AC Milan have announced the sacking of coach Sinisa Mihajlovic, replacing the Serbian with youth team handler Cristian Brocchi until the end of the season. Photograph: Getty Images

Sinisa Mihajlovic has been sacked as coach of Milan and replaced by the youth coach Cristian Brocchi. The Rossoneri acted after a disappointing camp(...)

One scandal involves a $250 million contract Panama signed with Finmeccanica in 2010 to supply helicopters, radars and a digital mapping system to Panama. File photograph: Getty Images

The Italian conglomerate Finmeccanica is currently the focus of two bribery scandals associated with sales deals, including a deal in Panama where a (...)

Cesare Maldini during his team as manager of Italy. Photograph: Lutz Bongarts/Bongarts/Getty Images

Former Milan defender and Italy manager Cesare Maldini has died at the age of 84, the Serie A club have announced. The Italian won four league titles(...)

An aerial view of the destruction in the city of L’Aquila, central Italy, caused by the earthquake of April 2009. Photograph: AP/Italian Forestry Police Force

It is a cold, dark night in the central Piazza del Duomo in L’Aquila. Against a ghostly background of dug-up pavements, scaffolding and cranes, the tr(...)

Supporters of Brazil’s former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva protest in front of the Federal Police office at the Congonhas airport in São Paulo on Friday. Photograph: Marcelo Machado de Melo/Reuters

Though the net has been closing in for months, there was still a palpable sense of shock when Brazil woke up on Friday morning to the news that former(...)

Supporters of same-sex civil unions demonstrate in Rome. Photograph: Filippo Monteforte/AFP/Getty Images

The cross-party government of prime minister Matteo Renzi on Thursday night enacted potentially historic legislation when the senate passed a same-se(...)

Silvio Berlusconi is still a prominent figure and leads Forza Italia. Photograph: Ettore Ferrari/ETA

Italy’s foreign ministry has summoned the US ambassador after media reports that American intelligence services tapped the telephones of former prime (...)

Italian leader Matteo Renzi: there are fears he is becoming mired in old-style, crony politics. Photograph: Alessandro Bianchi/Reuters

Two years ago, Italy’s prime minister Matteo Renzi made a dramatic entrance on to the European scene, seizing power in a cynical palace putsch. Despit(...)

US Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks to supporters at a Pearl Harbor Day rally aboard the USS Yorktown Memorial in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, on Tuesday. Photograph:  Randall Hill/Reuters

A day after Republican candidate Donald J Trump called for a ban on the entry of Muslims into the United States, much of the rest of the world looked (...)

Francesca Chaouqui and Msgr Angelo Lucio Vallejo Balda  during their trial in the Vatican: Msgr Balda said he had sex with Ms Chaouqui. She says they did not. Photograph: L’Osservatore Romano/Pool Photo via AP

In a “memorandum” published today in Rome daily La Repubblica, Spanish monsignor Lucio Angel Vallejo Balda, one of five defendants in the ongoi(...)