Pope Francis to open the Vatican's finances to scrutiny
The pope will invite an independent auditor to run the ruler over the Vatican's often-murky finances.
Matteo Renzi, or Italy's JFK, accepts PM job and forms cabinet
With Europe’s third largest economy in desperate need of stimulation, the young and ambitious Matteo Renzi accepts prime minister’s job and forms his cabinet.
Highlights from Day 14 remind us why Sochi's Winter Olympics aren't about sports
Ukraine won its first gold medal, but didn't celebrate, while a skier from Lebanon finished 47th and declared it a victory.
Italy's JFK: Florence mayor Matteo Renzi asked to be new prime minister
He has vowed to act quickly to reform the constitution, the labor market, education and the tax system.
Italy's JFK is poised to take power
Matteo Renzi has a chance to remake the country’s dysfunctional political establishment, but his task is immense.
Italy Prime Minister Letta to resign on Friday, Renzi seen taking over
Letta will hand his resignation to President Giorgio Napolitano, who is widely expected to ask Democratic Party leader Matteo Renzi to form a new government.
A showdown in Italian politics between Letta and Renzi ends in a draw
After days of gathering tension and repeated criticism by Renzi of the Letta government's failure to pass significant economic reforms, expectations have risen that the prime minister will stand aside.
Italy is a mess. Matteo Renzi may be the one man who can save it
The world's ninth largest economy looks to the mayor of Florence to lead a political renaissance.
China prefers red to white wine, but Americans like it all
VINEXPO says China drinks more red wine than France or Italy because red means good fortune, and white signifies death.
Obama to visit pope during European visit to address wealth gap
It will be the first meeting between the two men, who share a focus on addressing the gap between rich and poor.
Italian politician paints his face black as he rails against immigration (VIDEO)
Gianluca Buonanno, a member of the Northern League, used a makeup pad to paint his face black during an anti-immigration rant in Italy's parliament.
This little piggy went to the Vatican, to get a blessing
The animals, including pigs, chickens, horses, cats and dogs, were at St. Peter's Square to mark the feast of St. Anthony the Abbot, the third-century holy man who is the Catholic Church's patron of animals.
Vatican cuts sainthood application cost so poorer candidates have better a chance
Sainthood applications can reportedly spiral up to a million dollars (735,000 euros).
Global porn preferences? Surprisingly patriotic, says PornHub's data blog
See the world's deleted browser history, one chart at a time.
Popemobile has room for 2: Pope Francis picks up old friend on side of road (VIDEO)
Rev. Fabian Baez calls out to Pope Francis, who offers his old friend a ride on popemobile.
Italian navy rescues over 1000 migrants from boats within 24 hours
The 823 men, women and children aboard the four vessels were from countries including Egypt, Pakistan, Iraq and Tunisia.
How Pope Francis took 2013 by storm
Analysis: Pope Francis has taken a Catholic Church in crisis and begun to remake it with his powerful brand of moral authority.
Santas take to the Grand Canal in Venice for the Christmas Regatta
Several Santas took part in the Christmas Regatta on Saturday by rowing on Venice's Grand Canal.
Angels have no wings, says Catholic 'angelologist'
Father Renzo Lavatori says angels are a 'bit like sunlight' rather than winged, cherubic children or figurines that adorn Christmas trees.
The operation to destroy Syria’s chemical weapons is an impressive act of international cooperation
More than a dozen countries, not all of them friends, are working together to make this happen.
Berlusconi says arresting him would incite revolution in Italy
Berlusconi says Italian magistrates are politically biased against him and that they staged a "coup d'etat."
It's 'Suspended Coffee Day'!
You might not know what that is, but it's awesome.
World Cup 2014 set in Brazil with your choice for 'group of death'
Group G gets early consideration for 'group of death' with Germany, Ghana, Portugal and United States.
Pope Francis forms child sex abuse committee at Vatican
The Vatican has announced that Pope Francis will create a panel of international experts at the Vatican to address the sexual abuse of children in the Catholic Church.
Italian paliament expels Silvio Berlusconi
Senate strips the former prime minister of his seat over a tax fraud conviction.
Mount Etna and Mount Sinabung erupt, spewing ash and lava into the sky
Italy's Mount Etna and Mount Sinabung in Indonesia have both erupted, spewing ash and lava into the sky while showering volcanic debris on surrounding areas.
Mount Etna erupts, again
Europe's most active and largest volcano erupts regularly, with the last major eruption occurring in 1992.
Pope Francis the sportsman praises rugby's 'loyalty, respect'
The pontiff meets IOC boss Bach, FIFA's Blatter and national rugby teams of Italy and Argentina — all in the same day.
14 unbelievably racist things European (and Canadian) politicians are saying about the Roma
Anti-Roma hate speech in Europe (and elsewhere) is nothing new. But somehow, it's always worse than you expect.
5 reasons you should stay off the Pope Francis bandwagon
Maybe we should think twice before buying into the hype.
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.