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German aid group releases video of migrant raft in distress

May. 23, 2019 3:50 PM EDT

MILAN (AP) — The German aid group Sea-Watch has released video from its aircraft showing a sinking raft packed with dozens migrants off Libya with some people scattered in the sea. Sea-Watch said Thursday that its aircraft immediately tried to contact an Italian naval ship about 30 miles (48 kilometers)...

Nadal opens bid for 12th French Open title against qualifier

May. 23, 2019 3:24 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Rafael Nadal will start his campaign for a record-extending 12th title at the French Open against a qualifier. And if he makes it to the second round of the clay-court Grand Slam, another qualifier will be waiting. The defending champion was handed what looked like quite an easy draw Thursday...

Italy's Catholic bishops 'morally obliged' to report abuse

May. 23, 2019 2:20 PM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Italian Catholic Church hierarchy said Thursday it had approved guidelines establishing a "moral obligation" to report cases of clergy sex abuse to police, after bishops long downplayed the problem and covered it up. The Italian bishops' conference didn't immediately release the...

'Real Housewives' husband wins reprieve in deportation fight

May. 23, 2019 11:45 AM EDT

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A federal court has ruled that the husband of "Real Housewives of New Jersey" cast member Teresa Giudice can stay in the U.S. as he appeals deportation to his native Italy. The 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia delayed Joe Giudice's deportation in an order published...

EU elections primer: How they work, what could happen

May. 23, 2019 11:41 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — European voters started heading to the polls Thursday to choose lawmakers to represent them at the European Parliament for the next five years. In all, 400 million voters in 28 nations will be voting over the next four days. Here's a look at that massive exercise in democracy, a...

Fascist symbols and rhetoric on rise in Italian EU vote

May. 23, 2019 7:57 AM EDT

MILAN (AP) — A banner emblazoned with the words "Honor to Mussolini," unfurled just steps from the Milan piazza where the fascist dictator's body was hung upside down after his 1945 execution. One-armed salutes and fascist slogans shouted at protests. Italy's right-wing interior minister skipping...

Italian hostage freed after 3 years in Syria returns home

May. 23, 2019 4:38 AM EDT

MILAN (AP) — Italy's defense minister says an Italian who had been held hostage in Syria for three years has been released and returned to Italy. Defense Minister Elisabetta Trenta late Wednesday confirmed Alessandro Sandrini's arrival at Rome's Ciampino airport and thanked Italian intelligence services...

AP PHOTOS: Fascist legacy endures in Rome's architecture

May. 23, 2019 3:46 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — While Germany systematically wiped out traces of Adolf Hitler's Nazi regime after World War II, the legacy of his Axis ally, Benito Mussolini, remains present in Italy even today. Many monuments and symbols glorifying Mussolini's two-decade rule were removed following the war, but a surprising...

FRENCH OPEN '19: Federer, Nadal, Djokovic still rule tennis

May. 22, 2019 11:19 AM EDT

The Big 3 are still very much around. They're still leading the rankings, still collecting the biggest trophies. And they're still the dominant figures in men's tennis, responsible for the main story lines when the French Open starts Sunday. Roger Federer returns to Roland Garros for the first time since 2015...

Prada latest luxury fashion house to go fur-free

May. 22, 2019 10:31 AM EDT

MILAN (AP) — The Prada Group has become the latest luxury fashion house to go fur-free. Prada said Wednesday that it will no longer include animal fur in its designs and new products starting from the spring-summer 2020 women's collection, which will be previewed in September. Prada joins Versace, Gucci...