Polling is underway in Italy as all eyes are on the capital, which has been without a mayor for over seven months. These elections are being viewed as a test for Prime Minister Matteo Renzi's party.
More than 600,000 people from Africa, Asia and the Middle East have arrived in Italy over the last three years. The eviction of 800 migrants from a former office block in central Rome left some sleeping on the streets.
With its high number of parks and historic villas, Rome has become a top attraction for invasive species of birds. Reporter Megan Williams provides a personal take on sharing the city with the new avian arrivals.
Citing progress in the investigation into the 2016 torture and murder of an Italian scholar, Rome is sending its ambassador back to Cairo. The foreign ministry insists pressure for justice will be maintained.
The Vatican will shut off some 100 fountains over the next few days to help Rome get through a period of severe drought. Pope Francis has been the first to use his standing to tackle environmental issues.
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