be converted into law.

Prayers being held in Rome ahead of four-pope sainthood mass

Thousands of pilgrims are holding prayers in Rome as Pope Francis and Benedict XVI prepare to confer sainthood on John Paul II and John XXIII in a historic effort to unite the Catholic Church on Sunday.