Pope says that he resigned for "good of the church" in farewell address
Pope Benedict XVI gives farewell address to estimated crowd of 150,000 before he officially steps down on Feb. 28.
As pope steps down, disinformation permeates Vatican crackdown on nuns
Accused of straying from Catholic theology and put under official investigation, tens of thousands of American nuns hope the next pope will end the 'Inquisition.'
Europe back to the brink
Political deadlock in Italy reignites fears for the euro's survival.
Chatter: No one wins Italy's election
Italy is left deadlocked after a crucial parliamentary vote, a hot air balloon crash kills tourists in Egypt, world powers try to persuade Iran to wind down its nuclear program, and Robin the Boy Wonder gets it.
Italy: Election stalemate causes financial turmoil
Italy faced political gridlock after the elections, causing world markets to react negatively.
US stocks fall as polls show divided Italian Parliament
European stocks originally swung higher on the news that the Democratic Party had a large lead.
Italy elections: still too close to call
Silvio Berlusconi's conservatives appear to be gaining on Pier Luigi Bersani's center left in Italian elections that look destined for political gridlock.
Italy votes in general election
Italians fed up with austerity measures voted on Sunday in the country's most important election in a generation.
Austerity-hit Italians head to the polls in crucial election
Pier Luigi Bersani's party is expected to win narrowly but strong support for former comic Beppe Grillo could leave Italy without a clear winner.
British academic discovers a 500-year-old arrest warrant for Machiavelli
Famous author of "The Prince" met his downfall after crossing the Medici family in 1512 — a story rediscovered warrant sheds new light on.
Italy finds first case of horsemeat in lasagne
Italy has ordered the seizure of six tons of horsemeat and 2400 packages of lasagne bolognese.
Raw Feed Video: Divided and disillusioned, Italians head to the polls
Many are going to the ballot box uninspired, but hoping for a turning point instead of a dead end.
Who won the drug war? Drugs did
The world — not just Colorado and Washington — embraces a more laissez faire approach to narcotics.
John Kerry prepares for inaugural trip as secretary of state
John Kerry lays out his world vision and defends foreign spending ahead of his first tour as secretary of state.
Pope Benedict may alter conclave electoral rules
Pope Benedict may change electoral rules that govern the papal conclave, the Vatican said on Wednesday.
Is Berlusconi getting a poll bounce from tax evaders?
The notorious former Italian prime minister, who's looking to make a comeback, proposes amnesty for tax dodgers in a bid for popular appeal.
Nestle recalls beef products after horsemeat found
In a statement released Monday the Swiss-based company said that it would be replacing the products with others that are 100 percent beef.
Europe hangs on Italian elections
Will Italy reignite the euro crisis in this weekend's vote?
Documentary film shakes up Italy
Its Rome premiere canceled for being “too political,” “Girlfriend in a Coma” paints a grim picture of contemporary life.
Pope in Sunday address: Pray for me and next pope (PHOTOS)
Pope Benedict XVI delivered his penultimate Sunday address from the window of his private studio overlooking St. Peter's Square.
Vatican may hold conclave to elect the next pope early
The conclave to elect the pope's successor is not supposed to occur for 15 to 20 days after the current pope steps down.
An African pope? Don't bet on it
Vatican watchers predict Italians or Latin Americans are most likely to claim St. Peter's throne.
Berlusconi defends bribery as "necessary"
Italy's former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi claims bribes are just part of doing business.
Pope Benedict XVI approves German lawyer to head troubled Vatican bank
Outgoing pope appoints Ernst von Freyberg as head of Vatican bank, prior to his planned Feb. 28 retirement.
Retiring Pope Benedict XVI tells priests he will be "hidden to the world"
The Vatican confirmed the Pope hit his head during a trip to Mexico in 2012.
Europeans find horsemeat scandal hard to digest
As police launch a continent-wide criminal investigation, fresh revelations are uncovering a murky world of food trading behind ready-made-meals.
Can the Catholic Church outgrow the pope’s antediluvian philosophy?
Commentary: The cardinals who will chose a successor are also not attuned to the modern world.
Pope Benedict XVI leads his final mass on Ash Wednesday (VIDEO)
The Pope presided over his final mass Wednesday at St. Peter's Basilica.
Pope Benedict XVI: I'm resigning for the good of the Church
In his first speech since announcing the resignation, Pope Benedict XVI said he was resigning for the "good of the Church."
Witness to a resignation: Cardinal details Benedict XVI's surprise abdication (VIDEO)
Cardinal Arinze: We all "looked at the other -- in silence, in surprise."
Bikini photos of pregnant Kate Middleton to be published in Australian magazine
A magazine in Australia has reportedly paid $150,000 for the bikini photos of pregnant Kate Middleton on a private beach in Mustique with Prince William and her sister, Pippa.