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The week after Wimbledon, Stacey Allaster was officially named the new CEO of the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour. Since then, a former No. 1 player returned and won the U.S. Open. The Tour's most marketable star blew a gasket in the U.S. Open semifinals, a meltdown that became an international cause célèbre. One Belgian was suspended for an anti-violating simply because she failed to keeps administrator advised of her whereabouts. Another Belgian, a seven-time Grand Slam champ, is returning. And the WTA's title sponsor is, by most accounts, a longshot to renew. Otherwise, it's been an uneventful 150 days.
Archeologists have made an exciting discovery in Italy; ruins at the ancient Mediterranean port of Portus. CNN's Paula Newton reports.
Under a canopy of elegant Italian pines, the foundations of a mini Roman Coliseum are at once unmistakable and exhilarating.
In a rented conference room near Emperor Hadrian's tomb, career coach Megan Fitzgerald greets two regular clients. Though all three are American expatriates, there's a good deal of Mediterranean-style cheek kissing. Then it's down to business on this bright February morning. Physician and first-time author Brian Rothbart, 65, and his wife, Linda Penzabene, 55, are unhappy about the dust jacket of their book, Forever Free From Chronic Pain. The colors are too dark, they fret.
Five things we learned from the world championships in Rome.
Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi arrived in Rome Wednesday for a historic -- and controversial -- first visit to the capital of Italy, Libya's former colonial master.
Tom Hanks dashes through a graceful Roman piazza, past an ancient Egyptian obelisk surrounded by fountains of water-spouting lions, his eyes focused on a church tucked into the corner of the square.
The world's richest countries committed to "any further action that may prove necessary" to restore confidence in the global financial system, their finance ministers said as they wrapped up a two-day meeting in Rome.
Travelers to Italy need to be smart to avoid needless lines and expenses while enjoying its ever-popular treasures. Major sights in Rome, Florence, Venice and Milan are evolving for 2009.
The Italian capital Rome was spared major damage Saturday as some of the heaviest flooding in the past century reached its peak without bursting the banks of the Tiber river.
Officials in Rome are taking precautions for possible flooding due to heavy rain. CNN's Alessio Vinci reports.
Officials monitoring the River Tiber in Rome fear it could break its banks as early as Friday evening after a spate of bad weather in Italy -- but do not expect major flooding.
A case of alleged public lewdness near Rome's most famous landmark fuels a brewing battle between gay activists and a new conservative city government
City officials and Italian Red Cross workers began a census of Rome's Gypsy population but said Friday that they will not participate in a national push to fingerprint all Gypsies
The latest fracture over female bishops in the Church of England could get Rome involved
A deer with a single horn in the center of its head -- much like the fabled, mythical unicorn -- has been spotted in a nature preserve in Italy
World food production must rise by 50% by 2030 to meet increasing demand, UN chief Ban Ki-moon told world leaders
Pope Benedict's visit may have pulled the plug on a movement that helped define the faith here for almost a half-century
Gianni Alemanno's surprising victory over Francesco Rutelli brings about the first rightist mayor since World War II
Sitting on the top row of the ancient arena, I scan the ruins of Ostia, letting my imagination take me back 2,000 years to the days when this was ancient Rome's seaport, a thriving commercial center of 60,000 people. I marvel also at how few visitors make the simple commuter train trip from downtown Rome to what I consider the most underappreciated sight in all of Italy.
Scoring bargain accommodations in Rome can be as tricky as deciphering ancient ruins. But you're in luck: We've done the homework and unearthed nine charming, affordable hotels.
When Anna Elisa Fattori arrives at work the first thing she does is to take off her clothes. All of them. For Fattori is a professional nude model working at Rome's art academy.
Italy's art models are asking for better pay and better working conditions. CNN's Alessio Vinci reports.
Because no one knows a city as well as the locals do, Budget Travel magazine asked a trio of insiders to give their opinions of three recent guidebooks about Rome.
Bella Italia, my favorite country in Europe, is a wonderful work in progress. Here's a look at what to expect in 2008.
Italian soccer is once again in the dock. In the wake of the gas-station shooting of 26-year-old Lazio fan Gabriele Sandri last month, some grim considerations have returned to haunt Italian soccer and, arguably, Italian society at large.
CNN's Ralitsa Vassileva speaks with Time Magazine's Jeff Israely about the riots in Rome, Italy.
The accidental death of a supporter on Sunday yet again brings the ugly side of the beautiful game into focus
Nicholas Negroponte is traveling the world trying to make low-cost computers available for poor children. And he won't stop until it happens
If the Pope exerts such authority, why is the Holy See impervious to predatory priest lawsuits?
It's grown-up time.
Throughout Italy, early evening is a time to stroll. As I walk through the streets of the Eternal City with my Roman friends, they explain the ritual of this promenade: While elsewhere in Italy it's called the passeggiata, in Rome it's a cruder, big-city version called the struscio (which means "rub").
This month on Quest... the architects! In the words of the great architect Sir Christopher Wren, "architecture aims at eternity". With this in mind, host Richard Quest tracks down some of the gifted designers who shape our world and visualize the future. It's a Quest to Build!
No domestic league hypes itself worldwide as much as the English Premiership. With its well-packaged, slick marketing and incessant self-reference, it has tried to push the idea that it's the best league in the world for more than a decade.
In these jittery times, when traveling might seem to come down to a wing and a prayer, a few prayers as perks with bed and breakfast can be a welcome extra.
Grandmaster Flash breathed a sigh of relief after being recognized for his turntable expertise, and T.I. finally believes the South has gotten some respect.
Two subway trains collided at the end of morning rush hour in central Rome on Tuesday, killing one person and injuring at least 60 others, authorities said.
From imperial capital to religious crucible, Rome has worn many outfits, but none more fitting than the irrepressible cool captured in Fellini's classic move La Dolce Vita. The image of stylish youth cavorting against a backdrop of classical buildings, brooding with history, continues to resonate today. Despite retaining global importance as home of the Pope, Rome's impact on the political and cultural face of Europe has waned. The city has also suffered under the blights of the modern age, with traffic snarling its narrow streets and pollution weathering its architectural heritage. Nevertheless, hundreds of thousands of visitors continue to flock to Rome to gaze into the past and, as the warm Italian sun sinks over the piazzas, simply enjoy the moment.
France, Italy, Turkey and Norway show a willingness to join an international peacekeeping force for Lebanon, according to diplomatic sources familiar with discussions at Wednesday's emergency Mideast summit in Rome.
Leaders and representatives of countries around the world are meeting in Rome to discuss how to bring an end to the conflict in Lebanon and ease the humanitarian crisis. Pressure is on to achieve a swift cease-fire, but disagreements are expected as the U.S. pushes for a longer term solution to conflict in the Middle East.
Vacationing in Italy this past winter was in high demand thanks to the Olympics in Turin. But now that the games are over and before the summer crowds descend, bargains abound.
The first great multinational corporation was Rome. Others may claim that title, but they would be wrong.
The Scene spent the day in Rome with actress Maria Grazia Cucinotta. Do you have a favorite hangout in the Italian capital? What's your favorite Maria Grazia Cucinotta film? Send us your suggestions and read your comments below.
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The Scene talks to Italian actress Maria Grazia Cucinotta about falling in love with the Italian capital.
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Two commuter trains have collided south of Rome, injuring as many as 50 people, according to officials.
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Mobile phone users or iPod addicts could soon be spared the hassle of having to recharge batteries by a backpack that converts energy from walking into electricity.
An earthquake near the Italian coast has shaken parts of the country including the capital.
Pope Benedict XVI was formally installed at a Mass Sunday outside St. Peter's Basilica in front of an audience of hundreds of thousands and millions of others watching on television.
Pope Benedict XVI, formerly Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, will officially take the helm of the Roman Catholic Church on Sunday before a crowd filled with dignitaries, members of his flock and a worldwide television audience of millions.
Patience is hardly the signal virtue of our age.
Mourning pilgrims have packed into churches in Rome to remember Pope John Paul II in services presided over by cardinals, who praised the late pontiff for touching hearts around the world.
The peaceful grounds of the Collegio Urbano, Rome's Propaganda Fide, on the edge of the Vatican overlooking St. Peter's Square have been transformed this week.
For anyone who has ever visited Rome and witnessed first-hand the normal state of chaos that is synonymous with the capital, the orderliness and calm that fell on Rome following the death of Pope John Paul II and leading up to his funeral could hardly be believed.
In the dead of the night, pilgrims wait on a line in Rome that seems to have no end.
Mourners by the thousands wound through the streets of Rome with the hope of seeing Pope John Paul II's body Wednesday, and late at night the Vatican prohibited any more people from joining the line.
Unprecedented numbers of Poles are overwhelming their country's transport system as they attempt to make it to the Vatican to pay their respects to Pope John Paul II.
Pope John Paul II edged closer to death Saturday morning -- his breathing shallow and his heart and kidneys failing -- as the world awaited the conclusion of his medical crisis.
ROME (Reuters) - Excessive text messaging may be bad for you, or at least for your fingers.
Controversy continues to surround reports that the Italian government paid a ransom to free two female aid workers held hostage in Iraq for three weeks.
If anyone could get you a sweet deal on a vacation to Rome, you'd think it would be New Jersey-based Perillo Tours. After all, the company's website says it "pioneered the concept of the package to...
Italian officials said Thursday they have increased security at Rome's civilian airport -- Leonardo Da Vinci -- because of the large influx of people during the summer holiday season.
With long, logy days in the offing, summer is the perfect time to get into a good book. These works need not be full of empty, mindless calories or be paperweight-dull -- nor do they have to be expensive, given the many excellent works just out in paperback.
The families of three Italians held hostage in Iraq have led a march in Rome after the abductors threatened to kill the captives unless Italians protested against the war.
Health experts are meeting in Rome for an emergency bird flu summit as deaths from the disease mount in Asia and fears rise the illness may have reached Europe.
U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney began a day of sightseeing in Rome Sunday with a 15-minute walk to Borghese Palace, a 17th century museum built to house the art collection of Cardinal Scipione Borghese -- a nephew of Pope Paul V.
It takes a lot to shock me now, after a certain number of years behind the plow every day.
From the Trevi Fountain in Rome (above) to Cinderella's Moat at Disney World, well-wishers toss more than $1 million a year into fountains. Where does the money go? Often, to charity. At Trevi, whe...
To many Americans, guidebooks are the sine qua non of European travel. We're staunchly independent and often unwilling to learn the language--so we're not about to ask questions. And yet, we yearn ...
At the renowned Oriental Hotel in Bangkok, a guest wanted to go sightseeing--on an elephant.
The April Editor's Notes about pickpockets in Rome struck a nerve. I have just returned from a sabbatical program at the Vatican with 39 other American priests. Almost every priest in our group was...
The perils of pickpockets in Rome and price scams at home drew a lively response from the readers of April's Money. Reporting on the rise of petty crime in Europe, Editor's Notes connected with the...
No one can soothe the spirits of the weary traveler like a blithe London cabby -- just ask Caroline Robertson, an American audit supervisor for Chase Manhattan Bank in Paris. Laden with luggage, Ro...