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A man walks past an almost empty St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Sunday, Jan. 24, 2021. Ailing Pope Francis, making limited public appearances due to persistent pain, drew attention to the plight of homeless people in winter, including a Nigerian man who froze to death not far from the Vatican. Francis on Sunday asked for prayers for the man, who he said was 46, named Edwin, and who was

Ailing pope, reducing appearances, prays for homeless dead

Jan. 24, 2021 8:42 AM EST

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Ailing Pope Francis, who this week is making limited public appearances due to persistent pain, has drawn attention to the plight of homeless people in winter, including a Nigerian man who froze to death near the Vatican. Francis on Sunday asked for prayers for the 46-year-old man...

Premier Giuseppe Conte delivers his speech at the Senate, in Rome, Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021. Conte fights for his political life with an address aimed at shoring up support for his government, which has come under fire from former Premier Matteo Renzi's tiny but key Italia Viva (Italy Alive) party over plans to relaunch the pandemic-ravaged economy. (Andreas Solaro/Pool via AP)

Italian PM wins crucial vote in Senate with very thin margin

Jan. 19, 2021 6:35 PM EST

ROME (AP) — Italian Premier Giuseppe Conte squeaked through a crucial Senate confidence vote Tuesday night, allowing him to keep his wobbly coalition afloat but failing to secure the reliable support needed from lawmakers to help him effectively govern the country with its pandemic-pummeled economy. The...

Premier Giuseppe Conte delivers his speech at the lower chamber of Parliament, in Rome, Monday, Jan. 18, 2021. Conte fights for his political life with an address aimed at shoring up support for his government, which has come under fire from former Premier Matteo Renzi's tiny but key Italia Viva (Italy Alive) party over plans to relaunch the pandemic-ravaged economy. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino, pool)

Italy: Conte clears hurdle to retain power, bigger one ahead

Jan. 18, 2021 3:31 PM EST

ROME (AP) — Italian Premier Giuseppe Conte won a crucial vote in Parliament's lower house Monday night after a coalition defector's lawmakers abstained in the balloting, but he must clear a much tougher hurdle less than 24 hours later in the Senate to hold on to power. Lawmakers in the Chamber of Deputies...

FILE - In this Jan. 11, 2014 file photo, Vatican Gendarmes, background, take position prior to the start of a ceremony for the opening of the Vatican judicial year, outside the Vatican's Court Palace. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia, file)

Vatican drops Italian extradition bid in test of fair trial

Jan. 18, 2021 12:28 PM EST

ROME (AP) — The Vatican on Monday abruptly abandoned its extradition request for an Italian woman wanted on embezzlement-related charges in a case that could have tested whether Italy considers the Vatican a place where someone can get a fair trial. At the hearing in a Milan court, the Vatican said it no...

Italy's South Tyrol again flouts Rome over virus closures

Jan. 17, 2021 10:28 AM EST

MILAN (AP) — The autonomous province of South Tyrol with its German-speaking majority is flouting Rome’s decision to put it under partial lockdown starting Sunday, with provincial authorities citing its autonomous status to allow stores and restaurants to remain open. Provincial officials are...

5 dead of suspected gas leak in Italian nursing home

Jan. 16, 2021 7:26 AM EST

MILAN (AP) — Five elderly residents of a nursing home near Rome have died of suspected carbon monoxide poisoning and another five residents and two workers have been hospitalized in serious condition, Italian media reported Saturday. Firefighters confirmed the deadly incident in the town of Lanuvio, with...

Armando Alviti, 71, sits inside his newspaper kiosk, in Rome, Friday, Dec. 4, 2020. In Italy, which has the world's second-oldest population, many people in their 70s and older have kept working through the COVID-19 pandemic. From neighborhood newsstand dealers to farmers bring crops to market, they are defying stereotypic labels that depict the old as a monolithic category that's fragile and in need of protection.  (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

In graying Italy, the old defy biases laid bare by pandemic

Jan. 2, 2021 2:29 AM EST

ROME (AP) — From his newsstand at the bottom of two hilly streets in Rome, Armando Alviti has been dispensing newspapers, magazines and good cheer to locals from before dawn till after dusk nearly every day for more than a half-century. “Ciao, Armando,” his customers greet him as part of...

Medical personnel attend patients at Casalpalocco Covid 3 hospital in the outskirts of Rome, during the new year night, Friday, Jan. 1, 2021. At the Casalpalocco Covid 3 Hospital doctors and nurses barely seemed to register the new year as they tended to 100 patients struggling with serious to critical illness as a result of coronavirus infections. (AP Photo/Andrea Rosa)

New Year comes to COVID ward, with hope for end to nightmare

Jan. 1, 2021 10:49 AM EST

ROME (AP) — While the world said goodbye — or good riddance — to 2020, a year in which the pandemic brought hardship and pain to billions, some of those who have been fighting the virus on the front lines soldiered on even as the clock passed midnight. At the Casalpalocco Covid 3 Hospital on...

Hundreds of birds died after NYE fireworks displays in Rome

Jan. 1, 2021 9:36 AM EST

ROME (AP) — Hundreds of birds died after many people set off fireworks in the Italian capital on New Year’s Eve, animal rights groups said Friday, calling it a “massacre.” Footage of streets near Rome’s main train station showed dozens and dozens of birds — mostly...

A detail of the 1514 fresco

AP PHOTOS: Rome churches beckon with art and no 'hordes'

Dec. 30, 2020 3:40 AM EST

ROME (AP) — Like elsewhere in Europe, museums and art galleries closed in Italy in the spring and again in the fall to contain the spread of COVID-19, leaving virtual tours as the best option for art lovers who wanted to see the treasures held by institutions such as the Uffizi Galleries in Florence and...