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Italian ex-premier Renzi seeks to create new center-right

Oct. 20, 2019 3:51 PM EDT

MILAN (AP) — Former Italian Premier Matteo Renzi appealed Sunday to disillusioned members of ex-Premier Silvio Berlusconi's party to join forces — but received a quick rebuke. Renzi made his appeal the day after Berlusconi and his much-weakened Forza Italia party appeared marginalized at a...

Thousands of protesters gather for 'Italian pride' rally

Oct. 19, 2019 3:51 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — Tens of thousands of protesters gathered in Rome on Saturday for a so-called "Italian Pride" rally that brought together the right-wing League of Matteo Salvini, the far-right Brothers of Italy party led by Giorgia Meloni and former premier Silvio Berlusconi's Forza Italia. Salvini's League,...

Giorgia Meloni is rising star on Italy's far-right stage

Oct. 18, 2019 2:56 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — Italian right-wing leader Matteo Salvini's once-bold demeanor has turned nervous and edgy since his failed bid to become premier this summer, giving an opening on Italy's political stage to his junior ally, the energetic leader of the post-fascist Brothers of Italy party. Giorgia Meloni's...

New deadly migrant shipwreck hardens calls to revamp rescues

Oct. 7, 2019 1:59 PM EDT

MILAN (AP) — The deaths of at least 13 people early Monday on an overloaded migrant boat that capsized near the Italian island of Lampedusa have galvanized calls to shut down smuggler routes and revamp search-and-rescue efforts in the deadly central Mediterranean Sea. The Italian coast guard said one of...

Pope decries world's indifference to migrants and refugees

Sep. 29, 2019 6:55 AM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis on Sunday decried "the culture of comfort" that leads to indifference in the face of a global migration and refugee crisis. The pope who has made caring for migrants a hallmark of his papacy spoke during a Mass for the World Day for Migrants and Refugees. "We cannot be...

AP Interview: Italian players' rep bemoans racism tolerance

Sep. 26, 2019 9:59 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — It was the day after Christmas and the festive atmosphere was quickly ruined when a soccer fan died in clashes outside of the venerated San Siro stadium in Milan. Inside the arena, the situation grew worse when Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly, who is black, was targeted with racist monkey...

5 EU nations reach temporary deal on rescued migrants

Sep. 23, 2019 1:57 PM EDT

VALLETTA, Malta (AP) — Five European Union nations agreed on Monday to a temporary arrangement for disembarkation and relocation of migrants rescued in the central Mediterranean from human traffickers' unseaworthy boats, with officials pushing for a wider deal involving more EU countries. During talks in...

Macron: Italy, Malta must know who'll take rescued migrants

Sep. 18, 2019 5:06 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — France's president assured Italy's new government Wednesday night that he is working for a standing arrangement under which European Union nations would take a share of rescued migrants, seeking to avoid standoffs at sea aboard humanitarian boats that Italian and Maltese authorities refuse to...

Renzi splits Italy's Democrats, shaking govt coalition

Sep. 17, 2019 9:03 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — Former Italian Premier Matteo Renzi has left the ruling Democratic Party to set up a new centrist force, in a risky move that further weakens the already shaky government forged only two weeks ago by the center-left Democrats and the populist 5-Star Movement. Renzi announced his departure with...

Vigilantes in Slovenia patrol borders to keep out migrants

Sep. 17, 2019 3:28 AM EDT

RADOVICA, Slovenia (AP) — Blaz Zidar has a mission: patrol along a razor-wire fence on Slovenia's border with Croatia, catch migrants trying to climb over, hand them to police and make sure they are swiftly sent out of the country. The 47-year-old former Slovenian army soldier, dressed in camouflage...