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Oscar winner Colin Firth and wife split after 22 years

Dec. 15, 2019 6:44 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — Oscar-winning British actor Colin Firth has split from his Italian film producer wife Livia Giuggioli after 22 years of marriage. Their publicists said in a statement that the couple “maintain a close friendship and remain united in their love for their children.” The pair,...

Tens of thousands anti-populist Sardines fill Roman square

Dec. 14, 2019 11:48 AM EST

ROME (AP) — Tens of thousands of members of the Italian anti-populist Sardines movement gathered in Rome on Saturday for their first national rally as people said disillusionment with traditional politics drew them to the fast-growing new group. The movement born last month with a spontaneous rally in...

Ancient underground Roman basilica gets a face-lift

Dec. 10, 2019 9:45 AM EST

ROME (AP) — An ancient underground basilica that only came to light a century ago has gotten a face-lift in Rome, with its refreshed splendor unveiled on Tuesday. The structure, near a gateway to ancient Rome known as Porta Maggiore, dates from the 1st century. Its original use is a mystery. Some...

Pope Francis prays to mark start of Italy's holiday season

Dec. 8, 2019 2:24 PM EST

ROME (AP) — Pope Francis says small gestures can improve a city's life, as he spoke at a religious ceremony to mark the official start of Rome's Christmas season. Francis prayed Sunday at the foot of a towering column topped by a statue of the Virgin Mary. Italians consider Dec. 8 — a national...

Piero Terracina, Rome Jew who survived Nazi death camp, dies

Dec. 8, 2019 1:23 PM EST

ROME (AP) — Piero Terracina, described as the last survivor among the Roman Jews who were deported from the Italian capital to Nazi death camps during World War II, has died at 91. Terracina died on Sunday, Rome's Jewish Community said. As a 15-year-old, he escaped the roundup by German occupying troops of...

Kids hurt in Albanian quake meet footballers Ronaldo, Buffon

Dec. 6, 2019 5:32 PM EST

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Two Albanian boys who jumped from their apartments during an earthquake that killed relatives got a small reprieve from the tragedy Friday when they met their football idols. Aurel Lala, 7, and Alesio Cakoni, 10, jumped from the balconies of their apartments to escape the collapsing...

Italian priest, and 2 Kenyan men who say he’s their father

Dec. 6, 2019 10:18 AM EST

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Steven Lacchin grew up a fatherless boy, but he knew some very basic facts about the man who was his father. He knew Lacchin, the name on his Kenyan birth certificate, was his dad’s name. He knew that Mario Lacchin abandoned him and his mother. When he was older, he learned...

Pope sends aide to Greek island to bring back 33 migrants

Dec. 2, 2019 8:56 AM EST

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican says Pope Francis has dispatched a close aide to the Greek island of Lesbos to bring back 33 asylum-seekers to Rome. Cardinal Konrad Krajewski, the papal almsgiver, headed Monday to Lesbos. The Vatican says he’ll return Wednesday with the migrants. When returning to...

Relic thought to be from Jesus’ manger arrives in Bethlehem

Dec. 1, 2019 12:30 AM EST

BETHLEHEM, West Bank (AP) — A tiny wooden relic that some Christians believe to be part of Jesus' manger arrived Saturday in its permanent home in the biblical city of Bethlehem 1,400 years after it was sent to Rome as a gift to the pope. Cheerful crowds greeted the ornately encased relic with much fanfare...

Italy's ‘Sardines’ movement threatens Salvini’s dominance

Nov. 29, 2019 6:24 AM EST

ROME (AP) — In Italy’s polarized political landscape, a grassroots group calling itself “Sardines” is putting the squeeze on right-wing populist Matteo Salvini. The movement was founded over lunch by four former roommates, all in their 30s, who were fed up with the abrasive,...