This handout picture released by the Vatican press office (Osservatore Romano) shows Pope Francis celebrating mass in Santa Marta at the Vatican on Tuesday. Photograph: Osservatore Romano/AFP/Getty Images

Pope Francis this morning said that, as part of the celebration of the Holy Year of Mercy, he will permit priests to absolve women of the sin of abort(...)

MSF project co-ordinator  Juan Matias Gil (right)  with  rescued Palestinian  migrants Mohammed (35) and his  one-year-old daughter Azeelin, who were on a vessel carrying migrants which capsized in the Mediterranean on August 5th. Mohammed’s wife Diana also survived the sinking. Photograph: MSF 2:08

Two families plucked from the Mediterranean by the crew of the Naval Service patrol ship LÉ Niamh 10 days ago have described the intense relief at bei(...)

A student accused of being part of an international drugs trafficking operation sending £15 million worth of cannabis to Northern Ireland is to be released from custody

A student accused of being part of an international drugs trafficking operation sending £15 million worth of cannabis to Northern Ireland is to be rel(...)

Colonel of Financial Police Cosimo Di Gesù (right) and Public Prosecutor Nello Rossi, during a press conference about the arrest on Wednesday of new owner and president of Serie A club Parma, Giampietro Manenti. Photograph: Massimo Percossi/EPA

Italian police said on Wednesday they had arrested the chairman of beleaguered soccer club Parma and 21 others on charges including embezzlement and (...)

A girl holds a gun in a truck just prior to a rebel attack in July 2003 outside Monrovia in Liberia. The UN believes arms dealers used HSBC accounts. Photograph: Chris Hondros/Getty

It was a scene of incredible carnage. In July 2003, a recently re-armed rebel group, Liberians United for Reconciliation and Democracy, resumed its tw(...)

Eight people in Milan, Matera,Trapani and New York were this week arrested in connection with the attempted extortion of Matera-based businessman Luciano Marsilio.

The moral of this tale is: do not run up a debt with the Gambino family in New York because they never forget. Eight people in Milan, Matera, Trapani (...)

Massimo Carminati, a former member of the NAR neo-fascist terrorist group and of the Banda della Magliana crime gang, is arrested by Italian Carabinieri Rome as part of the “Middle Earth” operation. Photograph: Italian Carabinieri Press Office/EPA

Roman public opinion is in a state of shock following the arrest on Tuesday of 37 people, — most of them involved in the administration of the “Eterna(...)

Presiding judge Alessandro Nencini  reads the judgment of the Court of Appeals for the verdict of the Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito retrial in Florence yesterday. Photograph: Maurizio Degl’Innocenti/EPA

Italian police found Raffaele Sollecito close to the Austrian border tdoay, a day after a court upheld his murder conviction with US student Amanda (...)

Róisín Adams and her husband invested in two apartments in Calabria, Italy, in 2007. They hoped it would ensure they had the finances to send t(...)