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Rev. Mario Carminati walks in a cemetery in Casnigo, near Bergamo, Italy, Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020. As the world counts more than 1 million COVID victims, the quiet of everyday life and hum of industry has returned to Bergamo, which along with the surrounding Lombardy region was the onetime epicenter of the outbreak in Europe. But the memory of those dark winter days, and the monumental toll of dead they left behind, has remained with those who survived only to see the rest of the world fall victim, too. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)

At virus milestone, Italian priest reflects on loss, lessons

Sep. 30, 2020 6:03 PM EDT

SERIATE, Italy (AP) — If there is anything the Rev. Mario Carminati and the traumatized residents of Italy’s Bergamo province remember about the worst days of the coronavirus outbreak, it’s the wail of ambulance sirens piercing the silence of lockdown. Around the clock for weeks on end,...

Cori Gauff of the U.S. serves against Italy's Martina Trevisan in the second round match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, France, Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

The Latest: Gauff undone by 19 double-faults in French loss

Sep. 30, 2020 3:46 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — The Latest from the French Open (all times local): ___ 9:35 p.m. American teenager Coco Gauff’s French Open debut has ended in the second round after she double-faulted 19 times in a 4-6, 6-2, 7-5 loss to 159th-ranked qualifier Martina Trevisan. Gauff double-faulted twice in the last...

Australian Cardinal George Pell arrives at Rome's international airport in Fiumicino, Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020. Pell took a leave of absence from his job in 2017 to stand trial in his native Australia on historic child sexual abuse charges, for which he was ultimately acquitted. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

Cardinal Pell returns to Vatican mired in financial scandal

Sep. 30, 2020 12:08 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — Cardinal George Pell, who left the Vatican in 2017 to face child sexual abuse charges in Australia, returned to Rome on Wednesday to find a Holy See mired in the type of corruption scandal he worked to expose and clean up. The 79-year-old Pell arrived at Rome’s Leonardo da Vinci airport...

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, left, and U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See Callista Gingrich greet Cardinal Raymond Burke, right, as they attend the

Pompeo urges Vatican to condemn human rights abuses in China

Sep. 30, 2020 10:49 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo urged the Vatican on Wednesday to join the United States in denouncing violations of religious freedom in China, saying the Catholic Church should be at the forefront in the fight to insist on basic human rights there. Pompeo made the appeal at a conference...

Cardinal George Pell returns to Rome after acquittal on sex abuse charges to find Vatican mired in financial scandal

Sep. 30, 2020 8:15 AM EDT
ROME (AP) — Cardinal George Pell returns to Rome after acquittal on sex abuse charges to find Vatican mired in financial scandal.
FILE - In this June 11, 2020 file photo, a migrant is buried in a cemetery, in Sfax, eastern Tunisia. The number of Tunisians migrating clandestinely to Italy has risen to levels not seen since the 2011 Arab Spring uprising. That's causing tensions in Italy's south, where more than 2,200 migrants are quarantining on ferries anchored offshore. (AP Photo/Houssem Zouari, File)

Tunisians fleeing economy, not COVID, cause tension in Italy

Sep. 30, 2020 3:14 AM EDT

RAS JEBEL, Tunisia (AP) — Once it was just the jobless young men who set off from Tunisia’s rocky northern beaches for Sicily, usually defying their parents in hopes of a better future. Now Tunisian families, even those with work or seemingly good prospects, are following that path across 130...

An activist displays a banner during Dior's Spring-Summer 2021 fashion collection presented Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020 during the Paris fashion week. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)

Hybrid Paris Fashion Week, both physical and digital, begins

Sep. 29, 2020 5:43 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Christian Dior on Tuesday was the first major fashion house to stage a traditional ready-to-wear runway show in Paris since the coronavirus pandemic hit in March. The show headlined the first full day of a hybrid-style Paris Fashion Week. A giant “DIOR”-emblazoned white annex in...

FILE - In this April 18, 2018 file photo, Pope Francis meets a group of faithful from China at the end of his weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square, at the Vatican. The Vatican on Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020, answered its critics and justified its decision to pursue an extension of an agreement with China over bishop nominations, acknowledging difficulties but insisting that limited, positive results had been achieved.(AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia, file)

Vatican defends China bishop negotiations on eve of US visit

Sep. 29, 2020 5:11 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — The Vatican on Tuesday answered its critics and defended its pursuit of an extended agreement with China on bishop nominations, acknowledging difficulties but insisting the effort had achieved limited, positive results. The Holy See articulated its position on the eve of a visit by U.S....

Italy repatriates female Islamic fighter and her 4 children

Sep. 29, 2020 4:50 PM EDT

MILAN (AP) — Italian carabinieri arrested a female foreign fighter on Tuesday after returning her and her four young children to Italy from a displaced person’s camp in Kurdish-controlled territory. The woman, Alice Brignoli, traveled in 2015 with her Moroccan-born husband, Mohamed Koraichi, and...

A local resident Shin Dae-sik, 83, speaks during an interview at his home in Cheongju, South Korea, Friday, Sept. 25, 2020. The coronavirus is forcing South Koreans to celebrate their Thanksgiving holiday differently this year, that begin Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020. Shin said about 15 family members assembled for Chuseok in past years but they decided not to do so this week. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

The Latest: COVID-19 outbreak on ship off Australia's coast

Sep. 29, 2020 3:50 PM EDT

PERTH, Australia — Authorities are concerned by a COVID-19 outbreak aboard a cargo ship off Australia's northwest coast that has infected most of the crew. Eight more members of the Filipino crew tested positive for the new coronavirus on Monday, bringing the number of infections to 17 out of a crew of 21....