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Far-right Italian leader Meloni rides popular wave in polls

Aug. 16, 2022 04:23 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — With a message that blends Christianity, motherhood and patriotism, Giorgia Meloni is riding a wave of popularity that next month could see her become Italy's first female prime minister and its first far-right leader since World War II. Even though her Brothers of...

Romanian teen swimmer Popovici breaks 2009 mark in 100 free

Aug. 13, 2022 14:35 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — Seventeen-year-old David Popovici of Romania became the youngest swimmer to break the world swimming record in the men's 100-meter freestyle Saturday, beating the mark set more than 13 years ago in the same pool. Popovici touched in 46.86 seconds at the European...

Pope Francis meets transgender guests of Rome church

Aug. 11, 2022 11:24 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — Pope Francis has met with a fourth group of transgender people who found shelter at a Rome church, the Vatican newspaper reported Thursday. L’Osservatore Romano said the encounter took place Wednesday on the sidelines of Francis’ weekly general audience. The...

Mario Fiorentini, decorated Italian resistance fighter, dies

Aug. 09, 2022 16:52 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — Mario Fiorentini, Italy’s most decorated resistance fighter against fascist and Nazi forces during World War II, died Tuesday in a Rome hospital. He was 103. The Rome chapter of the National Partisans Association of Italy announced his death. Fiorentini commanded a...

Pope promotes Vatican nurse credited with saving his life

Aug. 04, 2022 07:46 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — Pope Francis has promoted a Vatican nurse whom he credited with saving his life to be his “personal health care assistant.” The Vatican announced the appointment of Massimiliano Strappetti in a one-line statement issued Thursday. Strappetti, the nursing coordinator...

Mourinho calls and players come running to join him at Roma

Aug. 02, 2022 05:56 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — Always known as a great motivator, José Mourinho is also excelling as a pitchman in his latest coaching job at Roma. When “Mou” calls, players come running to the Italian capital. It all started a year ago when Mourinho lured Tammy Abraham away from...

Italy's president: Strong democracy crucial against fascism

Jul. 28, 2022 14:04 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — Italy’s president, marking the 100th anniversary of one of the attacks that helped bring dictator Benito Mussolini to power, on Thursday encouraged Italians to reinvigorate their country’s democracy as a bulwark against fascism. President Sergio Mattarella was...

Pleas pile up in Italy for PM Draghi to rethink exit

Jul. 17, 2022 12:08 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — Pleas were piling up Sunday in Italy aimed at persuading Premier Mario Draghi to stay in office instead of resigning as he tried to do last week after being let down by a populist coalition partner. Hundreds of mayors have signed an open letter. Union leaders and...

Italy's top court: murder trial of Egyptians can't proceed

Jul. 16, 2022 07:27 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — Italy’s top criminal court has rebuffed prosecutors' efforts to revive the trial of high-level Egyptian security officials in the 2016 torture-slaying of an Italian doctoral student. The Court of Cassation ruled in Rome on Friday evening that there were no grounds to...

Italy enters into political uncertainty after 5-Stars balk

Jul. 15, 2022 10:31 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — Italy entered into days of political and financial uncertainty Friday as political leaders calculated their options and Premier Mario Draghi weighed his after populist ally the 5-Star Movement sparked a crisis by withholding support on a government-sponsored bill. On...