Latest Rome News

'Crucial' vote could move Italy to right; many might boycott

Sep. 23, 2022 15:20 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — Italians will vote on Sunday in what is being billed as a crucial election as Europe reels from the repercussions of Russia's war in Ukraine. For the first time in Italy since the end of World War II, the election could propel a far-right leader into the premiership. ...

Europe Ryder Cup captain Donald has a plan for beating US

Sep. 19, 2022 08:29 AM EDT

GUIDONIA MONTECELIO, Italy (AP) — Rory McIlroy likened it to landing in a “jungle” when his drives veered off line. Europe captain Luke Donald pointed to the thickness of the grass blades. U.S. Open champion Matt Fitzpatrick said the rough was simply “penal.” If there was...

Prospect of far-right female premier divides Italian women

Sep. 18, 2022 02:54 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — If Italy elects the nation's first female premier, will its women be delighted or dismayed? Should opinion polls prove on the mark, Giorgia Meloni and the far-right Brothers of Italy party she co-founded less than a decade ago will triumph in the Sept. 25 election....

McIlroy, Europeans address Ryder Cup status for LIV players

Sep. 14, 2022 11:24 AM EDT

GUIDONIA MONTECELIO, Italy (AP) — For Rory McIlroy, it’s a flat-out “no.” U.S. Open champion Matt Fitzpatrick is open to having LIV Golf players on Europe’s team at next year’s Ryder Cup, because, as he said, “I just want to make sure that we win.” ...

Georgia trooper trainee dies after collapsing after training

Sep. 09, 2022 18:47 PM EDT

FORSYTH, Ga. (AP) — A Georgia state trooper cadet has died during training. The state Department of Public Safety said Friday that Trooper Cadet Patrick Dupree died at a hospital after collapsing Thursday at the Georgia Public Safety Training Center in Forysth. The...

Italy's left insists far-right isn't destined to win vote

Sep. 06, 2022 17:55 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — Italy’s Democratic Party leader used a rally Tuesday evening to try to galvanize center-left voters, especially young people, trying to confound opinion polls that indicate a right-wing campaign alliance is headed to triumph in this month’s election of a new Parliament. ...

Pope meets with cardinals on future direction of church

Aug. 30, 2022 13:43 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — Pope Francis on Tuesday wrapped up two days of closed-door meetings with about 180 cardinals, many of them young enough to elect a future pontiff, including discussions about how the Catholic Church's governance could be made more inclusive. The sessions focused on a...

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...

Romanian teen swimmer Popovici breaks 2009 mark in 100 free

Aug. 13, 2022 14:35 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — Seventeen-year-old David Popovici of Romania became the youngest swimmer to break the world swimming record in the men's 100-meter freestyle Saturday, beating the mark set more than 13 years ago in the same pool. Popovici touched in 46.86 seconds at the European...

Pope Francis meets transgender guests of Rome church

Aug. 11, 2022 11:24 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — Pope Francis has met with a fourth group of transgender people who found shelter at a Rome church, the Vatican newspaper reported Thursday. L’Osservatore Romano said the encounter took place Wednesday on the sidelines of Francis’ weekly general audience. The...