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The cost so far of the outbreak, in terms of lost trees alone, is £200m, but this figure is set to rise sharply

Alien bacteria threatens southern Italy’s most prized olive groves

The cost so far of the outbreak, in terms of lost trees alone, is £200m, but this figure is set to rise sharply

The two horses, Oracle Force and Golden Storming, were quickly destroyed by vets. The riders suffered only minor injuries

Future of Italy's Tuscan palios in doubt after horses put down following race

Animal rights activists scream abuse and spectators watch in stunned silence as the injured animals are carted off to be destroyed during the race in Pistoia

Pope Francis meets Meriam Ibrahim, with her daughter Maya, in his Santa Marta residence at the Vatican yesterday

Meriam Yahia Ibrahim Ishag’s release and safe arrival is a diplomatic triumph for Italy

Meriam Yahia Ibrahim Ishag’s safe arrival in Rome, en-route to the US, is also a diplomatic triumph for Italy – a nation that strongly opposes the death penalty and one that has historic ties with the Horn of Africa.

A handout photo released by the Osservatore Romano and taken on July 24, 2014 shows Pope Francis greeting Sudanese Christian Meriam Ibrahim and her daughter Maya during a private audience at the Vatican

Pope Francis holds 'very affectionate' meeting with Sudanese apostasy woman Meriam Ibrahim after she arrives in Rome

Ms Ibrahim and her family fled Sudan for Italy only this morning

Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash: Pro-Russian rebel 'admits to shooting down plane'

A pro-Russian militiaman has said his forces shot down Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17, according to a report in an Italian newspaper.

Education Minister Stefania Giannini wants an inquiry

Outcry in Italy after teacher says she was sacked for being a lesbian

Education Minister promises inquiry into ‘discrimination’ by nuns at state-funded school

Silvio Berlusconi leaves the Fondazione Sacra Famiglia on May 9, 2014 in Milan, Italy.

Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi cleared of underage prostitution charges

Surprise verdict sees ex-Premier cleared of paying 17-year-old girl for sex

There has been criticism of Francis for failing to take a high-profile stand against the global paedophilia scandal

Pope Francis apologises to clerical sex abuse victims and asks for forgiveness

Despite his popularity, there has been criticism of Francis for failing to take a high-profile stand against the global paedophilia scandal

Oppido Mamertina mayor Domenico Giannetta, centre, wearing a sash, flanked on the left by Italian Carabinieri officer Andrea Marino during the procession in Oppido Mamertina

‘Cowardly’ priests paid Mafia boss respect in Church parade

The gesture came just two weeks after Pope Francis made a strong condemnation of organised crime

An Italian navy motor boat approaches a boat full of migrants making its way to Europe. The boat was carrying almost 600 people – but some 30 died during the journey

The deadly exodus: Italian right attacks government operation to rescue boat immigrants from North Africa

As 30 migrants are found dead in the hold of a boat in the Mediterranean, anger mounts in Italy at the perceived lack of support from other EU members to stop the record flow of immigrants from North Africa

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Ferguson: In the heartlands of America, a descent into madness

A descent into madness in America's heartlands

David Usborne arrived in Ferguson, Missouri to be greeted by a scene more redolent of Gaza and Afghanistan
BBC’s filming of raid at Sir Cliff’s home ‘may be result of corruption’

BBC faces corruption allegation over its Sir Cliff police raid coverage

Reporter’s relationship with police under scrutiny as DG is summoned by MPs to explain extensive live broadcast of swoop on singer’s home
Lauded therapist Harley Mille still in limbo as battle to stay in Britain drags on

Lauded therapist still in limbo as battle to stay in Britain drags on

Australian Harley Miller is as frustrated by court delays as she is with the idiosyncrasies of immigration law
Lewis Fry Richardson's weather forecasts changed the world. But could his predictions of war do the same?

Lewis Fry Richardson's weather forecasts changed the world...

But could his predictions of war do the same?
Kate Bush asks fans not to take photos at her London gigs: 'I want to have contact with the audience, not iPhones'

'I want to have contact with the audience, not iPhones'

Kate Bush asks fans not to take photos at her London gigs
Under-35s have rated gardening in their top five favourite leisure activities, but why?

Young at hort

Under-35s have rated gardening in their top five favourite leisure activities. But why are so many people are swapping sweaty clubs for leafy shrubs?
Tim Vine, winner of the Funniest Joke of the Fringe award: 'making a quip as funny as possible is an art'

Beyond a joke

Tim Vine, winner of the Funniest Joke of the Fringe award, has nigh-on 200 in his act. So how are they conceived?
The late Peter O'Toole shines in 'Katherine of Alexandria' despite illness

The late Peter O'Toole shines in 'Katherine of Alexandria' despite illness

Sadly though, the Lawrence of Arabia star is not around to lend his own critique
Wicken Fen in Cambridgeshire: The joy of camping in a wetland nature reserve and sleeping under the stars

A wild night out

Wicken Fen in Cambridgeshire offers a rare chance to camp in a wetland nature reserve
Comic Sans for Cancer exhibition: It’s the font that’s openly ridiculed for its jaunty style, but figures of fun have their fans

Comic Sans for Cancer exhibition

It’s the font that’s openly ridiculed for its jaunty style, but figures of fun have their fans
Besiktas vs Arsenal: Five things we learnt from the Champions League first-leg tie

Besiktas vs Arsenal

Five things we learnt from the Champions League first-leg tie
Rory McIlroy a smash hit on the US talk show circuit

Rory McIlroy a smash hit on the US talk show circuit

As the Northern Irishman prepares for the Barclays, he finds time to appear on TV in the States, where he’s now such a global superstar that he needs no introduction
Boy racer Max Verstappen stays relaxed over step up to Formula One

Boy racer Max Verstappen stays relaxed over step up to F1

The 16-year-old will become the sport’s youngest-ever driver when he makes his debut for Toro Rosso next season
Fear brings the enemies of Isis together at last

Fear brings the enemies of Isis together at last

But belated attempts to unite will be to no avail if the Sunni caliphate remains strong in Syria, says Patrick Cockburn
Charlie Gilmour: 'I wondered if I would end up killing myself in jail'

Charlie Gilmour: 'I wondered if I'd end up killing myself in jail'

Following last week's report on prison suicides, the former inmate asks how much progress we have made in the 50 years since the abolition of capital punishment