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Alitalia's final weeks flying marked by protests, apologies

Sep. 21, 2021 12:04 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — Italy’s failing national airline Alitalia told passengers on Tuesday to just bring a single piece of hand luggage when travelling, given the intensifying strikes and labor protests that are disrupting services ahead of the airline’s planned Oct. 14 demise. ...

Rome court rejects Venezuela extradition bid for ex-oil czar

Sep. 20, 2021 15:46 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — A Rome court has rejected a request by Venezuela to extradite its former oil czar to face corruption charges, citing the country’s record in violating human rights, his Italian lawyer said Monday. Rafael Ramirez, the longtime head of Venezuela’s PDVSA...

Jimmy Greaves, one of England's greatest scorers, dies at 81

Sep. 19, 2021 12:36 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — For all the goals scored — including a record 266 for Tottenham — it was the game Jimmy Greaves missed out on that was an enduring disappointment for one of England's greatest strikers. Sustaining a leg injury that required 14 stiches in the final...

Same goal, different paths: US, EU seek max vaccine rates

Sep. 19, 2021 02:33 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The Belgian town of Aarschot has a vaccination rate of 94% of all adults, but Mayor Gwendolyn Rutten worries her town is too close for comfort to the capital of Brussels, where the rate stands at 63%. But there’s not much she can do about it. Her hope...

Grandad defends taking boy from cable car crash to Israel

Sep. 17, 2021 16:11 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — The grandfather of a 6-year-old boy who survived a cable car crash in Italy that killed his immediate family and is now the target of a bitter custody battle on Friday defended his decision to spirit the child off to Israel. Eitan Biran's parents and...

Italy requires COVID-19 pass for all workers from Oct. 15

Sep. 16, 2021 16:08 PM EDT

MILAN (AP) — Italian workers in both the public and private sectors must display a health pass to access their workplaces from Oct. 15 under a decree adopted Thursday by Premier Mario Draghi’s broad-based coalition government. The measures are the first by a major...

Soaring utility bills alarm Europe, raise fears for winter

Sep. 16, 2021 10:27 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Wholesale prices for gas and electricity are surging across Europe, raising the prospect of increases in already-high utility bills and further pain for people who have taken a financial hit from the coronavirus pandemic. Governments are scrambling to find...

The Latest: Afghan women soccer players enter Pakistan

Sep. 15, 2021 04:25 AM EDT

ISLAMABAD--- Members of Afghanistan’s women soccer team and their families arrived in Pakistan after fleeing their country in the wake of the Taliban's takeover, local media said Wednesday. It was unclear how many Afghan women players and their family members were...

Israel police question grandfather of boy in cable car crash

Sep. 14, 2021 14:58 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli police questioned the grandfather of a young boy who was the sole survivor of a deadly cable car crash in northern Italy earlier this year, on suspicion of kidnapping on Tuesday. Eitan Biran, age 6, is the focus of a bitter custody battle...

Egyptian activist stands trial after 19-month detention

Sep. 14, 2021 13:14 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — The trial of an Egyptian activist and researcher who has been imprisoned for over a year and a half began Tuesday, his lawyers said. His case has drawn significant international attention, particularly in Italy, where he studied, and has become a high-profile example of the...