Italy hunting five terror suspects after FBI tip-off

With the FBI alert plastered all over Italy's front pages today, the minister appealed for calm.

One-eyed gangster in the dock as Rome's biggest mafia trial begins
One-eyed gangster in the dock as Rome's biggest mafia trial begins

Massimo Carminati stands accused of operating a network that stole millions of euros from the city of Rome.

Islamic State blows up prisoners tied to ancient pillars

Islamic State killed three captives in Syria by tying them to Roman-era columns in the ancient city of Palmyra

Vatican cricket team plays all-Muslim side in interfaith relations win

In a first for world sport, the Vatican cricket team took on an all-Muslim side from England today with the home squad clinching narrow win in the final minutes.

Pope apologises for recent Rome, Vatican scandals

Pope Francis offered a rare public apology from the Catholic Church for a series of scandals which have recently shaken the city of Rome and the Vatican.

Asylum requests soar in Italy

Requests in Italy for asylum protection have soared by 74 percent in 2015 over the similar period in 2014, Interior Minister Angelino Alfano has said.

Six Britons charged for skinny dipping in Rome

 Six British tourists have been charged with indecent exposure after jumping naked into one of Rome`s historic fountains, the media reported on Monday.

500 migrants rescued in Mediterranean: Italian coastguard

Some 500 migrants were rescued in seven operations launched over the weekend in the Mediterranean, the Italian coastguard said.

Pope leaves Rome for Cuba-US trip

Pope Francis left Rome on Saturday for Havana, where he will start his landmark trip to Cuba and the United States.

Toronto, Baku mull 2024 Games bids as deadline looms
Toronto, Baku mull 2024 Games bids as deadline looms

Toronto and Baku are still mulling over whether to join the race to host the 2024 Summer Olympic Games with the deadline for bids looming next week.

Pope Francis calls for every European parish to take in refugee family

Pope Francis on Sunday called on every Catholic parish in Europe to take in a refugee family, saying the Vatican's two parishes would lead by example.

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.