An Italian restaurateur climbed down from his perch atop the St. Peter's Basilica dome in Vatican City overnight, police said.
Authorities Tuesday tried to convince a restaurateur to leave the dome of St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican City where he is protesting European Union policies.
Under the strain of the euro crisis, trans-national politics in Europe are becoming unpleasantly personal, particularly between Paris and Berlin, which is putting a growing strain on a fragile system.
The Italian government is standing in solidarity with NATO as it reviews military training in Libya following attacks on French interests, a minister said.
Italy's president said inexcusable political gridlock led to his re-election, then scheduled a Tuesday meeting with party leaders to choose a prime minister.
Gold and silver sparkled on the New York Mercantile Exchange for the second consecutive trading session as equities slumped in Asia and Europe.
Stock indexes were lower around the globe Tuesday, falling sharply in Japan where a stronger yen jolted the export-oriented economy.
There is a significant chance that by this time next week the world could be back in the throes of a full-blooded financial crisis.
Italy began voting in parliamentary elections Sunday with most final polls still showing no clear favorites among the competing parties.
Comedian Beppe Grillo is poised to emerge as a potential kingmaker in Italy's deeply fraught elections as polls open Sunday for two days of voting, with outcome far from certain.