Meriam Yahia Ibrahim Ishag (3-R), from Sudan and her children, are welcomed by Italian minister for foreign affairs, Federica Mogherini (L) , Lapo Pistelli (C) and Italian prime Mmnister Matteo Renzi (R), after landing at Ciampino Airport on the outskirts of Rome. Photograph: Claudio Peri/EPA

A Sudanese woman who was spared a death sentence for converting from Islam to Christianity and then barred from leaving Sudan flew into Rome today on (...)

A Grimaldi lines ship sails in front of the cruise liner Costa Concordia during the refloat operation maneuvers at Giglio Island. Photograph:Alessandro Bianchi/Reuters

A video filmed by drones has been released showing the Costa Concordia as she sails out to sea away from Giglio island, Italy yesterday .The drones, o(...)

Ireland: Dublin18: €900,000 Sherry FitzGerald

France, Tarn Thirty-six acres of parkland, woodland and meadow come with this 19th-century maison de maitre, gite and outbuildings. The main h(...)

 Luis Suárez (left) and Iago Aspas (right) have both left Liverpool for Spain.  Photograph:  Thananuwat Srirasant/Getty Images

Iago Aspas says his former Liverpool team-mate Luis Suárez has been “treated like a murderer” by Fifa after the Uruguayan bit Italy’s Giorgio Chiellin(...)

A Grimaldi lines ship sails in front of the cruise liner Costa Concordia during the refloat operation at Giglio Island. Photograph: Alessandro Bianchi/ Reuters 1:29

From a distance, she looks like a huge patched-up travel trunk that someone has dumped in the sea. Up close, it is difficult to be sure that she is ac(...)

Tinkoff-Saxo team rider Michael Rogers of Australia celebrates after winning the 16th stage.   Jean-Paul Pelissier/Reuters

Michael Rogers won his first stage of cycling’s Tour de France as Italy’s Vincenzo Nibali retained his overall lead. Rogers won the 16th stage -- a 2(...)

German foreign minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier is seeking to escalate pressure on Russia. Photograph: Abir Sultan/EPA

Today’s meeting of EU foreign affairs ministers in Brussels may have been scheduled for months, but rarely has a gathering of the bloc’s 28 foreign po(...)

US President Barack Obama appointed a special, bipartisan commission to propose solutions to the alleged crisis, and spent much of his first term trying to negotiate a Grand Bargain on the budget with Republicans. Photograph: Bloomberg

For much of the past five years readers of political and economic news were left in little doubt that budget deficits and rising debt were the most i(...)

Facing the toughest market conditions in its 25-year history, BSkyB has opened talks with Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox to acquire Sky Deutschland and Sky Italia. Photograph: PA

BSkyB’s plan to buy Rupert Murdoch’s pay-TV assets in Italy and Germany for perhaps as much as €10 billion is a bold bet on long-term growth at the ex(...)

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(...)