Sep 22, 2014

Raft sinks near Libya; 40 migrants missing

Forty migrants were missing after the raft that carried them sank around 30 miles (48.28 km) from eastern Libya, an Italian coast guard official said on Sunday. Italian authorities sent boats to the scene and 55 people have been rescued, but survivors said there ...

Emperor Augustus frescoes opened to public for first time in Rome

Sep 19, 2014

Emperor Augustus frescoes opened to public for first time in Rome

Lavishly frescoed rooms in the houses of the Roman Emperor Augustus and his wife Livia opened for the first time to the public on Thursday after years of painstaking restoration. The buildings on Rome’s Palatine hill, where the emperor lived with his family, are ...

Sep 17, 2014

Holy smoke: Vatican car seized with cocaine, cannabis

The Vatican was left red-faced Tuesday after it emerged that a car bearing its diplomatic plates had been stopped in France with 4 kilograms (8.8 pounds) of cocaine on board. The car — which also contained 200 grams (7 ounces) of cannabis — belonged ...

In the spiritual home of pizza, world chefs compete

Sep 7, 2014

In the spiritual home of pizza, world chefs compete

No place does pizza quite like Naples, and the Italian city is determined to maintain its reputation as the spiritual home of one of the world’s favorite foods. For the past week, the gritty southern port has been playing host to “Napoli Pizza Village” ...

Sep 4, 2014

Italy may begin weapons deliveries to Iraq Kurds by next week

Italy should be able to start deliveries of weapons to Kurdish forces by next week, once final arrangements with Iraqi authorities are completed, Defense Minister Roberta Pinotti told parliament on Wednesday. Along with other European countries, including Germany and France, Italy has agreed to ...

EU names Tusk, Mogherini to top jobs, readies Russian sanctions

Aug 31, 2014

EU names Tusk, Mogherini to top jobs, readies Russian sanctions

European Union leaders on Saturday chose Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk to chair the European Council and named Italian Federica Mogherini to run the bloc’s foreign relations as it prepared to threaten Russia with new sanctions over Ukraine. A summit in Brussels shared the ...

Pompeii: Dead city lives in ruins, imagination

Aug 30, 2014

Pompeii: Dead city lives in ruins, imagination

by Michelle Locke

Pompeii is the city of the long goodbye. In A.D. 62, a major earthquake toppled buildings, causing severe damage, harbinger of what was to come. Seventeen years later, in A.D. 79, Mount Vesuvius erupted, burying Pompeii in a swift and terrible destruction. Today, Pompeii ...

Aug 7, 2014

Italian professor in hot water for hosting Costa Concordia captain

A professor who invited the disgraced captain of the capsized Costa Concordia to speak at a criminology seminar has been referred to the ethics committee at Rome’s La Sapienza University, the university said on Wednesday. Professor Vincenzo Mastronardi held the seminar last month reconstructing ...