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Italy's Foreign Minister and 5-Star Movement leader Luigi Di Maio, left, flanked by his successor Vito Crimi, acknowledges the applause at the end of his speech at a meeting in Rome, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020, where he stepped down as party leader following a string of parliamentary defections, falling poll numbers and questions about the movement's future. Luigi Di Maio said he had finished his work, that an era had ended, and that he would trust his successor to lead the party going forward. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

Italy's 5-Star leader Di Maio steps down as party struggles

Jan. 22, 2020 3:23 PM EST

ROME (AP) — The head of Italy's ruling 5-Star Movement stepped down as party leader Wednesday, following a string of parliamentary defections, falling poll numbers and questions about the movement's future. Luigi Di Maio insisted that the government coalition would go forward, and that he would continue to...

A thermal camera monitor shows the body temperature of passengers arriving from overseas at Incheon International Airport in Incheon, South Korea, Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020. Heightened precautions were being taken in China and elsewhere Tuesday as governments strove to control the outbreak of a novel coronavirus that threatens to grow during the Lunar New Year travel rush. (Suh Myung-geon/Yonhap via AP)

Virus prompts temperature checks, extra cleaning at airports

Jan. 21, 2020 8:00 PM EST

BEIJING (AP) — Many countries are checking the temperatures of arriving airline passengers and adopting precautionary quarantine procedures in response to a new virus that has sickened nearly 300 people and killed six in China. India, Nigeria, Japan and the United States are some of the countries where...

In this image taken on Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020, people walk at the Burano island, Italy. The Venetian island of Burano's legacy as a fishing village remains the source of its charms: the small colorful fishermen's cottages, traditional butter cookies that were the fishermen's sustenance at sea and delicate lace still stitched by women in their homes. As the island's population dwindles, echoing that of Venice itself, so too are the numbers of skilled artisans and tradespeople who have kept the traditions and economy alive. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)

Venetian islands revamp traditions to counter depopulation

Jan. 21, 2020 4:48 AM EST

VENICE, Italy (AP) — The Venetian island of Burano’s charms are rooted in its fishing legacy: the colorful fishermen's cottages, the traditional butter cookies that kept fishermen going at sea and the delicate lace hand-stitched by their women. But as the island’s population dwindles, like...

In this Jan. 14, 2020 photo, tears well up in Ana Lucia Salazar's eyes as she tells her story of abuse, during an interview in Mexico City. Salazar says that she was sexually abused by a Legion of Christ priest when she was eight. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte)

10 years after Vatican reform, Legion in new abuse crisis

Jan. 20, 2020 3:57 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The administrator of the elite Catholic school in Cancun, Mexico, used to take the girls out of class and send them to the chapel, where the priest from the Legion of Christ religious order would sexually abuse them. “As some were reading the Bible, he would rape the others in...

League's leader Matteo Salvini gestures during a campaign rally in view of the upcoming local elections in the Emilia Romagna region, in Maranello, Italy, Saturday, Jan. 18, 2020. (Stefano Cavicchi/LaPresse via AP)

Italy's Salvini asks for trial, his party's lawmakers oblige

Jan. 20, 2020 3:03 PM EST

ROME (AP) — Italy's right-wing opposition leader Matteo Salvini dared lawmakers to lift his Senate immunity Monday so he could be tried for allegedly keeping migrants hostage for days aboard a coast guard rescue ship, and they did. But the only Senate immunity commission members who ended up voting in...

European Union foreign policy chief Josep Borrell talks to journalists during a news conference after an European Foreign Affairs meeting at the Europa building in Brussels, Monday, Jan. 20, 2020. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)

EU to revamp anti-smuggler mission for UN Libya arms embargo

Jan. 20, 2020 11:47 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union countries have agreed to “refocus” the mission of the bloc’s anti-migrant smuggler naval operation in the Mediterranean Sea so that it concentrates on upholding the U.N. arms embargo against Libya, EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said Monday. After...

Italy's Federica Brignone celebrates at the finish area during an alpine ski, World Cup women's giant slalom in Sestriere, Italy, Saturday, Jan. 18, 2020. (AP Photo/Alessandro Trovati)

Brignone and Vlhova share GS win, 0.01 ahead of Shiffrin

Jan. 18, 2020 4:42 PM EST

SESTRIERE, Italy (AP) — In a World Cup race that nearly ended in a triple dead heat, Federica Brignone and Petra Vlhova shared a giant slalom victory Saturday in which Mikaela Shiffrin finished 0.01 seconds behind in third. “I’ve also been on the good side of the hundredths many times,"...

French government to grant knighthood to N Carolina veteran

Jan. 18, 2020 12:02 AM EST

EDEN, N.C. (AP) — Paul Prewitt is adjusting to the idea of knighthood and having plenty of chuckles as his friends and fellow veterans rib him and genuflect in his honor. The 99-year-old, who served under Gen. George S. Patton during his 2½ years of duty in Europe during World War II, was made a...

The painting which was found last December near an art gallery and believed to be the missing Gustav Klimt's painting ‘Portrait of a Lady’ is displayed during a press conference in Piacenza, Italy, Friday, Jan. 17, 2020. Art experts have confirmed that a stolen painting discovered hidden inside an Italian art gallery's walls is Gustav Klimt's

Portrait found in gallery's walls verified as missing Klimt

Jan. 17, 2020 2:47 PM EST

PIACENZA, Italy (AP) — Art experts have confirmed that a painting discovered hidden inside an Italian art gallery's walls last month is Gustav Klimt's “Portrait of a Lady,” which was stolen from the gallery nearly 23 years ago. The authentication of the painting announced Friday solved one of...

A black cloth used to hide the vandalized statue of Zlatan Ibrahimovic uncovers a bronze foot from the block of stone, outside the stadium of Malmo's soccer team in Malmo, Sweden, Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020. Two feet are all that remains of the local hero and one of Sweden's greatest ever sports stars. After a series of attacks by vandals, the statue is holed up in a secret location undergoing repairs. (AP Photo/David Keyton)

Debate in Malmo rages over battered Ibrahimovic statue

Jan. 17, 2020 10:31 AM EST

MALMO, Sweden (AP) — Two bronze feet protrude from a block of stone, a large and dusty black cloth draped down one of its sides. That's all that's left of a once-proud, 500-kilogram statue of Zlatan Ibrahimovic that was unveiled to much fanfare in October outside the stadium of Malmo’s soccer team,...