The final death toll from Italy's devastating avalanche stands at 29 after the final bodies were pulled out of the rubble of a hotel crushed by tonnes of snow.
Fiorentina captain and Italy international Davide Astori died of a sudden illness at the age of 31, leaving Italian football in a state of shock.
Pope Francis urged governments on Saturday to get migrants and refugees out of holding centres, saying many had become "concentration camps".
A tanker truck ploughed into a lorry on a motorway near Bologna airport in northern Italy, exploding in flames and sending a huge ball of fire and black smoke into the sky.
Matteo Renzi looked almost certain to regain the leadership of Italy's ruling Democratic Party (PD), according to early results that gave him an overwhelming lead in a primary election among party supporters.
Rescuers have scoured the wreckage of Italy's bridge collapse as the death toll climbed to 39 and the government blamed the bridge's private owner, demanding resignations.
Hundreds of Juventus soccer fans watching the Champions League final in one of Turin's main squares were injured when loud bangs created a panic and mayhem.
Italian rescuers searched for survivors among towering slabs of concrete wreckage in Genoa after a bridge collapse killed 39 people and sparked a furious government reaction against the viaduct's operator.
Rome is cracking down on anyone hoping to recreate Anita Ekberg's dip in the Trevi fountain in the film "La Dolce Vita", imposing fines for bad behaviour in and around the city's watery wonders.
The new Italian government will introduce a ban on Sunday shopping in large commercial centres before the end of the year as it seeks to defend family traditions, Deputy Prime Minister Luigi Di Maio said.
Australian police said they have charged the Vatican's treasurer, Australian Cardinal George Pell, with multiple sexual assault offences.
Workers have discovered human bones at the Holy See Embassy to Italy and police are investigating the matter. Experts would check to see if the bones to the 15-year-old daughter of a Vatican employee who vanished in 1983.
Deaths have been reported in Croatia and Italy and Australian firefighters are heading north to help Canada as wildfires rage in several countries in the Northern Hemisphere.
Two families were killed in the same house in Sicily when the torrential rains and high winds lashing Italy caused a river to burst its banks, drowning the nine people inside.
An 4.0 magnitude earthquake has hit the island of Ischia, off the coast of Naples, killing at least one person and causing several buildings to collapse.
At least six people, most of them teenagers, were crushed to death in a stampede at a nightclub where a concert was being held, officials said.
Three young boys have been pulled free of rubble 16 hours after a deadly quake hit the tourist-packed Italian island off the coast of Naples.
A towering, out-of-control cruise ship has rammed into a dock and a tourist riverboat on a busy Venice canal, injuring a New Zealander.
One of Italy's most wanted mob bosses has been arrested in Uruguay after 23 years on the run from convictions for mafia association, drug trafficking and other serious crimes, the Italian Interior Ministry said.