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Venice officials defend day-tripper tax, but delay the decision on extending it

Jul. 19, 2024 13:04 PM EDT

MILAN (AP) — Venice city officials said Friday that the day-tripper tax netted 2.4 million euros ($2.6 million) during a test phase this summer, and that decisions on how to proceed would be made in the fall after a full analysis of the data. According to the city, the 5-euro tax...

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp journeys to Italy in eighth overseas trip

Jul. 19, 2024 12:21 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp is traveling to Italy in his eighth overseas trip as governor. The Republican will leave this weekend for a six-day trip to the European nation. The delegation will include Kemp's wife, Marty Kemp. The governor says he will...

Italian judge orders a journalist to pay 5,000 euros in damages for making fun of Meloni's height

Jul. 19, 2024 11:20 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — A judge in Milan has ordered an Italian journalist to pay 5,000 euros (nearly $5,500) in damages to Premier Giorgia Meloni for making fun of her height in social media posts. The judge ruled on Wednesday that two social media posts by journalist Giulia Cortese, who was...

Spain heats up under 1st heatwave of the year as Southern Europe swelters

Jul. 18, 2024 10:41 AM EDT

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Spain sweated under its first official heatwave of the year with temperatures expected to reach 40 degrees Celcius (104 Fahrenheit) in a large swathe of the country on Thursday, while Italy, Greece and other areas of southern Europe also struggled to stay cool. ...

Greece shuts Acropolis, 2 firefighters killed in Italy as southern Europe swelters in a heat wave

Jul. 18, 2024 04:06 AM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — A heat wave across southern Europe forced authorities in Greece to close the Acropolis Wednesday for several hours and two firefighters died while putting out a fire in the Basilicata region in southern Italy, Italian authorities said. Italy added Palermo,...

US Army honors Nisei combat unit that helped liberate Tuscany from Nazi-Fascist forces in WWII

Jul. 18, 2024 01:14 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — The U.S. military is celebrating a little-known part of World War II history, honoring the Japanese-American U.S. Army unit that was key to liberating parts of Italy and France even while the troops' relatives were interned at home as enemies of the state following Japan’s attack on...

Italian authorities seek truck driver who was filmed striking migrants near French border

Jul. 17, 2024 14:03 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — Italian border police are looking for a truck driver who is shown on a widely circulated video striking female migrants after he found them in the back of his vehicle near the French border, officials said Wednesday. Smugglers loaded the 12 Eritrean women on the truck...

After no men picked for Olympics 2024 in artistic swimming, Italy's Minisini says he's ending career

Jul. 17, 2024 12:14 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — With no men picked to compete in artistic swimming at the Paris Olympics, where they are eligible for the first time, a former world champion is ending his career this week. At the Italian national championships, four-time worlds gold medalist Giorgio Minisini said he...

Venice mayor under investigation in wide-ranging corruption scandal. He denies wrongdoing

Jul. 16, 2024 17:27 PM EDT

MILAN (AP) — The mayor of Venice is under investigation in a corruption scandal that has landed his top public works official in jail for an alleged system of kickbacks in return for granting favors to developers, Italian media reported Tuesday. Mayor Luigi Brugnaro along with two...

American convicted in killing of Italian plainclothes officer gets house arrest after appeal

Jul. 16, 2024 02:57 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — One of the two Americans convicted in the 2019 stabbing death of an Italian plainclothes police officer has been granted house arrest after an appeals court significantly reduced his original life sentence. Gabriel Natale-Hjorth can serve his 11-year, four-month...