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Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson share a moment in the first Twilight film; The Vatican is being warned of “beautiful young vampires” encouraging young people to dabble with occult forces

Exorcists warn Vatican over 'beautiful young vampires' and satanic yoga

Father Cesare Truqui says that dioceses in Italy and beyond were experiencing a surge in reports of symptoms of possession

Officials have said they plan to remove seagulls’ nests from central Venice

Venice declares war on the seagulls attacking tourists and waiters

Officials have said they intend to remove the gulls' nests in the city centre

Vatican's silence draws fire over 'rejection' of gay French ambassador

With the Vatican still failing to confirm officially Laurent Stefanini's position, the press are widely reporting that his sexuality is behind his rejection

The €500 note is known as the Bin Laden: notorious but rarely sighted

Gangsters flood Italian banks with €500 notes known as 'Bin Ladens' because they are notorious, but rarely sighted

Leaked Bank of Italy figures show that last year Italian banks received as deposits one hundred times as many €500 notes as they distributed

An installation at Milan’s Museum of Culture, previewed ahead of its opening on 26 April

David Chipperfield hits the roof about his Milan museum’s floor

Mr Chipperfield said that 'the laying of stone of poor quality' at Milan's new Museum of Culture transformed the building into 'a museum of horrors'

Police seized texts dating back as far as the 15th century from the personal library of Marcello Dell’Utri

Marcello Dell'Utri: Jailed ex-senator thought to be Silvio Berlsuconi's link to the Mafia accused of looting old books on a huge scale

Investigators believe some of the texts, which date back as far as the 15th century, were stolen from church and public institutions throughout Italy

The ‘Costa Concordia’ sank in 2012 with the loss of 32 lives
Amanda Knox speaks at her parents’ home in Seattle on Friday, flanked by her fiancé, Colin Sutherland, and her mother, Edda Mellas

Amanda Knox acquitted: Meredith Kercher's family 'bitter' about Italian court's verdict

Murder victim's relatives said to be 'in shock' after Supreme Court of Cassation clears 27-year-old and her former boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito

Amanda Knox will learn today if her conviction for murdering British student Mereditch Kercher has been upheld

Amanda Knox murder conviction: Italian court overturns verdict for US student and Raffaele Sollecito in the killing of Meredith Kercher

Amanda Knox and her ex-boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito have been sensationally cleared of killing British student Meredith Kercher after a tortuous legal process that lasted more than seven years and saw five trials.

The Fattoria Casabianca vineyard, near Siena, will trace its grapes throughout every step of the wine-making process to ensure a vegan product

Chianti wines go vegan this spring to satisfy growing demand in export markets

One producer has removed all animal products from the production process - and even from label glue and packing tape

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Fifa corruption: The 161-page dossier that exposes the organisation's dark heart

The 161-page dossier that exposes Fifa's dark heart

How did a group of corrupt officials turn football’s governing body into what was, in essence, a criminal enterprise? Chris Green and David Connett reveal all
Mediterranean migrant crisis: 'If Europe thinks bombing boats will stop smuggling, it will not. We will defend ourselves,' says Tripoli PM

Exclusive interview with Tripoli PM Khalifa al-Ghweil

'If Europe thinks bombing boats will stop smuggling, it will not. We will defend ourselves'
Raymond Chandler's Los Angeles: How the author foretold the Californian water crisis

Raymond Chandler's Los Angeles

How the author foretold the Californian water crisis
Chinese artist who posted funny image of President Xi Jinping facing five years in prison as authorities crackdown on dissent in the arts

Art attack

Chinese artist who posted funny image of President Xi Jinping facing five years in prison
Marc Jacobs is putting Cher in the limelight as the face of his latest campaign

Cher is the new face of Marc Jacobs

Alexander Fury explains why designers are turning to august stars to front their lines
Parents of six-year-old who beat leukaemia plan to climb Ben Nevis for cancer charity

'I'm climbing Ben Nevis for my daughter'

Karen Attwood's young daughter Yasmin beat cancer. Now her family is about to take on a new challenge - scaling Ben Nevis to help other children
10 best wedding gift ideas

It's that time of year again... 10 best wedding gift ideas

Forget that fancy toaster, we've gone off-list to find memorable gifts that will last a lifetime
Paul Scholes column: With the Premier League over for another year, here are my end of season awards

Paul Scholes column

With the Premier League over for another year, here are my end of season awards
Heysel disaster 30th anniversary: Liverpool have seen too much tragedy to forget fateful day in Belgium

Liverpool have seen too much tragedy to forget Heysel

Thirty years ago, 39 fans waiting to watch a European Cup final died as a result of a fatal cocktail of circumstances. Ian Herbert looks at how a club dealt with this tragedy
Amir Khan vs Chris Algieri: Khan’s audition for Floyd Mayweather may turn into a no-win situation, says Frank Warren

Khan’s audition for Mayweather may turn into a no-win situation

The Bolton fighter could be damned if he dazzles and damned if he doesn’t against Algieri, the man last seen being decked six times by Pacquiao, says Frank Warren
Blundering Tony Blair quits as Middle East peace envoy – only Israel will miss him

Blundering Blair quits as Middle East peace envoy – only Israel will miss him

For Arabs – and for Britons who lost their loved ones in his shambolic war in Iraq – his appointment was an insult, says Robert Fisk
Fifa corruption arrests: All hail the Feds for riding to football's rescue

Fifa corruption arrests

All hail the Feds for riding to football's rescue, says Ian Herbert
Isis in Syria: The Kurdish enclave still resisting the tyranny of President Assad and militant fighters

The Kurdish enclave still resisting the tyranny of Assad and Isis

In Syrian Kurdish cantons along the Turkish border, the progressive aims of the 2011 uprising are being enacted despite the war. Patrick Cockburn returns to Amuda
How I survived Cambodia's Killing Fields: Acclaimed surgeon SreyRam Kuy celebrates her mother's determination to escape the US

How I survived Cambodia's Killing Fields

Acclaimed surgeon SreyRam Kuy celebrates her mother's determination to escape to the US
Stephen Mangan interview: From posh buffoon to pregnant dad, the actor has quite a range

How Stephen Mangan got his range

Posh buffoon, hapless writer, pregnant dad - Mangan is certainly a versatile actor