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Nobel biologist Rita Levi-Montalcini dies at 103

Rita Levi-Montalcini, a biologist who conducted underground research in defiance of Fascist persecution and went on to win a Nobel Prize for helping unlock the mysteries of the cell, died in Rome at the age of 103.


Italy's Mass Protest: Tens Of Thousands Rally Against Cuts, Hikes, Reforms

Tens of thousands of Italian workers rallied in Rome on Saturday to protest pension cuts, tax hikes and labor reforms imposed by the government of Mario Monti and to demand more stable work, particularly for the young. The demonstration organized by Italy's main labor unions came a day after Monti's latest effort to stave off contagion from Europe's debt crisis. His Cabinet on Friday approved measures worth (EURO)80 billion ($100 billion) to spur economic growth, streamline the notoriously bloated public sector and lower the national debt.


Global "Day of Rage" mostly peaceful, Rome clears

The global "Day of Rage" against the world's financial system won some limited sympathy from political and economic leaders on Sunday, after protests that were peaceful everywhere but Italy.

Senh: That's how most protest should be - peaceful. Let's hope these protests will have positive effect on financial institutions and not just a blip on the map. It probably needs to be continuous and sustained in order for it to have lasting impact on the financial industry.


Rome, Madrid among 6 cities bidding for 2020 Games

Rome, Madrid among 6 cities bidding for 2020 Games

Six cities from Europe, Asia and the Middle East are competing to host the 2020 Olympics. Submitting bids to the International Olympic Committee by Friday's deadline were Rome; Madrid; Tokyo; Istanbul; Doha, Qatar; and Baku, Azerbaijan.


Irish summon Vatican diplomat over abuse cover-up

Ireland's government summoned the Vatican's ambassador Thursday for a rare face-to-face confrontation to respond to a report showing Rome secretly discouraged Irish bishops from reporting pedophile priests to police.


Vatican slams new pope John Paul sculpture

Dismayed Vatican slams giant sculpture depicting John Paul outside Rome train station.


Clinton calls on Libya's Gadhafi to 'leave power'

Ousting Moammar Gadhafi is the best way to protect Libya's civilians, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton declared Thursday as diplomats met in Rome on how to support rebels fighting the Libyan leader....


John Paul Takes Step Toward Sainthood

John Paul Takes Step Toward Sainthood

John Paul II was beatified on Sunday in a celebratory Mass that drew more than a million people to Rome.


Poles travel to Rome for John Paul beatification

Eight hundred Poles boarded a special train Friday night for a 26-hour trip across Europe, bound for Rome and the beatification of the late Pope ...


Reports: Pelosi hospitalized in Italy - USA Today

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., was hospitalized today in Rome, Italian news agencies said. CNN reports that Pelosi is resting at her hotel after undergoing tests.


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