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Rome mayor refuses to back down over gay marriages

Rome - Rome's mayor refused Friday to back down in an increasingly heated dispute over his registering gay marriages celebrated abroad, in defiance of an order from the government to the delight of rights groups.

Mummified corpse of missing patient turns up three years later

Modena - Three years ago, a 65-year-old patient simply up and disappeared from the ward of a hospital in Modena, northern Italy. Relatives never gave up on him, and finally a mummified body, believed to be his, has been found.

Italy's president testifies at Mafia trial

Rome - Italian President Giorgio Napolitano gave evidence Tuesday at a landmark trial in which state officials are accused of making a secret deal with the Mafia in the 1990s.

Boat migrants in EU's hands as Italy weighs future of rescues

Rome - The EU will launch a patrol mission in the Mediterranean on Saturday amid warnings the number of boat migrant deaths could rise with Italy mulling pulling the plug on its own rescue mission.

Kenyan lawyer to sue Israel for killing Jesus

A Kenyan lawyer has applied to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) to sue the state of Israel, as well as some other entities, for killing Jesus.

Tropea, a real cliffhanger on your Italian vacation

Tropea - Tropea is located in Calabria in southern Italy. Offering vistas of palaces, hanging from the sheer rocky cliffs, golden sand beaches and turquoise water, this charming town has plenty to offer visitors.

Natural History Museum study: Roman gums were healthier than ours

People who lived in Roman-occupied Britain had gums and teeth that were much healthier than their descendants living in Britain today.

Lab creates coldest air in the universe

A laboratory has created the coldest cubic meter in the universe. The air was developed in Italy and was verified using instruments designed by Yale University.

Madonna makes sisterhood pledge with singing Italian nun (Video)

Sister Cristina, an Italian nun who won on Italy's version of The Voice back in May this year, is releasing Madonna's song "Like a Virgin" as the first song on her upcoming debut album. Madonna, naturally, is thrilled.

Milwaukee dancing priests become Internet sensation

Rome - We've seen and heard the Italian nun who sings with a voice like Alicia Keys, now a viral video on the internet is trending, showing two US priests dancing before an audience from the Associated Press.

Defiant Rome mayor welcomes gay marriage in the Vatican's shadow

Rome - The issue of gay marriage in Italy has been brought to the forefront by Rome's feisty mayor, Ignazio Marino, who registered 16 gay marriages that had been officiated abroad.

Italian lovemakers get stuck together in the surf

Porto San Giorgio - Most people know that dogs tend to get stuck together when doing what comes naturally, but it seems even humans can experience this rather uncomfortable phenomenon. An Italian couple actually had to be hospitalized to get them apart.

Ukraine-Russia peace hopes rise as gas deal edges closer

Milan - Ukraine and Russia both signalled progress towards settling their festering row over gas, raising hopes of an EU-backed resolution of the broader conflict embroiling the Soviet-era allies.

Putin calls on Europe to help Ukraine pay gas debts  

Milan - Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday called on Europe to help Kiev cover its gas debts with Russia following talks with his Ukrainian counterpart, Petro Poroshenko.

Kremlin dismisses EU hopes of Ukraine progress

Milan - European leaders expressed hope Friday of solving the bloody Ukraine conflict following "positive" talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin, only for the Kremlin to berate them as out of touch with reality.

Italy PM 'really positive' after Putin, Poroshenko Ukraine talks

Milan - Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi said he was "really positive" on the prospects for a solution to the Ukraine conflict after talks between Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Ukrainian counterpart Petro Poroshenko.

Vatican backs away from 'welcoming homosexuals' stance

Rome - Despite Pope Francis saying homosexuals have "gifts and qualities to offer to the Christian community" and a push by LGBT rights groups for a more accepting Catholic Church, the Vatican has backed away from its "Welcoming Homosexual Persons" stance.

Italian nurse who took selfies with dead patients accused of murder

Rome - An Italian nurse who took photographs of herself with dead patients has been accused of murdering one of them and may be behind the deaths of dozens of others, according to Italian media reports.

Putin warns Europe on gas supplies ahead of Ukraine talks

Milan - Russian President Vladimir Putin warned Europe Thursday its gas supplies could be at risk as he prepared for talks with Ukraine counterpart Petro Poroshenko at an Asia-Europe (ASEM) summit overshadowed by the crisis.

Europeans schedule unprecedented soft landing on comet

Trying to unlock part of the mystery of life on Earth, the European Space Agency revealed Wednesday where it will attempt an unprecedented soft landing on a comet.
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