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Vatican drops Italian extradition bid in test of fair trial

ROME (AP) — The Vatican on Monday abruptly abandoned its extradition request for an Italian woman wanted on embezzlement-related charges in a case that...

Italian PM Conte seeks to save his government from falling

ROME (AP) — Italian Premier Giuseppe Conte on Monday asked lawmakers for their “clear backing" to overcome a political crisis that he said had...

Italy’s South Tyrol again flouts Rome over virus closures

MILAN (AP) — The autonomous province of South Tyrol with its German-speaking majority is flouting Rome’s decision to put it under partial lockdown starting...

Cafe, croissant, worms? EU agency says worms safe to eat

ROME (AP) — The vaunted Mediterranean diet and French gastronomy are getting some competition: The European Union's food safety agency says worms are safe...

Ex-premier yanks ministers from Italy’s coalition government

ROME (AP) — A former leader of Italy yanked his party's ministers Wednesday from Premier Giuseppe Conte's government, triggering a political crisis in the...

Pope says women can read at Mass, but still can’t be priests

ROME (AP) — Pope Francis changed church law Monday to explicitly allow women to do more things during Mass, granting them access to the...

Australian agency reviewing data on Vatican money transfers

ROME (AP) — The Australian government’s financial intelligence agency said Thursday it is reviewing its data after questions were raised about its report that...

WHO blames spiked Italy report on error, “overlooked” rule

ROME (AP) — The World Health Organization denied Thursday that Italian officials pressured it to spike a report into Italy’s coronavirus response but said...

Charity rescue ship with 265 migrants anchors off Italy

ROME (AP) — Italy allowed a Spanish-flagged charity ship with 265 rescued migrants aboard to anchor off Sicily on Monday. ...

Spanish-flagged boat rescues 265 migrants in Mediterranean

ROME (AP) — A Spanish-flagged humanitarian ship on Sunday was seeking a port of safety for 265 migrants its crew rescued from the Mediterranean...

In graying Italy, the old defy biases laid bare by pandemic

ROME (AP) — From his newsstand at the bottom of two hilly streets in Rome, Armando Alviti has been dispensing newspapers, magazines and good...

New Year comes to COVID ward, with hope for end to nightmare

ROME (AP) — While the world said goodbye — or good riddance — to 2020, a year in which the pandemic brought hardship and...

Pope formally strips Vatican secretariat of state of assets

ROME (AP) — Pope Francis has formally stripped the Vatican secretariat of state of its financial assets and real estate holdings following its bungled...

The Latest: Japan’s PM seeks to enforce virus measures

TOKYO — Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga says he plans to submit legislation that will make coronavirus measures legally binding for businesses, punish violators...

‘Believe in science’: EU kicks off COVID-19 vaccine campaign

ROME (AP) — Doctors, nurses and the elderly rolled up their sleeves across the European Union to receive the first doses of the coronavirus...

Pope proclaims year of families, offers advice to keep peace

ROME (AP) — Pope Francis on Sunday proclaimed an upcoming year dedicated to the family as he doubled down on one of his papal...

Mallard to go? Dig of Pompeii fast-food place reveals tastes

ROME (AP) — A fast-food eatery at Pompeii has been excavated, helping to reveal dishes that were popular for the citizens of the ancient...

A pandemic Christmas: Services move online, people stay home

ROME (AP) — Families that usually reunite on Christmas over a hearty, lingering meal celebrated apart Friday, services shifted online, and gift exchanges were...

Italy enters Christmas lockdown amid signs of resurgence

ROME (AP) — Police in Italy enforced new COVID-19 travel restrictions aimed at limiting Christmas get-togethers involving far-flung family members as public health officials...

Pope hopes to visit South Sudan, Lebanon if security permits

ROME (AP) — Pope Francis told the leaders of South Sudan and Lebanon on Thursday that he hopes to visit their countries but demanded...

‘I couldn’t be silent’: UN whistleblower on WHO Italy report

ROME (AP) — The U.N. epidemiologist who denounced the World Health Organization’s withdrawal of a report on Italy’s coronavirus response says he is suffering...

Pope tells Vatican bureaucrats to stop gossipy conflicts

ROME (AP) — Pope Francis urged Vatican bureaucrats on Monday to stop their gossipy, self-absorbed conflicts, issuing another tough-love Christmas message at the end...

Explosion in gunpowder factory in Italy kills 3 people

ROME (AP) — An explosion in a gunpowder processing factory in a town in south-central Italy on Monday killed three people, Italian media said. ...

WHO was warned lives were at risk over yanked Italy report

ROME (AP) — An author of a withdrawn World Health Organization report into Italy's coronavirus response warned his bosses in May that people could...

Moms of Americans jailed in Italian police slaying testify

ROME (AP) — The mother of a young man from California on trial in Rome in the fatal stabbing of an Italian police office...

Early in-person voting begins in Georgia Senate runoffs

ATLANTA (AP) — Early in-person voting began Monday in the runoff elections for Georgia's two U.S. Senate seats, with lines reported to be shorter...

Italians return French Legion awards after el-Sissi gets one

ROME (AP) — Two prominent Italian intellectuals announced Monday they were returning their Legion of Honor awards to France to protest that Egyptian President...

The Latest: More than 4,000 people hospitalized in LA County

LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles County has again broken a record for coronavirus hospitalizations, fulfilling the county public health director’s dire predictions in just...

Italy passes UK to have worst COVID-19 death toll in Europe

ROME (AP) — Italy on Sunday eclipsed Britain to become the nation with the worst official coronavirus death toll in Europe. ...

Italy’s staggering virus toll poses uncomfortable questions

ROME (AP) — Italy is reclaiming a record that nobody wants — the most coronavirus deaths in Europe — after the health care system...

Italy puts 4 Egyptians under investigation in torture death

ROME (AP) — Italian prosecutors on Thursday formally put four high-ranking members of Egypt’s security forces under investigation over the 2016 kidnapping, torture and...

U.N. food agency receives Nobel prize in online event

ROME (AP) — Calling food the “pathway to peace,” the head of the U.N. World Food Program on Thursday accepted the Nobel Peace Prize...

Paolo Rossi, who led Italy to 1982 World Cup, dies at 64

ROME (AP) — Paolo Rossi, who led Italy to the 1982 World Cup title and later worked as a soccer commentator in his home...

Pope makes surprise early morning prayer visit in rainy Rome

ROME (AP) — Pope Francis on Tuesday made a surprise early morning visit to the Spanish Steps in Rome to pray for people worldwide...

Lidia Menapace, Italian Resistance member, dies at age 96

ROME (AP) — Lidia Brisca Menapace, a Resistance member during World War II who later was an advocate of pacifism and women’s rights and...

Pope book backs George Floyd protests, blasts virus skeptic

ROME (AP) — Pope Francis is supporting demands for racial justice in the wake of the U.S. police killing of George Floyd and is...

AP Exclusive: Cardinal Pell on the Vatican and vindication

ROME (AP) — The pope’s former treasurer, Cardinal George Pell, said Monday he feels a dismayed sense of vindication as the financial mismanagement he...

Rescuers pull third body from Sardinian town buried by mud

ROME (AP) — Rescuers on Sunday retrieved the body of an elderly woman, the third fatality in the Sardinian town of Bitti, which was...

Pope elevates 13 new cardinals then puts them in their place

ROME (AP) — Pope Francis raised 13 new cardinals to the highest rank in the Catholic hierarchy Saturday and immediately warned them not to...

New cardinals quarantine in pope’s hotel ahead of ceremony

ROME (AP) — The Vatican’s Santa Marta hotel was built to sequester cardinals during papal elections. It's now sequestering soon-to-be cardinals in town for...

Rome airport poised to try ‘COVID tested” flights from US

ROME (AP) — Italian authorities will soon approve an experiment with “COVID tested” flights from three U.S. airports with the aim of eliminating the...

Bodies of man and his slave unearthed from ashes at Pompeii

ROME (AP) — Skeletal remains of what are believed to have been a rich man and his male slave attempting to escape death from...

Vatican investigates papal “like” of barely-clad Brazilian

ROME (AP) — The Vatican is investigating how Pope Francis’ official Instagram account “liked” a photo of a scantily-clad Brazilian model. ...

Vatican cardinal says ouster deprived him of possible papacy

ROME (AP) — The Vatican cardinal sacked by Pope Francis amid a corruption investigation is suing an Italian news magazine, claiming that his ruined...

Masked workers start presidential hand tally in Georgia

ATLANTA (AP) — Masked election workers in teams of two began counting ballots Friday in counties across Georgia, a hand tally of the presidential...

Vatican’s McCarrick report forces debate on power and abuse

ROME (AP) — The Vatican’s report into ex-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick has raised uncomfortable questions the Holy See will have to confront going forward, chief...

Pope Francis vows to end sexual abuse after McCarrick report

ROME (AP) — Pope Francis pledged Wednesday to rid the Catholic Church of sexual abuse and offered prayers to victims of former Cardinal Theodore...

Vatican faults others for McCarrick’s rise, spares Francis

ROME (AP) — A Vatican investigation into former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick found that bishops, cardinals and popes downplayed or dismissed multiple reports of sexual...

Ex-Vatican envoy’s trial for sex assault begins without him

PARIS (AP) — A sexual assault trial for the Vatican’s former ambassador to France went ahead without him Tuesday after he produced a doctor's...

McCarrick: What’s known about the abusive US ex-cardinal

ROME (AP) — The Vatican on Tuesday will release its report into the rise and fall of ex-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, the once-influential American cardinal...

Pope moves against secretariat of state amid finance scandal

ROME (AP) — Pope Francis is giving the Vatican secretariat of state three months to transfer all of its financial holdings to another Vatican...

Four Italian regions, including Milan, put under lockdown

ROME (AP) — Four Italian regions are being put under “red-zone” lockdown, with severe limits imposed on the circumstances under which people can leave...

With performers infected, La Scala season premiere canceled

ROME (AP) — The Dec. 7 season premiere at Milan’s La Scala opera house, a gala event that is one of Italy’s cultural highlights,...

Pope returns to private library for audience as virus surges

ROME (AP) — Pope Francis urged people to follow recommendations from governments and health authorities to prevent coronavirus infections as he returned to his...

Liverpool routs Atalanta; Real Madrid and Bayern Munich win

ROME (AP) — Jürgen Klopp has made no secret of his admiration for Atalanta’s all-out attacking game. ...

Vatican breaks silence, explains pope’s civil union comments

ROME (AP) — The Vatican says Pope Francis’ comments on gay civil unions were taken out of context in a documentary that spliced together...

The Latest: Trump says he may fire disease specialist Fauci

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the presidential campaign (all times local): ...

The Latest: Mexico mourns doctors on Day of the Dead

MEXICO CITY —- Diminutive figures skeletons in facemasks and medical caps are all too common on Mexico’s Day of the Dead altars this year. ...

Pope ends public audiences, eyes Christmas as virus surges

ROME (AP) — Pope Francis is halting his public general audiences and will limit participation at Christmas and other upcoming Masses amid a surge...

Italian regulator investigates Google over digital ads

ROME (AP) — Italian regulators opened an investigation Wednesday into Google over alleged abuse of its dominant role in the country's online ad market,...

New protests loom as Europeans tire of virus restrictions

MILAN (AP) — Protesters set trash bins afire and police responded with hydrant sprays in downtown Rome Tuesday night, part of a day of...

‘We’re working on it:’ Pope’s COVID advisers and the mask

ROME (AP) — Pope Francis’ decision to forgo wearing a mask has been noticed, with some concern, by the commission of Vatican experts he...

Italy closes gyms, shuts eateries early to fight COVID-19

ROME (AP) — Italy's leader imposed at least a month of new restrictions across the country Sunday to fight rising coronavirus infections, shutting down...

AP PHOTOS: Virus makes Friday nights empty, quiet in Europe

ROME (AP) — In much of Europe, city squares and streets, be they wide, elegant boulevards like in Paris or cobblestoned alleys in Rome,...

Dutch hospital airlifts patients to Germany amid virus surge

ALMERE, Netherlands (AP) — A bright yellow helicopter rose into a blue sky Friday carrying a COVID-19 patient from the Netherlands to a German...

Fiasco over pope’s cut civil union quote intensifies impact

ROME (AP) — The world premiere of a documentary on Pope Francis was supposed to have been a bright spot for a papacy locked...

Europe faces more curfews, restrictions as virus cases swell

ROME (AP) — Curfews were largely expanded Thursday across France, which registered some 41.600 new confirmed virus cases to approach a total of 1...

The Latest: Sri Lanka orders more curfews over virus cluster

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka — Authorities in Sri Lanka have closed the country’s main fish market and widened the curfew in many parts of the...

Francis becomes 1st pope to endorse same-sex civil unions

ROME (AP) — Pope Francis became the first pontiff to endorse same-sex civil unions in comments for a documentary that premiered Wednesday, sparking cheers...

Pope reverts to mask-less old ways amid growing criticism

ROME (AP) — A day after donning a face mask for the first time during a liturgical service, Pope Francis was back to his...

Italy probes why women’s names mark aborted fetuses’ graves

ROME (AP) — Italian prosecutors and the government’s privacy watchdog are investigating how the names of women who miscarried or had abortions ended up...

Vatican putting 2 priests on trial accused of abuse, coverup

ROME (AP) — Two priests are going on trial in the Vatican’s criminal tribunal this week, one accused of sexually abusing an altar boy...

4 Swiss Guards test positive as COVID-19 penetrates Vatican

ROME (AP) — Four Swiss Guards have tested positive for coronavirus and were showing symptoms, the Vatican said Monday, as the surge in infections...

Lesson not learned: Europe unprepared as 2nd virus wave hits

ROME (AP) — Europe’s second wave of coronavirus infections has struck well before flu season even started, with intensive care wards filling up again...

The Latest: New Mexico loses ground in COVID-19 spread fight

SANTA FE, N.M. -- New Mexico is losing ground in efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19 as newly reported daily infections hit a...

World Food Program wins Nobel Peace Prize for hunger fight

NIAMEY, Niger (AP) — The World Food Program won the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday for fighting hunger and seeking to end its use...

Pope commits to clean finances amid scandal in backyard

ROME (AP) — Pope Francis told European anti-money laundering experts Thursday that the Vatican was committed to “clean finance,” as he denounced financial speculation...

Lawmakers: North Korean ex-envoy to Italy defected to South

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A senior North Korea diplomat who vanished in Italy in late 2018 lives in South Korea under government protection,...

Italy imposes mask mandate outside and in as virus rebounds

ROME (AP) — Italy imposed a nationwide outdoor mask mandate Wednesday with fines of up to 1,000 euros ($1,163) for violators, as the European...

Pope: Market capitalism has failed in pandemic, needs reform

ROME (AP) — Pope Francis says the coronavirus pandemic has proven that the “magic theories” of market capitalism have failed and that the world...

Pompeo, Vatican clash over China after tensions spill out

ROME (AP) — The U.S. and the Vatican butted heads over China on Thursday as the Holy See chafed at U.S. Secretary of State...

Vatican releases financial, budget data amid scandal

ROME (AP) — The Vatican released a detailed budget, balance sheet and earning statement for the first time Thursday as it sought to reassure...

Cardinal Pell returns to Vatican mired in financial scandal

ROME (AP) — Cardinal George Pell, who left the Vatican in 2017 to face child sexual abuse charges in Australia, returned to Rome on...

Pompeo urges Vatican to condemn human rights abuses in China

ROME (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo urged the Vatican on Wednesday to join the United States in denouncing violations of religious...

Church says Cardinal Pell returning to Vatican in crisis

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Cardinal George Pell, Pope Francis’ former finance minister, will soon return to the Vatican during an extraordinary economic scandal for...

Vatican cardinal pushes back after pope fires him in scandal

ROME (AP) — A powerful Vatican cardinal who was sacked by Pope Francis in an astonishing twist to the Vatican's latest financial scandal pushed...

Powerful Vatican Cardinal Becciu resigns amid scandal

ROME (AP) — The powerful head of the Vatican's saint-making office, Cardinal Angelo Becciu, resigned suddenly Thursday from the post and renounced his rights...

Italy lets migrants dock in Sardinia, but not disembark yet

ROME (AP) — Italy on Thursday allowed a rescue ship with 125 migrants aboard to dock in Sardinia to escape rough seas and said...

Djokovic wins in Rome: ‘I moved on’ after US Open default

ROME (AP) — Fifteen days after he was defaulted from the U.S. Open, Novak Djokovic had plenty to celebrate on Monday. ...

‘I deserved it’: Djokovic gets obscenity warning in SF win

ROME (AP) — Novak Djokovic knows it isn’t model behavior when he loses his cool on the tennis court. ...

Nadal beaten by Schwartzman in 1st tournament in 7 months

ROME (AP) — Rafael Nadal’s first tournament in seven months ended with a 6-2, 7-5 loss to Diego Schwartzman in the quarterfinals of the...

Pushed to the limit, Djokovic finds a way to win in Rome

ROME (AP) — Novak Djokovic was being pushed so hard in the first set by Filip Krajinovic that he urgently needed somewhere to sit...

Pope seeks to ‘liberate’ Virgin Mary from the Mafia

ROME (AP) — Pope Francis is giving his blessing to a new Vatican think tank that is seeking to prevent the Mafia and organized...

Big wedding in fictional home of ‘The Godfather’ fuels virus

ROME (AP) — The Sicilian town of Corleone, made famous by the fictional Mafia clan in “The Godfather,” has ordered schools closed and a...

Djokovic behaves better in 1st match since US Open default

ROME (AP) — Novak Djokovic behaved better Wednesday in his first match since being defaulted from the U.S. Open. ...

What’s in a name? At the Vatican, a debate on inclusiveness

ROME (AP) — The Vatican responded Wednesday to criticism that the title of Pope Francis’ upcoming encyclical on the post-COVID world is sexist, saying...

Restorers uncover new details in a Michelangelo Pieta

ROME (AP) — A restoration of one of Michelangelo’s sculptures of the Madonna and Christ has uncovered previously unknown details, including the artist's tool...

American apologizes in Italy court for taking officer’s life

ROME (AP) — A 20-year-old California man charged with murdering an Italian police officer apologized in court Wednesday, saying he was “filled with remorse”...

Djokovic says he learned a ‘big lesson’ from US Open default

ROME (AP) — Novak Djokovic learned “a big lesson” after being disqualified from the U.S. Open for unintentionally hitting a line judge in the...

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