Video of migrant ship sunken off Libya shows hundreds of bodies

A navy video of the corpse-filled interior of the sunken fishing boat that capsized last month off Libya coupled with survivor testimony make plausible fears that some 800 smuggled migrants died in the shipwreck, prosecutors in Sicily said on Friday.

Palestinians` first saints leave mark on Holy Land

In the corner of a pristine Jerusalem church, the tomb of Marie Alphonsine Ghattas looks out over just a small part of her legacy, days ahead of her canonisation in Rome.

Italian judge orders Maradona, lawyer to stand trial
Italian judge orders Maradona, lawyer to stand trial

Argentinian football legend Diego Maradona and his lawyer Angelo Pisano will go on trial in Italy next year for slandering the Equitalia tax collection agency, a judge has ruled.

Situation in Yemen 'catastrophic', warns UN food agency

The UN's food agency warned on Wednesday that the situation in Yemen was "catastrophic", as aid agencies rushed to take advantage of a temporary ceasefire to help desperate civilians.

Church-cum-mosque causes controversy at Venice Biennale

 Iceland sparked controversy on the opening day of the Biennale art fair in the Italian city of Venice Saturday by turning a disused church into a mosque.

Rome airport in chaos after fire devastates terminal

 Scores of flights were cancelled and thousands of passengers had their travel plans wrecked Thursday after a fierce fire devastated part of a terminal at Rome`s Fiumicino airport.

Rome airport gradually reopens after terminal fire

  Rome`s main Fiumicino airport was gradually reopening on Thursday after a fire badly damaged the main international terminal building and forced the cancellation of dozens of flights, leaving hundreds of passengers stranded.

Rome airport closed after fire terminal fire, no serious injuries

Rome`s main airport was closed on Thursday after a fire broke out in a baggage storage area but there were no serious injuries, officials said.

Italy again calls for EU help after more migrant deaths

 Italy on Tuesday renewed its appeal to the EU for help in managing a relentless wave of migrant arrivals, after around 40 migrants died when their inflatable boat sank off the coast.

New warnings over "heartbreaking" Mediterranean migrant crisis

More than half the nearly 6,000 migrants rescued in the Mediterranean over the weekend arrived in Italy Monday as aid workers warned of no end in sight to a "heartbreaking" crisis.

Italy to vote on radical overhaul of electoral system

Italy`s lower house of Parliament is due to take a final vote Monday on a bill to radically overhaul the electoral system aimed at ending decades of political instability.

More than 3,400 migrants rescued at sea in Mediterranean

More than 3,400 migrants were rescued at sea, mainly off Libya, as Europe seeks ways to deal with the flood of people trying to reach its shores following a series of deadly shipwrecks.

Pope meets UN chief ahead of key environmental statement

Pope Francis met UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon for informal talks Tuesday, just weeks before the Vatican issues a statement on environmental issues that could have a profound impact on the global debate on global warming.

Vatican urges action to tackle climate change
Vatican urges action to tackle climate change

After making headlines on gay marriage, contraception and abortion, Pope Francis and the Catholic Church are now gearing up to tackle another contentious issue: global warming.

Italy marks 70th anniversary of anti-Nazi uprising

Italy on Saturday celebrated the 70th anniversary of a partisan uprising against the Nazis and their Fascist allies at the end of World War II.

Italy arrests suspected bin Laden bodyguards, Peshawar bombers

Italian police said Friday they had dismantled a network of Islamist radicals they suspect of having had ties to Osama bin Laden and being behind one of Pakistan`s deadliest bomb attacks.

18th-century book stolen in Rome recovered in Argentina

An 18th-century book on the history of Saint Peter's Basilica that was stolen last year in Rome has been recovered at a bookstore in Buenos Aires, officials has said.

Italy calls hostage death `tragic and fatal error` by US

Italy on Thursday termed the death of hostage Giovanni Lo Porto a "tragic and fatal error by our US allies" but said "terrorists" were entirely to blame.

EU leaders to pledge rescue for migrants, but no fix for problem

European Union leaders will effectively reverse a cutback in rescue operations the Mediterranean on Thursday to try to prevent record numbers of people drowning as they try to flee war and poverty in the Middle East and Africa.

Italy urges EU, UN to tackle migrant crisis in Africa

Italy on Wednesday called on the European Union and UN to set up operations in African countries south of Libya to help stem the flow of migrants heading for Europe.