A cruise ship sails out from Trieste harbour, northern Italy, at sunset
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(From left) Luca Vettori, Matteo Piano and Jiri Kovar, of the Italy men’s volleyball team, jump to block a ball during their match against the US at the FIVB Grand Champions Cup tournament in Tokyo
Firemen take part in a demonstration of Italian trade unions Cobas and Usb against austerity measures and European politics. Thousands of people protested against economic austerity in Rome today as partial transport strikes across the country cancelled dozens of flights and snarled buses and trains.
Pope Francis blesses and waves to the crowd as he arrives for his weekly open-air general audience in St Peter’s Square at the Vatican. Read more
Italian center-right leader Silvio Berlusconi attends a Senate meeting as Italy’s Prime Minister Enrico Letta calls for a confidence vote in Rome. Letta said on Wednesday that the government’s survival must be separated from the legal troubles of Berlusconi and that its collapse could be “fatal” for the country.
Britain’s Bradley Wiggins rides past the Basilica of Santa Maria del Fiore on his way to clinching the silver medal in the men’s individual time trial event, at the road cycling world championships, in Florence, Italy, on Wednesday.
Canada’s Prime Minister Stephen Harper (right) walks through the Hall of Honour with the Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta, on Parliament Hill, Ottowa, Canada.
A general view showing the shipwrecked cruise ship Costa Concordia in an upright position after the salvage operations in Giglio island on Tuesday. Salvage crews pulled off a major engineering feat when they straightened the listed Costa Concordia cruise ship from the rocks it had been wedged against for the past 20 months Read more