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Gala evening at La Scala celebrates culture over extremism

Dec. 7, 2019 8:07 PM EST

MILAN (AP) — The gala season premiere of Puccini’s “Tosca” starring Russian soprano Anna Netrebko and conducted by Riccardo Chailly received 15 minutes of applause from an audience of Milanese elite, in an evening that celebrated culture as a bulwark against political extremism. For...

Italian government approves new loan to keep Alitalia flying

Dec. 3, 2019 8:59 AM EST

MILAN (AP) — The Italian government has approved new funding for struggling airline Alitalia to keep it operational until new investors can be found. The government late Monday approved a bridge loan of 400 million euros ($442 million), an injection made necessary after the state railway failed to pull...

The Latest: UN sends disaster assessment experts to Albania

Nov. 26, 2019 2:02 PM EST

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — The Latest on a deadly earthquake in Albania (all times local): 8 p.m. The United Nations says it is sending two technical experts from the U.N. Disaster Assessment and Coordination office to Albania following the earthquake that struck the country. U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric...

Rescuers comb building rubble after Albanian quake kills 21

Nov. 26, 2019 1:34 PM EST

DURRES, Albania (AP) — Rescue crews with excavators searched for survivors trapped in toppled apartment buildings and hotels Tuesday as the death toll from a powerful pre-dawn earthquake in Albania climbed to 21, with more than 600 people injured. The magnitude-6.4 quake was felt across the southern...

Italian government scrambles for deal to save Alitalia

Nov. 26, 2019 12:10 PM EST

MILAN (AP) — The Italian government is scrambling for a new solution to save struggling airline Alitalia, after a plan involving an international consortium failed. Premier Giuseppe Conte said Tuesday that the government was evaluating alternatives. “We do not have a market solution within...

UN: Bodies of at least 6 migrants found on Libyan coast

Nov. 22, 2019 9:23 AM EST

CAIRO (AP) — At least six bodies of Europe-bound migrants were found on Libya’s Mediterranean coast on Friday, while another 90 were intercepted by Libya’s coast guard, the U.N. migration agency said. Libya has emerged as a major transit point for African and Arab migrants fleeing war and...

Trial of US teens for Rome cop slaying to start in February

Nov. 21, 2019 8:12 AM EST

ROME (AP) — The lawyer of one of the two American teenagers jailed in Rome over the slaying of a Carabinieri police office says their trial has been fast-tracked and will begin early next year. Craig Peters, representing Finnegan Lee Elder, said Thursday that the first hearing has been scheduled for Feb....

Italian police smash cross-border antiquities trafficking

Nov. 18, 2019 10:54 AM EST

ROME (AP) — Italian police have broken up a cross-border criminal gang illicitly trafficking in archaeological artifacts clandestinely excavated in southern Italy for export abroad, authorities said Monday. The culture-crime division of the Carabinieri military police said two suspects were jailed and 21...

High tides surge through Venice, locals rush to protect art

Nov. 15, 2019 4:22 PM EST

VENICE, Italy (AP) — Exceptionally high tidal waters rolled relentlessly through Venice again on Friday, forcing the closure of St. Mark’s Square to the public and flooding most of the lagoon city’s already devastated center before easing. Forecasters warned that the danger for more...

Italy declares state of emergency in Venice after high tides

Nov. 14, 2019 1:47 PM EST

ROME (AP) — Italy's government declared a state of emergency Thursday in flood-ravaged Venice, seeking to release funds to repair the historic lagoon city after it was damaged by the highest tide in 50 years. A cabinet meeting approved a special decree that included 20 million euros ($21.7 million) in...