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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...

Venice nets $2.2 million in day-tripper tax pilot. Opponents say it failed to deter visitors

Jul. 14, 2024 20:32 PM EDT

VENICE, Italy (AP) — Venice on Sunday wrapped up a pilot program charging day-trippers an entrance fee, more than 2 million euros ($2.2 million) richer and determined to extend the levy, but opponents in the fragile lagoon city called the experiment a failure. Several dozen...

Italian tax police free 33 Indian workers from 'slave-like' conditions on farms

Jul. 14, 2024 05:24 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — Italy’s tax police said Saturday they had freed 33 Indian farm workers from “slave-like working conditions” in the northern province of Verona, while seizing almost half a million euros from the two alleged gangmasters. Police said the two alleged abusers, also...

Today in History: July 14, the storming of the Bastille

Jul. 14, 2024 00:09 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Sunday, July 14, the 196th day of 2024. There are 170 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On July 14, 1789, in an event symbolizing the start of the French Revolution, citizens of Paris stormed the Bastille prison and...

Meyer appointed as director of Lausanne's Orchestre de Chambre, will leave La Scala in early 2025

Jul. 12, 2024 13:25 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — Dominique Meyer has been appointed executive director of the Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne, effective July 15, the orchestra’s board of trustees said on Friday. Meyer, however, will remain superintendent of Milan's Teatro alla Scala until the end of his term on...