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Soccer god Maradona's rise and fall in Asif Kapadia's doc

May. 21, 2019 1:30 PM EDT

CANNES, France (AP) — Asif Kapadia initially passed when, in 2012, producer Paul Martin approached him about making a documentary on Argentine soccer legend Diego Maradona. Kapadia had just finished "Senna," his ground-breaking 2010 documentary on the late Brazilian Formula One racer Ayrton Senna. He...

Alitalia cancels more than 300 flights due to strike

May. 21, 2019 5:23 AM EDT

MILAN (AP) — Italy's struggling airline Alitalia has canceled over 300 flights because of a 24-hour strike called to protest deteriorating conditions in the sector, including the government's failure to relaunch the carrier. Alitalia says it cancelled about half of its flights, both domestic and...

Immigrant arrested in police station arson that killed 2

May. 21, 2019 4:34 AM EDT

MILAN (AP) — Carabinieri police arrested a North African on Tuesday in connection with an arson fire at a police station in northern Italy that killed two and injured a dozen more, authorities said. The news agency ANSA reported that the fire overnight killed two people living in apartments above the...

Italy's Catholic establishment faults Salvini for rosary

May. 20, 2019 12:08 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini on Monday defended his invocation of God at a political rally, after Italy's Catholic establishment criticized it as a cynical exploitation of faith ahead of European Parliament elections this weekend. Salvini brandished a rosary and entrusted Italy to...

The Latest: North Macedonia finds migrants hiding in truck

May. 20, 2019 10:33 AM EDT

MILAN (AP) — The Latest on migration to Europe (all times local): 4:30 p.m. Police in North Macedonia say they have discovered eight migrants crammed into a hidden compartment in the roof of a truck, during a routine search at the border crossing with Serbia. The Iraqi men were found before midnight Sunday...

Anti-arms trade protests as Saudi freighter docks in Italy

May. 20, 2019 5:15 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — A Saudi Arabian freighter allegedly carrying weapons that could be used in the war in Yemen has docked at the Italian port of Genoa, despite protests by harbor workers. The Saudi-flagged Bahri Yanbu is scheduled to load further cargo before departing for the Saudi port of Jeddah late Monday,...

Italy's Salvini furious as 47 migrants land despite his ban

May. 20, 2019 4:18 AM EDT

MILAN (AP) — Italy's hard-line Interior Minister Matteo Salvini threatened possible legal action Monday after 47 migrants rescued at sea by a humanitarian aid ship landed on the southern Italian island of Lampedusa despite his explicit ban against them. The German aid group Sea-Watch said the 47 migrants...

UN tells Italy proposed decree violates migrants' rights

May. 19, 2019 3:57 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — The Italian interior ministry vowed Sunday to press ahead with a new decree formalizing the closure of Italian ports to aid groups that rescue migrants, even after U.N. human rights investigators said it violated international law. Ministry officials said the security decree was "necessary and...

Back on top: Nadal beats Djokovic for 9th Italian Open title

May. 19, 2019 2:29 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — Rafael Nadal is right back where he wants to be. After losing in the semifinals of three straight clay-court tournaments, Nadal dominated for stretches against his longtime rival, Novak Djokovic, in a 6-0, 4-6, 6-1 win Sunday for a record-extending ninth Italian Open title. "You were asking for...

No more Mr Europe: Macron forced to curb EU ambitions

May. 19, 2019 2:00 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron sees himself as Europe's savior, and this week's European Parliament elections as a make-or-break moment for the beleaguered European Union. But Macron is no longer the fresh-faced force who marched into a surprising presidential victory to the rhythm of the EU...