At least 1,300 migrants saved off Italy at Christmas

The Italian Navy rescued some 1,300 migrants in several operations late on Christmas Day, among them a Nigerian woman who gave birth on board one of the rescue vessels, local media said Friday.

Pope wishes Rome luck on Olympic bid but jokes "I won''t be around"
Pope wishes Rome luck on Olympic bid but jokes "I won''t be around"

Pope Francis on Friday wished Rome luck for its bid to host the 2024 Olympics, which may include some events in the Vatican, but then joked that he would not be around to enjoy them.

Italian presidency race begins as Napolitano to quit within weeks

 Italian President Giorgio Napolitano has announced he will leave office within weeks, well before the expiry of his term in 2020, setting the stage for the election of a new head of state.

Tutu urges pope to rethink decision not to meet Dalai Lama

South Africa's Archbishop Desmond Tutu on Monday appealed to the Pope to reconsider his decision not to meet the Dalai Lama during his visit to Rome.

Palestinians push UN bid as Kerry begins European talks

The Palestinian leadership on Sunday said it planned to submit a resolution to the UN Security Council setting a two-year deadline for Israel to end its occupation, as US Secretary of State John Kerry launched a flurry of European meetings to revive the stalled peace process.

Kerry in Rome talks on Palestinian statehood bid

US Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Rome on Sunday for a flurry of meetings about a looming UN showdown amid a European-led drive to push moves towards Palestinian statehood.

Italian PM Matteo Renzi to announce Rome 2024 Olympic bid: Report
Italian PM Matteo Renzi to announce Rome 2024 Olympic bid: Report

Italy`s prime minister Matteo Renzi is set to announce Rome`s candidacy to host the 2024 Olympic Games, according to media reports on Sunday.

Throw books not bombs at Islamic State jihadists: Nobel winner tells US

The US-led coalition of countries involved in airstrikes against Islamic State will never bomb the jihadist group out of existence, a Nobel peace prize winner warned on Friday.

Kerry travelling to Rome Sunday to meet Israeli PM

US Secretary of State John Kerry will head to Rome on Sunday for an unexpected meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, his spokeswoman said.

Pope prays for protection of Rome amid mafia scandal

Pope Francis on Tuesday prayed for the protection of Rome from the "threat of the malign," in a public display of support for city authorities battling mafia influence.

Pope decries 'material slavery' as holidays start

Pope Francis has prayed that humanity be freed of "slavery" to material things as he visited Rome's swank shopping area near the Spanish Steps.

Pope Francis was brought up on ''donkey's milk''

The head of the Roman Catholic Church has a fondness for donkey milk, it has been revealed. 

Italian Ebola victim's condition worsens

An Italian doctor suffering from Ebola is in intensive care after his condition worsened, a spokeswoman for the hospital treating him said on Friday.

Hashish stash sinks after high sea drama for EU patrol

It`s a tale to make any self-respecting pothead weep.

Venice declares war on noisy suitcases

 Famed for the serene silence of its timeless nooks and crannies, Venice is about to get even quieter ... by banning noisy suitcases on wheels.

Italy fumes as billionaire escapes asbestos death conviction

Prime Minister Matteo Renzi vowed on Thursday to change Italy's "nightmare" statute of limitation rules after the conviction of a Swiss billionaire related to nearly 3,000 asbestos deaths was overturned.

Italy boat migrants top 2,500 in one weekend

 The Italian navy and merchant ships picked up more than 2,500 migrants from the Mediterranean over the weekend as the flow of refugees seeking to reach Europe rose again.

Malta`s maritime Good Samaritans need some charity

The way she tell its, Regina Catrambone is just a regular Italian Catholic.

Bayern Munich to face a different AS Roma: Mehdi Benatia
Bayern Munich to face a different AS Roma: Mehdi Benatia

Bayern Munich defender Mehdi Benatia said that the Bundesliga champions will face a Roma side, which will be different from the team they faced two weeks ago.

Pope hails the poor, homeless as 'unknown saints'

Pope Francis has paid tribute to what he calls the "unknown saints" those who flee war, hunger and poverty, the jobless and the homeless.