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La Scala's French manager leaves theater financially fit as Meloni government turns to Italians

May. 28, 2024 10:48 AM EDT

MILAN (AP) — The general manager of Milan’s famed Teatro alla Scala on Tuesday bade a bittersweet farewell to the theater during the presentation of 2024-25 season, saying, "I would have been happy to continue.” Dominique Meyer will finish up his contract, which runs out at the...

US vows more returns of looted antiquities as Italy celebrates latest haul of 600 artifacts

May. 28, 2024 09:55 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — Italy on Tuesday celebrated the return of around 600 antiquities from the U.S., including ancient bronze statues, gold coins, mosaics and manuscripts valued at 60 million euros ($65 million), that were looted years ago, sold to U.S. museums, galleries and collectors and recovered as a...

In Amalfi, pesto is made with strips of fragrant lemon zest

May. 28, 2024 08:26 AM EDT

In Amalfi, Italy, cooks making pesto forgo the classic fresh basil in favor of strips of zest from the local lemons, “sfusato amalfitano.” Combined with almonds, Parmesan and oil, it makes a bright, aromatic pesto perfect for tossing with pasta. In our version of the recipe, from...

G7 officials make progress but no final deal on money for Ukraine from frozen Russian assets

May. 25, 2024 14:54 PM EDT

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Finance officials from the Group of Seven rich democracies said they had moved toward agreement on a U.S. proposal to squeeze more money for Ukraine from Russian assets frozen in their countries. But the ministers left a final deal to be worked out ahead of a June summit...

Luciano Benetton says he's stepping down as chairman of family-run brand as losses top $100 million

May. 25, 2024 12:25 PM EDT

MILAN (AP) — Luciano Benetton, a co-founder of the apparel brand, announced he was stepping down as chairman in an interview published on Saturday with Milan daily Corriere della Sera. He blamed current management for losses of 100 million euros ($108.5 million) that he discovered last year. ...

Work on new Rome subway line under the Colosseum and Forum enters crucial phase

May. 24, 2024 02:00 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — A long-delayed and complex project to bring a subway line under ancient Roman ruins and through Rome’s historic center has entered a crucial phase, with the digging of an 85-meter (280-foot)) deep retaining wall around the flagship station. During a tour Thursday of...

Unknown bust of the architect who designed the Florence cathedral dome found after 700 years

May. 23, 2024 15:38 PM EDT

MILAN (AP) — A previously unknown terracotta bust of the famed early Renaissance architect who designed the Florence Cathedral dome was unveiled Thursday in the Tuscan capital, where it will be displayed permanently following restoration. The Opera di Santa Maria...

Italian museum recreates Tanzanian butterfly forest to raise awareness on biodiversity research

May. 22, 2024 22:13 PM EDT

TRENTO, Italy (AP) — In a lush greenhouse high in the Alps, butterflies of various species and colors flutter freely while butterfly pupae are suspended in a structure as they grow into adult insects. This is the Butterfly Forest in the tropical mountain greenhouse in Trento,...

Egyptians held nearly a year over deadly shipwreck are released from Greek jail after case dismissed

May. 22, 2024 21:02 PM EDT

NAFPLIO, Greece (AP) — A group of Egyptians jailed for nearly a year pending trial for a deadly shipwreck were released from jail Wednesday, a day after a Greek court threw out the case against them on grounds that it had no jurisdiction to try it. Nine Egyptians had been charged...

Today in History: May 22, Lyndon B. Johnson outlines 'Great Society'

May. 22, 2024 00:11 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Wednesday, May 22, the 143rd day of 2024. There are 223 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On May 22, 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson, speaking at the University of Michigan, outlined the goals of his...