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Mogherini: Italy's young rising star

Rome - Italy's Federica Mogherini, named the European Union's new foreign policy chief on Saturday, is a member of what Prime Minister Matteo Renzi calls the up-and-coming "Erasmus generation".

Rome man begs police to take him to jail due to house arrest hell

Rome - It seems house arrest isn't quite what it's cut out to be. A 37-year-old Italian man has begged the Rome police to put him in jail, after suffering nearly three months of constant fighting with his wife while under house arrest.

EU moves towards tougher sanctions on Russia

Milan - European Union foreign ministers on Friday cleared the way for tougher sanctions against Russia over what many of them described as its invasion of neighbour Ukraine.

Sex study: Lesbians orgasm more than straight women, but not men

Research from the Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender, and Reproduction at Indiana University in Bloomington found that lesbians have more orgasms compared to straight women. Overall though, men still come first.

Rosetta comet probe team narrows landing site to five locations

The European Space Agency's Rosetta Comet mission has chosen five likely landing sites for its Philae's lander on comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. The lander is scheduled to descend down to the comet's nucleus in November.

18 migrants die in new boat accident, Italy calls for EU action

Rome - Eighteen bodies were found Sunday aboard an inflatable dinghy adrift off Italy, media reported, amid a new surge of migrants attempting to cross the Mediterranean into Europe.

Danish tourist gets hit with €600 fine for dousing ciggy on beach

Alghero - Smokers beware when visiting beautiful Sardinia in Italy. A Danish tourist at the beach recently stubbed out her cigarette in the sand and got hit with a €600 fine for her bad habit.

Two Italian Tornado fighter Jets collide over Ascoli, Italy

Ascoli - Witnesses in the hills overlooking Ascoli, Italy reported hearing a loud bang before fiery debris from two Tornado fighter jets fell into the forest below setting off brush fires across a large swath of land.

Italy urges EU to take over migrant boat rescues

Rome - Italy said Friday it wants to halt an operation to rescue boat migrants in the Mediterranean, urging the EU to take it over as the number of people crossing from north Africa surged past the 100,000 mark.

Renowned UK DNA pioneer Peter Gill adds voice to Amanda Knox case

Dr. Peter Gill has taken on the task of analyzing the disputed DNA evidence in the Meredith Kercher murder case, providing his expert opinion in his new book titled “Misleading DNA evidence: reasons for miscarriages of justice.”

Spanish Navy finds 127 Kg of cocaine on board training tall ship

Cadiz - The Spanish training ship "Juan Sebastián Elcano" is at the center of a messy controversy after authorities found on board a cargo of 127 kilos of cocaine. Three crew members were arrested and are being investigated for drug trafficking.

Fiat becomes Fiat Chrysler Autos and leaves Italy

Rome - There is no more Fiat or Chrysler just FCA or Fiat Chrysler Autos with world headquarters in Auburn Hills MIchigan USA after the Chrysler merger with Fiat. 80 per cent of Fiat board members voted for the merger on Friday ( August 1).

Book claims Malaysia MH370 downed by pilot in murder/suicide

Two writers, one a former pilot and one a chief executive officer for two airlines, are publishing a book that claims the pilot of Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370 was responsible for the tragedy. They believe Zaharie Ahmad Shah committed murder/suicide.

33,000 Foot skydive? — No problem

Kids — Don't try this at home. Not that anyone could try it at home to begin with. Jumping from a lung-sucking 33,000 feet, a pair of French skydivers made an artfully dynamic journey back to the surface of the Earth on May 31st.

Video: Prison inmates dance and get 'Happy Inside'

Enna - Prisoners in Sicily, Italy, decided to show the world that they too can smile and be happy, even if they are behind bars. You can watch them dance and generally perform to the Pharrell Williams song "Happy," and they actually do look the part!

Op-Ed: Costa Concordia captain plays 'shell game' with truth about ship

The captain of the ill-fated Costa Concordia, Francesco Schettino, continues to deny fault in the disaster that took 32 lives on Jan. 13, 2012, and his latest statement is one of his most deceptive. He's playing a shell game.

Wrecked Costa Concordia enters Italian port to be scrapped

Genoa - Ship horns blared Sunday as the wrecked Costa Concordia cruise liner limped into the Italian port of Genoa to be scrapped two and a half years after it capsized in a tragedy that claimed 32 lives.

Italy's wrecked cruise ship prepares to dock in Genoa

Genoa - The wrecked Costa Concordia cruise liner made its final approach Sunday to the Italian port of Genoa, where the mammoth carcass is being towed for scrap after its fatal capsize two and a half years ago.

Italy's Renzi runs into trouble on key reform

Rome - Italy's energetic Premier Matteo Renzi has staked his reputation at home and abroad on an ambitious reform agenda, but he may have underestimated how difficult it would be to win over unruly opposition parties.

Sudanese Christian woman spared death sentence meets Pope

Rome - A Sudanese Christian woman whose death sentence for renouncing Islam sparked a global outcry that eventually led to an acquittal, met Pope Francis after arriving in Italy en route to the United States.
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