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FILE - In this Dec. 11, 2019, file photo, an Emirates jetliner comes in for landing at Dubai International Airport in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Dubai International Airport, the world's busiest for international travel, said Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020, that it is taking special precautions to screen the droves of Chinese tourists expected for the Lunar New Year holiday after the outbreak of a pneumonia-like virus that has led to China's lockdown of the entire city of Wuhan. (AP Photo/Jon Gambrell, File)

Airports taking precautions after China virus outbreak

Jan. 23, 2020 11:29 PM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Airports are adding passenger screenings and taking other precautions to prevent a new virus from being spread by Chinese tourists going abroad for the Lunar New Year holidays. China has imposed an unprecedented, open-ended shutdown of Wuhan, the city of 11 million people...

Fiorentina president Rocco Commisso gestures prior to an Italian Cup eightfinal soccer match, between Fiorentina and Atalanta at the Artemio Franchi stadium in Florence, Italy, Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020. ( Jennifer Lorenzini/LaPresse via AP)

AP Interview: Fiorentina's American owner is a soccer lifer

Jan. 23, 2020 9:16 AM EST

ROME (AP) — From Calabria to Pennsylvania, then the Bronx and beyond, new Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso has been on the move his entire life. Whether it was acclimating to the United States after immigrating at the age of 12, climbing the corporate ladder toward becoming the billionaire chairman of cable...

This photo released Thursday Jan. 23, 2020 by Herculaneum press office in Naples, southern Italy, shows a fragment of brain material of a victim incinerated by the ancient blast of Mount Vesuvius, and turned into glass. Officials at the Herculaneum archaeology site said this is the first time that the phenomenon has been verified from a volcanic eruption. (Herculaneum press office via AP)

Mount Vesuvius blast turned ancient victim's brain to glass

Jan. 23, 2020 9:12 AM EST

MILAN (AP) — The eruption of Mount Vesuvius turned an incinerated victim's brain material into glass, the first time scientists have verified the phenomenon from a volcanic blast, officials at the Herculaneum archaeology site said Thursday. Archaeologists rarely recover human brain tissue, and when they...

Italy's Foreign Minister and 5-Star Movement leader Luigi Di Maio, left, flanked by his successor Vito Crimi, acknowledges the applause at the end of his speech at a meeting in Rome, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020, where he stepped down as party leader following a string of parliamentary defections, falling poll numbers and questions about the movement's future. Luigi Di Maio said he had finished his work, that an era had ended, and that he would trust his successor to lead the party going forward. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

Italy's 5-Star leader Di Maio steps down as party struggles

Jan. 22, 2020 3:23 PM EST

ROME (AP) — The head of Italy's ruling 5-Star Movement stepped down as party leader Wednesday, following a string of parliamentary defections, falling poll numbers and questions about the movement's future. Luigi Di Maio insisted that the government coalition would go forward, and that he would continue to...

A thermal camera monitor shows the body temperature of passengers arriving from overseas at Incheon International Airport in Incheon, South Korea, Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020. Heightened precautions were being taken in China and elsewhere Tuesday as governments strove to control the outbreak of a novel coronavirus that threatens to grow during the Lunar New Year travel rush. (Suh Myung-geon/Yonhap via AP)

Virus prompts temperature checks, extra cleaning at airports

Jan. 21, 2020 8:00 PM EST

BEIJING (AP) — Many countries are checking the temperatures of arriving airline passengers and adopting precautionary quarantine procedures in response to a new virus that has sickened nearly 300 people and killed six in China. India, Nigeria, Japan and the United States are some of the countries where...

In this image taken on Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020, people walk at the Burano island, Italy. The Venetian island of Burano's legacy as a fishing village remains the source of its charms: the small colorful fishermen's cottages, traditional butter cookies that were the fishermen's sustenance at sea and delicate lace still stitched by women in their homes. As the island's population dwindles, echoing that of Venice itself, so too are the numbers of skilled artisans and tradespeople who have kept the traditions and economy alive. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)

Venetian islands revamp traditions to counter depopulation

Jan. 21, 2020 4:48 AM EST

VENICE, Italy (AP) — The Venetian island of Burano’s charms are rooted in its fishing legacy: the colorful fishermen's cottages, the traditional butter cookies that kept fishermen going at sea and the delicate lace hand-stitched by their women. But as the island’s population dwindles, like...

In this Jan. 14, 2020 photo, tears well up in Ana Lucia Salazar's eyes as she tells her story of abuse, during an interview in Mexico City. Salazar says that she was sexually abused by a Legion of Christ priest when she was eight. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte)

10 years after Vatican reform, Legion in new abuse crisis

Jan. 20, 2020 3:57 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The administrator of the elite Catholic school in Cancun, Mexico, used to take the girls out of class and send them to the chapel, where the priest from the Legion of Christ religious order would sexually abuse them. “As some were reading the Bible, he would rape the others in...

League's leader Matteo Salvini gestures during a campaign rally in view of the upcoming local elections in the Emilia Romagna region, in Maranello, Italy, Saturday, Jan. 18, 2020. (Stefano Cavicchi/LaPresse via AP)

Italy's Salvini asks for trial, his party's lawmakers oblige

Jan. 20, 2020 3:03 PM EST

ROME (AP) — Italy's right-wing opposition leader Matteo Salvini dared lawmakers to lift his Senate immunity Monday so he could be tried for allegedly keeping migrants hostage for days aboard a coast guard rescue ship, and they did. But the only Senate immunity commission members who ended up voting in...

European Union foreign policy chief Josep Borrell talks to journalists during a news conference after an European Foreign Affairs meeting at the Europa building in Brussels, Monday, Jan. 20, 2020. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)

EU to revamp anti-smuggler mission for UN Libya arms embargo

Jan. 20, 2020 11:47 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union countries have agreed to “refocus” the mission of the bloc’s anti-migrant smuggler naval operation in the Mediterranean Sea so that it concentrates on upholding the U.N. arms embargo against Libya, EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said Monday. After...

Italy's Federica Brignone celebrates at the finish area during an alpine ski, World Cup women's giant slalom in Sestriere, Italy, Saturday, Jan. 18, 2020. (AP Photo/Alessandro Trovati)

Brignone and Vlhova share GS win, 0.01 ahead of Shiffrin

Jan. 18, 2020 4:42 PM EST

SESTRIERE, Italy (AP) — In a World Cup race that nearly ended in a triple dead heat, Federica Brignone and Petra Vlhova shared a giant slalom victory Saturday in which Mikaela Shiffrin finished 0.01 seconds behind in third. “I’ve also been on the good side of the hundredths many times,"...