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Back to jail for Italian mobsters sent home over virus fears

May. 14, 2020 10:54 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — Italian convicted mobsters who had been temporarily transferred from prison to house arrest for fear of coronavirus contagion are being brought back behind bars, the country's justice minister said Thursday, after their release triggered heavy criticism. Alfonso Bonafede has come under fire...

Italian police nab mafiosi to thwart pandemic exploitation

May. 12, 2020 9:23 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — Italian police have arrested 91 suspected mobsters in a probe of money-laundering and extortion in a bid to thwart Sicily’s Cosa Nostra from exploiting economic woes triggered by the pandemic. Hundreds of Financial Guard police officers fanned out early Tuesday through Palermo, the...

Bianca Amodeo, 17, uses her tablet in her room at home in Ascoli Piceno, central Italy, Thursday, April 30, 2020 to chat with her boyfriend Francesco who lives in Ancarano, 15 minutes driving from home. Bianca and Francesco have not met for almost two months after Italy went in a general lockdown in a bid to fight the new coronavirus pandemic. While Italian Premier Conte announced the first relaxation of the circulation restrictions starting from May 4, Bianca and Francesco won't be able to meet yet because they live in different regions. ( AP Photo/Domenico Stinellis)

Easing of lockdown begs the question: Who's family in Italy?

May. 1, 2020 4:22 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — When Italian Premier Giuseppe Conte said the government would relax some parts of a nationwide lockdown, residents entering an eighth week of home confinement to inhibit the coronavirus dove for their dictionaries. Conte announced that starting May 4, people in Italy will be permitted to...

In this photo taken on Sunday, May 24, 2015, the Costa Deliziosa cruise ship leaves Venice, Italy. Passengers on a luxury liner's around-the-world cruise, which began before the globe was gripped by the coronavirus pandemic, are finally approaching their odyssey's end after 15 weeks at sea. Next week, the Costa Deliziosa is due to reach Spain and Italy, two of the countries most devastated by COVID-19 infections. (AP Photo/Luigi Costantini)

'A stroke of luck' to be on global cruise during pandemic

Apr. 20, 2020 4:03 AM EDT

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — For Spanish traveler Carlos Payá, being on an around-the-globe luxury cruise while the rest of the world scurried into their homes for fear of the COVID-19 pandemic was beyond surreal. It was “a stroke of good luck.” Now, his trip inside the virus-free bubble that...

A medical staffer gestures after performing swabs for coronavirus in the Santa Cecilia nursing home in Civitavecchia, near Rome, Saturday, April 17, 2020. A scandal over coronavirus infections and deaths in Italy’s nursing homes took on broader dimensions Friday, with the National Institutes of Health conservatively estimating that at least 6,773 residents had died since Feb. 1, 40% of them either infected with the virus or with COVID-19 symptoms. (Cecilia Fabiano/LaPresse via AP)

The Latest: Positive tests at Afghan presidential palace

Apr. 20, 2020 12:52 AM EDT

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. TOP OF THE HOUR: — At least 20 employees at Afghanistan’s presidential...

In this Feb. 5, 2020, photo, an ambulance carrying a passenger onboard cruise ship Diamond Princess arrives at a hospital in Yokohama, near Tokyo. Hospitals in Japan are increasingly turning away sick people in ambulances as the country braces for a surge in coronavirus infections. The Japanese Association for Acute Medicine and the Japanese Society for Emergency Medicine say emergency medicine has already collapsed with many hospitals refusing to treat people including those suffering strokes, heart attacks and external injuries. (Kyodo News via AP)(Sadayuki Goto/Kyodo News via AP)

The Latest: Japan passes 10,000 domestic cases of COVID-19

Apr. 18, 2020 11:42 PM EDT

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. TOP OF THE HOUR: — Japan surpasses 10,000 domestic cases. — California...

World cruise, begun before pandemic, nears end of odyssey

Apr. 18, 2020 3:40 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — Passengers on a luxury liner's around-the-world cruise, begun before the globe was gripped by the coronavirus pandemic, are finally approaching the end of their odyssey after 15 weeks at sea. Their ship, the Costa Deliziosa, heads to ports in Spain and Italy, two of the countries most...