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Venice Film gives lifetime achievement to Roberto Benigni

ROME (AP) — The Venice Film Festival said Thursday it will give its lifetime achievement award this year to Oscar-winning director and actor Roberto...

France hits unwanted milestone: Over 100,000 virus deaths

PARIS (AP) — France on Thursday became the third country in Europe after the U.K. and Italy to reach the unwanted milestone of 100,000...

Sketch mocking Chinese launches racism debate in Italy

MILAN (AP) — A sketch on a popular Italian TV show mocking Chinese people has launched a debate about racism, and satire, in Italy....

Gucci heirs worry over family depiction in Ridley Scott film

MILAN (AP) — The great-grandchildren of Guccio Gucci, who founded the luxury fashion house that bears his name a century ago in Florence, are...

Europe scrambles as J&J vaccine delay deals another blow

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — European countries diverged Wednesday on whether they would push ahead with giving their residents Johnson & Johnson's COVID-19 vaccine after...

Italian TV host apologizes for gestures mimicking Asians

MILAN (AP) — A Swiss-Italian television host apologized Wednesday for mimicking Asians on a satirical TV program after her actions drew protests on social...

Rome judge orders arrest of Vatican suspect in London deal

ROME (AP) — A Rome judge ordered the arrest Monday of an Italian businessman living in London who is a prime suspect in the...

Venice architecture Biennale opens a year later on May 22

MILAN (AP) — A year after being postponed by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Venice Biennale for architecture will open on May 22 for a...

Off-duty Italy art cops find looted statue in Belgian shop

ROME (AP) — Italian police say they have recovered a 1st century Roman statue that was stolen from an archaeological site in 2011 and...

Innsbruck and Turin to co-host Davis Cup Finals with Madrid

MADRID (AP) — The cities of Innsbruck in Austria and Turin in Italy will co-host the Davis Cup Finals along with the Spanish capital...

Italy releases impounded migrant ship for routine upkeep

MILAN (AP) — The Alan Kurdi rescue ship operated by a German nongovernmental organization has been released by an administrative court in Italy to...

Prosecutor: Salvini should not be tried for migrant policy

ROME (AP) — An Italian prosecutor on Saturday told a court in Sicily that there's no reason to order right-wing leader Matteo Salvini to...

The Latest: Australia mourns Prince Philip

Reaction from around the world on the death of Prince Philip at age 99: ...

Italy prosecutors: WHO exec lied about spiked virus report

ROME (AP) — Italian prosecutors say a top World Health Organization official lied to them about a spiked WHO report into Italy’s coronavirus response,...

Turkey demands apology after Draghi calls Erdogan a dictator

ROME (AP) — Turkey demanded an apology Friday from Italy's premier for having called President Recep Tayyip Erdogan a “dictator,” a comment that added...

Turkey rejects claims of sexist snub towards von der Leyen

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey on Thursday strongly rejected accusations that it snubbed Ursula von der Leyen — one of the European Union’s most...

Governments give varying advice on AstraZeneca vaccine

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — In Spain, residents now have to be over 60 to get an AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine. In Belgium, over 55....

Paul Andrew steps down as Ferragamo creative director

MILAN (AP) — Designer Paul Andrew is stepping down as creative director of Salvatore Ferragamo, effective in May, the fashion house said Thursday. ...

Spain: Work due for auction from $1,800 may be a Caravaggio

MADRID (AP) — Spanish authorities have slapped an export ban on a painting a day before it was due to be auctioned with a...

Restaurant owners clash with police in Rome lockdown protest

ROME (AP) — Italian restaurant owners and others angry at having their businesses shut for weeks due to a virus lockdown clashed with police...

AP PHOTOS: Italy ballroom dancers twirl through lockdown

ROME (AP) — Social distancing isn't usually part of the ballroom dancing lexicon. But in an industrial zone on the outskirts of Rome, couples...

The Latest: Lockdown extended for metro Manila, surroundings

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine government extended a lockdown by another week Monday after an alarming spike in coronavirus infections continued to surge and...

Hymns through masks: Christians mark another pandemic Easter

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Christianity’s most joyous feast day was celebrated worldwide with the faithful spaced apart in pews and singing choruses of “Hallelujah”...

Europe ramps up vaccinations as virus haunts Easter holidays

PARIS (AP) — The French city of Lyon's main stadium opened as a mass vaccination center during Easter weekend, and thousands spent the holiday...

Italy enters 3-day Easter lockdown amid vaccination snags

ROME (AP) — Italy entered a three-day nationwide coronavirus lockdown Saturday to deter Easter travel and get-togethers even as the country's variant-fueled spike in...

Pope urges hope amid ‘darkness’ of pandemic in Easter vigil

ROME (AP) — Pope Francis urged his coronavirus-weary flock to not lose hope even through the continued “dark months” of the pandemic as he...

Groups: Venice lagoon still at risk after cruise ship decree

ROME (AP) — Activists opposed to cruise ships in Venice are seeking a meeting with the Italian government to argue that its latest proposal...

Young professionals cut ahead of older Italians for vaccine

ROME (AP) — Octogenarians in Tuscany watched in disbelief and indignation as lawyers, magistrates, professors and other younger professionals got vaccinated against COVID-19 before...

Christians mark Good Friday, Holy Week under virus woes

JERUSALEM (AP) — Christians in the Holy Land marked Good Friday without the mass pilgrimages usually seen in the days leading up to Easter...

Protests grow in Italy over the wiretapping of journalists

ROME (AP) — Italian journalists and lawmakers on Friday protested the wiretapping of reporters’ phone calls during investigations into Libya-based migrant trafficking and humanitarian...

Italy: Officer held for spying says he had no sensitive info

ROME (AP) — An Italian Navy captain accused of passing classified documents to Russia says he didn’t have access to any information that would...

Italy may be in Easter lockdown, but the party’s on at sea

ABOARD THE MSC GRANDIOSA (AP) — Italy may be in a strict coronavirus lockdown this Easter with travel restricted between regions and new quarantines...

Populist leaders meet, seek ‘European renaissance’

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban hosted talks Thursday with populist politicians from Italy and Poland in a bid to create...

In Italy spy story, Navy captain struggled with mortgage

ROME (AP) — Italy’s spy thriller took a decidedly mundane turn Thursday with indications that the Italian Navy captain accused of passing classified documents...

Italy orders 2 Russian Embassy officials expelled for spying

ROME (AP) — Italy ordered two Russian Embassy officials expelled Wednesday and arrested an Italian Navy captain on spying charges after police caught the...

Call me by my name: Rome school backs transgender students

ROME (AP) — The Ripetta school of art in Rome recently joined a handful of high schools in Italy that give transgender students the...

Europe top teams win WCup qualifiers as Swiss move goalposts

World Cup qualifying in Europe took a quirky turn when the goalposts were removed before a match between Switzerland and Lithuania because they were...

Pope on pandemic’s second year: Weariness, economic hardship

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Celebrating Palm Sunday Mass for a second time in the pandemic without crowds of faithful, Pope Francis said while shock...

EU vaccine politics reach fever pitch; Britain a target

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union vaccine politics reached a fever pitch Friday with charges of British blackmail and unfair practices among EU members flying...

AP Interview: Serie A trying to get it right on anti-racism

ROME (AP) — A botched anti-racism campaign launch involving a painting of apes. Consistent failures to punish clubs whose fans direct monkey chants at...

Hands touch: Italy’s nursing homes emerge from COVID tunnel

ALZANO LOMBARDO, Italy (AP) — Their last hug was through plastic. ...

EU top diplomats in Libya to support interim authorities

CAIRO (AP) — The foreign ministers of France, Italy and Germany met with Libyan officials Thursday to show support for the country's newly elected...

Italy: Teen in hijab aims to be ‘Afro-influencer’ on TikTok

MILAN (AP) — In Milan’s chic Victor Emmanuel II Gallery, a spacious mall that would be jammed with shoppers were it not for the...

Spaniards line up for AstraZeneca amid concerns over vaccine

MADRID (AP) — Desperate to finally put the coronavirus pandemic behind them, thousands of Spaniards lined up to get shots of AstraZeneca on Wednesday...

Pope, citing pandemic effect, cuts pay for cardinals, others

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Trying to save jobs as the pandemic pummels Vatican revenues, Pope Francis has ordered pay cuts for cardinals and other...

The Latest: UNLV now plans in-person spring graduation

LAS VEGAS — The University of Nevada, Las Vegas is changing course and now plans in-person spring graduation ceremonies in May as the coronavirus...

As vaccinations lag, Italy’s elderly again pay a price

BERGAMO, Italy (AP) — One year ago, Bergamo’s state-of-the-art Pope John XXIII Hospital verged on collapse as doctors struggled to treat 600 patients, with...

AstraZeneca vaccinations resume in Europe after clot scare

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Countries across Europe resumed vaccinations with the AstraZeneca shot on Friday, as leaders sought to reassure their populations it is...

EU agency: AstraZeneca vaccine safe, will add clot warning

LONDON (AP) — The European Union's drug regulatory agency said Thursday that the AstraZeneca vaccine doesn't increase the overall incidence of blood clots and...

Italy honors COVID dead with living monument on anniversary

ROME (AP) — Italy inaugurated a living monument to its COVID-19 dead Thursday as it marked the anniversary of one of the most haunting...

Ex-Vatican altar boy testifies in seminary sex abuse trial

ROME (AP) — A former Vatican altar boy has testified that an older seminarian would come into his bed at night to perform a...

After vaccine freeze, European countries seek a quick thaw

PARIS (AP) — First, France abruptly halted AstraZeneca vaccinations. Now, the French prime minister wants to get one as soon as he can. ...

‘We can rest when we retire’: Rashford rejects burnout fears

With 46 appearances for his club and his country in less than six months, Manchester United forward Marcus Rashford is pushing his body to...

The Latest: Philippines imposes airport entry restrictions

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine government has decided to temporarily ban the entry of foreigners and limit the entry of returning Filipinos at Manila’s...

Italy court blocks Bannon-linked plans for populist academy

ROME (AP) — Italy’s top administrative court has ruled against a conservative think tank affiliated with former White House adviser Steve Bannon over its...

EXPLAINER: Why countries are halting the AstraZeneca shot

LONDON (AP) — At least a dozen countries including Germany, France, Italy and Spain have now temporarily suspended their use of AstraZeneca's coronavirus vaccine...

Major European nations suspend use of AstraZeneca vaccine

BERLIN (AP) — A cascading number of European countries — including Germany, France, Italy and Spain — suspended use of AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine Monday...

Much of Europe tightens anti-pandemic rules as virus surges

ROME (AP) — Tighter restrictions aimed at reining in surging coronavirus infections took hold in much of Italy and parts of Poland on Monday,...

Pandemic sets back Italian women’s long fight for jobs

ROME (AP) — One of hundreds of thousands of women in Italy who lost jobs in the pandemic, Laura Taddeo has a masters degree...

The Latest: Mexico’s president knocks US over vaccines

MEXICO CITY — Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador took a dig at the U.S. government Sunday, saying the United States has not helped...

The Latest: All Duke University undergrads must quarantine

DURHAM, N.C. -- Duke University issued a quarantine order for all of its undergraduates effective Saturday night due to a coronavirus outbreak caused by...

The Latest: US health officials warn of false positives

WASHINGTON — U.S. health officials are warning health professionals about the risk of false positive results with a widely used laboratory test for COVID-19...

Germany, others stick with AstraZeneca vaccine as some pause

BERLIN (AP) — Officials in several European countries pushed back Friday against decisions by others to pause use of AstraZeneca’s coronavirus vaccine following sporadic...

WHO whistleblower who denounced spiked Italy report resigns

ROME (AP) — A U.N. epidemiologist who publicly denounced the World Health Organization’s withdrawal of a report on Italy’s coronavirus response has resigned, citing...

An ‘optimistic’ Verona Arena announces summer opera lineup

MILAN (AP) — Riccardo Muti and Plácido Domingo will headline the 2021 Verona Arena Opera Festival, essentially last year's season revived as a sign...

CEO: Italy-made Sputnik V aimed for EU market, if approved

MILAN (AP) — The head of a Swiss pharmaceutical company said Wednesday that hopes behind a deal with Russia to produce the Sputnik V...

Russia to make Sputnik V vaccine in Italy, a first in EU

MILAN (AP) — Russia has signed a deal to produce its Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine in Italy, the first contract in the European Union,...

Provincial Italian hospital overrun by virus variant

CHIARI, Italy (AP) — The 160-bed hospital in the Po River Valley town of Chiari has no more room for patients stricken with the...

The Latest: New Zealand opens 1st big vaccination clinic

WELLINGTON, New Zealand — New Zealand has opened its first large vaccination clinic as it scales up efforts to protect people from the coronavirus. ...

Etna keeps up its spectacular explosions; ash rains on towns

ROME (AP) — A particularly spectacular blast from Italy's Mount Etna volcano belched out a towering cloud of ash and lava stone Sunday onto...

Dolce&Gabbana seeks over $600M damages from 2 US bloggers

MILAN (AP) — The Milan fashion house Dolce&Gabbana has filed a defamation suit in an Italian court seeking over $600 million in damages from...

Italian prosecutor seeks life for US men charged with murder

ROME (AP) — An Italian prosecutor on Saturday requested life in prison for two young American men charged with slaying an Italian police officer...

Europe staggers as infectious variants power virus surge

MILAN (AP) — The virus swept through a nursery school and an adjacent elementary school in the Milan suburb of Bollate with amazing speed....

France backs Italy in vaccine ban as EU defends mechanism

BRUSSELS (AP) — Europe's vaccine solidarity got a boost on Friday after France said it could emulate Italy's move to block coronavirus vaccine exports...

EU, Italy stop AstraZeneca vaccine exports to Australia

BRUSSELS (AP) — A shipment of more than a quarter million AstraZeneca vaccines destined for Australia has been blocked from leaving the European Union,...

Tactical shift: Europe seeks vaccine ‘overdrive’ to catch up

BERLIN (AP) — Slow off the blocks in the race to immunize its citizens against COVID-19, Germany faces an unfamiliar problem: a glut of...

Nearly 100 on trial in Sicily for suspected Mafia EU fraud

ROME (AP) — A trial began in Sicily on Tuesday for 97 suspected Mafia members and white-collar professionals allegedly in cahoots with mobsters in...

Virus variant races through Italy, especially among children

ROME (AP) — The variant of the coronavirus discovered in Britain is prevalent among Italy's infected schoolchildren and is helping to fuel a “robust”...

US youth testifies he stabbed Italian officer in defense

ROME (AP) — A young American on trial in Rome for the slaying of an Italian police officer has told the court that he...

Milan designers hit reset button during digital fashion week

MILAN (AP) — Fashion is off the hamster wheel, taking a deep breath that is allowing some freshness to seep into the once relentless...

The Latest: First US J&J vaccine doses shipping Sunday night

WASHINGTON — Nearly 4 million doses of the newest COVID-19 vaccine will be shipped Sunday night, and will begin to be delivered to states...

Long-time mayor of Croatian capital of Zagreb dies at 65

ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) — Milan Bandic, the controversial long-serving mayor of Croatia’s capital of Zagreb, has died from a heart attack, his office said...

The Latest: U.S. FDA approves J&J single-shot vaccine

WASHINGTON — The U.S. now has a third vaccine to prevent COVID-19. ...

Borsalino looks ahead with cool bucket hats, baseball caps

MILAN (AP) — The fedora Humphrey Bogart wore in “Casablanca” may have secured Borsalino’s place in fashion and cinematic history, but it will be...

Archeologists find intact ceremonial chariot near Pompeii

MILAN (AP) — Officials at the Pompeii archaeological site in Italy announced Saturday the discovery of an intact ceremonial chariot, one of several important...

WFP: Security protocols, leaks a focus of Congo probe

ROME (AP) — A U.N. investigation into the attack on a humanitarian convoy in Congo that killed the Italian ambassador, his bodyguard and driver...

Vaccine roll-out gaps a core concern for G-20 countries

MILAN (AP) — The...

Italy honors slain ambassador, bodyguard and prays for Congo

ROME (AP) — Italy paid tribute Thursday to its ambassador to Congo and his bodyguard who were killed in an attack on a U.N....

Italy’s Lombardy again in virus crisis as Brescia sees surge

ROME (AP) — Italy’s northern Lombardy region, where Europe's coronavirus outbreak erupted last year, asked the national government Thursday for more vaccines to help...

Explainer: Mount Etna puts on its latest spectacular show

ROME (AP) — Mount Etna, the volcano that towers over eastern Sicily, evokes superlatives. It is Europe’s most active volcano and also the continent’s...

Italy orders food delivery services to treat riders better

ROME (AP) — Italy is going after online food delivery companies, with one prosecutor lamenting Wednesday that the cyclists who deliver the food, many...

Del Core intros new brand with live show during digital MFW

MILAN (AP) — It was a lockdown well-spent for Daniel Del Core. ...

Report: Italy’s mobsters well-poised to exploit pandemic aid

ROME (AP) — Italy’s organized crime investigators raised alarm Wednesday that the nation’s mobsters are well-positioned to exploit pandemic recovery projects worth billions of...

5 Africa-born designers open digital Milan Fashion Week

MILAN (AP) — Five designers of African origin making their runway debuts opened Milan Fashion Week on Wednesday under the banner “We are Made...

Italy presses UN for answers on envoy’s slaying in Congo

ROME (AP) — Italy on Wednesday pressed the United Nations for answers about the attack on a U.N. food aid convoy in Congo that...

Congo, Italy, UN probe ambassador’s killing amid questions

KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — Italian Carabinieri experts were joining U.N. and Congolese authorities in investigating the killings of the Italian ambassador, his bodyguard and...

BLM in Italian Fashion campaign shows early tangible results

MILAN (AP) — A digital runway show by five Italian fashion designers of African origin opens Milan Fashion Week on Wednesday, one tangible result...

Mt Etna’s latest eruptions awe even those who study volcanos

ROME (AP) — Mount Etna, Europe’s most active volcano, has awed even seasoned volcanologists in recent days with spectacular spurts of lava lighting up...

Italian ambassador among 3 killed in attack on Congo convoy

KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — The Italian ambassador to Congo, an Italian Carabinieri police officer and their Congolese driver were killed Monday when gunmen attacked...

With heavy hearts, Italians mark year of COVID-19 outbreak

CODOGNO, Italy (AP) — With wreath-laying ceremonies, tree plantings and church services, Italians on Sunday marked one year since their country experienced its first...

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