21 reasons Pope Francis is everyone's Person of the Year
There's officially no room left on this bandwagon. Pope Francis is Time's Person of the Year for 2013. Here's why.
60 Seconds on Earth: Baseball for the blind
Italy’s unique take on baseball helps the blind gain confidence.
Italy busts international child kidnapping ring
Police in Italy have busted an international ring of ex-special forces accused of conspiring to kidnap children involved in custody battles.
NSA spied on the pope, cardinals during last conclave, Italian magazine says
NSA eavesdropped on millions of Italian phone calls, including those from the Vatican, Panorama magazine says.
Italy's Mount Etna erupts with red lava (VIDEO)
The eruption closed down airspace in the area briefly but no villages were evacuated.
Eritrean refugees rally in Rome after shipwreck tragedy
Protesters called for more rights for migrants in Italy and against the regime of President Issaias Afeworki, who has ruled Eritrea since independence in 1993.
Hundreds of migrants rescued in sea off Italy
Patrol boats conducted five operations and those rescued included dozens of women and children, authorities said on Friday.
Milan court bans Silvio Berlusconi from office for two years
If approved, the former prime minister will be banned from holding office in Italy for two years after his conviction for tax fraud.
Thousands join protests against Italy's new austerity cuts
The protests, which included civil servants and transport workers, disrupted traffic across the country.
Support for oil-rich Azerbaijan is critical to Western interests
Commentary: In spite of a tainted election, efforts to establish democracy must continue.
Body of Nazi criminal Erich Priebke waits at Italian airport after protests halt funeral
The body of convicted Nazi war criminal Erich Priebke is at an Italian military airport, and its final destination remains unclear.
Italy sends drones, warships to Mediterranean to watch for migrant ships
Italy has intensified its naval operations following two boat accidents that took the lives of some 400 people earlier this month.
German bishop faces grilling over lavish lifestyle
The 53-year-old bishop is under pressure to resign after using church funds to build himself a diocese headquarters with a museum, conference halls, a chapel and private apartments
Boat carrying more than 200 migrants capsizes near Italy, at least 34 dead
A migrant boat reportedly capsized between Sicily and Tunisia on Friday, leaving hundreds in the water.
The language of dumplings is universal
Who doesn't like a tiny present wrapped in dough?
Divers recover 32 more bodies from Italy refugee wreck
The death toll now stands at 143, while 155 others were rescued after their boat sank off the island of Lampedusa.
A European tragedy
Italy's Lampedusa horror spurs calls for action to help Europe's boat people.
Italian lawmakers propose Berlusconi expulsion
An Italian Senate committee on Friday proposed Silvio Berlusconi be expelled from parliament following his criminal conviction, dealing a further humiliating blow to the embattled billionaire tycoon.
Italy mourns 300 feared dead in migrant shipwreck
Emergency services on the remote island said they had recovered 111 bodies so far and rescued 155 survivors from a boat with an estimated 450 to 500 people on board.
Nearly 100 die in migrant boat disaster off Italian coast near Lampedusa
At least 93 asylum-seekers drowned and 150 were rescued after a boat carrying some 500 people caught fire and capsized near an Italian island.
Berlusconi backs away from threatening to topple Italian coalition
Berlusconi suffers blow after backing down over threat to bring down government.
Pope Francis criticizes 'leprosy' and 'Vatican-centric' attitude in Catholic Church
The pope's comments appeared in Italian newspaper La Repubblica as he began a three-day meeting with cardinals to discuss reforms.
Today in history: Hitler gets the go-ahead
75 years ago today, the Munich treaty was signed and the word 'appeasement' entered the English language.
Pope John Paul II, Pope John XXIII to be declared saints
Pope Francis said the two deceased popes would be canonized next year.
Human remains found near Costa Concordia wreck (VIDEO)
The bodies of two missing crash victims may have been found near the Costa Concordia wreck, which was recently raised upright from the sea.
Barilla pasta says no to gays in ads, sparks boycott
Chairman Guido Barilla says his family's Barilla pasta company won't use gay families in ads 'because we like traditional family," adding if gays don't like it, 'they can always eat another brand of pasta.'
Former Pope Benedict XVI denies role in child sex abuse cover-up
It is the first public comments Benedict XVI has made on the issue since resigned in February.
Costa Concordia captain blames helmsman for crash
Costa Concordia captain Francesco Schettino at his trial on Monday blamed the ship's Indonesian helmsman for last year's crash, saying he failed to follow orders.
Pope Francis slams global economic system for worshipping 'god of money'
Speaking in Cagliari, Sardina, Francis told the crowds 'we don’t want this globalized economic system which does us so much harm.'
Pope Francis: Catholic church can't 'interfere' in lives of homosexuals
Francis said in an interview released Thursday he wants to focus on social issues instead of gay marriage, abortion, and contraception.
Raising the Costa Concordia
Engineers on Monday raised the half-submerged Costa Concordia from where it has lain since coming aground off the Italian island of Giglio in January.