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France President Emmanuel Macron, right, stands as Sophie Petronin, center, a French aid worker held hostages for four years by Islamic extremists in Mali, is greeted by relatives upon her arrival at the Villacoublay military airport near Paris, Friday Oct. 9, 2020. Sophie Petronin was released with three other hostages from Mali and Italy this week. Before leaving Mali's capital, she said she was doing well and wanted to return to Mali to resume her humanitarian work with malnourished children and orphans.(Gonzalo Fuentes, Pool Photo via AP)

French hostage freed in Mali arrives home in France

Oct. 9, 2020 6:51 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — A 75-year-old French aid worker held hostage for four years by Islamic extremists in Mali was reunited Friday with her grandchildren in France, as relatives also welcomed home two Italians and a Malian politician freed with her this week. They were released earlier this week, days after the...

Former Interior Minister and Leader of League Party Matteo Salvini attends a party rally in San Giovanni La Punta, near Catania, Sicily, Fridayday, Oct. 12, 2020. Salvini next Saturday, Oct. 3 will be attending a preliminary hearing in Catania for allegedly blocking 131 migrants on board of a coast guard ship from disembarking for 5 days in July 2019. (Mauro scrobogna/LaPresse via AP)

Italy's Salvini faces possible charges for blocking migrants

Oct. 3, 2020 9:06 AM EDT

MILAN (AP) — Italy’s right-wing leader, Matteo Salvini, appeared Saturday before a court in Sicily that will decide whether he will face trial for blocking 131 migrants for several days on a coast guard ship in 2019 when he was interior minister. The hearing was adjourned until Nov. 20, when...

Libya's internationally recognized Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj, right, meets with Italian Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio, second from the left, in Tripoli, Libya Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2020. (Libyan Government via AP)

Italy’s FM meets with Libya rivals to push for end to war

Sep. 1, 2020 2:57 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Italy’s chief diplomat paid an unannounced visit to Libya on Tuesday to press for an end to the bloody civil war following cease-fire initiatives by the U.N.-supported government and rival parliament. Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio met with Fayez Sarraj, head of the Government of...

Dutch Foreign Minister Stef Blok, right, greets his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi, left, at Duivenvoorde Castle in Voorschoten, The Netherlands, on Wednesday Aug. 26, 2020.  China's minister is making a regional tour along different countries to encourage more cooperation between China and Europe.(Koen van Weel/ANP via AP)

Dutch minister discusses rights with Chinese counterpart

Aug. 26, 2020 4:08 PM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Dutch Foreign Minister Stef Blok raised his concerns about human rights in China and the autonomy of Hong Kong during talks Wednesday with his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi. Blok said in a statement that their discussions showed that “the Netherlands and China want to...

Hong Kong activist Nathan Law holds a banner reading in Chinese

China's FM visits Italy, in 1st foreign trip since pandemic

Aug. 25, 2020 12:14 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — Italian Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio said he emphasized during a meeting with his Chinese counterpart on Tuesday that Italy would be monitoring closely the implications of new Chinese security measures in Hong Kong. “I reiterated that, together with all our European partners, we have...