Some of Italy's top politicians have rallied behind the country's first black minister after a spectator threw bananas at her during a speech.
The Vatican stressed that children should be raised by a father and mother after Italy's top appeals court granted a gay mother custody of her son.
Rita Levi Montalcini, joint winner of the Nobel Prize for Medicine and an Italian Senator for Life, died on Sunday at the age of 103.
Abandoned by MPs ahead of a bid to save Italy from Greece's fate, Silvio Berlusconi will step down as PM -- leaving Rome mired in political chaos.
Hooded demonstrators have clashed with police in some of the worst violence in the Italian capital, setting cars on fire and breaking shop windows.
The late pope John Paul moved a major step closer to sainthood on Sunday at a joyous ceremony that drew more than a million people.
New rules forced air travellers to pack perfume, toothpaste and other liquids into small plastic bags in their hand luggage before going through security checkpoints at Europe's airports on Monday. Queues were longer than usual at terminals in Frankfurt and Paris as passengers got to grips with the new regulations.