The Vatican is dense with art and history — every arch, piece of art and ceiling has a story to tell. But so do the floors, which are easy to miss. Whether paved with marble from the Coliseum or sporting mosaics from ancient villas, the floors of the Vatican have much to tell.
As US-Russia relations deteriorate, NASA is picking up the pace on finding a way to get to the International Space Station without relying on Russian rockets. Three private companies could get the nod from NASA this week. Meanwhile, ISIS is emerging as a more dangerous global threat, with evidence that it is researching weapons of mass destruction and possibly targeting the pope. We have those stories and more in today's Global Scan.
Just off the Tuscan coast is a tiny island that houses some of the country's most serious criminals. But what sets these prisoners apart is that they're also vintners, producing some of the country's best — and most expensive — white wine.
Arturo the polar bear is one depressed bear. He lives in a climate that's too warm, in a space that's too small and he's going stir crazy. Now, people are rallying to help him get to a healthier home. Meanwhile, the US is spending a million dollars on ads to convince Central Americans not to leave home for the US. That and more in today's Global Scan.
It took more than a century, but Italian police think they've solved the murder of a New York City detective who was shot in Sicily while investigating the mafia. And it all came down to bragging rights for the murderer's relative 105 years later.
Bangladesh's national soccer team isn't competing in the World Cup this year, so fans there are flying the colors of Argentina or Brazil — and that has put them afoul of the authorities. The artist behind "Calvin and Hobbes" returns, briefly. And Apple awaits a tax bill, in today's Global Scan.
Who do you root for in the upcoming World Cup? The World's soccer editor, William Troop, and Roger Bennett of the soccer podcast Men in Blazers offer suggestions on choosing a team that might be a little off the beaten path.
French President Francois Hollande won't go hungry Thursday night. He will host two separate state dinners — one for President Obama and another for Russian President Vladimir Putin. A White House chef explains the dance between food, politics and diplomacy.
Oretta Zanini de Vita and Maureen Fant have penned a new book together called "Pasta the Italian Way." The title underscores the fact that Fant takes Italian food very seriously, and strives to keep it as authentic as possible. And no dish is more sacred, Fant says, than spaghetti alla carbonara.
Italy is a fiercely anti-GMOs. It's one of a handful of countries to ban them outright. But European law is trumping them, and it has opened a window for one Italian farmer who is growing GMO corn anyway.
Sweden's successful waste-to-energy program converts household waste into energy for heating and electricity. But they've run into an unusual problem: they simply aren't generating enough trash to power the incinerators, so they've begun importing waste from European neighbors.
In northern Italy, a multi-thousand dollar piece of food can literally grow right out of the ground. These white truffles can sell for as much as $120,000 — and they're being snapped up as quickly as truffle hunters can pull them out of the ground.
Pope John Paul II was officially declared a a saint just over a week ago. He canonized more saints than any previous pope. Reporter Angelica Marin, who has a saint in her family, makes clear just what it takes to become a saint.
Silvio Berlusconi started his community service Friday. Italy's flamboyant former prime minister showed up for his first shift at a clinic for Alzheimer's patients near Milan. The billionaire tycoon will be working there a few hours a week for the next year as punishment for committing tax fraud.
A boat carrying 500 African migrants, many from Eritrea, caught fire and sank near the Italian island of Lampedusa this week. More than 300 are dead or still missing. A BBC reporter tried to make the same journey a few years ago to find out what drives people to take such a risk.
Phoenix welcomes more refugees than almost any other American city. It's also home to a great many undocumented immigrants. One group of refugee children is finding its way in a new home on the soccer field, coach by an undocumented immigrant.
The answer to today's Geo Quiz is Rome. These days, the walls of the ancient city are covered with graffiti and city officials have been fighting back. One American expatriate is also doing her part to help the effort. Megan Williams has the story.
Many Italians are unhappy that their politicians have been carted around in high-end cars, including Jaguars and Maseratis. In an effort to curb government excess, the Italian government has started to auction off its officials' fancy rides.
Nancy Greenleese reports that the leaders of Italy and Romania have forged an agreement to try to calm a storm between their two countries. Rome outraged Bucharest last week when it started deporting Romanian immigrants under an emergency decree. The deportations were sparked by a series of brutal muggings of Italians. Immigrants from Romania were linked to many of the crimes.
Today's geo quiz answer is Verona, in northeastern Italy. Anchor Lisa Mullins tells us about a village near Verona that is rumored to be a possible honeymoon destination for French President Nicolas Sarkozy.