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Woman who says she was abused spiritually and sexually by a once-famous Jesuit demands transparency

Feb. 21, 2024 13:20 PM EST

ROME (AP) — One of the first women who accused a once-exalted Jesuit artist of spiritual, psychological and sexual abuse went public Wednesday to demand transparency from the Vatican and a full accounting of the hierarchs who covered for him for 30 years. Gloria Branciani, 59,...

Andreas Brehme, scorer of West Germany's winning goal in the 1990 World Cup final, dies at 63

Feb. 20, 2024 08:02 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Andreas Brehme, who fired West Germany to the 1990 World Cup title with the only goal in the final against Diego Maradona's Argentina, has died. He was 63. Brehme's partner Susanne Schaefer confirmed his death in a statement to Germany's dpa news agency on Tuesday....

Italy again prosecutes Egypt officials for the 2016 torture and death of Italian student in Cairo

Feb. 20, 2024 07:14 AM EST

ROME (AP) — Four high-level Egyptian security officials went on trial in absentia before a Rome court on Tuesday, accused in the 2016 abduction, torture and slaying of an Italian doctoral student in Cairo. Giulio Regeni’s body was found on a highway days after he disappeared in...

Fire at a shantytown in Montenegro kills 2 women and 2 children, state TV says

Feb. 15, 2024 05:51 AM EST

PODGORICA, Montenegro (AP) — A fire that erupted early on Thursday at a makeshift Roma settlement in Montenegro killed two women and two children, the state RTCG television reported. The fire erupted around 4.30 a.m. in the southern Adriatic Sea town of Bar, the report said. It was...

Antifascists gather in Hungary to oppose annual far-right event as Italian activist remains jailed

Feb. 10, 2024 12:26 PM EST

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Antifascist activists gathered in Hungary's capital on Saturday to oppose an annual commemoration held by far-right groups, underscoring diplomatic tensions between Budapest and Rome over the detention of an Italian citizen in a Hungarian jail. Hundreds of...

Man convicted in Italy for 2007 Meredith Kercher murder is under surveillance over abuse claims

Feb. 09, 2024 14:32 PM EST

ROME (AP) — A Rome court has ordered that the man convicted in the 2007 murder of British student Meredith Kercher and freed three years ago be placed under “special surveillance” for allegedly abusing a former girlfriend, Italian media reported on Friday. The order came after...

A giant statue of Emperor Constantine looks out over Rome again with help from 3D technology

Feb. 06, 2024 22:11 PM EST

ROME (AP) — Emperor Constantine, the 4th century ruler whose embrace of Christianity helped spread the faith throughout the Roman Empire, now has a reconstructed statue befitting his larger-than-life role in history. Rome authorities on Tuesday unveiled a massive, 13-meter (42.6...

Japan will step up defense and economic ties with Italy as Rome seeks a greater Indo-Pacific role

Feb. 05, 2024 09:39 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — The leaders of Japan and Italy said Monday they will bolster their cooperation in security and defense, including their joint next-generation fighter jet development with Britain, as Tokyo welcomed the European nation's shift toward playing a greater role in the Indo-Pacific. ...

14 migrants arrested in repatriation center in unrest spurred by death of young African migrant

Feb. 05, 2024 08:42 AM EST

MILAN (AP) — Authorities in Rome have arrested 14 migrants from nine countries for alleged involvement in unrest in a repatriation center following the death of a migrant from the African nation of Guinea, police said Monday. After the body was discovered Sunday morning, migrants...

'Grandissimo': Italian Premier Giorgia Meloni welcomes home Australian Open champion Jannik Sinner

Jan. 30, 2024 13:15 PM EST

ROME (AP) — Australian Open champion Jannik Sinner returned to Italy on Tuesday amid great fanfare and headed straight to a private meeting with Premier Giorgia Meloni. “Grandissimo,” Meloni said when Sinner walked into her office in the Chigi Palace. “I want...