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Climate protesters target the Vatican's Laocoon statue

Aug. 18, 2022 14:59 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — Italian environmental activists staged a second museum protest in as many months, gluing their hands Thursday to the base of one of the Vatican Museums’ most important ancient sculptures, the Laocoon. The statue wasn’t damaged, said the environmental group Last...

Far-right Italian leader Meloni rides popular wave in polls

Aug. 16, 2022 04:23 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — With a message that blends Christianity, motherhood and patriotism, Giorgia Meloni is riding a wave of popularity that next month could see her become Italy's first female prime minister and its first far-right leader since World War II. Even though her Brothers of...

Portugal: EU eyes Iberia-Italy pipeline to get gas to Europe

Aug. 12, 2022 08:36 AM EDT

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — European authorities are considering a liquefied natural gas pipeline from Spain to Italy as a way of getting around France’s opposition to a gas link-up across the Pyrenees between the Iberian peninsula and central Europe, Portugal's prime minister said Friday. ...

Italy's president: Strong democracy crucial against fascism

Jul. 28, 2022 14:04 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — Italy’s president, marking the 100th anniversary of one of the attacks that helped bring dictator Benito Mussolini to power, on Thursday encouraged Italians to reinvigorate their country’s democracy as a bulwark against fascism. President Sergio Mattarella was...

Italy opens humanitarian corridor for 300 Afghan refugees

Jul. 25, 2022 13:31 PM EDT

MILAN (AP) — The first of some 300 Afghan refugees arrived in Rome on Monday along a new humanitarian corridor organized by the Italian government, charities and international organizations, Italy's Foreign Ministry announced. The humanitarian corridor aims to give “additional...

With Italy's Draghi toppled, populists campaign in fast gear

Jul. 22, 2022 13:16 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — The ink had barely dried on a presidential decree putting a premature end to the Italian Parliament's term, but that didn't keep Italy's politicians from rushing into campaign mode Friday following the collapse of Premier Mario Draghi’s government. Perhaps the...

Italy heads to early election after Draghi's coalition fails

Jul. 21, 2022 17:29 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — Italy is headed for an early election after its president accepted Premier Mario Draghi's resignation Thursday and decided there was no possibility for cobbling together another government following the rapid collapse of the ruling coalition. The demise of Draghi’s...

EXPLAINER: Who gains or loses, what's next in Italy crisis

Jul. 21, 2022 16:32 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — Italian Premier Mario Draghi’s decision to resign Thursday, barely 12 hours after his “unity” coalition broke apart dramatically in Parliament, was the latest step in a political limbo that will likely last for months before a new government is solidly in place to lead the...

Italy's president has dissolved Parliament, paving the way for an early election after Premier Draghi's resignation

Jul. 21, 2022 11:51 AM EDT
ROME (AP) — Italy's president has dissolved Parliament, paving the way for an early election after Premier Draghi's resignation.

Italian PM Draghi wins vote but unity coalition unravels

Jul. 20, 2022 15:52 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — Italian Premier Mario Draghi won a confidence vote Wednesday in the Senate, but it was a hollow victory after three of his key coalition allies boycotted the voting, virtually dooming any prospects for his unity government's survival. The vote Wednesday went 95-38 in...