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1st round of vote for Italian president fails amid stalemate

Jan. 24, 2022 16:55 PM EST

ROME (AP) — A first round of voting in Italy's Parliament for the country's next president yielded an avalanche of blank ballots Monday, as lawmakers and special regional electors failed to deliver a winner amid a political stalemate. With special pandemic precautions, balloting...

Olympic dreams come true for Kosovo skier Kiana Kryeziu

Jan. 24, 2022 04:49 AM EST

BROD, Kosovo (AP) — Competing in the giant slalom at the Beijing Olympics will be a giant step for 17-year-old Kiana Kryeziu and her country of Kosovo. Kryeziu is the first female athlete from Kosovo at the Winter Games after she met the qualifying standard during races held in...

Curtoni wins, Goggia crashes in mixed day for Italy ski team

Jan. 23, 2022 13:55 PM EST

CORTINA D'AMPEZZO, Italy (AP) — There were mixed emotions within the powerhouse Italian ski team when Elena Curtoni won a super-G on Sunday while Sofia Goggia crashed again with the Beijing Olympics less than two weeks away. For the second victory of her career in her 230th World...

Former Italian Premier Berlusconi being treated in hospital

Jan. 23, 2022 10:14 AM EST

MILAN (AP) — Former Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi has been undergoing a series of medical examinations in a Milan hospital, a spokesman confirmed Sunday, the day after the center-right political leader and media tycoon took his name out of contention to be Italy’s next president. ...

2 priests, 2 lay people beatified in El Salvador

Jan. 22, 2022 22:12 PM EST

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — The Roman Catholic Church beatified two priests and two lay people Saturday, all victims of right-wing death squads during El Salvador’s civil war. The Rev. Rutilio Grande, a Jesuit priest killed alongside friends Manuel Solorzano and teenager...

Berlusconi drops bid to be elected as Italy's president

Jan. 22, 2022 16:36 PM EST

ROME (AP) — Former premier Silvio Berlusconi on Saturday bowed out of Italy's presidential election set for next week, claiming he had the votes to win but the country could ill-afford political divisions during the pandemic. Berlusconi also announced that he is opposing, along...

Migrant boat sinks off Tunisia coast; 4 dead, 7 missing

Jan. 21, 2022 12:44 PM EST

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Four people died after a boat carrying Europe-bound migrants on the Mediterranean Sea sank off Tunisia's coast, the Tunisian Defense Ministry said Friday. Defense Ministry spokesman Mohamed Zekri said navy divers rescued 21 people on Thursday night and seven...

Former Sen. Donnelly confirmed as US ambassador to Vatican

Jan. 21, 2022 12:05 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Indiana Sen. Joe Donnelly will be heading to Rome as the U.S. ambassador to the Vatican. The U.S. Senate approved Donnelly for the position in a voice vote Thursday. President Joe Biden nominated Donnelly for the ambassadorship in October. ...

Italian doctors, dentists not fully vaccinated are suspended

Jan. 21, 2022 12:05 PM EST

ROME (AP) — Some 1,900 Italian doctors and dentists have been suspended from the country's professional association because they haven’t complied with a law requiring them to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, including having a booster shot. That amounts to 0.4% of total...

Italy's next moral compass? Berlusconi, 85, eyes presidency

Jan. 21, 2022 02:24 AM EST

ROME (AP) — Italy is poised to elect a new president, meant to serve as the nation’s moral compass and foster unity by rising above the political fray. Silvio Berlusconi thinks he fits the bill. The billionaire media mogul and three times premier, who entered...