Italian police arrested eleven suspects accused of trafficking 100 women from Nigeria to work as prostitutes in Italy. The fate of these women is far from being an isolated case with Nigerian criminality on the rise in Italy.
England's young generation beat Germany 2-1 to take its fifth straight win. The Mannschaft was defeated for the first time in Berlin since 1973. Elsewhere, Holland were impressive 3-1 winners over Sweden, and Italy drew 1-1 with Greece.
Italian Ricardo Ricco has appealed against the two-year ban decision after he was found to be using doping product during the last Tour de France. He argues that his collaboration should lead to a reduction of the suspension.
The European Commission in Brussels has approved Alitalia's takeover by an Italian group of investors group and ruled that the consortium will not be required to pay back the 300 million euro bailout granted by the state to the ailing carrier.
Italy's Sandro Veronesi (pictured) has won France's prestigious Femina prize for best foreign author for his 2005 best-seller "Caos calmo" (Quiet Chaos). Jean-Louis Fournier won the French writer's prize with a book on having handicapped children.
Italian footballer Marco Materazzi has accepted damages from a second British tabloid, the Daily Mail, over claims he used racist abuse to provoke France's Zinedine Zidane into infamously headbutting him during the final of the 2006 World Cup.
In a dramatic turn of events, it emerged Friday evening that a consortium of Italian business leaders would indeed be making a formal offer to buy the stricken national airline Alitalia, despite stiff opposition from trade unions.
Organisers of a protest against the multi-billion-euro education cuts planned by Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi said up to one million people marched in the capital while nine in ten schools were closed.