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Italy's president to pols: make solid deal or elections soon

Aug. 22, 2019 5:06 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — Italy's president gave party leaders a few more days to try to forge a solid, durable governing coalition but served notice they must convince him soon they have found a formula for a new majority in Parliament or else he'll call early elections. President Sergio Mattarella made clear that only...

The Latest: Italy's president gives parties more time

Aug. 22, 2019 2:32 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — The Latest on political developments as Italy tries to form new government (all times local): 8:25 p.m. Italian President Sergio Mattarella says he has agreed to political leaders' request for more time to see if a viable government can be formed to replace the one that collapsed this week....

Italian populist mixes religious symbols with his politics

Aug. 22, 2019 12:52 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — Matteo Salvini slipped the rosary out of his pocket right before Premier Giuseppe Conte began his speech to Parliament. He took it out and kissed it again midway through the address, just as Conte began admonishing him for exploiting his Catholic faith for political ends. The interior...

Italy's Democrats seek to ward off early vote and Salvini

Aug. 21, 2019 1:22 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — Lawmakers in Italy's largest opposition party, the center-left Democrats, huddled Wednesday to see if they could gather enough support in parliament for a durable government and avoid an early election that could bring Matteo Salvini's euroskeptic, nationalist League party to power. Their...

What to expect as Italy's looks to a new government

Aug. 20, 2019 8:22 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — As Italy's Premier Giuseppe Conte steps down, the question is whether hardline, anti-migrant Interior Minister Matteo Salvini can force new elections in hopes of grabbing the premiership. In announcing his resignation Tuesday before the Senate, Conte blamed Salvini for pulling the plug on a...

Italian premier resigns, blames deputy for political crisis

Aug. 20, 2019 4:53 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — Italian Premier Giuseppe Conte resigned Tuesday, blaming the collapse of his 14-month-old populist government on his rebellious, anti-migrant Interior Minister Matteo Salvini, who triggered a political crisis to try to force early elections. Addressing the Senate, Conte blasted Salvini for...

The Latest: Italian PM is asked to stay as caretaker leader

Aug. 20, 2019 3:35 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — The Latest on Italy's government crisis (all times local): 9:30 p.m. Italian PM Giuseppe Conte has tendered his resignation to Italy's president, who has asked Conte and his government to stay in place as a caretaker Cabinet as he hold talks with political parties to chart out the nation's...

Official resigns over online hate campaign against judges

Aug. 20, 2019 3:02 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's deputy justice minister resigned Tuesday after allegations surfaced that he encouraged an online hate campaign against judges who were critical of the right-wing government. Lukasz Piebiak said he was stepping down in the interests of the government, adding that he planned to...

Russian panel eyes alleged foreign interference in protests

Aug. 19, 2019 1:35 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's lower house of parliament on Monday set up a commission to examine alleged cases of foreign interference in connection with a series of protests against the Moscow city council election, while President Vladimir Putin defended the harsh police crackdown on some of the demonstrations....

Italy's PM: Salvini 'obsessed' with blocking migrants at sea

Aug. 15, 2019 4:25 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — A humanitarian boat carrying 147 migrants rescued at sea was eventually allowed to let nine persons disembark Thursday night on a tiny Italian island, but the others were stuck aboard for a 15th night, as the drama was swept up in Italy's rapidly worsening government crisis. With a political...