If the mere mention of the word bagpipe causes your mind to wander off to the windswept Scottish Highlands, hang on! There's a group of passionate bagpipe campaigners on a quest to show there's more to the pipes than playing on the heath in a kilt.
Italy's youngest-ever prime minister, Matteo Renzi, likes to use English phrases to describe his political and economic reforms. His use of Italian peppered with English is enough to spark a campaign urging Italian politicians to "say it in Italian."
Egypt is striking back against ISIS for the brutal killing of 21 Egyptian Christians. Airstrikes have targeted ISIS camps and other facilities in Libya, where the Egyptian Christians were beheaded. This latest brutality shows ISIS' expanding influence beyond Iraq and Syria.
The Italian Coast Guard has rescued a freighter packed with refugees. Smugglers had pointed the vessel at the coast and abandoned ship, the third such incident in two weeks. But locals on shore have responded, even halting New Year's Eve celebrations to help out the freezing and panicked asylum seekers.