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Norway holds Muslim cleric for 4 weeks after Italy trial

Jul. 18, 2019 3:34 AM EDT

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — A Norwegian court has ordered an Iraqi-born Muslim cleric held in custody for four weeks after he was sentenced to 12 years in prison in Italy for terror offenses. The Oslo District Court said Wednesday there is a risk that Mullah Krekar could flee. Norwegian broadcaster NRK said...

Fans in Italy root for clever brown bear to elude captivity

Jul. 17, 2019 3:17 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — A brown bear in Italy has eluded capture for a third day, following its escape from an electrified enclosure in a forested Alpine region. Appeals mounted urging authorities not to shoot it. It's not clear how the bear got past an electrified fence, then scaled a nearly 4-meter (13-foot) high...

Ensan, 55, becomes oldest world poker champion in 20 years

Jul. 17, 2019 2:38 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Germany's Hossein Ensan outlasted Italy's Dario Sammartino and Canada's Alex Livingston to claim the $10 million title early Wednesday at the 50th World Series of Poker Main Event in Las Vegas. The 55-year-old native of Iran who immigrated to Germany 30 years ago became the oldest world...

Bus starts smoking in Mont Blanc tunnel; 68 people evacuated

Jul. 17, 2019 1:33 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — Dozens of passengers have been evacuated from a double-decker bus in the Mont Blanc tunnel after the vehicle started spewing smoke. Firefighters in the northern Italian town of Aosta said a child smashed her finger in a vehicle door during the evacuation Wednesday but that all 67 passengers...

Italy, FBI crack down on Mafia clan with Gambino ties

Jul. 17, 2019 9:56 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — Italian police and FBI agents have cracked down on a Palermo-area Mafia clan with ties to the U.S.-based Gambino crime family. Police said that around 200 officers including FBI agents fanned out in Sicily and in the New York area Wednesday, arresting 18 suspects in Italy and one in the United...

Camilleri, author of Montalbano detective series, dies at 93

Jul. 17, 2019 8:32 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — Author Andrea Camilleri, creator of the best-selling Commissario Montalbano series about a likable, though oft-brooding small-town Sicilian police chief who mixes humanity with pragmatism to solve crimes, died in a Rome hospital Wednesday. He was 93. Italy's RAI state TV, which produced wildly...

AP Explains: Questions and answers on new US asylum ban

Jul. 16, 2019 9:23 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A major immigration policy shift took effect Tuesday to deny asylum to anyone who shows up on the Mexican border after traveling through another country. The dramatic move will likely have the biggest impact on Guatemalans and Hondurans, who must pass through Mexico to reach the U.S. by...

Italy's Salvini bows to pressure to respond on Russia report

Jul. 16, 2019 3:36 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — Italian Deputy Premier Matteo Salvini bowed Tuesday to days of pressure and agreed to respond to questions in Parliament about allegations that an associate sought Russian money for Salvini's pro-Moscow League party. The associate, Gianluca Savoini, is under investigation by Milan prosecutors...

Norway arrests Muslim cleric after Italian terror trial

Jul. 16, 2019 5:38 AM EDT

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — A Muslim cleric found guilty in Italy of planning terror has been detained in Norway on an Italian arrest warrant, The Norwegian domestic security agency said. Iraqi-born Mullah Krekar was detained late Monday, the PST security agency said. It was not immediately clear whether he...

Atlantia chosen to help relaunch Italy's Alitalia airline

Jul. 15, 2019 4:40 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — The state railway running Italy's Alitalia airline chose the Atlantia group of the Benetton empire as the final partner to work with the railway, the Italian treasury and Delta Air Lines on trying once again to relaunch the struggling flagship carrier. Ferrovie dello Stato said its board met...