Thousands of demonstrators take part in the Family Day rally at the Circo Massimo in central Rome on Saturday. Photograph: Andreas Solaro/AFP/Getty Images

More than 300,000 Italian Catholics gathered at the Circus Maximus in Rome on Saturday to declare their opposition to the proposed legislation of same(...)

“It’s new that weapons of war are being used”:  the recovered M52 hand grenade  which had been thrown into a migrant home in Villingen-Schwenningen, Germany. Photograph: Thomas Niedermueller/Getty Images

Migration tensions have escalated further in Germany after a hand grenade was lobbed into an asylum home in a small Black Forest town early Friday mo(...)

 Roman  statues  at Rome’s Capitoline Museum. Photograph: Filippo Monteforte/AFP/Getty Images

Italian officials keen to spare the Iranian president, Hassan Rouhani, any possible offence on his visit to Rome covered up nude statues at the city’s(...)

Iran’s president Hassan Rouhani with Pope Francis  at the end of their private audience in the Vatican on Tuesday. Photograph: Andrew Medichini/AFP/Getty Images

Iran’s president Hassan Rouhani took an important step down the road to improved relations with Western powers when he visited Pope Francis in the Vat(...)

Iranian minister of transport Abbas Akhoundi: said the first aircraft could join Iran’s ageing fleet as early as March. Photograph:  AFP/Getty Images

Iran is planning to sign a contract with European manufacturer Airbus to buy 114 aircraft in what would be the first big deal to emerge from Tehran’s (...)

Supporters of same-sex civil union kiss holding alarm clocks “to wake up Italy” on Saturday near the Pantheon in central Rome. An estimated one million people took to the streets of Italy, to signal their support for civil union legislation. Photograph: Alberto Pizzoli/AFP/Getty Images

Just one week before a civil union Bill intended to legalise unmarried heterosexual and homosexual unions comes before the Italian Senate, Pope Franci(...)

Mario Draghi: the   president of the European Central Bank dropped a clear signal that more stimulus measures would be forthcoming. Photograph: Jasper Juinen/Bloomberg

European shares took a break from slumping on Thursday. Stocks rose after European Central Bank (ECB) president Mario Draghi dropped a clear signal(...)

Old country: Trevignanesi assemble to put the world to rights, at sunset by Lake Bracciano. Photograph: Paddy Agnew

Recently I had the pleasure of watching, via a cinema link-up in Rome, Covent Garden’s current version of Cavalleria Rusticana. While enjoying its sp(...)

Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi and president of Ferrari Sergio Marchionne, hold a F1 car model at the stock exchange as the Ferrari luxury carmaker made its Milan stock market debut, in Milan, Italy, on Monday, January 4th. Photograph: Daniel Dal Zennaro/Ansa Via AP
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Image of the week: Ministerial car So is this where the profits go? Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi (left) does a decent job of looking interes(...)

A group  takes a selfie with an iPhone in front of the Colosseum in Rome: Apple has agreed to pay €318m to settle an Italian tax claim. Photograph: Filippo Monteforte/AFP/Getty Images

An agreement by Apple to pay €318 million to settle an Italian tax claim in relation to profits declared in Ireland could have EU-wide implications, (...)