The cruise liner Costa Concordia’s sign is seen emerged before the refloat operation at Giglio harbour at Giglio Island  today. Photograph: Alessandro Bianchi/Reuters 1:22

The long awaited departure of the Costa Concordia from the Tuscan island of Giglio has again been delayed and is now scheduled for Wednesday. O(...)

A view of the  works to refloat the wreck of the Costa Concordia cruise ship off the coast of Giglio Island, Italy. The Concordia’s eagerly awaited departure from Giglio now seems set for Tuesday rather than tomorrow.  Photograph: Claudio Giovanni/EPA 1:22

For a man with a serious weight of responsibility sitting on his shoulders, Dutch tug captain, Hans Bosch, sounded very confident at a press conferenc(...)

The contrast between Pope Francis and the seeming privileges of some of those around him are clearly provoking a “nervous” moment in the Holy See. Photograph: Reuters

It was possibly a watershed moment in Holy See media relations. The scene was the Sala Stampa of the Holy See some 10 days ago. Australian Cardinal Ge(...)

Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi has been acquitted by the Italian appeals court. Photograph: Tiziana Fabi/AFP/Getty Images

Media tycoon Silvio Berlusconi has registered a significant victory today in his 20-year-long battle with the Italian judiciary when an Appeals Cou(...)

 Antonio Conte has departed Juventus after winning three league titles with the Turin club.  Photograph:  Valerio Pennicino/Getty Images

The decision of current Italian champions Juventus to part company with coach Antonio Conte has taken Italian football by surprise. Even if both parti(...)

1914: Members of the Serbian reserve forces, encamped near Belgrade. Photograph:  Central Press/Getty Images

The Austro-Hungarian press promotes Serbo-phobia; A Socialist paper In Vienna denounces unprecedented reprisals in Bosnia VIENNA, July 16th, 1914 – A(...)

The wreck of the Costa Concordia cruise ship is prepared to be towed away near the port of Giglio in Italy yesterday. Photograph: EPA/Claudio Giovannini

So far, so good on the island of Giglio. Although the operation to refloat the sunken cruise liner, the Costa Concordia, is far from complete and a(...)

 The wrecked ship Costa Concordia  during the refloating operations in  Isola del Giglio, Italy today. Photograph: Laura Lezza/Getty Images 1:06

You could hardly say that she was up and running but the operation to refloat the sunken cruise liner, the Costa Concordia, finally got under way at a(...)

Pope Francis leads prayers in St Peter’s Square at the Vatican yesterday. Photograph: Reuters/Tony Gentile

In a highly unusual move, senior Vatican spokesman, Fr Federico Lombardi, intervened yesterday to deny comments allegedly made by Pope Francis to R(...)

The ‘Costa Concordia’ being prepared to be towed off the coast near the port of Giglio in Italy yesterday. Photograph: EPA/Alessandro di Meo

It is all systems go, ready for lift off and keep your fingers crossed on the island of Giglio this morning when salvage experts attempt yet anothe(...)