Vatican puts journalists on trial amid human rights furore


VATICAN CITY Five people, including two Italian reporters, went on trial in the Vatican on Tuesday, to outrage from rights groups, on charges arising from publication of books in which the Holy See was portrayed as mired in mismanagement and corruption.


Thousands attend Venice funeral for Italian woman killed in Paris 2:47pm GMT

VENICE, Italy Thousands gathered in Venice's St. Marks Square on Tuesday for a multi-faith funeral for Valeria Solesin, the 28-year-old Italian student killed by Islamist militants in Paris.


Four nations risk breaking EU budget rules in 2016 - euro zone finanace ministers warn 23 Nov 2015

BRUSSELS Euro zone finance ministers warned Italy, Spain, Austria and Lithuania on Monday against breaking EU fiscal rules with their draft budgets for 2016, endorsing an assessment last week by the EU executive.


Suspected Paris attacker Abdeslam was in Italy in August 23 Nov 2015

BARI, Italy Suspected Paris attacker Salah Abdeslam travelled through Italy in August with a companion, but his presence caused no alarm because he was not a wanted man at the time, an investigative source said on Monday.

Italy looking to sell up to 40 percent of railways group - minister 23 Nov 2015

ROME Italy is looking to sell up to 40 percent of the national railways group, Ferrovie dello Stato, as the government seeks to make large state-owned groups more efficient and raise funds to cut its public debt.


Italy launches 3.6 billion euro bank rescue with new fund 22 Nov 2015

ROME Italy on Sunday launched a new system set up by its central bank to save four small savings banks from failure before stricter rules for winding down lenders come in next year.


'Not in my name' - Italy's Muslims rally against terrorism 21 Nov 2015

ROME Italian Muslims braved pouring rain to distance themselves from Islamist militants in rallies in Rome and other cities on Saturday.

Italy art critics, politicians recriminate after $16 million paintings heist 21 Nov 2015

ROME Amid recriminations and wildly diverging theories, Italian politicians and art critics are still trying to comprehend a dramatic robbery which saw 17 paintings including several masterpieces taken from a museum in Verona this week.


Italy uncovers mafia threat to interior minister 20 Nov 2015

PALERMO, Italy Italian police arrested six members of Sicily's Cosa Nostra mafia on Friday as part of an inquiry that uncovered a threat of violence against Interior Minister Angelino Alfano.


Italian leader Renzi wins confidence vote over budget 20 Nov 2015

ROME Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi on Friday won a confidence vote in the Senate on next year's budget that scraps a hated tax on primary residences and slows deficit reduction.


Turkey downs Russian warplane near Syria border

ANKARA/MOSCOW Turkey shot down a Russian warplane near the Syrian border on Tuesday, saying the jet had violated its air space, in one of the most serious publicly acknowledged clashes between a NATO member country and Russia for half a century. | Video