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Protests greet debut of Italy's workplace COVID pass rule

Oct. 15, 2021 13:38 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — Protests erupted in Italy on Friday as one of the most stringent anti-coronavirus measures in Europe went into effect, requiring all workers, from magistrates to maids, to show a health pass to get into their place of employment. Police were out in force,...

Neo-fascists exploit 'no-vax' rage, posing dilemma for Italy

Oct. 13, 2021 11:09 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — An extreme-right party's violent exploitation of anger over Italy's coronavirus restrictions is forcing authorities to wrestle with the country's fascist legacy and fueling fears there could be a replay of last week's mobs trying to force their way to Parliament. ...

G20 demands humanitarian access to Afghans, EU pledges cash

Oct. 12, 2021 15:38 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — The European Union pledged 1 billion euros ($1.15 billion) in support for the Afghan people, and the Group of 20 countries vowed to accelerate aid Tuesday amid concerns that an already precarious humanitarian and financial situation will grow catastrophic over the winter. ...

Calls rise in Italy to ban pro-fascism groups after rampage

Oct. 10, 2021 14:42 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — Left-leaning Italian lawmakers and politicians on Sunday called for measures to outlaw pro-fascism groups a day after anti-vaccine protesters, incited by extreme-right leaders, stormed a union office in Rome. Twelve protesters were either detained or...

Thousands march in Rome to protest workplace vaccine rule

Oct. 09, 2021 15:17 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — Thousands of demonstrators marched down Rome's famous Via Veneto and other streets on Saturday, some smashing their way into a union office and clashing with police as they protested Italy's new “Green Pass” vaccination requirement for employees to enter their offices. ...

The Latest: Alabama Gov. Ivey extends help for hospitals

Oct. 09, 2021 15:02 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey has extended through the end of the October a COVID-19 state of emergency that relaxes some health care regulations to help hospitals with coronavirus patients. The order was scheduled to expire Tuesday. The order was aimed at...

Merkel meets pope and receives farewell tribute from Draghi

Oct. 07, 2021 09:34 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — Outgoing German Chancellor Angela Merkel met Thursday with Pope Francis and Italian Premier Mario Draghi, who paid tribute to her “calm, determined" leadership even during difficult years for Europe and the common currency. Merkel herself has called this...

EU recommends relief funds for consumers hit by energy costs

Oct. 06, 2021 15:37 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union on Wednesday urged member countries to provide relief funds to consumers and small businesses hit hardest by rising gas and electricity prices, as criticism mounts that the bloc’s climate change fighting policies are fueling the problem. ...

Italy's center-left claim mayoral wins; populists slump

Oct. 04, 2021 15:59 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — Italy’s center-left forces, spearheaded by the Democrats, were sweeping to victory Monday in Milan and other big city mayoral races while clinching a runoff berth in Rome, where the populist 5-Star Movement's Mayor Virginia Raggi faced a stinging defeat, according to partial...

Italians vote for mayors of Rome, Milan, other key cities

Oct. 03, 2021 08:46 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — Millions of people in Italy started voting Sunday for new mayors, including in Rome and Milan, in an election widely seen as a test of political alliances before nationwide balloting just over a year away. The two days of voting end on Monday and the first...