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EU leaders break off talks on top job nominees without result

Jun. 17, 2024 18:32 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — Leaders of European Union countries reached no final agreement on candidates for the bloc's top jobs Monday, but several praised the record of European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, and she appeared on track to secure their endorsement later this month for a second...

Rome LGBTQ+ Pride parade celebrates 30th anniversary, makes fun of Pope Francis comments

Jun. 15, 2024 15:00 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — The Rome LGBTQ+ Pride parade celebrated its 30th anniversary Saturday as tens of thousands of people in brightly colored outfits marched through the Italian capital waving banners, dancing and singing as they marked gay rights and poked fun at Pope Francis. Many of the...

Italian Premier Meloni describes Putin's cease-fire offer for Ukraine as 'propaganda'

Jun. 15, 2024 12:15 PM EDT

BORGO EGNAZIA, Italy (AP) — Italian Premier Giorgia Meloni on Saturday dismissed a cease-fire offer for Ukraine by Russian President Vladimir Putin as “propaganda,” as she wrapped up a Group of Seven summit that saw a deal reached for a $50 billion loan to Ukraine. The loan...

Biden, Meloni meet on sidelines of G7 summit but one notable matter wasn't on the table: abortion

Jun. 14, 2024 18:35 PM EDT

BORGO EGNAZIA, Italy (AP) — President Joe Biden and Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni had a lot to talk about Friday when they met on the sidelines of the Group of Seven summit, but one notable matter wasn't on the table: abortion, an issue that emerged as an unexpected friction point among...

G7 leaders tackle migration, AI and economic security on second and final day of summit in Italy

Jun. 14, 2024 15:30 PM EDT

BARI, Italy (AP) — The Group of Seven leading industrialized nations turned their attention to migration, artificial intelligence, economic security and the Indo-Pacific region on Friday, the second and final day of their summit in Italy. The G7 leaders stressed their determination to meet global...

Pope Francis becomes first pontiff to address a G7 summit, raising alarm about AI. The G7 responds

Jun. 14, 2024 14:12 PM EDT

BARI, Italy (AP) — Pope Francis challenged leaders of the world’s wealthy democracies on Frida y to keep human dignity foremost in developing and using artificial intelligence, warning that such powerful technology risks turning human relations themselves into mere algorithms. ...

An Italian activist elected to European Parliament has been freed in Hungary, will return home soon

Jun. 14, 2024 12:54 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — An Italian anti-fascist activist was released from house arrest in Hungary on Friday after being elected as a new member of the European Parliament for the Italian Green and Left Alliance, the party’s leaders said. Local police in Budapest removed Ilaria Salis’...

G7 summit opens with deal to use Russian assets for Ukraine as Italy flexes its right-wing muscles

Jun. 13, 2024 15:13 PM EDT

BORGO EGNAZIA, Italy (AP) — A Group of Seven summit opened Thursday with agreement reached on a U.S. proposal to back a $50 billion loan to Ukraine using frozen Russian assets as collateral, giving Kyiv a strong show of support even as Europe's political chessboard shifts to the right. ...

Fistfight erupts in Italian Parliament as tensions rise over expanding regional autonomy

Jun. 13, 2024 07:03 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — Tensions in Italy's lower house erupted into a fistfight, sending an opposition lawmaker to hospital, over a controversial government proposal that opponents say will further impoverish the poor south. Video of the fight Wednesday shows lawmakers converging on 5-Star...

G7 summit opens with deal to use Russian assets for Ukraine as EU's traditional powers recalibrate

Jun. 13, 2024 06:02 AM EDT

BARI, Italy (AP) — A Group of Seven summit is opening Thursday with agreement on a U.S. proposal to back a $50 billion loan to Ukraine using frozen Russian assets as collateral, giving Kyiv a strong show of support even as Europe's political chessboard shifts to the right. ...