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Racist chants aimed at Sampdoria midfielder Vieira

Oct. 20, 2019 4:06 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — Sampdoria midfielder Ronaldo Vieira was subjected to racist chants by Roma fans during a Serie A soccer match on Sunday — the latest incident involving offensive behavior inside Italian stadiums this season. Referee Fabio Maresca heard the chants near the end of the first half of the...

Italian ex-premier Renzi seeks to create new center-right

Oct. 20, 2019 3:51 PM EDT

MILAN (AP) — Former Italian Premier Matteo Renzi appealed Sunday to disillusioned members of ex-Premier Silvio Berlusconi's party to join forces — but received a quick rebuke. Renzi made his appeal the day after Berlusconi and his much-weakened Forza Italia party appeared marginalized at a...

Milan seeks US apology for WWII bomb that killed children

Oct. 20, 2019 11:41 AM EDT

MILAN (AP) — Milan's mayor appealed Sunday to U.S. authorities to apologize for a World War II bombing raid that killed 184 elementary school children. Mayor Giuseppe Sala made the request following a Mass marking the 75th anniversary of the Gorla massacre, named for the quarter in the city that was...

Italian experts defuse WWII bomb in northern city

Oct. 20, 2019 10:45 AM EDT

MILAN (AP) — Italian authorities evacuated 4,000 people from the center of the northern city of Bolzano on Sunday to defuse a World War II bomb found during construction. Three experts defused the 500-pound American bomb during a three-hour operation that also forced 60,000 people to stay in their homes...

Thousands of protesters gather for 'Italian pride' rally

Oct. 19, 2019 3:51 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — Tens of thousands of protesters gathered in Rome on Saturday for a so-called "Italian Pride" rally that brought together the right-wing League of Matteo Salvini, the far-right Brothers of Italy party led by Giorgia Meloni and former premier Silvio Berlusconi's Forza Italia. Salvini's League,...

Despair in Burgundy and beyond, as US tariffs hit EU goods

Oct. 18, 2019 2:46 PM EDT

CHABLIS, France (AP) — French vintners are begging for government aid. Italian farmers are scrambling for new export markets. And American shoppers are about to face supermarket sticker shock on European products. That's because some $7.5 billion in U.S. tariffs on European food, wine and other goods took...

Struggling Francesco Molinari changes his caddy

Oct. 18, 2019 7:54 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — A year after winning the British Open and one week after failing to make the cut in his home Italian Open, Francesco Molinari says he is changing his caddy. Pello Iguaran had been on Molinari's bag for four years but Molinari writes on Instagram that Mark Fulcher, Justin Rose's former caddie,...

Italian farm lobby calls for govt aid in face of US tariffs

Oct. 18, 2019 5:14 AM EDT

MILAN (AP) — Italy's main farm lobby is forecasting a 20% drop in sales of Italian agricultural products targeted by new U.S. tariffs. The group, Coldiretti, says the 25% tariffs that take effect Friday will hurt sales in the United State of Italian Parmesan and Gorgonzola cheeses, as well as cured meats,...

Giorgia Meloni is rising star on Italy's far-right stage

Oct. 18, 2019 2:56 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — Italian right-wing leader Matteo Salvini's once-bold demeanor has turned nervous and edgy since his failed bid to become premier this summer, giving an opening on Italy's political stage to his junior ally, the energetic leader of the post-fascist Brothers of Italy party. Giorgia Meloni's...

Europe's specialty food makers brace for US tariffs

Oct. 17, 2019 12:25 PM EDT

MILAN (AP) — European producers of specialty agricultural products like French wine, Italian Parmesan and Spanish olives are facing a U.S. tariff hike due Friday with a mix of trepidation and indignation at being dragged into a trade war they feel they have little to do with. The tariffs on $7.5 billion...