U.S. stocks were headed for a mixed open Friday, a day after plunging on fears of slow global growth ahead of Moody's downgrade of several major banks.
The brother of an Italian girl missing for nearly 30 years urged the Vatican to investigate her case as several hundred demonstrators carrying pictures of her marched to St. Peter's Square on Sunday.
The body of a mob boss was exhumed from a church in the Vatican in search for clues to a missing girl.
It was once that a cassock, a simple cross and a chalice was all you needed to equip the average church, but now the world of liturgical accessories is a big business.
The King of Clay Rafael Nadal got a timely boost ahead of this week's French Open by beating world number one Novak Djokovic in the final of the Rome Masters.
Maria Sharapova beat Li Na in three sets to defend her Italian Open title in Rome on Sunday in a bizarre match played in sometimes heavy rain and amid the distraction of football fans gathering nearby.
World number one and defending champion Novak Djokovic cruised past Roger Federer in straight sets 6-2 7-6 to reach the final of the Masters 1000 event in Rome Saturday.
Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal stayed on course for another final showdown in Rome as they conjured up straights sets victories Friday to reach the last four of the Masters 1000 tournament.
Defending champions Novak Djokovic and Maria Sharapova came through second round matches at the joint ATP/WTA tournament in Rome Tuesday with straight sets victories.
The body of a mobster buried among cardinals and bishops on a Vatican property has been exhumed in an investigation into a teenage girl's disappearance.
I was in a year-abroad program in 1973, one of 240 American students attending Loyola University Rome Center. The school year was winding down. I went out to dinner with a group of friends in Trastevere. After several courses and many bottles of wine, we went to a bar and listened to a singer do jazz standards.
Ana Ivanovic won a battle of former French Open champions as she dispatched Russia's Svetlana Kuznetsova in straight sets at the WTA tournament in Rome Monday.
Romance runs rich through Italy's veins, with icons of amore to melt the hardest heart. But the most famous sight isn't always the most swoon-worthy; find the real romance of Italy with a hot date at one of these alternative picks.
You don't have to read between the lines to get a sense of how close Warren Sapp was to losing his NFL Network gig. The network's executives on Friday afternoon were blunt about it. "We decided not to fire Warren," said Mark Quenzel, senior vice president of programming and production.
In a meeting Friday with his Italian counterpart, British Foreign Secretary William Hague sought to explain why Rome had not been consulted before a failed rescue attempt that resulted in the deaths Thursday in Nigeria of two hostages -- an Italian and a Briton.
Heavy snow in recent weeks has already wreaked havoc across Europe -- now it is damaging some of the continent's most recognized historic monuments.
Europe remained gripped by frigid temperatures and snow Friday, with the icy weather closing much of the Danube River to shipping and disrupting travel across the region.
The cold snap that wreaked havoc on eastern and central Europe this week moved west on Saturday, triggering a rare snowfall in Rome and prompting Heathrow Airport to cancel some flights.
Passenger Lauren Moore describes the harrowing details of going from dining on a cruise to surviving a sinking ship.
Saying it was "shocked and alarmed" after a Chinese man and infant were killed in a botched robbery in Rome, the Chinese Embassy urged Italian authorities to protect Chinese citizens in Italy.
It sits in the ancient heart of Rome and is an emblem of the city's imperial history as well as an icon of Italy.
World markets were choppy Monday following speculation that Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi could be on the verge of resigning.
CNN's Jonathan Mann speaks to Newsweek reporter Barbie Nadeau about violence at the Occupy Rome protests.
An epic tour of the Continent is the time-tested way to see Europe -- if you've got a month or three and a pile of cash. Until you win the lotto, we'll help you hit the grandest sites on your wish list.
Gunny, a devoted Peninsula Beverly Hills guest, often visits the posh hotel, and the staff joyously greets him as he strides along the lobby's marble floor. Retiring to his room, Gunny finds a specially monogrammed towel beside his bed and sits down to a grilled New York sirloin and scrambled eggs with aged Tillamook cheddar on bone china. And when he needs styling, the hotel's Rolls Royce shuttles him to the salon.
Italians take to the streets of Rome to protest the government's austerity plans.
British heiress Petra Ecclestone weds in a three-day celebration
The din of approaching vehicles shattered the silence over San Pancrazio at daybreak. It was June 29, 1944, when retreating German SS troops stormed the remote Tuscan village nestled in the Italian countryside.
The Italian community of San Pancrazio gathers for an annual vigil, to remember the victims of a 1944 massacre.
Italy's borrowing costs soared to their highest level in over a decade amid highly volatile trading as market contagion from Greece forced Silvio Berlusconi to appeal for national unity and "sacrifices" to cut the nation's debt mountain.
When it comes to financial problems in the Eurozone, can you fairly compare Italy with Greece? CNN's Becky Anderson asks.
Rubino Romeo Salmoni, who survived Hitler's horrors in Auschwitz, was 91
World 100 meter record holder Usain Bolt made a winning return to action after a nine-month injury lay-off, beating rival Asafa Powell in Rome.
Jon Wertheim breaks down the men's and women's seeds at the French Open. Read on for the top first-round matchups, dark horses, and his predicted winners.
SI.com's Jon Wertheim breaks down the men's and women's seeds at the French Open. Read on for the top first-round matchups, dark horses and predictions.
It's nice when dreams come true, and even better when the person has dreamed big.
1. Next stop, Paris? The Novak Djokovic World Domination Tour rolled on in Rome. Djokovic kept his 2011 unbeaten streak alive, taking the title with the same formula that's served him so well lately: combine weakness-free tennis with graceful movement, clutch serving and garnish with impeccable fitness. In Sunday's he bullied the bully once again, pinning Rafael Nadal behind the baseline, running him side to side like a sadistic puppeteer and serving well when the situation called for it. And, again, this was on clay!
Novak Djokovic extended his winning run to 37 matches this year as he beat world No. 1 Rafael Nadal for the fourth successive time in the Rome Masters final on Sunday.
Maria Sharapova boosted her hopes of winning a first French Open title next month by beating last year's runner-up Samantha Stosur in the final of the Rome Masters on Sunday.
Former world No. 1 Maria Sharapova has the chance to win her first title in a year after beating current top women's tennis player Caroline Wozniacki in the semifinals of the Rome Masters on Saturday.
Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray have both reached the semifinals of the Rome Masters after coming through their last eight matches on Friday.
Two-time runner-up Roger Federer must wait another year before he can win his first Rome Masters title after suffering a shock third-round defeat on Thursday.
World No. 1 Rafael Nadal was a relieved man after avoiding a shock second successive defeat on his favored surface, while rivals Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer had no such problems at the Rome Masters on Wednesday.
A single piece of evidence can be a fluke, and even a second misfire can be misleading. But Rafael Nadal has now lost three straight matches to Novak Djokovic -- twice on hardcourts, once on clay -- and there was something about Sunday's Madrid final that spoke to absolute command.
The late Catholic leader moves one step closer to becoming a saint
Nadia Bilchik talks to T.J. Holmes about the process of beatification, and others who have been through the process.
Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe arrived in Rome for the beatification of the late Pope John Paul II, airport officials said Saturday, despite his EU-wide travel ban for alleged human rights abuses.
More than one million people are expected in Rome this weekend for the beatification of Pope John Paul II, the biggest event in Vatican City since his death six years ago.
An apparently agitated passenger attacked a flight attendant on Alitalia Flight 329 from Paris to Rome late Sunday and asked that the flight be diverted to Tripoli, Libya, the airline said.
Romans do know how to throw a party. Rome is young, fun and fast-moving, but you'll get the most out of the Eternal City if you really take time to explore and savor it.
AS Roma became the first Italian soccer club to be owned by foreign investors on Saturday when an American group completed its takeover of the Serie A side.
Claudio Ranieri has resigned as AS Roma coach following the Italian Serie A side blew a three-goal lead to lose 4-3 at Genoa on Sunday.
It's a ritual after every Roma home game. Win, draw or lose, the players head over right under the curva, where the Ultras sit.
Rome's mayor has given up hope of hosting a Formula One race in the Italian capital, and announced on Friday that he will instead focus on winning the rights to stage the summer Olympics.
A new tax on tourists to the Eternal City is causing controversy, with hotels expressing fears it could hurt their business and scare tourists away.
Italian police on Monday found an explosive package at the Greek Embassy in Rome, the second time in as many weeks that embassies there have received explosives through the mail.
Chile's embassy is hit by an attack shortly after a bomb exploded at the Swiss Embassy
An anarchist group claimed credit for a pair of mail bombings Thursday at embassies in Rome, vowing in messages that it plans more such acts to "destroy the systems of domination," the state-run ANSA news agency reports.
Tens of thousands of university students took to the streets of Rome on Wednesday, Italian media estimated, amid heavy security to protest educational reforms planned by Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi's government.
A black box with wires hanging out of it was found under a train seat Tuesday, sparking a bomb alert, Italian police said.
Victims of clerical sexual abuse planned rallies in Rome on Friday as cardinals held a day of reflection and prayer on the issue.
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After the World Championships in Rome last summer when he won a bronze medal in the 10-kilometer open water swim event, Fran Crippen talked glowingly about how the open-water event essentially revived his career.
While nations debate what to do about long-term problems such as climate change and dwindling water supplies, two words send immediate shivers down the spines of government officials across the world: Food security.
President Obama urges the U.N. to make a greater commitment to reducing global poverty.
With programs from Rome to Rabat, colleges in the United States promote studying abroad as a way to grow and learn outside of the American comfort zone.
Striking expanses of coastline aren't exactly in short supply across the Mediterranean. But for some reason, only a few marquee spots -- the Greek Isles, the Amalfi Coast, the south of France -- get all the love. Chances are, Sardinia doesn't even make the list.
Where do Romans go for a cup of gelato? A local food writer steers us beyond tourist favorites to six artisanal gelaterias churning out creative, all-natural flavors.
In a city where the recipes often predate the buildings, Rome's best meals are marvelously simple. We unearth five quintessential trattorias where the cucina romana is home-cooked, the company is homegrown and the owners are happy (enough) to have you.
Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi arrived in Italy Sunday, a year after his historic trip there to mark closer ties between the two countries. He was greeted by Italian Foreign Minister Franco Frattini.
Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi plans to travel to Italy this weekend, a year after his historic trip there to mark closer ties between the two countries.
The actress ties the knot in an 8th-century church and celebrates in a 15th century castle
The oldest known image of the apostles Andrew and John have been discovered in catacombs under the city of Rome, dating back to the 4th century AD, archaeologists announced Tuesday.
For a second day Thursday, thousands of priests from around the world are gathered in Rome for a conference to mark the end of the "Year of the Priest."
Maria Sharapova's return to the WTA circuit after injury ended with a straight sets defeat to Czech Lucie Safarova in Madrid while former world number one Justine Henin also made an early exit on Sunday.
Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez of Spain sealed her third singles title with a 7-6 (7-5) 7-5 victory over Serbia's Jelena Jankovic in the final of the Italian Open in Rome on Saturday.
Former world No. 1 Jelena Jankovic overcame current top-ranked player Serena Williams in an epic clash to reach the final of the Italian Open on Friday.
The Williams sisters remain on course for a semifinal showdown at the Italian after both had contrasting fortunes in their third-round matches in Rome on Wednesday, but world No. 2 Caroline Wozniacki crashed out.
World No. 1 Roger Federer got his European clay season up and running at the second attempt with a routine win in his opening match at the Estoril Open in Portugal on Wednesday.
I can't imagine Serena Williams merely strolling onto the grounds of the Italian Open, where she is making her return to the game this week. More likely, she sashayed in. This is a woman who knows how to make an entrance, and she'd better make an impression after taking nearly four months off.
Venus Williams brushed aside the challenge of Patty Schnyder to book her place in the third round of the Italian Open in Rome on her return to action.
1. Like clockwork: It's early May, which means they're running the Kentucky Derby, taking finals on college campuses and administering last rites for the Baltimore Orioles' season. It also means that Rafael Nadal is turning the rest of the field into Blinky, Pinky and Sue and gobbling up the clay-court titles. Yesterday it was Rome. Next it will be Madrid. Then, in all likelihood, Paris. For a player who's looked very mortal on hardcourts over the past year, Nadal is just a different animal with the granules underfoot. And who says Americans can't play on clay? In the doubles final, the Bryans won still another title, beating John Isner and Sam Querrey.
Rafael Nadal battled hard to overcome Roger Federer's conqueror and give himself a chance of a record-equaling 17th Masters 1000 tournament title in Italy.
A priest accused of child abuse denied the charges Tuesday in a high-profile trial taking place in the shadow of the Vatican.
In the empty spot at the dinner table where Stefano Poma should be sitting, a smiling father's face beams from a laptop screen.
CNN's Diana Magnay reports on the Vatican's process to defrock a California priest who molested children.
The elite of world tennis base their campaigns around the four grand slams in their battle for supremacy, but in reality their year falls into six distinct phases as they target the big-money tournaments and crucial ranking points.
Kneeling down, holding up a piece of paper just steps away from the Alamo, a man with a gun and badge drew the suspicion of three guards.
Pope Benedict XVI will visit England and Scotland from September 16-19, Queen Elizabeth II announced.
Rome and Venice are two of my favorite cities. But to enjoy these classic destinations fully, you need to be prepared for changes in 2010. Knowing about a few recent developments will make your visit smoother this year.
An Italian chef lands in hot water after serving up a recipe for cat casserole. CNN's Jim Clancy reports.
Italy's state-owned television broadcaster has dropped a popular chef for sharing a recipe with viewers to cook cat.
Alleged victims of child abuse by Catholic priests in Ireland called on the Vatican Monday to hold its own investigation into the scandal and punish those responsible.
When I first started traveling, I was delighted by refrigerator magnets, T-shirts, embroidered patches and snow globes -- all the usual gift-shop kitsch. At some point, however, it struck me as a shortcut, celebrating a destination's clichés rather than the place itself.
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