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Alitalia's final weeks flying marked by protests, apologies

Sep. 21, 2021 12:04 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — Italy’s failing national airline Alitalia told passengers on Tuesday to just bring a single piece of hand luggage when travelling, given the intensifying strikes and labor protests that are disrupting services ahead of the airline’s planned Oct. 14 demise. ...

Rome court rejects Venezuela extradition bid for ex-oil czar

Sep. 20, 2021 15:46 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — A Rome court has rejected a request by Venezuela to extradite its former oil czar to face corruption charges, citing the country’s record in violating human rights, his Italian lawyer said Monday. Rafael Ramirez, the longtime head of Venezuela’s PDVSA...

EU approves funds to Italy's ITA, lifts Alitalia burden

Sep. 10, 2021 08:54 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union’s competition watchdog on Friday cleared an injection of Italian government funds into new national flag carrier ITA, and said the company would not be held accountable for illegal state aid given to its predecessor Alitalia. Just a...

Italian anti-terror police raid virus pass opponents' homes

Sep. 09, 2021 09:20 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — Italian anti-terrorism police on Thursday raided the homes of eight people who allegedly advocated violence, particularly against journalists, in upcoming protests in Rome and elsewhere against the government's COVID-19 vaccine requirements, officials said. ...

Vatican won't say if women can vote in 2023 church meeting

Sep. 07, 2021 09:54 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — Vatican officials declined on Tuesday to say if women would be able to vote on concrete proposals about the future of the Catholic Church at the end of a two-year process of consultation of ordinary faithful that Pope Francis kicks off next month. For years,...

The Latest: More U.S. first responders are dying of COVID-19

Sep. 06, 2021 15:40 PM EDT

UNDATED -- The resurgence of COVID-19 this summer and the national debate over vaccine requirements have created a fraught situation for the United States' first responders, who are dying in larger numbers but pushing back against mandates. It’s a stark contrast from...

Identical: Nicolai Højgaard duplicates twin brother's win

Sep. 05, 2021 13:51 PM EDT

GUIDONIA MONTECELIO, Italy (AP) — Identical twins, identical results. Nicolai Højgaard sunk a birdie putt on the 18th hole to win the Italian Open on Sunday, a week after his identical twin brother, Rasmus, won the European Masters in Switzerland by also making a...

Italy police stop man suspected of snatching winning ticket

Sep. 05, 2021 08:24 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — Border police at Rome's main airport on Sunday prevented a Naples tobacco shop owner suspected of running off with a customer’s winning game ticket from boarding a flight to the Canary Islands, Italian news reports said. The man didn't have the filched...

Train station protests fizzle in Italy as COVID passes start

Sep. 01, 2021 13:38 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — Police outnumbered demonstrators at several of Italy's main train stations as COVID-19 vaccination or tests became mandatory Wednesday for long-distance travel within the country. Threats by some of the rule's opponents to block railroad tracks apparently fizzled. ...

The Latest: US strikes at IS in retaliation for bombing

Aug. 27, 2021 21:38 PM EDT

WASHINGTON — The United States military struck back at the Islamic State on Saturday, bombing an IS member in Afghanistan less than 48 hours after a devastating suicide bombing claimed by the group killed as many as 169 Afghans and 13 American service members at the Kabul airport. ...