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Did Italian priest father two African sons, and walk away?

Dec. 6, 2019 4:16 AM EST

NAIROBI (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 that his...

Italian sports daily under fire for Black Friday headline

Dec. 5, 2019 2:06 PM EST

MILAN (AP) — A leading Italian sports daily faced widespread criticism for a headline reading “Black Friday” and featuring two black soccer players on Thursday’s cover. Corriere dello Sport ran photos of Roma defender Chris Smalling and Inter Milan striker Romelu Lukaku ahead Friday's...

Trump aims for role of NATO statesman but mars unity message

Dec. 4, 2019 8:49 PM EST

WATFORD, England (AP) — Aiming to play the role of global statesman as the impeachment drama was unfolding in Washington, President Donald Trump instead shattered NATO’s professed message of unity at its 70th anniversary celebration in England and put his personal and policy differences with...

Hanyu, Chen face off at Grand Prix Finals

Dec. 4, 2019 3:45 PM EST

Japan's Yuzuru Hanyu owns the last two Olympic gold medals. No man has won three in a row. American Nathan Chen owns the last two world titles. No U.S. man has won three straight since Scott Hamilton in the early 1980s. Hanyu, the world's most popular figure skater, and Chen, his biggest rival, face off at the...

Euro Championship on US network TV for 1st time since ‘08

Dec. 3, 2019 11:58 AM EST

BRISTOL, Conn. (AP) — The European Championship is returning to U.S. network television for the first time since 2008. ESPN said Tuesday that five of the 51 matches will be televised on ABC. In 2008, ABC carried two of 31 games: a quarterfinal and Spain's victory over Germany in the final. All of ABC's...

Italian bank UniCredit to cut 8,000 jobs by 2023

Dec. 3, 2019 9:40 AM EST

MILAN (AP) — Italian bank UniCredit on Tuesday announced 8,000 job cuts under a three-year plan that aims to significantly increase shareholder value. The bank, Italy’s largest by assets, said that its net profit will grow to 5 billion euros ($5.5 billion) by 2023, from a forecast 4.7 billion euros...

Italian government approves new loan to keep Alitalia flying

Dec. 3, 2019 8:59 AM EST

MILAN (AP) — The Italian government has approved new funding for struggling airline Alitalia to keep it operational until new investors can be found. The government late Monday approved a bridge loan of 400 million euros ($442 million), an injection made necessary after the state railway failed to pull...

Italy expels 2 suspected extremists from Bangladesh, Morocco

Dec. 2, 2019 3:48 PM EST

ROME (AP) — Italy’s interior ministry says two suspected extremists from Bangladesh and Morocco, including an imam who allegedly beat children studying the Quran, have been expelled from the country. The ministry on Monday identified the imam as a 19-year-old man from Bangladesh who was teaching...

Report: Placido Domingo denies alleged casting power abuse

Dec. 2, 2019 2:48 PM EST

MILAN (AP) — Opera legend Placido Domingo was quoted by a leading Italian daily Monday as saying he did not abuse his power in casting, part of allegations against him in two reports by The Associated Press. Domingo, 78, told Milanese daily Corriere della Sera that while he was general director in...

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...