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Nadal ends losing streak against Zverev with win in Rome

May. 14, 2021 14:28 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — Rafael Nadal ended a run of three straight losses to Alexander Zverev with a convincing 6-3, 6-4 win over the German to reach the Italian Open semifinals on Friday. Zverev beat Nadal in straight sets at the same stage in Madrid a week ago and their latest...

Gucci marks 100 years with exhibit on Michele code-breaking

May. 14, 2021 11:48 AM EDT

FLORENCE, Italy (AP) — Alessandro Michele has radically shifted Gucci codes and challenged fashion norms in his 6½ years as creative director of the brand founded by Guccio Gucci as a travel bag company in Florence 100 years ago. To mark the centenary, Michele has...

Greece joins Mediterranean race to win back tourists

May. 14, 2021 11:12 AM EDT

NAXOS, Greece (AP) — In her kitchen, Kyriaki Kapri has enough food to feed an army. Piles of squid for frying, lemons to be quartered, thumb-thick potato wedges to make oregano-sprinkled French fries, and seafood for the dishes famous on the Greek island of Naxos. ...

Judge dismisses migrant case against Italy's Matteo Salvini

May. 14, 2021 08:22 AM EDT

MILAN (AP) — A judge in Sicily has dismissed a case against right-wing leader Matteo Salvini for keeping rescued migrants on board a coast guard ship in 2019, saying no crime had been committed. Salvini had faced a possible indictment in the Sicilian port of Catania on...

Pope raises alarm about Italy's precariously low birthrate

May. 14, 2021 05:24 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — Pope Francis added his voice Friday to the chorus of alarm about Italy’s falling population, calling for government policies that provide the necessary financial stability to encourage young people to stay in Italy and have families. Francis joined Premier...

Never count him out: Nadal rallies past Shapovalov in Rome

May. 13, 2021 17:48 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — When it comes to long, grueling clay-court battles, nobody is better than Rafael Nadal. Nearing his 35th birthday, the Spanish great showed he’s still got the stamina to withstand much younger challengers in a 3-6, 6-4, 7-6 (3) comeback win over...

Pope meets Argentine president months after abortion law

May. 13, 2021 07:38 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — Pope Francis met Thursday with Argentine President Alberto Fernandez, months after Argentina legalized abortion despite a personal appeal from the pontiff and opposition from the Catholic Church. In a break with usual practice, the Vatican communique about...

US tennis player Opelka back to winning after bout of COVID

May. 11, 2021 15:44 PM EDT

American tennis player Reilly Opelka is back to winning matches after dealing with a bout of COVID-19 that he said kept him off the court entirely for more than two weeks and prevented him from practicing the way he usually does for nearly a month. “It felt like a rough...

Key suspect in Vatican corruption case detained in London

May. 11, 2021 14:58 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — The main suspect in the Vatican’s corruption investigation into a London real estate venture was taken into custody Tuesday in London after he appeared for his first extradition hearing, his lawyers said. The British judge determined businessman Gianluigi...

Italy navy: Turkish, Italian fishing boats involved in clash

May. 11, 2021 12:06 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — Turkish fishing boats north of Cyprus launched stones and smoke bombs at two Italian fishing vessels in the Mediterranean on Tuesday, according to the Italian navy, which dispatched a helicopter to the scene. In a written statement, the Navy described the...