French policemen hold up French and EU flags on the facade of Farnese Palace, the French embassy in Rome. File photograph: Claudio Peri/EPA

France recalled its ambassador to Rome on Thursday, for the first time since Italy declared war on France in 1940. The move signifies a serious ruptur(...)

US citizen Amanda Knox arriving at her appeal trial for the murder of Meredith Kercher, in the court in Perugia in  2011. Photograph: Pietro Crocchioni/EPA

The European Court of Human Rights has ordered Italy to pay Amanda Knox €18,400 for police failures to provide her access to a lawyer and a translator(...)

Anonymous diplomatic sources believe Jo Song Gil has sought asylum in an “unspecified western country”. File Photograph: Barbara Walton/ EPA

A North Korean diplomat who was until recently acting ambassador to Italy has gone missing, a South Korean member of parliament said on Thursday, afte(...)

Migrants in difficulty are approached by the Aquarius. Photograph: Patrick Barr/AP

In Tripoli, the capital city of Libya, Ibrahim is saving up money so he can try the sea again. He’s 17, a gay Somali who fled his home in Mogadishu wh(...)

His bank might be the same size as PTSB, but Metro Bank’s Craig Donaldson earns more than three times as much as Jeremy Masding. Photograph: Jason Alden/Bloomberg

The chief executives of AIB and Permanent TSB are among the lowest-paid compared with their European peers, according to an analysis of remuneration a(...)

NYSE screens as beaten-down tech shares led the rebound in US stocks, while Treasuries fell as investors gained confidence from positive political developments in Europe and rising oil prices. Photograph: Jordan Sirek/Bloomberg

European shares rose as hopes grew that Italy would resolve its budget row with Brussels while investors speculated on a new round of deal making in t(...)

European Central Bank president Mario Draghi. Photograph: Francois Lenoir/Reuters

The European Central Bank still intends to cap its bond-buying by year-end and leave room for an interest-rate increase late next year, even amid moun(...)

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Asian stocks turned up on Wednesday as fresh signs of stimulus from China propped up sentiment despite Wall Street’s overnight losses, while crude oil(...)

Traders working on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.   Photograph: Michael Nagle/Bloomberg

Ireland’s Iseq share index fell below the 6,400-point level to a 22-month low on Monday as European markets sold off on a deepening stand-off between (...)

Migrants aboard the Aquarius rescue ship run by non-governmental organisations  SOS Mediterranee and Medecins Sans Frontieres. Photograph: Maud Veith/AFP/Getty Images

One in five migrants died or disappeared trying to cross the Mediterranean Sea from Libya in September, the highest proportion of deaths recorded on t(...)

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