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Georgio Napolitano has been President since 2006

Giorgio Napolitano resigns: Italian politics bids farewell to the President who gave Silvio Berlusconi the boot

The 89-year-old's departure poses a headache for beleaguered PM Matteo Renzi

Pope Francis baptises a newborn during a solemn mass in the Sistine Chapel at the Vatican January 11, 2015

Pope Francis tells mothers to feel free to breastfeed their children during Sistine Chapel baptism

Pontiff baptised 33 infants, saying: 'You mothers give your children milk and even now, if they cry because they are hungry, breastfeed them, don't worry'

Milan is struggling to keep out organised crime while it hosts the expo

Expo World Fair 2015: Italy's bid for a Mafia-free event already looks doomed

Milan, the host city, is struggling to keep out organised crime, lured by the scent of money

Britain is the world’s number one market for Prosecco

Prosecco on tap? Assolutamente no! Italian producers in dismay over British pubs serving their fizz like warm beer

Italian politicians call for massive EU fines 'to help the consumer'

Vanessa Marzullo and Greta Ramelli are aid workers

Al-Qaeda affiliate terror group's video raises fears for Italian hostages

A short video of the two women appeared on YouTube on Wednesday

Berlusconi with his girlfriend, Francesca Pascale; they have not been seen together publicly recently

Silvio Berlusconi's romance with 28-year-old member of his fan club reportedly hits trouble

Speculation that the former premier was ready to settle down and adopt a less prominent role in public life following a series of humiliations seem wide of the mark

Postcard from... Rome

No matter where, or on whom, investigators finally pin the blame for the Norman Atlantic ferry tragedy, we know that at least one person did the decent thing – the skipper.

Pope Francis giving the traditional “Urbi et Orbi” blessing from the balcony of St Peter’s Basilica

Postcard from... The Vatican

Just days after reading the Vatican’s spoilt and decadent bureaucrats the riot act, Pope Francis has switched his attention further afield and is turning his fire on the Catholic priests who bore – or even repel – the flock with turgid sermons.

A Carabiniere policeman shows sized weaponry in Pescara, Italy

Italian police arrest 14 people to foil far-right terror plot

Italy's PM was among a number of public figures on the group's hit list

Postcard from... Venice

Not content with pinching our sunbeds in Magaluf and seizing hold of Europe’s export market, Germans have gone a step further by making off with one of Venice’s gondolas. The teutonic miscreants took the vessel last Friday night before being nabbed near a canal in the early hours by local police.

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The secret CIA Starbucks

The coffee shop is deep inside the agency's forested Virginia compound
Revealed: How the Establishment closed ranks over fallout from Loch Ness Monster 'sighting'

How the Establishment closed ranks over fallout from Nessie 'sighting'

The Natural History Museum's chief scientist was dismissed for declaring he had found the monster
One million Britons using food banks, according to Trussell Trust

One million Britons using food banks

Huge surge in number of families dependent on emergency food aid
Excavation at Italian cafe to fix rising damp unearths 2,500 years of history in 3,000 amazing objects

2,500 years of history in 3,000 amazing objects

Excavation at Italian cafe to fix rising damp unearths trove
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The Hubble Space Telescope's amazing journey 25 years on

The space telescope was seen as a costly flop on its first release
Did Conservative peer Lord Ashcroft quit the House of Lords to become a non-dom?

Did Lord Ashcroft quit the House of Lords to become a non-dom?

A document seen by The Independent shows that a week after he resigned from the Lords he sold 350,000 shares in an American company - netting him $11.2m
Apple's ethnic emojis are being used to make racist comments on social media

Ethnic emojis used in racist comments

They were intended to promote harmony, but have achieved the opposite
Sir Kenneth Branagh interview: 'My bones are in the theatre'

Sir Kenneth Branagh: 'My bones are in the theatre'

The actor-turned-director’s new company will stage five plays from October – including works by Shakespeare and John Osborne
The sloth is now the face (and furry body) of three big advertising campaigns

The sloth is the face of three ad campaigns

Priya Elan discovers why slow and sleepy wins the race for brands in need of a new image
How to run a restaurant: As two newbies discovered, there's more to it than good food

How to run a restaurant

As two newbies discovered, there's more to it than good food
Record Store Day: Remembering an era when buying and selling discs were labours of love

Record Store Day: The vinyl countdown

For Lois Pryce, working in a record shop was a dream job - until the bean counters ruined it
Usher, Mary J Blige and Will.i.am to give free concert as part of the Global Poverty Project

Mary J Blige and Will.i.am to give free concert

The concert in Washington is part of the Global Citizen project, which aims to encourage young people to donate to charity
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Accessorise with a stylish shopper this spring: 10 best tote bags

We find carriers with room for all your essentials (and a bit more)
Paul Scholes column: I hear Manchester City are closing on Pep Guardiola for next summer – but I'd also love to see Jürgen Klopp managing in England

Paul Scholes column

I hear Manchester City are closing on Pep Guardiola for next summer – but I'd also love to see Jürgen Klopp managing in England
Jessica Ennis-Hill: 'I just want to give it my best shot'

Jessica Ennis-Hill: 'I just want to give it my best shot'

The heptathlete has gone from the toast of the nation to being a sleep-deprived mum - but she’s ready to compete again. She just doesn't know how well she'll do...