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.
Lighting strikes Vatican soon after Pope announcement (VIDEO)
Mother Nature responds to Catholicism's Holy Father.
Finmeccanica boss Guiseppe Orsi arrested on corruption charges
The CEO of Italian defense group Finmeccanica, Guiseppe Orsi, is being held over allegations that he bribed government officials in India.
Raw Feed Video: Pope’s resignation greeted with suspicion
Visitors to the Vatican don’t believe the official explanation
Catholics everywhere have something to say
The world reacts to the pope's shocking announcement.
Will Vatican white smoke usher in the first black pope?
Why Africa might take the ecclesial lead.
Goodbye, Pope Benedict XVI: Some of us will miss you
After the pope's resignation was announced, thanks from the Twitter faithful mixed with a deluge of snark, puns, and vitriol directed at @pontifex.
Pope Benedict XVI to resign Feb. 28
The pope's resignation will be the first of its kind in 600 years, and already there is talk of who will take his place.
Is time up for the world’s oldest bank?
Analysts warn problems at 540-year-old Siena institution signal trouble ahead for Italy.
Fascism mounts a comeback in Italy
As Italy prepares for elections, Mussolini, the father of Fascism, is casting a long shadow.