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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...

Stefano Bonaccini, president of the Emilia-Romagna Region and Democratic Party candidate, waves to supporters during the closing event of the electoral campaign of the Democratic Party of Emilia-Romagna at the ARCI Benassi club in Bologna, Italy, on Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020. (Massimo Paolone/LaPresse via AP)

Salvini's power bid through regional vote looks to founder

Jan. 26, 2020 9:06 PM EST

MILAN (AP) — Right-wing opposition leader Matteo Salvini’s attempt to destabilize Italy's national government by forcing the left out of power in a key northern region appeared to founder Sunday. With 20% of precincts reporting in Emilia-Romagna, Democratic Party incumbent Stefano Bonaccini was...

Pope Francis meets with US Vice President Mike Pence, left, on the occasion of their private audience, at the Vatican, Friday, Jan. 24, 2020. Pence told Pope Francis, “You made me a hero

US Vice President Pence to Pope Francis: You made me a hero

Jan. 24, 2020 1:03 PM EST

VATICAN CITY (AP) — U.S. Vice President Mike Pence met with Pope Francis at the Vatican on Friday, discussing the anti-abortion march in Washington and telling the pontiff, "You made me a hero" back home by granting him a private audience. The pope and the vice president had a private hour-long...

FILE - In this Jan. 12, 2020 file photo, the League's leader Matteo Salvini poses as he visits a museum devoted to fictional communist mayor, Peppone, the leftist foil to the town’s priest Don Camillo in beloved comic stories and films about the fraught political healing process in postwar Italy, during an electoral rally, in Brescello, central Italy. (Stefano Cavicchi/LaPresse via AP)

Matteo Salvini seeks power in Rome through regional victory

Jan. 24, 2020 8:53 AM EST

MILAN (AP) — Matteo Salvini is betting that the road to Rome runs through Emilia-Romagna. The right-wing populist leader is campaigning hard for his League to take control of the wealthy northern region that has been a left-wing stronghold since World War II. While winning Emilia-Romagna would be heavy on...

Italy's Foreign Minister and 5-Star Movement leader Luigi Di Maio, left, flanked by his successor Vito Crimi, acknowledges the applause at the end of his speech at a meeting in Rome, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020, where he stepped down as party leader following a string of parliamentary defections, falling poll numbers and questions about the movement's future. Luigi Di Maio said he had finished his work, that an era had ended, and that he would trust his successor to lead the party going forward. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

Italy's 5-Star leader Di Maio steps down as party struggles

Jan. 22, 2020 3:23 PM EST

ROME (AP) — The head of Italy's ruling 5-Star Movement stepped down as party leader Wednesday, following a string of parliamentary defections, falling poll numbers and questions about the movement's future. Luigi Di Maio insisted that the government coalition would go forward, and that he would continue to...

In this Jan. 14, 2020 photo, tears well up in Ana Lucia Salazar's eyes as she tells her story of abuse, during an interview in Mexico City. Salazar says that she was sexually abused by a Legion of Christ priest when she was eight. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte)

10 years after Vatican reform, Legion in new abuse crisis

Jan. 20, 2020 3:57 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The administrator of the elite Catholic school in Cancun, Mexico, used to take the girls out of class and send them to the chapel, where the priest from the Legion of Christ religious order would sexually abuse them. “As some were reading the Bible, he would rape the others in...

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...

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...

Rome's mega-exhibit celebrates 500 years from Raphael death

Dec. 23, 2019 12:04 PM EST

ROME (AP) — A mega exhibition of more than 200 works of art from Raphael will open in Rome in March to mark the 500-year anniversary of the death of the Italian Renaissance master. The exhibition, which opens on March 5 at the Scuderie del Quirinale, is the culmination of the world-wide celebration of the...

Italy cartoon depicting EU as Nazi camp sparks outcry

Dec. 17, 2019 7:36 AM EST

ROME (AP) — A cartoonist in Rome has sparked a heated controversy in Italy and abroad after depicting the European Union as the Nazi death camp of Auschwitz and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson as an escaping prisoner. Artist Mario Improta posted the cartoon on his Twitter account Saturday, after...