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The wreckage of the Costa Concordia

Costa Concordia to be towed from wreck site as Italian ports vie to scrap her

Engineers have said they will use a robot to monitor residual fuel in the ship’s tanks to prevent any leaks during the removal operation

Pope Francis agreed to use the Popemobile in April in Rome

Francis accepts risk of giving up Popemobile to get closer to faithful

Pope Francis, famous for his populist touch, has also demonstrated a fatalist streak in eschewing use of the bullet-proof Popemobile, designed to protect him from attacks of the type that almost killed Pope John Paul II.

Pope Francis' new financial watchdog board includes a woman for the first time

Pope Francis sacks entire board of Vatican's financial watchdog

Experts from Switzerland, Singapore, the United States and Italy to replace all-Italian group

The Moses flood barrier is designed to prevent the sort of flooding that affected St Mark’s Square in October 2008

Venice's Moses flood barrier inundated by fraud claims

Investigators say they have traced some €20m in kickbacks from contractors for the project that is designed to prevent the sort of flooding that affected St Mark’s Square in 2008

Postcard from... Carloforte

At the end of May, as shoals of mighty bluefin tuna sweep past the Isola di San Pietro off the south-west coast of Sardinia, fisherman are waiting, ready to haul the animals out of the deep as the Phoenicians did 3,000 years ago.

Pompeii faces doom (again): Can a massive EU bail-out save the ancient city from neglect, rain and Mafia meddling?

It is claimed that the writing is on the wall for the world's most celebrated archaeological site, with mismanagement and underfunding speeding its second oblivion

Mobster Antonio Iovine (centre) is now spilling the secrets of the brutal mafia group

Antonio Iovine: Mobster turned informant sends shockwaves through Naples' crime families

The decision by one of the Camorra’s most senior figures to turn informant has sent shockwaves through the Naples crime syndicate.

Berlusconi with gun in background

Silvio Berlusconi's links with Italian organised crime confirmed

Former Prime Minister’s involvement with Sicilian mafia is proven as his middle-man to Cosa Nostra arrested

The former Italian Prime Minister arrives at Sacra Famiglia hopice in Milan to start his community service

Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi begins his community service at Milan hospice

The three-time premier's four-year prison sentence for tax evasion was commuted to nine months community service, entailing just one four-hour session per week

The report condemned the Church’s “code of silence” on paedophile priests, which it said was allowing known sex offenders to continue working with children
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Despite the result, this is the end of the status quo

Boyd Tonkin on the fall-out from the Scottish referendum
Manolo Blahnik: The high priest of heels talks flats, Englishness, and why he loves Mary Beard

Manolo Blahnik: Flats, Englishness, and Mary Beard

The shoe designer who has been dubbed 'the patron saint of the stiletto'
The Beatles biographer reveals exclusive original manuscripts of some of the best pop songs ever written

Scrambled eggs and LSD

Behind The Beatles' lyrics - thanks to Hunter Davis's original manuscript copies
'Normcore' fashion: Blending in is the new standing out in latest catwalk non-trend

'Normcore': Blending in is the new standing out

Just when fashion was in grave danger of running out of trends, it only went and invented the non-trend. Rebecca Gonsalves investigates
Dance’s new leading ladies fight back: How female vocalists are now writing their own hits

New leading ladies of dance fight back

How female vocalists are now writing their own hits
Mystery of the Ground Zero wedding photo

A shot in the dark

Mystery of the wedding photo from Ground Zero
His life, the universe and everything

His life, the universe and everything

New biography sheds light on comic genius of Douglas Adams
Save us from small screen superheroes

Save us from small screen superheroes

Shows like Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D are little more than marketing tools
Reach for the skies

Reach for the skies

From pools to football pitches, rooftop living is looking up
These are the 12 best hotel spas in the UK

12 best hotel spas in the UK

Some hotels go all out on facilities; others stand out for the sheer quality of treatments
These Iranian-controlled Shia militias used to specialise in killing American soldiers. Now they are fighting Isis, backed up by US airstrikes

Widespread fear of Isis is producing strange bedfellows

Iranian-controlled Shia militias that used to kill American soldiers are now fighting Isis, helped by US airstrikes
Topshop goes part Athena poster, part last spring Prada

Topshop goes part Athena poster, part last spring Prada

Shoppers don't come to Topshop for the unique
How to make a Lego masterpiece

How to make a Lego masterpiece

Toy breaks out of the nursery and heads for the gallery
Meet the ‘Endies’ – city dwellers who are too poor to have fun

Meet the ‘Endies’ – city dwellers who are too poor to have fun

Urbanites are cursed with an acronym pointing to Employed but No Disposable Income or Savings
Paisley’s decision to make peace with IRA enemies might remind the Arabs of Sadat

Ian Paisley’s decision to make peace with his IRA enemies

His Save Ulster from Sodomy campaign would surely have been supported by many a Sunni imam