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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...

The Latest: State of emergency declared in flood-hit Venice

Nov. 14, 2019 1:09 PM EST

VENICE, Italy (AP) — The Latest on the record flooding in Venice. (all times local): 7:10 p.m. Italy's government has declared a state of emergency in flood-ravaged Venice, to help swiftly secure the historic city funds to repair damage from the highest tide in 50 years. A cabinet meeting on Thursday...

Officials seek faster trial for US teens in Rome cop slaying

Nov. 14, 2019 12:46 PM EST

ROME (AP) — The lawyer of one of the two young Americans jailed in Rome over the slaying of a Carabinieri police officer says prosecutors have requested a speedier trial for the two teenagers. Finnegan Lee Elder’s lawyer, Renato Borzone, said on Thursday that Rome prosecutors have requested an...

Apparent pirate attack on ship in Mexico wounds 2 Italians

Nov. 12, 2019 4:37 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The Mexican navy says two Italian crew members were wounded in an attack by armed assailants who boarded their ship in the Gulf of Mexico. The pirate attack was apparently carried out by several armed men who approached the Italian-flagged ship Rema in two fishing boats. The Mexican navy...

5 Italian soldiers wounded by roadside explosion in Iraq

Nov. 10, 2019 1:32 PM EST

ROME (AP) — A roadside blast wounded five Italian military members Sunday in northern Iraq as they returned from a mission aimed at helping Iraqi troops combat the Islamic State group, Italian military officials said. The Italian Defense Ministry said three of the wounded were in "grave condition" after...

Italy presses steelmaker to agree deal on plant, save jobs

Nov. 7, 2019 2:05 PM EST

ROME (AP) — Italy has given steel maker ArcelorMittal a few days to agree to a plan to keep operating a major southern Italian steel plant, where the company says legal challenges and a "climate of hostility" will hinder its business plans. Political pressure was building Thursday both within Italy's...

Italy making climate change courses mandatory for schools

Nov. 6, 2019 1:23 PM EST

ROME (AP) — Italian schoolchildren's ABCs might soon become ABCCs. Italy's education minister says weekly climate change lessons are being made mandatory for the nation's public school students. Minister Lorenzo Fioramonti tweeted Wednesday that his nation will be the first country in the world to make...

Italy tries to convince world's largest steelmaker to stay

Nov. 6, 2019 7:48 AM EST

ROME (AP) — Worried about big job losses, Italy's government is trying to convince steelmaker ArcelorMittal not to pull out of a deal to acquire a plant in southern Italy. Premier Giuseppe Conte was meeting Wednesday in Rome with Indian tycoon Lakshmi Mittal and other company executives. Officially, the...

Ex-CIA agent convicted in kidnap skips Italian justice

Oct. 29, 2019 3:02 PM EDT

MILAN (AP) — The only American to serve a sentence in the CIA-organized kidnap of a Muslim cleric in Italy has skipped the country, her lawyer confirmed Tuesday. A lawyer for Sabrina de Sousa confirmed that she had left Italy with some months remaining in her three-year community service sentence for her...