Newlywed Clooneys show off in Venice

2014-09-28 17:29

George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin delighted crowds of onlookers as they took to the waters of Venice to show off their wedding rings for their first day as a married couple.

Pope sacks bishop accused of protecting abuser

2014-09-26 07:13

Pope Francis has dismissed a conservative Paraguayan bishop who was accused of protecting a priest suspected of sexually abusing young people in the US, the Vatican says.

Alonso's Ferrari seat: Smoke becomes fire?

2014-09-23 10:46

Ferrari's Fernando Alonso has emphasised his loyalty to the Italian team despite rumours that won't go away. Now the company's boss has added fuel to the fire...

Shipwreck survivor tells of 'mass murder'

2014-09-17 22:09

After three days adrift, drinking his own urine to survive as he watched dozens of people sink to a watery grave, Mohamed Raad started to lose his grip.

2014 Singapore GP: 'exciting and unpredictable'

2014-09-16 08:56

The upcoming 2014 Singapore GP is regarded as one of the most physically demanding grand prixs. It's also another night race and the final street circuit of the year. Watch Pirelli preview its tyre choices for the upcoming Singapore GP!

Aprilia to return to MotoGP in 2015

2014-09-15 09:22

Aprilia will return to MotoGP in 2015, a year earlier than previously announced, reports the Italian bike maker.

Misano update: Rossi fires up title bid

2014-09-14 15:07

Valentino Rossi came back into awesome form in Italy during the San Marino MotoGP to win after Honda's Marc Marques leaned a bit to far, slid off and went to the back of the field.

9 migrants rescued, many feared dead off Malta

2014-09-13 12:31

Maltese and Italian vessels are searching for more than 20 migrants feared dead after a boat carrying them sunk 480km south east of Malta.

Fury as mother bear killed in Italian Alps

2014-09-11 20:17

One of the handful of brown bears living in the Italian Alps has died after being tranquilised for capture in an operation ordered after she mauled a mushroom hunter.

UPDATE: Montezemolo to quit Ferrari

2014-09-10 12:16

Long-time Ferrari F1 boss Luca di Montezemolo has announced his departure from the team. Can't say we're surprised...

Haas reveals Ferrari F1 tie-up details

2014-09-09 09:47

Formula 1's newest outfit, Team Haas, has revealed the extent of its partnership with Ferrari ahead of the team's debut in 2016.

2 Italian nuns killed in Burundi

2014-09-08 10:51

Two elderly Italian nuns have been murdered in their convent in the capital of Burundi, with police hunting their suspected killer, government officials say.

Italian navy lands... a baby girl

2014-09-07 21:04

Italy's efforts to cope with the flow of migrants risking their lives to cross the Mediterranean in perilous conditions rarely give reason to warm the heart.

Bottas, Massa safe at Williams in 2015

2014-09-07 11:18

Williams' drivers Valtteri Bottas and Felipe Massa will race for the team again for the 2015 season in an unchanged line-up.

Mercs: All eyes on post-start Monza chicane

2014-09-07 10:21

Star Wars - Formula 1-style. Millions of eyes will be watching the start of the 2014 Italian GP at Monza to see what happens when duelling Hamilton and Rosberg hit the curves together..

McLaren to test new Honda car in 2014?

2014-09-07 09:41

McLaren could give their 2015 Honda-powered Formula 1 car its first track test in Abu Dhabi after the end of the 2014 season in November.

Offbeat A Pigeon Sat on a Branch wins Golden Lion

2014-09-06 20:32

Sweden's Roy Andersson has won the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival for the absurdist feature A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence.

Montezemola exit story flying at Monza

2014-09-06 14:25

'Policy direction' dissent is fuelling Monza reports of Luca di Montezemolo looking for the exit door to Ferrari - and Flavio Briatore is raising his shaggy head again.

Button chilled about F1 future

2014-09-05 17:22

Jenson Button has dismissed speculation about his Formula 1 future and declared himself 'massively relaxed' about the 2015 season.

Kobayashi vents over demotion at Spa

2014-09-05 12:25

Caterham's Kamui Kobayashi claims 'politics' was the reason he was dropped as a driver for the 2014 Belgian Formula 1 GP.

Nico: 'No penalty' puts onus on drivers

2014-09-05 10:55

As the F1 circus unpacks in Italy for the 2014 Monza GP drivers are asking whether the driving rules have changed given that Rosber was not penalised for colliding with Hamilton.

Massa: 'Stewards too lenient on Nico'

2014-09-05 09:57

Felipe Massa has criticised stewards at the Belgian Grand Prix should after they deemed championship leader Nico Rosberg's behaviour unworthy of a penalty for colliding with Mercedes team mate Lewis Hamilton.

Merc drivers play it cool

2014-09-05 09:14

Mercedes drivers Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton are keeping their cool after their Belgian GP crash caused much drama. But will they display the same front during the Italian GP this weekend?

Merc F1 boss: 'No more drama, please!'

2014-09-04 14:26

Mercedes drivers Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton need to put their personal issues aside for Sunday's Italian Grand Prix in order to calm down their angry Mercedes team leaders and keep Daniel Ricciardo at bay.


Syrian refugees refuse to disembark in Cyprus

2014-09-26 08:20

Almost 300 mostly Syrian refugees rescued by a cruise liner are refusing to disembark in Cyprus's southern port of Limassol, demanding instead to be taken to Italy.

Wolff: 'Nightmare radio ban must go'

2014-09-25 08:52

Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff has voiced concern about the 2015 pit/driver radio ban since Nico Rosberg's problems at the Singapore GP showed why the new rule was a bad idea.

Pope's skull cap raises over €100 000 on eBay

2014-09-19 12:56

An Italian TV show managed to coax Pope Francis into handing over his white skull cap and has already raised over €100 000 in less than 24 hours by putting it on eBay.

Shipwreck victims driven out by poverty, war

2014-09-18 18:41

Unemployed and shattered by 50 days of war in Gaza, Yasser decided to seek a better life elsewhere, boarding a boat to Europe that sank off Malta last week.

Italy admits paying ransom for some hostages

2014-09-16 23:42

Italy has admitted paying ransoms to obtain the freedom of some hostages, saying it approached negotiations on a case-by-case basis.

F1 radio ban: 'Time for drivers to drive'

2014-09-15 10:25

Ferrari said it has sought "further clarification from the FIA" on the issue of a ban on radio instructions to Formula 1 drivers during races.

Egypt arrests 157 migrants headed to Italy

2014-09-15 08:58

The Egyptian coast guard has arrested 157 migrants of different nationalities, who had been planning to sail illegally in a rickety fishing boat from Egypt to Italy, a security official said.

Marquez kicked off pole for San Marino GP

2014-09-13 17:03

Spaniard Jorge Lorenzo on Saturday (Sept 13) took Yamaha's first pole position of the 2014 MotoGP season for the San Marino GP.

Ferrari in new era without Montezemolo

2014-09-12 08:24

Ferrari will seem a little less flamboyant, the sport a little less colourfull but both will survive in the new era without former president Luca di Montezemolo.

Exit King Luca - with a R383-million handshake

2014-09-11 14:34

Departing Ferrari president, Luca di Montezemolo, secured R383-million from his team and although he is leaving Formula 1, he assured the struggling team would remain in the sport "at least until 2020."

Italy may have its first Ebola patient

2014-09-09 14:38

Italian doctors are investigating a suspected Ebola patient in central Italy, the health ministry says.

Montezemolo: 'Ferrari at end of an era'

2014-09-09 08:53

There's no doubt the Ferrari Formula 1 team is in crisis as its president Luca di Montezemolo accepts the Italian reign is at the mercy of a new era.

'Silly season' stories rock Monza paddock

2014-09-08 08:31

The Formula 1 'silly season' has taken a new turn - an alarming tweet has sent the paddock into a tailspin. Will the underdogs leave the sport in 2015...?

Nico under pressure with Lewis' Italian win

2014-09-07 18:36

Lewis Hamilton battled back from an agonisingly slow start on Sunday and slashed team mate Nico Rosberg's championship lead to 22 points.

Alonso denies McLaren talks

2014-09-07 10:43

The Formula 1 'silly season' is rife with rumours of drivers swopping teams. Ferrari's Fernando Alonso says snubs one such story about moving to McLaren.

Force India plays down team troubles

2014-09-07 09:53

Force India has played down its shocking financial news about team boss Vijay Mallya.

Montezemolo: 'I'm not going anywhere!'

2014-09-06 23:17

Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo addressed rumours about his future on Saturday by emphasising his continuing commitment to the team.

Gearbox problems for Rosberg in 3rd practice

2014-09-06 14:40

And then it was Nico Rosberg's turn for bad luck as the Formula 1 leader sat out most of Saturday's final Italian Grand Prix practice due to a gearbox problem while team mate Lewis Hamilton lapped fastest.

'Silly season' focuses on Merc drivers

2014-09-06 14:02

The Silly Season. It's the traditional (northern) summertime state of the news media and at Monza the target is the peeing contest between Hamilton and Rosberg.

Electrical bugs hit Lewis' 2nd practice

2014-09-05 17:02

Has bad luck struck Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton already? Electrical gremlins held up the driver during second practice on Friday for Sunday's 2014 Italian F1 GP.

Alonso: "I never had problem with Lewis"

2014-09-05 11:18

A diplomatic Fernando Alonso has said he never had an issue with former team mate Lewis Hamilton during their time at McLaren in 2007.

Ferrari doubts Merc can be caught by '15

2014-09-05 10:19

Ferrari might change "every part" of its Formula 1 cars for the 2015 season but even that might not be enough to catch up with Mercedes, says the team boss.

Haug: 'Merc war good for the team'

2014-09-05 09:55

Former Mercedes team boss Norbert Haug says the team should be thankful for the ongoing driver feud between Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton.

Caterham: 'Kobayashi is back for Monza'

2014-09-04 14:07

Caterham's Kamui Kobiyashi lost his seat to a rookie driver two weeks ago, now the team has confirmed he'll race during the 2014 Italian GP.

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