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May 11, 2015
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Raul Castro meets Pope Francis, says he might return to Catholic Church


(Pope Francis (R) meets Cuban President Raul Castro during a private audience at the Vatican May 10, 2015.  REUTERS/Gregorio Borgia)

Cuban President Raul Castro thanked Pope Francis on Sunday for brokering the thaw between Havana and Washington and said the pope so impressed him that he might return to the Catholic Church, despite being a communist.

May 10, 2015

Raul Castro meets pope before pontiff’s Cuban, U.S. trip

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Pope Francis, who helped broker a historic thaw between the United States and Cuba, held talks with Cuban President Raul Castro on Sunday ahead of the pontiff’s trip to both countries in September.

The brother of Cuba’s revolutionary leader Fidel spoke with the pope for nearly an hour – unusually long for a papal meeting – during a visit the Vatican said was strictly private and not a state visit.

May 7, 2015

Rome airport gradually reopens after terminal fire

ROME (Reuters) – Rome’s main Fiumicino airport was gradually reopening on Thursday after a fire badly damaged the main international terminal building and forced the cancellation of dozens of flights, leaving hundreds of passengers stranded.

The airport, Italy’s busiest with 39 million passengers in 2014, was shut down when the blaze started in Terminal 3 just after midnight (2200 GMT).

May 7, 2015

Rome airport closed after terminal fire, no serious injuries

ROME (Reuters) – Rome’s main Fiumicino airport was closed on Thursday after a fire badly damaged the main international terminal building but nobody was seriously hurt in the blaze, officials said.

The airport, Italy’s busiest with 39 million passengers in 2014, will remain closed until 2 p.m. (1200 GMT), they said.

May 6, 2015

Watch what you say about us, Rolex warns Italy’s prime minister

ROME, May 6 (Reuters) – Luxury watchmaker Rolex demanded an
apology on Wednesday from Italy’s prime minister and interior
minister for saying that violent demonstrators who devastated
parts of Milan last week were “rich, spoiled brats with

The company took out full-page advertisements in major
national newspapers to contest comments both politicians made
after police fired tear gas at protesters who threw stones and
petrol bombs and broke shop windows.

Apr 29, 2015

Italy’s Renzi faces string of confidence votes on electoral reform

ROME (Reuters) – Prime Minister Matteo Renzi on Wednesday faces the first of three confidence votes to ram through a fiercely contested electoral reform law that has left his party lacerated and raised the specter of early elections.

“If this does not pass, the government resigns,” Renzi said in a letter published in Wednesday’s La Stampa newspaper. “If anyone wants a premier who postpones things, I am not the right person. If they want a procrastinator, they should choose someone else.”

Apr 28, 2015

Vatican and U.N. team up on climate change against skeptics

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – The Vatican and the United Nations teamed up to warn the world of the effects of climate change on Tuesday, coming down firmly against skeptics who deny human activities help change global weather patterns.

U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon discussed climate change with the pope before opening a one-day conference of scientists and religious leaders called “The Moral Dimensions of Climate Change and Sustainable Development”.

Apr 25, 2015

Suspected Al-Qaeda militants arrested in Italy for Vatican plot

ROME (Reuters) – Italian police on Friday arrested 10 people and were looking for eight others suspected of belonging to an armed group linked to al Qaeda who had plotted attacks in Pakistan and Afghanistan and at least at one point the Vatican.

Some of the suspects, who are all Pakistanis and Afghans, were arrested in early morning raids across Italy. Police burst into the home of the group’s suspected spiritual leader, in the northern city of Bergamo, a video released by them showed.

Apr 24, 2015

Italian police stage raids on group linked to suspected Pakistan plot

ROME, April 24 (Reuters) – Italian police said on Friday
they were staging a “vast anti-terrorism” operation against an
armed organisation inspired by al Qaeda whose members were ready
to carry out attacks in Pakistan and Afghanistan.

A series of raids across the country was targetting 18
people, they said. Some had been arrested in Italy, including of
the group’s suspected spiritual leader, but others were believed
to have left the country.

Apr 24, 2015

Italy police target Pakistan attack suspects in major operation

ROME (Reuters) – Italian police said on Friday they were carrying out a “vast anti-terrorism” operation against an organization inspired by al Qaeda that wanted to support attacks against Pakistan’s government and U.S. forces in Afghanistan.

Police wiretaps had determined that two people among 18 targeted by arrest warrants were suspected of being part of a group that had protected al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, who was killed by U.S. special forces in a raid on his hideout in Abbottabad, Pakistan in 2011, a statement said.