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The late Colombian artist Botero is celebrated with an open-air sculpture exhibition in Rome

Jul. 23, 2024 01:28 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — The daughter of the late Colombian artist Fernando Botero has helped to turn the streets and piazzas of the Italian capital into an open-air museum to display eight of her father’s famously voluminous, whimsical sculptures. The exhibition was organized as a tribute to...

Italian authorities seek truck driver who was filmed striking migrants near French border

Jul. 17, 2024 14:03 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — Italian border police are looking for a truck driver who is shown on a widely circulated video striking female migrants after he found them in the back of his vehicle near the French border, officials said Wednesday. Smugglers loaded the 12 Eritrean women on the truck...

American convicted in killing of Italian plainclothes officer gets house arrest after appeal

Jul. 16, 2024 02:57 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — One of the two Americans convicted in the 2019 stabbing death of an Italian plainclothes police officer has been granted house arrest after an appeals court significantly reduced his original life sentence. Gabriel Natale-Hjorth can serve his 11-year, four-month...

Pope urges religious orders to pray for new priests and nuns as their numbers continue to fall

Jul. 15, 2024 09:06 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — Pope Francis urged religious orders on Monday to work and pray harder for new priests and nuns to join, as he acknowledged the congregations’ futures are at risk with the numbers of men and women entering Catholic religious life plummeting in parts of the world. The...

Bradley as Ryder Cup captain raises questions whether U.S. task force plan is over

Jul. 12, 2024 08:13 AM EDT

NORTH BERWICK, Scotland (AP) — Justin Thomas was just starting his rookie season on the PGA Tour when the Americans formed the infamous “Ryder Cup Task Force” geared toward building continuity with hopes of restoring U.S. dominance in the matches. Ten years later, Thomas was...

'It's hell outside': Sizzling heat wave in parts of southern and central Europe prompts alerts

Jul. 11, 2024 22:55 PM EDT

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Weather alerts, forest fires, melting pavement in cities: A sizzling heat wave has sent temperatures in parts of central and southern Europe soaring toward 40 degrees Celsius (104 Fahrenheit) in some places. From Italy to Romania, authorities warned people...

Rome's airport is named for da Vinci, Venice's for Marco Polo. Milan's Malpensa? Silvio Berlusconi

Jul. 11, 2024 14:54 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — Silvio Berlusconi, a cruise-ship singer, media mogul and three-time premier who dominated Italian politics for three decades, is getting a new act following his death last year. Milan’s Malpensa Airport, Italy’s second-busiest passenger airport, is being renamed for...

Willem Dafoe is named artistic director of Venice Biennale's theater department

Jul. 08, 2024 14:22 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — Actor Willem Dafoe, a frequent red-carpet visitor to the Venice Film Festival, was named artistic director Monday of the Venice Biennale’s theater department. Dafoe, who lives near Rome with his Italian wife, said the appointment came as a surprise but that he was...

Ruins of ancient garden likely owned by Emperor Caligula uncovered near Vatican during excavations

Jul. 04, 2024 15:32 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — Archaeological excavations near the Vatican uncovered the remains of an ancient garden overlooking the right bank of the Tiber River that was likely owned by Roman Emperor Caligula, Italy’s culture ministry said Thursday. The discovery was made during construction...

EU commission approves Lufthansa purchase of long-troubled Italian airline ITA, with conditions

Jul. 03, 2024 09:49 AM EDT

MILAN (AP) — The European Commission on Wednesday approved Lufthansa’s takeover of Italian airline ITA with conditions to protect competition in a deal that Italy's finance minister called “historic.” Lufthansa will invest 325 million euros ($350 million) to acquire a 41%...