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Amnesty International says thousands who have fled unrest in North Africa are stranded on the Italian island of Lampedusa in appalling conditions.
The display of crucifixes in Catholic schools in Italy does not breach the rights of non-Catholic families, the European Court of Human Rights says.
Amnesty International is urging authorities in Italy and the European Union to protect the human rights of thousands of Tunisians fleeing unrest in their country.
Amnesty is asking the Italy to investigate whether 68 people rescued at sea and then forcibly returned to Egypt had the chance to apply for international protection.
France and Italy are resisting pressure from human rights groups and the European Parliament over their continued mistreatment of Roma people.
The joint synod of Italy's Waldensian and Methodist Protestant churches has agreed to authorise the blessing of same-sex couples in church.
A breakaway Catholic group have for the first time ordained a woman priest. The Italian Old Catholic Church carried out the ceremony in Rome yesterday. It has taken on symbolic importance.
Amnesty International has called on the Italian authorities to halt a plan that could involve the forced eviction of thousands of Roma people from their homes.
Lithuania has come out in support of Italy in its efforts to revise a ruling of the European Court of Human Rights that recommends State schools throughout Italy to remove crucifixes from classrooms.
Amid growing concern about the victimisation of travelling people across Europe, human rights activists have condemned the forced eviction of a community of some 400 Roma people in the Italian capital, Rome.