Igloos built by migrants warm hearts in Italian Alps village

SAN SIMONE DI VALLEVE, Italy — San Simone, a tiny village in the Italian Alps, once had a thriving ski trade. But financial issues kept the lifts closed this winter. The local hotel now houses about 80 African asylum-seekers who were assigned to live there when they arrived in Italy.

Tropical Gardening: New Zealand avocados OK, but Kona’s are the best

We are in the Land of Maori now, and will be exploring the North Island starting in Aukland. Traveling around New Zealand, it was a surprise to see how the avocado industry expanded since our last visit. Seeds were brought here in the early 1900s, and avocados have become the country’s third largest fresh fruit export.

Bishop declares nun’s recovery as 70th Lourdes miracle

PARIS — A French bishop declared Sunday that the recovery a long-debilitated nun made after she visited the shrine in Lourdes was a miracle, the 70th event to be recognized as an act of divine intervention at the world-famous Catholic pilgrimage site.