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The remains of two American balloonists missing over the Adriatic since September 29 have been found by a fishing boat, an Italian port official said today.

I have anaemia, says 'exhausted' Sneijder

Internazionale star Wesley Sneijder has been diagnosed with anaemia after passing out at halftime in Saturday's Serie A match with Brescia.

This boot was made for walking: Hiking the spur of Italy's heel

The stunning scenery of Italy's Gargano Peninsula's is no longer the preserve of pilgrims.

If Puglia is the new Tuscany, where are all the British?

The threatened invasion from our shores hasn't materialised so far. Adrian Mourby visits a new hotel that could persuade us to make the journey

Spinning in his grave? Fury at glitzy new tomb for revered saint

After months on the defensive, a scandal-ridden Catholic Church has decided to counter-attack by wheeling out two of its big guns.

Singer can take both sexes' roles

A trainee opera singer has combined a sex change with a dramatic extension in her vocal range to gain admission into one of Italy's most prestigious music schools.

Dr Muhammad Abdul Bari: Empowerment matters. Here's why

It was the American political scientist Charles Tilly who referred to ‘democracy as a lake' that should be measured by its depth and wideness. Here in the UK we have a diverse and deep society – but our democratic institutions belong to another era.

Italian hit parade: A small town in Puglia comes alive for one of the world's oldest festivals

President Obama made his way towards me, grinning insanely and waving his arms. He was dressed, leprechaun-like, in a green suit and hat, and surrounded by dancers in glitzy outfits. Hundreds of cameras flashed from the crowd tightly packed along the parade route and people cheered and clapped as the great man approached.

Petroceltic seeks partner to help develop Italy's Elsa oilfield

Petroceltic, one of the biggest companies on the Alternative Investment market, is looking to for a partner for an Italian oilfield.

Trail Of The Unexpected: Rooftop charm in Alberobello, Southern Italy

My first trullo was above Fasano. I'd just climbed 990 feet from the Puglian coastal plain with its large box-like masserias and suddenly there it was, a round whitewashed structure with a circular tiled roof topped off with what looked like a stone chess piece.

Abdel bari Atwan: Fine words, but the real test is to come

President Barack Obama's speech was impressive by any standard but I was disappointed in the fundamentals.

Album: Charles Evans, The King of All Instruments, (Hot Cup)

The instrument in question is the mighty baritone sax, which Philadelphia-born Charles Evans turns into a quartet, chamber group or bari-choir through judicious overdubbing on this intermittently amazing solo recording.

Pizza with more pizzazz: Puglia is a food-lover's paradise

When Alex James fancied learning more about Italian cuisine, he headed off to Puglia – and soon realised that he'd landed in a food-lover's paradise

Alex James: Getting a pizza the action from a master

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