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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

Formed in 1975, some 40 murders have been linked to the group

Corsican terror group lays down arms in battle for independence from France

FLNC’s move appears to have been prompted by a recent decision by the island’s regional assembly to give people born there priority in buying property

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