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Berlusconi backs autonomy referendums in 2 Italian regions

Former Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi threw his political weight behind a non-binding referendum on autonomy in his native region of Lombardy – though he said Wednesday he wasn’t sure whether …


Dog days? In Italy, count them like family sick days

An Italian librarian who says her English setter is her family has won the right from her employer to use family sick leave to care for her ailing pet instead …


Council of Europe presses Italy on Libyan migrant returns

The Council of Europe is asking Italy to explain what its naval ships are doing off Libya’s coast amid concerns that Europe-bound migrants who are sent back to Libya face …


Frost, drought hit wine production hard in Europe

Hail, frost and droughts have hit Europe’s grape harvest hard, making it the smallest in 36 years. The quality of the wines, though, is expected to be excellent.


Italian effort to stop migrants fuels bloody battle in Libya

The bloodshed in the city of Sabratha is in part an unexpected consequence of Europe’s effort to stem the flow of migrants from Libya across the Mediterranean.


Italy: 5-Stars open new phase, pick candidate for premier

Italy’s anti-establishment 5-Star Movement opened a new phase in its quest for the country’s premiership Saturday by choosing its candidate and party leader to take the reins from founder Beppe …


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 22, 2017, 8:21 p.m.

May tries to reboot Brexit, offers 2-year transition period

British Prime Minister Theresa May will try Friday to revive foundering Brexit talks – and unify her fractious government – by proposing a two-year transition after Britain’s departure from the …


Leaders to tech firms at U.N.: Remove terror posts in 2 hours

The leaders of Britain, France and Italy are setting an ambitious goal for tech companies to tackle online posts that promote terrorism: Take them down within an hour or two.


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 19, 2017, 2:32 p.m.

Spate of rapes spark calls for patrols, punishment in Italy

Officials are calling for increased police patrols and new laws to punish perpetrators after a spate of rapes around Italy.


UPDATED: Sun., Sept. 10, 2017, 1:46 p.m.

Heavy rains, floods hit Italy; at least 6 dead in Tuscany

Torrential rain in Italy triggered flooding that killed at least six people Sunday in the Tuscan port of Leghorn, including a family of four who were trapped by rising water …


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 22, 2017, 7:33 p.m.

Three children pulled from rubble on quake-hit Italian island

Italian firefighters working through the night, sometimes digging by hand, freed a 7-month-old baby Tuesday and then his two older brothers from the rubble of their home that collapsed when …


UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 21, 2017, 3:40 p.m.

Italy quake of 3.6-magnitude rocks resort island of Ischia

A 3.6-magnitude earthquake rattled the Italian resort island of Ischia at the peak of tourist season Monday, collapsing some buildings, cutting electricity and sending panicked residents and tourists into the …


Italian wine harvest begins 10 days early with heat, drought

The Italian wine grape harvest is having its earliest start in a decade due to the effects of the summer’s heatwave and drought.


Libyan general orders navy to confront ships entering waters

The commander of Libya’s self-styled national army in the country’s east on Wednesday ordered naval and air forces to confront any vessel entering the country’s territorial waters without permission, after …


Qatar and Italy sign a nearly $6B deal for naval vessels

Qatar has signed a 5 billion euro ($5.9 billion) deal to purchase seven naval vessels from Italy.


Italy OKs naval support to help Libya fight trafficking

Italy on Friday approved sending Italian naval ships to help the Libyan coast guard combat migrant trafficking following a request by the North African nation.


UPDATED: Sun., July 23, 2017, 9:32 p.m.

Scarce rain, leaky pipes combining to dry up much of Italy

Scarce rain and chronically leaky aqueducts have combined this summer to hurt farmers in much of Italy and put Romans at risk for drastic water rationing as soon as this …


Italy arrests Chechen man accused of fighting with Islamic State

Italian authorities have arrested a 38-year-old Chechen accused of fighting with the Islamic State group in Syria and participating in a deadly attack on foreign and Russian journalists in Chechnya, …


UPDATED: Wed., July 5, 2017, 4:05 p.m.

GU’s Rui Hachimura scores 22 points but Japan falls to Italy at U19 World Cup

Gonzaga rising sophomore Rui Hachimura finished with 22 points and 14 rebounds but it wasn’t enough as Japan lost to Italy 57-55 Wednesday in the Round of 16 at the …


UPDATED: Tue., July 4, 2017, 7:20 a.m.

Vatican hospital calls AP investigation into care a ‘hoax’

When doctors and nurses at the Vatican’s showcase children’s hospital complained in 2014 that corners were being cut and medical protocols ignored, the Vatican responded by ordering up a secret …


As thousands seek safe havens, migrant pressures grow in Europe

Italy’s leader pressed his European Union allies Thursday to take in more migrants, saying the relentless arrival of tens of thousands on Italy’s shores is putting his country under enormous …


Carla Fendi, philanthropist and fashion force, dies at 79

Carla Fendi, one of the five sisters who transformed the family leather goods business into a global luxury fashion house long known for its furs, has died following a long …


British police identify 3rd London attacker as Italian of Moroccan descent

British police on Tuesday named the third London Bridge attacker as 22-year-old Youssef Zaghba from east London, offering further suggestions that the plot was hatched locally even as questions were …


Ancient ornamental stud stolen from Pompeii; site closed

Officials say an ancient ornamental bronze stud has been stolen from an exhibit inside the Pompeii archaeological site.


Italian police: Mafia skimmed millions from migrant funds

Italian police on Monday arrested 68 people, including a priest and the head of a Catholic volunteer group called “Mercy,” accusing them of being in cahoots with a major mafia …


UPDATED: Sat., April 15, 2017, 9:08 p.m.

Italy’s Emma Morano, the world’s oldest person, dies at 117

An Italian doctor says Emma Morano, at 117 the world’s oldest person, has died in her home in northern Italy.


Pope visits Italian region rebuilt after deadly 2012 quakes

Greeted by tens of thousands of faithful, Pope Francis on Sunday visited a region of Italy that has largely been rebuilt after a pair of deadly earthquakes five years ago, …


Italian priest denounces mafia threats as cowardly

An anti-mafia priest campaigner has kicked off a day of national protest against organized crime, urging Italians to resist the mob and denouncing recent threats against him as cowardly.


UPDATED: Thu., March 16, 2017, 7:17 p.m.

10 injured in explosion on erupting Mount Etna volcano

Volcanic rocks and steam injured at least 10 people, including tourists and scientists, following an explosion on Sicily’s Mount Etna on Thursday, witnesses and media reported.


Etna volcano erupts in fiery show of lava in eastern Sicily

Mount Etna erupted in a fiery show of lava in eastern Sicily. The volcano’s latest eruptions, which can last days and even weeks, began on Monday evening. The giant orange …