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Taoiseach  Enda Kenny in Rome for a show of unity with European Union. Photograph:  Tiziana Fabi/AFP/Getty Images

European Union leaders came to Rome to proclaim their unity at the place the European project began 60 years ago but a sharp disagreement about the un(...)

Bishop Pennisi concedes that the Italian Catholic Church has been, and continues to be, ‘soft’ on the Mafia. Photograph: Getty Images

An Italian bishop has stepped up the Catholic Church’s repudiation of organised crime by issuing a diocesan decree banning known mafiosi from acting e(...)

Appsolutely not fabulous: Aer Lingus’s smartphone app doesn’t like apostrophes

A couple of weeks back, Finola O’Riordan was trying to book two seats on a flight from Malaga to Dublin on the Aer Lingus app on her phone but came up(...)

Volunteers of the Red Crescent recover bodies washed ashore at the coast near Al Zawiya, Libya in February. Photograph: Libyan Red Crescent/EPA

Almost 1,300 migrants arrived in Sicily on rescue ships over the weekend after crossing the Mediterranean, while a 16-year-old boy died on one of the (...)

Lazio regional governor Nicola Zingaretti defended the terms of the gynaecologist job description issues by the San Camillo hospital in Rome. Photograph: Elisabetta A Villa/Getty Images

An Italian hospital’s insistence that applicants for two gynaecology vacancies be prepared to carry out abortions, or face dismissal, has rekindled a (...)

Migrants on board the Naval Service patrol ship LÉ Niamh.  Photograph: Irish Defence Forces

Members of the Defence Forces will be given a tax-free daily payment which it is claimed is due to those who helped save the lives of migrants in the (...)

 The Taking of Christ (cropped) by Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio, oil on canvas. Photograph: National Gallery of Ireland

In his time, Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio (1571-1610) was the most conspicuous example of a new kind of artist, one that has become familiar as a(...)

Video screen-grab bearing the logo of Islamic State group-linked Amaq News Agency shows Berlin truck attacker Anis Amri pledging allegiance to IS. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

German authorities have released a Tunisian man detained on suspicion of involvement in the truck attack on a Berlin Christmas market last week that k(...)

Refugees and migrants wait to be rescued in the Mediterranean Sea north of Libya in October 2016. Photograph: Aris Messinis/AFP/Getty Images

The number of people who have died trying to reach Europe by crossing the Mediterranean in 2016 is one-third higher than in any other year, the United(...)

Five Star Movement  founder Beppe Grillo: the group could potentially establish itself as Italy’s leading party. Photograph: Remo Casilli/Reuters

Showing the skills that have made him a leading campaigner for Italy’s anti-establishment Five Star Movement, Alessandro Di Battista channelled all t(...)

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