Italy's leaders and the Vatican are battling to close the gap between church doctrine and modern life.
As the Italian capital approaches its 2 767th birthday, excavations have revealed a wall built long before the city's official founding year.
The driver of a train wreck in Spain was responding to a phone call from the rail company when the crash took place, according to a court report.
As the country tries to form a government, the region's leaders are again sniping at each other.
Sex abuse, secularisation, the Curia – the new pontiff has his work cut out, writes John Hooper.
George Clooney and Christiano Ronaldo will testify in the trial of Italy's ex-PM Silvio Berlusconi, charged with paying for sex with an underage girl.
Members of the Italian prime minister's party have been turning against him for weeks.
The president of the European Central Bank has vigorously defended his controversial decision to buy up Italian and Spanish bonds.
The Gadaffi family could have billions of dollars of funds hidden away in secret bank accounts in Dubai, Southeast Asia and the Persian Gulf.
The prostitution trial is the most dangerous yet in Berlusconi's teflon-coated history.