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.

Vatican takes 'positive' view on Iran n-deal

 Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi on Tuesday described the agreement reached between Iran and the world powers over the country`s nuclear programme in a "positive light" and stressed the need for strong pursuance.

Pope closes South America trip urging youths to ''make a mess''
Pope closes South America trip urging youths to ''make a mess''

 Pope Francis left for Rome on Sunday at the end of a trip to South America during which he censured capitalism, championed the rights of the poor, warned of irreversible damage to the planet and urged youths to "make a mess".

Pope leaves for Rome after South America visit

Pope Francis departed Paraguay for Rome late Sunday, bringing to a close a weeklong visit where he drew attention to the poor and marginalized in some of the region`s poorest nations.

Italy not 'intimidated' by Cairo consulate attack: Minister

Italy will not be intimidated by the deadly bombing of its consulate in Cairo, Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni said on Saturday.

Vatican holds first trial of cleric accused of paedophilia

The first ever trial of a former Vatican official accused of paedophile crimes opens Saturday at the Holy See in what is viewed as belated Church efforts to battle child abusers among the clergy.

Vatican holds first trial of cleric accused of paedophilia

The first ever trial of a former Vatican official accused of paedophile crimes opens Saturday at the Holy See in what is viewed as belated Church efforts to battle child abusers among the clergy.

12 dead in Nigeria oil pipeline explosion: Italy's Eni

An accidental explosion on an oil pipeline in Nigeria operated by Italian energy giant Eni left 12 people dead and three injured, the company said in a statement on Friday.

Silvio Berlusconi sentenced to 3 years in corruption case

A court in Naples on Wednesday sentenced former Italian premier and media tycoon Silvio Berlusconi to three years in prison for bribing a senator as part of a plot to destabilise a 2006-08 centre-left government.

Pope Francis to focus on poor in South America trip

 Pope Francis left Rome on Sunday to embark on his first South American trip in two years, for an eight-day tour of Ecuador, Bolivia and Paraguay -- but not his native Argentina.

Italy PM says Europe must restart talks after Greek vote

Whatever the outcome of Greece's knife-edge referendum, Europeans must "start talking to each other again", Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi told a newspaper on Sunday.