ROME/LAMPEDUSA - The sadly familiar pictures of coastguards helping exhausted people off rickety fishing boats in the port of Lampedusa have alarmed Italians.

ROME - An Italian oil tanker with 17 Indians on board was hijacked Tuesday by pirates in the Indian Ocean, authorities said.

ROME - The Vatican plans to unveil new rules intended to counter financial crimes and make its financial activities more transparent, a media report said Thursday.

ROME - A Facebook page that was being used by a group of teenaged students in Italy to bully and harass one of their classmates has been shut down by police, a media report said Saturday.

ROME - The UN Wednesday identified 22 countries facing "protracted" food crises due to a combination of natural disasters, conflict and weak institutions.
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