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The League leader Matteo Salvini gives a press conference after polls closed in a regional election for the region of Emilia Romagna, in Bentivoglio, near Bologna, Italy, late Sunday, Jan. 26, 2020. Nearly complete results Monday, Jan. 27, 2020, of balloting for the governorship of the prosperous Emilia-Romagna region had the League's candidate some 8 percentage points behind the 51.4 percent garnered in Sunday's balloting, by the incumbent governor, of the center-left Democrats.  (Stefano Cavicchi/LaPresse via AP)

Italy's right-wing leader Salvini fails to break left's grip

Jan. 27, 2020 12:03 PM EST

ROME (AP) — Voters in a 70-year-old stronghold of the Italian left have dealt a stinging blow to right-wing opposition leader Matteo Salvini's strategy of using regional voting to help catapult him and his anti-migrant populist League back into national power. In final results announced on Monday from...

A protester waves the national flag while demonstrators set fire to close streets near Tahrir Square during a demonstration against the Iranian missile strike in Baghdad, Iraq, Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020. Iran struck back at the United States early Wednesday for killing a top Revolutionary Guard commander, firing a series of ballistic missiles at two military bases in Iraq that house American troops in a major escalation between the two longtime foes. (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed)

The Latest: Iran says it doesn't want war, but will respond

Jan. 14, 2020 8:50 AM EST

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — The latest on U.S.-Iran tensions after the U.S. airstrike that killed Iran's top general (all times local): 2:10 a.m. Iran is informing the United Nations that it took “a measured and proportionate military response” to the U.S. airstrike that killed its top military...

Libya's Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj, left, holds a joint press conference with Italian Premier Giuseppe Conte after their meeting at Chigi palace, in Rome, Saturday, Jan. 11, 2020. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

Libya's UN-backed leader welcomes cease-fire, doubts rival

Jan. 11, 2020 2:09 PM EST

ROME (AP) — Libya’s U.N.-backed prime minister on Saturday conditioned his government's participation in a proposed ceasefire to rival forces withdrawing from the outskirts of Tripoli, suggesting no immediate end to the country's civil war. Prime Minister Fayez Serraj defended his “bellicose...

Mourners place candles and photographs outside the Alberta Legislature Building in Edmonton, Alberta, Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020, during a vigil for those killed after a Ukrainian passenger jet crashed, killing at least 63 Canadians, just minutes after taking off from Iran's capital. (Codie McLachlan/The Canadian Press via AP)

The Latest: Iran invites US agency to help with crash probe

Jan. 9, 2020 8:50 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The latest on Iran-related developments (all times local): 8 p.m. Iran has invited the U.S. accident-investigating agency to take part in the probe of this week’s crash of a Ukrainian jetliner near Tehran. The National Transportation Safety Board said late Thursday that it would...

A car carrying Libyan eastern-based forces General Khalifa Hifter, center, leaves Italian Premier Giuseppe Conte's office in Rome, Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020. Hifter traveled to Rome on Wednesday on a previously unannounced visit to meet with Italian Premier Giuseppe Conte. An Italian government spokesman, Rocco Casalino, said Serraj was expected to meet with Conte later in the evening. (Fabio Cimaglia/LaPresse via AP)

Libya's east-based forces shoot down suggestion of a truce

Jan. 9, 2020 4:32 PM EST

CAIRO (AP) — A spokesman for one of Libya's rival factions has said its forces will keep fighting for the country's capital after Russia and Turkey called for a ceasefire yesterday. Spokesman for the self-styled Libyan Arab Armed Forces Ahmed al-Mosmari said in a video statement late Thursday that group's...

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, right and Russia's President Vladimir Putin, left, attend a ceremony in Istanbul for the inauguration of the TurkStream pipeline, Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020. The dual natural gas line connecting the countries will open up a new export path for Russian gas into Turkey and Europe, through new and existing lines. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

Leaders of Turkey, Russia urge Jan. 12 cease-fire in Libya

Jan. 8, 2020 2:50 PM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — Turkey and Russia called for a Jan. 12 cease-fire in war-torn Libya on Wednesday while European Union officials intensified diplomatic efforts to cool tensions in the North African nation by holding talks with its prime minister. In a related diplomatic push in Rome, Italian Premier...

A man lights a candle at the scene where a car has plowed into a group of people in Luttach, near Bruneck in the northern region South Tirol, Italy, Sunday, Germany, Jan. 5, 2020. Italian fire officials say a car has plowed into a group of young German tourists in northern Italy, killing at least six people and injuring eleven. (AP Photo/Helmut Moling)

Drunken driver in Italy plows into German tourists, kills 6

Jan. 5, 2020 10:47 AM EST

ROME (AP) — A drunken driver speeding on a mountain road plowed into a group of young German tourists in northern Italy early Sunday, killing six people and injuring 11 others, Italian authorities said. The deadly crash occurred in a village of Valle Aurina, northeast of Bolzano in the Alto Adige region,...

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Trump: Aim of killing Iranian general was to 'stop a war'

Jan. 4, 2020 12:14 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Friday he ordered the killing of a top Iranian general “to stop a war,” not start one, but in the tense aftermath the Pentagon braced for retaliation by sending more troops to the Middle East. Democrats complained that Trump hadn't consulted...

In this Sept. 23, 2019 photo, rescued migrants look at a map of Europe aboard the Ocean Viking humanitarian ship as it sails in the Mediterranean Sea. The misery of migrants in Libya has spawned a thriving and highly lucrative business, in part funded by the EU and enabled by the United Nations, an Associated Press investigation has found. (AP Photo/Renata Brito)

Making misery pay: Libya militias take EU funds for migrants

Dec. 31, 2019 3:15 PM EST

TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) — When the European Union started funneling millions of euros into Libya to slow the tide of migrants crossing the Mediterranean, the money came with EU promises to improve detention centers notorious for abuse and fight human trafficking. That hasn’t happened. Instead, the...

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan gestures as he addresses the members of his ruling party, in Ankara, Turkey, Thursday, Dec. 26, 2019. Erdogan says Thursday his government will submit a bill to parliament that would allow Turkey to send troops to Libya, in support of the U.N.-backed government there. Erdogan said the Libyan government, which controls the capital, Tripoli, has

Libyan official: Turkish troops unwanted, destabilizing

Dec. 28, 2019 12:53 PM EST

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Turkey's willingness to dispatch troops to Libya is “unacceptable" and such a move would constitute unwanted meddling in the affairs of a friendly country, the speaker of the North African country's parliament said Saturday. Aguila Saleh said in a joint statement with his...