Italy Says Islamic State Could Attack Rome with Drones during Holy Year

Islamic State (IS) could attack Rome with drones during a Roman Catholic Holy Year beginning next month and air space over the capital will be closed to drones throughout the event, Italian Interior Minister Angelino Alfano said on Monday. Countries across Europe are tightening emergency precautions after Friday's gun and bomb rampage in Paris which killed at least 129 people, France's worst atrocity since World War Two, and was claimed by the jihadist IS.

Pope Francis Urges 'Freedom' for Church on Cuba Visit

Pope Francis has called for the Church in Cuba to have "the freedom and the means" to pursue its mission, on his first visit to the island. He also hailed improving ties between the US and Cuba as "an example of reconciliation for the whole world". The Pope was greeted by President Raul Castro after landing in the capital, Havana. Thousands of people lined the route of the Pope's motorcade to the home of the Vatican's ambassador to Cuba.