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Italian Premier Giuseppe Conte leaves after announcing new restrictions to curb the spread of coronavirus, in Rome, Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2020. Four regions in Italy are being put under severe lockdown, forbidding people to leave their homes except for essential reasons such as food shopping and work in a bid to slow surging COVID-19 infections and prevent hospitals from being overwhelmed. Premier Giuseppe Conte on Wednesday night announced what he described as “very stringent” restrictions on the so-called “red zone” regions of high risk: Lombardy, Piedmont, Valle d’Aosta in the north and Calabria, the region forming the “toe” in the south of the Italian peninsula. (Angelo Carconi/Pool Photo via AP)

Four Italian regions, including Milan, put under lockdown

Nov. 4, 2020 4:22 PM EST

ROME (AP) — Four Italian regions are being put under “red-zone” lockdown, with severe limits imposed on the circumstances under which people can leave home, Premier Giuseppe Conte announced on Wednesday night. What he called "very stringent” restrictions begin on Friday for Lombardy,...

A woman holds a poster reading:'The culture dies' as she attends a protest of people working in the entertainment and event industry against the German government's economic policies to combat the spread of the coronavirus and COVID-19 disease and demand more support for their business, in Berlin, Germany, Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020. (Photo/Markus Schreiber)

France, Germany impose new lockdowns to curb virus spread

Oct. 28, 2020 4:44 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — France announced a full nationwide lockdown for the second time this year and German officials imposed a partial four-week lockdown Wednesday, as governments across Europe sought to stop a fast-rising tide of coronavirus cases. The World Health Organization says the European region —...

Smoke billows as clashes broke out during a protest against the government restriction measures to curb the spread of COVID-19 in Turin, Italy, Monday, Oct. 26, 2020. Protesters turned out by the hundreds in Italian several cities and towns on Monday to vent anger, sometimes violently, over the latest anti-COVID-19 rules, which force restaurants and cafes to close early, shutter cinema, gyms and other leisure venues. In the northern city of Turin, demonstrators broke off from a peaceful protest and hurled smoke bombs and bottles at police in the city square where the Piedmont regional government is headquartered. (Claudio Furlan/LaPresse via AP)

Protests in Italy over new virus crackdown turn violent

Oct. 26, 2020 6:20 PM EDT

MILAN (AP) — Protesters turned out by the hundreds in Turin, Milan and other Italian cities and towns Monday to vent their anger, sometimes violently, at the latest pandemic restrictions that force restaurants and cafes to close early and shutter cinemas, gyms and other leisure venues. In the northern...

Former Interior Minister and Leader of League Party Matteo Salvini attends a party rally in San Giovanni La Punta, near Catania, Sicily, Fridayday, Oct. 12, 2020. Salvini next Saturday, Oct. 3 will be attending a preliminary hearing in Catania for allegedly blocking 131 migrants on board of a coast guard ship from disembarking for 5 days in July 2019. (Mauro scrobogna/LaPresse via AP)

Italy's Salvini faces possible charges for blocking migrants

Oct. 3, 2020 9:06 AM EDT

MILAN (AP) — Italy’s right-wing leader, Matteo Salvini, appeared Saturday before a court in Sicily that will decide whether he will face trial for blocking 131 migrants for several days on a coast guard ship in 2019 when he was interior minister. The hearing was adjourned until Nov. 20, when...

FILE - In this June 11, 2020 file photo, a migrant is buried in a cemetery, in Sfax, eastern Tunisia. The number of Tunisians migrating clandestinely to Italy has risen to levels not seen since the 2011 Arab Spring uprising. That's causing tensions in Italy's south, where more than 2,200 migrants are quarantining on ferries anchored offshore. (AP Photo/Houssem Zouari, File)

Tunisians fleeing economy, not COVID, cause tension in Italy

Sep. 30, 2020 3:14 AM EDT

RAS JEBEL, Tunisia (AP) — Once it was just the jobless young men who set off from Tunisia’s rocky northern beaches for Sicily, usually defying their parents in hopes of a better future. Now Tunisian families, even those with work or seemingly good prospects, are following that path across 130...

A local resident Shin Dae-sik, 83, speaks during an interview at his home in Cheongju, South Korea, Friday, Sept. 25, 2020. The coronavirus is forcing South Koreans to celebrate their Thanksgiving holiday differently this year, that begin Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020. Shin said about 15 family members assembled for Chuseok in past years but they decided not to do so this week. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

The Latest: COVID-19 outbreak on ship off Australia's coast

Sep. 29, 2020 3:50 PM EDT

PERTH, Australia — Authorities are concerned by a COVID-19 outbreak aboard a cargo ship off Australia's northwest coast that has infected most of the crew. Eight more members of the Filipino crew tested positive for the new coronavirus on Monday, bringing the number of infections to 17 out of a crew of 21....