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Berlusconi won't testify about alleged political-Mafia links

Nov. 11, 2019 8:33 AM EST

ROME (AP) — Former Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi has declined to testify at the appeals trial of a long-time associate convicted of trying to be a bridge between mobsters and politicians. Berlusconi told the court in Palermo, Sicily, on Monday that his lawyers advised him not to answer questions. He...

AP Interview: Rossi back home in Spain for another comeback

Nov. 11, 2019 5:23 AM EST

VILLARREAL, Spain (AP) — Giuseppe Rossi is back home — in Spain. The American-born striker, originally from New Jersey and who played for the Italian national team before a series of injuries slowed his career, is back at Villarreal, the Spanish club where he thrived in his prime. "It's been a rough...

5 Italian soldiers wounded by roadside explosion in Iraq

Nov. 10, 2019 1:32 PM EST

ROME (AP) — A roadside blast wounded five Italian military members Sunday in northern Iraq as they returned from a mission aimed at helping Iraqi troops combat the Islamic State group, Italian military officials said. The Italian Defense Ministry said three of the wounded were in "grave condition" after...

Sinner beats De Minaur to scoop 1st ATP title

Nov. 9, 2019 6:21 PM EST

MILAN (AP) — Italian teenager Jannik Sinner beat top-seeded Alex de Minaur in straight sets at the Next Gen Finals on Saturday to claim his first ATP title — and a big payday. Wild card Sinner triumphed 4-2, 4-1, 4-2 in the final, serving out to love and clinching victory when De Minaur hit a return...

Mayor of Mussolini's birthplace sparks row over student trip

Nov. 9, 2019 2:38 PM EST

PREDAPPIO, Italy (AP) — The mayor of the town that gave birth to Italian dictator Benito Mussolini has ignited a national row by refusing to participate in a program that pays for students to visit Nazi concentration camps. On Friday, Predappio's mayor, Roberto Canali, said he was not going to spend any of...

Indebted Italian man accused of triggering deadly explosion

Nov. 9, 2019 2:28 PM EST

ALESSANDRIA, Italy (AP) — A heavily indebted man seeking to make a false insurance claim has confessed to setting off explosions at a farmhouse he owned that killed three firefighters, an Italian prosecutor said on Saturday. Prosecutor Enrico Cieri said Giovanni Vincenti told investigators he meant to blow...

More than 70 nations pledge to reduce food waste

Nov. 9, 2019 9:08 AM EST

ROME (AP) — More than 70 countries have pledged to do more to cut down on the amount of food lost due to poor refrigeration. The countries signed the pledge Saturday at an annual meeting of the Montreal Protocol where ministers, government officials and experts work on regulating man-made chemicals used in...

De Minaur to face home favorite Sinner in final

Nov. 8, 2019 6:27 PM EST

MILAN (AP) — Last year's runner-up Alex de Minaur will have to overcome a partisan home crowd in Saturday's final if he is to go one better and win the Next Gen Finals. Top-seeded De Minaur of Australia will face Italian wild card Jannik Sinner after both won their semifinals on Friday at the season-ending...

The Latest: 60K unaccompanied minors in Italy are now adults

Nov. 8, 2019 11:21 AM EST

ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) — The Latest on the influx of migrants into Europe (all times local): 5:15 p.m. United Nations agencies say some 60,000 migrants who reached Italy in recent years as unaccompanied minors are now 18 or older and need continued support as they transit to adulthood. The agencies presented...

Boy whose mother joined IS in Syria returns to dad in Italy

Nov. 8, 2019 7:41 AM EST

ROME (AP) — An 11-year-old Albanian boy whose mother took him to Syria five years ago when she joined the Islamic State group returned on Friday to Italy for a joyous reunion with his father and sisters. The boy, Alvin, wearing a red cap, smiled shyly as he was escorted by two policewomen at Rome's...