Pope Francis has inaugurated his papacy with an address calling for the defence of the weakest in society and of the environment.
Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina has been elected to be the new leader of the Roman Catholic Church, and would take the name Francis I.
Italy’s readiness to approve austerity measures has spurred the formation of an emergency government to take Silvio Berlusconi’s position.
Italian borrowing costs reached breaking point after Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi’s insistence on elections instead of an interim government.
Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi lost his parliamentary majority on Tuesday and his opposition are calling for his resignation.
Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi defied huge pressure to resign on Monday, desperately playing his last cards to save his crumbling government.
Rarely can a global event have generated so much advance pessimism as the World Cup, and the sceptics are now finally having to eat their words.
Spain won the World Cup for the first time when they beat Netherlands 1-0 thanks to a super strike by tireless midfielder Andres Iniesta.
Nelson Mandela briefly visited the stadium just before the World Cup final between Spain and The Netherlands on Sunday.
Germany and Spain do battle on Wednesday for the right to meet The Netherlands in the World Cup final.