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Fistfight erupts in Italian Parliament as tensions rise over expanding regional autonomy

Jun. 13, 2024 07:03 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — Tensions in Italy's lower house erupted into a fistfight, sending an opposition lawmaker to hospital, over a controversial government proposal that opponents say will further impoverish the poor south. Video of the fight Wednesday shows lawmakers converging on 5-Star...

Marquette University President Michael Lovell dies in Rome

Jun. 10, 2024 16:07 PM EDT

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Marquette University President Michael Lovell has died in Rome after a three-year battle with cancer. He was 57. Lovell had been suffering from sarcoma, a rare form of cancer that develops in the bones and soft tissues, when he died Sunday, university officials...

Italy's Premier Meloni gets domestic, European boost from EU election win

Jun. 10, 2024 05:43 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni’s far-right party won European elections in Italy with a strong 28% of the votes, boosting her leadership at home and consolidating her kingmaker role in Europe. Meloni’s Brothers of Italy party confirmed its status as the country’s...

Papal switcheroo as Francis changes plans at last minute to visit different Rome community

Jun. 06, 2024 13:11 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — Pope Francis slipped out of the Vatican on Thursday to meet with members of a local Roman parish as part of his new initiative of surprise papal prayer sessions ahead of next year’s Jubilee. The 30 or so families who met with Francis in a building courtyard in the far...

Today in History: June 4, World War II’s Battle of Midway begins in the Pacific

Jun. 04, 2024 00:01 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Tuesday, June 4, the 156th day of 2024. There are 210 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On June 4, 1942, the World War II Battle of Midway began, resulting in a decisive American victory against Japan and...

European vote could tip the balance on Meloni's far-right agenda in Italy

Jun. 01, 2024 11:20 AM EDT

MILAN (AP) — While Italian Premier Giorgia Meloni adopts a reassuring Western-allied foreign policy, cultural wars at home are preserving her far-right credentials heading into a European parliamentary election, where her neo-fascist-rooted Brothers of Italy party is projected to secure...

In Guinea's capital, a heartbroken family brings their son's body home

May. 31, 2024 02:30 AM EDT

Ousmane Sylla’s final journey home came not with joyful celebration, but with mourning. The 21-year-old’s body was flown in a metal coffin from Rome to Conakry, Guinea’s coastal capital. On a hot day in April, his family collected him from the airport. It was...

Pogacar wins the Giro d'Italia by a big margin and will now aim for a 3rd Tour de France title

May. 26, 2024 13:51 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — Tadej Pogacar won the Giro d’Italia on Sunday with the race’s biggest margin of victory in nearly six decades — earning a third Grand Tour trophy to go with his two Tour de France titles. Pogacar, riding a pink bike to go with his pink jersey, shorts and helmet,...

Carlos Alcaraz is 'scared' to hit his forehand with full force as the French Open approaches

May. 24, 2024 13:29 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Even Carlos Alcaraz couldn't tell you exactly what's been wrong with his right forearm, the part of his body that is responsible for his thunderous forehands — and also is responsible for sidelining him during nearly all of April and May as the French Open approached. ...

Work on new Rome subway line under the Colosseum and Forum enters crucial phase

May. 24, 2024 02:00 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — A long-delayed and complex project to bring a subway line under ancient Roman ruins and through Rome’s historic center has entered a crucial phase, with the digging of an 85-meter (280-foot)) deep retaining wall around the flagship station. During a tour Thursday of...