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Italy navy: Turkish, Italian fishing boats involved in clash

May. 11, 2021 12:06 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — Turkish fishing boats north of Cyprus launched stones and smoke bombs at two Italian fishing vessels in the Mediterranean on Tuesday, according to the Italian navy, which dispatched a helicopter to the scene. In a written statement, the Navy described the...

Italian Navy rescues fisherman reportedly shot off Libya

May. 06, 2021 12:44 PM EDT

MILAN (AP) — An Italian Navy ship has rescued a crew member of an Italian fishing boat reportedly injured by warning shots fired by the Libyan Coast Guard, Italian media said Thursday. The Libyans opened fire near two fishing boats, the Aliseo and the Artemide, in the...

Rome jury convicts 2 US friends in slaying of police officer

May. 05, 2021 21:18 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — A jury in Italy convicted two American friends in the 2019 slaying in Rome of a police officer in a tragic unraveling of a small-time drug deal gone bad, sentencing them to the maximum life in prison. More than 12 hours after deliberations began, the jury of...

Former members of Italian Red Brigades arrested in France

Apr. 28, 2021 14:40 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Seven Italians convicted of left-wing domestic terrorist crimes in the 1970s and 1980s, including several former members of the Red Brigades, were arrested at their homes in France on Wednesday, the French presidency said, a development Italy hailed as historic. ...

Italian jury to soon mull Americans' fate over slain officer

Apr. 26, 2021 17:18 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — An Italian jury will next week begin deliberating the fate of two young American men on trial for the slaying of a Carabinieri police officer while they were vacationing in Rome in 2019. Judge Marina Finiti said on Monday that the case will go to the jury...

Romania expels Russian diplomat amid wave of expulsions

Apr. 26, 2021 12:11 PM EDT

Bucharest (AP) — Romania said on Monday it has expelled a Russian embassy official, in the latest of a wave of expulsions of Russian diplomats from European countries and counter-expulsions from Moscow. Romania’s foreign ministry said the "activities and actions" of...

U.S. man's defense: fear played role in Italian's slaying

Apr. 23, 2021 17:08 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — A defense lawyer for a young American on trial for the slaying of an Italian police officer contended in court on Friday that deep-set psychiatric problems, including his client's constant fear of attack, figured in the fatal stabbing on a Rome street in July 2019. ...

Italy: Officer held for spying says he had no sensitive info

Apr. 02, 2021 13:12 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — An Italian Navy captain accused of passing classified documents to Russia says he didn’t have access to any information that would have compromised the security or strategic operations of Italy or NATO, his lawyer said Friday. Attorney Roberto De Vita met...

In Italy spy story, Navy captain struggled with mortgage

Apr. 01, 2021 14:18 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — Italy’s spy thriller took a decidedly mundane turn Thursday with indications that the Italian Navy captain accused of passing classified documents to Russia was desperate for extra money to pay his mortgage and support his four children. Walter Biot, an...

Italy orders 2 Russian Embassy officials expelled for spying

Mar. 31, 2021 13:28 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — Italy ordered two Russian Embassy officials expelled Wednesday and arrested an Italian Navy captain on spying charges after police caught the officer allegedly giving classified documents to one of the Russians in exchange for money. Foreign Minister Luigi...