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Pope resumes public audiences a month after major surgery

Aug. 04, 2021 08:10 AM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis resumed his routine of holding weekly audiences with the general public a month after he underwent bowel surgery, and during the much-awaited appearance Wednesday he recalled the anniversary of the devastating Beirut port explosion and expressed the desire...

Rome governor pledges vaccinations go on despite hacking

Aug. 02, 2021 11:21 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — The governor of the area including Italy’s capital, Rome, sought on Monday to assure residents that a powerful hacking intrusion into the region's website, into its second day, won’t interrupt COVID-19 vaccinations. The Lazio region governor, Nicola...

The Latest: Arizona reports over 2,000 new COVID-19 cases

Aug. 01, 2021 19:29 PM EDT

PHOENIX — Health officials in Arizona on Sunday reported more than 2,000 new COVID-19 cases for the second consecutive day. They say the 2,306 new cases and five additional deaths pushed the state’s totals to 929,541 cases and 18,251 known deaths since the pandemic...

Evacuations by sea as high temps fuel wildfires in Sicily

Jul. 31, 2021 13:46 PM EDT

MILAN (AP) — Firefighters on the Italian island of Sicily on Saturday battled dozens of wildfires fueled by temperatures topping 45 degrees Celsius (113 degrees Fahrenheit), prompting the region’s governor to request assistance from Rome. Some 150 people trapped in...

Italian rockers Maneskin enjoy blurring gender stereotypes

Jul. 29, 2021 08:31 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — Several years ago they were four teenagers busking in the piazzas of Rome. These days, the members of the rock band Maneskin are basking in adoration after triumphing in the Eurovision Song Contest and consistently riding high in Spotify charts. With their...

Europe on vacation, but vaccinations not taking a break

Jul. 29, 2021 07:08 AM EDT

CARRY-LE-ROUET, France (AP) — Europe's famed summer holiday season is in full swing, but efforts to inoculate people against the coronavirus are not taking a break. Instead, with lockdowns easing despite concerns about variants and nations looking to breathe new life...

Pope to UN forum: Hunger is 'crime' violating basic rights

Jul. 26, 2021 14:12 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — Pope Francis on Monday decried as criminal the existence of hunger in a world which can produce enough food for all, building on a warning from U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres that climate change and conflict are a consequence and driver of poverty and income inequality....

Italian lawyers group slams court review of US trial defense

Jul. 21, 2021 13:22 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — Several professional associations representing Italian criminal defense lawyers have slammed a Rome court’s written attack on the team which defended two U.S. young men in their trial for the murder of an Italian police officer. Last week, the court...

Grueling itinerary set for pope's first post-surgery trip

Jul. 21, 2021 08:17 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — The Vatican on Wednesday announced a grueling itinerary for Pope Francis’ first post-surgery foreign trip, scheduling around-the-clock encounters and hopscotching flights for his Sept. 12-15 visit to Hungary and Slovakia. Francis, 84, had already confessed...

The Latest: Most of S Korean warship's crew have coronavirus

Jul. 18, 2021 21:11 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea — The number of infected sailors on a South Korean destroyer on an anti-piracy mission off East Africa has soared to 247, the largest cluster for the country’s military during the coronavirus pandemic. The Defense Ministry said Monday two military...