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Vatican college space holds bones of dozens, expert says

Jul. 20, 2019 2:39 PM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — A genetics expert retained by the family of a girl who went missing in 1983 said Saturday that a cavernous underground space near a Vatican cemetery holds thousands of bones that appear to be from dozens of individuals, both "adult and non-adult." The expert, Giorgio Portera, said the...

Italy: Missile discovered in hangar leads to more weapons

Jul. 20, 2019 2:21 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — Police say they have found more weapons in northern Italy following the discovery of an air-to-air missile and other arms days earlier. Police said Saturday they had searched a second residence of one of the three suspects connected to the original cache. A Turin-based anti-terrorism police...

Milan magistrate Borrelli, led '90s kickback probes, dies

Jul. 20, 2019 6:38 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — Francesco Saverio Borrelli, who as Milan chief prosecutor led the 1990s corruption probes which toppled Italy's long-ruling political class, has died. He was 89. Milan Chief Prosecutor Francesco Greco confirmed reports of Borrelli's death in a Milan hospital Saturday. He said a wake would be...

Instagram expands hiding 'likes' to make you happier

Jul. 19, 2019 3:35 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Instagram is expanding a test to hide how many "likes" people's posts receive as it tries to combat criticism that such counts hurt mental health and make people feel bad when comparing themselves to others. The Facebook-owned photo-sharing service has been running the test in Canada...

Painting, stolen by Nazi soldier, is back in Florence museum

Jul. 19, 2019 10:13 AM EDT

FLORENCE, Italy (AP) — A Dutch still-life painting, stolen by retreating Nazis and sent by a German soldier as a present to his wife, came back to a Florence museum on Friday, thanks largely to a relentless campaign by the Uffizi Galleries' director, a German. The foreign ministers of German and Italy were...

Italian writer, director Luciano De Crescenzo dies at 90

Jul. 18, 2019 2:38 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — Luciano De Crescenzo, an Italian writer, actor and director, has died in Rome after being hospitalized for a few days. He was 90. The publishing house Mondadori announced his death on Thursday. Born in Naples on Aug. 20, 1928, De Crescenzo gained famed in 1977 with his best-seller "Così...

Sea-Watch 3 captain calls for EU action on migrants rescues

Jul. 18, 2019 12:38 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — A German humanitarian ship captain who eluded an Italian effort to block her from docking at an Italian port with migrants onboard has called for the European Commission to do its best to avoid new political standoffs. Carola Rackete, captain of the Dutch-flagged Sea-Watch 3, was questioned by...

Correction: Norway-Italy-Radical Cleric story

Jul. 18, 2019 10:51 AM EDT

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — In a story on July 16 about a Muslim cleric found guilty in Italy of planning terror, The Associated Press misidentified the lawyer of Mullah Krekar. His lawyer is Enrica Franzini, not Marco Vernillo. Vernillo represents another client in the case, but not Mullah Krekar. A...

Pope Francis names British-born Matteo Bruni as spokesman

Jul. 18, 2019 8:03 AM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis named a new Vatican spokesman Thursday, tapping Matteo Bruni, the British-born official who has handled media logistics for papal trips, in the latest shakeup of the Vatican's communications operations. Bruni takes over from Alessandro Gisotti, who became interim spokesman...

Vatican denies interference in debate over Franco exhumation

Jul. 18, 2019 6:14 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — The Vatican has responded to a formal protest by the Spanish government over a controversy regarding the remains of Gen. Francisco Franco, saying it never intended to meddle with Spain's domestic affairs. In early July, Spain sent a formal protest to the Vatican after the papal nuncio in Madrid...