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Italy's Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte speaks during the launch of the upcoming UK-hosted COP26 UN Climate Summit in London, Tuesday Feb. 4, 2020, that will take place in autumn 2020 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Chris J Ratcliffe/Pool via AP)

Renzi challenge threatens stability of Italian government

Feb. 14, 2020 5:47 AM EST

MILAN (AP) — Italy’s government is facing a challenge from within after former Premier Matteo Renzi instructed lawmakers from his small party to vote against a judicial reform and told ministers to boycott a Cabinet meeting. Renzi’s actions threatened to plunge into crisis the five-month-old...

The League leader Matteo Salvini attends a debate at Senate, prior to a vote on lifting his parliamentary immunity, on the case of an Italian coast guard ship Gregoretti, which was blocked for days when he was Minister of Interior before letting migrants disembark. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

Italian Senate votes to lift right-wing leader's immunity

Feb. 12, 2020 3:22 PM EST

ROME (AP) — The Italian Senate voted by a large margin Wednesday to allow the prosecution of right-wing opposition leader Matteo Salvini for making 131 rescued migrants to remain on a coast guard vessel for days when he was Italy's interior minister. Salvini's fellow senators let stand a Senate...

Italy's Senate votes to allow prosecution of right-wing leader Matteo Salvini for keeping rescued migrants on ship

Feb. 12, 2020 1:24 PM EST
ROME (AP) — Italy's Senate votes to allow prosecution of right-wing leader Matteo Salvini for keeping rescued migrants on ship.
FILE - Luciano Benetton, left, and photographer Oliviero Toscani are shown in this Sept. 29, 1998 file photo. Oliviero Toscani made a career out of provocative photographs for Benetton, the Italian makers of colorful knitwear. But that decades-long relationship was severed  this week after Toscani made a remark that outraged the family members of victims in the deadly 2018 Genoa bridge collapse. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno/FILES)

Benetton fires famed photographer over insensitive remarks

Feb. 7, 2020 2:46 PM EST

MILAN (AP) — Photographer Oliviero Toscani made a career out of provocative advertising campaigns for Benetton, the Italian clothing brand famed for its colorful knitwear. But that decades-long relationship has been severed after Toscani outraged relatives of victims in the deadly 2018 Genoa bridge...

Italian Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio listens to questions during an interview with The Associated Press in his studio in Rome, Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2019. Di Maio says there is no risk his country will leave the European Union but is calling for reforms to give more weight to European lawmakers since they are directly elected by citizens. (AP Photo/Domenico Stinellis)

AP Interview: Italy wants to shift but stay in EU's orbit

Feb. 4, 2020 4:00 PM EST

ROME (AP) — Italy is not looking to leave the European Union but wants reforms that would shift the Britain-less bloc's “center of gravity” away from bureaucratic institutions in Brussels to elected bodies like the European Parliament, the country's populist foreign minister said Tuesday. In...

In this photo taken on Thursday, Jan. 30, 2020, Elly Schlein walks on a street after an interview with the Associated Press in downtown Bologna, Italy. A dual U.S.-Italian citizen who cut her political organizing teeth on two Barack Obama campaigns is emerging as the latest rising star in Italian politics.  (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)

Italian-American emerges as new star of Italy's left-wing

Feb. 2, 2020 8:24 AM EST

BOLOGNA, Italy (AP) — A dual U.S.-Italian citizen who cut her political organizing teeth on two Barack Obama campaigns is emerging as the latest rising star in Italian politics. Inside a week, 34-year-old Elly Schlein, a former European lawmaker who grew up in Switzerland, has gone from relative obscurity...

People wait to disembark from the Ocean Viking rescue ship, at the Taranto harbor, Southern Italy, Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2020.  The SOS Mediterranee NGO ship disembarked 403 migrants rescued over the weekend in the Mediterranean Sea. (Ingenito/LaPresse via AP)

Rescue boat with 363 migrants cleared to disembark in Italy

Feb. 1, 2020 4:13 PM EST

ROME (AP) — A Spanish non-profit group said its migrant rescue boat received permission Saturday from Italy to disembark 363 passengers after several days in the Mediterranean Sea. Maritime rescue organization Open Arms said its boat, also named Open Arms, took the migrants aboard during five separate...

The League leader Matteo Salvini gives a press conference after polls closed in a regional election for the region of Emilia Romagna, in Bentivoglio, near Bologna, Italy, late Sunday, Jan. 26, 2020. Nearly complete results Monday, Jan. 27, 2020, of balloting for the governorship of the prosperous Emilia-Romagna region had the League's candidate some 8 percentage points behind the 51.4 percent garnered in Sunday's balloting, by the incumbent governor, of the center-left Democrats.  (Stefano Cavicchi/LaPresse via AP)

Italy's right-wing leader Salvini fails to break left's grip

Jan. 27, 2020 12:03 PM EST

ROME (AP) — Voters in a 70-year-old stronghold of the Italian left have dealt a stinging blow to right-wing opposition leader Matteo Salvini's strategy of using regional voting to help catapult him and his anti-migrant populist League back into national power. In final results announced on Monday from...

Stefano Bonaccini, president of the Emilia-Romagna Region and Democratic Party candidate, waves to supporters during the closing event of the electoral campaign of the Democratic Party of Emilia-Romagna at the ARCI Benassi club in Bologna, Italy, on Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020. (Massimo Paolone/LaPresse via AP)

Salvini's power bid through regional vote looks to founder

Jan. 26, 2020 9:06 PM EST

MILAN (AP) — Right-wing opposition leader Matteo Salvini’s attempt to destabilize Italy's national government by forcing the left out of power in a key northern region appeared to founder Sunday. With 20% of precincts reporting in Emilia-Romagna, Democratic Party incumbent Stefano Bonaccini was...

FILE - In this Jan. 12, 2020 file photo, the League's leader Matteo Salvini poses as he visits a museum devoted to fictional communist mayor, Peppone, the leftist foil to the town’s priest Don Camillo in beloved comic stories and films about the fraught political healing process in postwar Italy, during an electoral rally, in Brescello, central Italy. (Stefano Cavicchi/LaPresse via AP)

Matteo Salvini seeks power in Rome through regional victory

Jan. 24, 2020 8:53 AM EST

MILAN (AP) — Matteo Salvini is betting that the road to Rome runs through Emilia-Romagna. The right-wing populist leader is campaigning hard for his League to take control of the wealthy northern region that has been a left-wing stronghold since World War II. While winning Emilia-Romagna would be heavy on...