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Hot weekend for Europe, officials warn of extreme fire risk

Jun. 18, 2022 11:08 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — People flocked to parks and pools across Western Europe on Saturday for a bit of respite from an early heat wave that saw the mercury rise above 40 C (104 F) in France and Spain, and highs of 38 C (100.4 F) in Germany. Officials warned of wildfires across the western...

Italy imports more Russian oil despite impending embargo

Jun. 01, 2022 03:39 AM EDT

MILAN (AP) — Even as the European Union decided to reduce Russian crude oil imports by 90% by the end of the year, Italy has become the only country in Europe to increase them, an unintended consequence of EU sanctions against Russia. Meant to punish Russia for invading Ukraine,...

Italy opens Sicilian port to nearly 300 rescued migrants

May. 30, 2022 10:41 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — The Ocean Viking rescue ship brought 294 migrants rescued over the last 10 days in the central Mediterranean to a port in Sicily on Monday, as the number of migrant arrivals surges by one-third over last year's levels. The SOS Mediterranee charity criticized Italy for...

Live updates | Russia-Ukraine War

May. 10, 2022 22:20 PM EDT

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House emphatically approved a fresh $40 billion Ukraine aid package Tuesday as lawmakers beefed up President Joe Biden’s initial request, signaling a magnified, bipartisan commitment to thwart Russian President Vladimir Putin’s bloody three-month-old invasion. ...

Europe saw warmest summer on record in 2021

Apr. 22, 2022 09:35 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Scientists say last summer was the hottest summer on record in Europe, with temperatures a full 1 degree Celsius (1.8 degrees Fahrenheit) higher than the average for the previous three decades. A report released Friday by the European Union's Copernicus Climate Change...

Letizia Battaglia, who shot life and death in Palermo, dies

Apr. 14, 2022 11:48 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — Letizia Battaglia, an Italian photographer who documented the arrests of Mafia bosses and the bodies of their victims, has died in her native Sicilian city of Palermo. She was 87. Among the authorities announcing her death was Palermo Mayor Leoluca Orlando, who stood...