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Italian Premier Giuseppe Conte arrives to give a press conference on measures to relaunch the economy following the coronavirus outbreak, at Palazzo Chigi premier's office, in Rome, Tuesday, July 7, 2020. (Roberto Monaldo/LaPresse via AP)

Italy seeks to simplify notoriously knotted bureaucracy

Jul. 7, 2020 9:03 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — Italian Premier Giuseppe Conte has described as “revolutionary” a new government decree aimed at simplifying Italy’s slow and cumbersome bureaucracy with the goal of getting the country's coronavirus-battered economy working again. The decree approved early Tuesday also is...

Italian Healthy ministry personnel check passengers who disembarked from a flight from Bangladesh at Rome's Leonardo Da Vinci international airport in Fiumicino, Monday, July 6, 2020. On Tuesday, July 7, 2020 Italy ordered a one-week suspension of incoming flights from Bangladesh after a spate of coronavirus cases near Rome were traced to members of the Bangladeshi community who had recently returned to Italy. Health Minister Roberto Speranza said in a statement Tuesday that beyond the dozen or so cases registered in recent days, more positive cases were traced to passengers on the latest flight that arrived in Rome on Monday. (Mauro Scrobogna/LaPresse via AP)

The Latest: Italy orders suspension of Bangladesh flights

Jul. 7, 2020 8:42 AM EDT

ROME — Italy has ordered a one-week suspension of incoming flights from Bangladesh after a spate of coronavirus cases near Rome were traced to members of the Bangladeshi community who had recently returned to Italy. Health Minister Roberto Speranza saya beyond the dozen or so cases registered in recent...

Germany to press for EU deal on taking in rescued migrants

Jul. 7, 2020 5:11 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's interior minister called on his European Union colleagues Tuesday to agree on a better and more just solution for the distribution of migrants rescued while attempting to cross the Mediterranean. Interior Minister Horst Seehofer said ahead of a video conference with his EU...

FILE - In this file photo dated Tuesday, March 6, 2018, Italian composer Ennio Morricone directs an ensemble during a concert of his

Spaghetti Western movie composer Ennio Morricone dead at 91

Jul. 6, 2020 10:02 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — Ennio Morricone, the Oscar-winning Italian composer who created the coyote-howl theme for the iconic Spaghetti Western “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly” and often haunting soundtracks for such classic Hollywood gangster movies as “The Untouchables” and the epic...

A worker checks a lung ventilator

Czech volunteers develop functioning lung ventilator in days

Jul. 6, 2020 9:26 PM EDT

PRAGUE (AP) — Tomas Kapler knew nothing about ventilators — he’s an online business consultant, not an engineer or a medical technician. But when he saw that shortages of the vital machines had imperiled critically ill COVID-19 patients in northern Italy, he was moved to action. “It...

FILE - In this Feb. 26, 2020 file photo, models wear creations for the Kenzo fashion collection during Women's fashion week Fall/Winter 2020/21 presented in Paris. The coronavirus pandemic has instilled extra unpredictability into the already fickle Paris Fashion Week. After first canceling the July shows for menswear and Haute Couture, the French fashion federation has now organized an unprecedented schedule of digital-only events instead. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus, File)

As Paris Fashion Week is streamed, critics look to future

Jul. 6, 2020 6:55 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — The coronavirus pandemic has instilled extra unpredictability into the already fickle Paris Fashion Week. After first canceling the July shows for menswear and Haute Couture, the French fashion federation has now organized an unprecedented schedule of digital-only events instead. Top houses...

A medical staffer conducts COVID-19 tests aboard the Ocean Viking ship in the Mediterranean Sea, Sunday, July 5, 2020. A humanitarian group says its rescue ship with 180 migrants stranded aboard for days has “finally” received instructions to sail to an Italian port, so its passengers can be disembarked. SOS Mediterranee in a tweet on Sunday also described “relief on the #Ocean Viking” when the ship's crew and passengers learned that the rescued migrants are to be disembarked at Porto Empedocle, Sicily, the next day. (Laurence Bondard/SOS Mediterranee via AP)

Charity: Rescue ship gets OK to bring 180 migrants to Sicily

Jul. 5, 2020 12:03 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — A humanitarian group said Sunday its rescue ship with 180 migrants stranded aboard for days has “finally” received instructions to sail to an Italian port, so its passengers can be disembarked. In a tweet, SOS Mediterranee also described “relief on the #Ocean Viking”...

FILE - In this Jan. 1, 2018 file photo, Italian Maestro Riccardo Muti conducts the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra during the traditional New Year's concert at the golden hall of Vienna's Musikverein, Austria. Nine musicians from the Syrian diaspora in Europe are playing in the 24th friendship concert conducted by Riccardo Muti, this year at the Paestum archaeological site in southern Italy, but the coronavirus pandemic blocked others from arriving directly from Syria. (AP Photo/Ronald Zak, File)

Muti conducts Syria musicians in memorial concert amid ruins

Jul. 5, 2020 10:04 AM EDT

RAVENNA, Italy (AP) — Nine musicians from the Syrian diaspora in Europe are playing Sunday in the 24th friendship concert conducted by Riccardo Muti, this year at the Paestum archaeological site in southern Italy, but the coronavirus pandemic blocked others from arriving directly from Syria. The concert...

South Korean Imperial guards wearing face masks to help protect against the spread of the new coronavirus move near the Deoksu Palace in Seoul, South Korea, Friday, July 3, 2020. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

The Latest: S Korea has 60-plus new virus cases for 3rd day

Jul. 4, 2020 10:46 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea has recorded 60-plus COVID-19 cases for a third consecutive day, a continuation of a virus spread beyond the greater Seoul area. The Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Sunday it has confirmed 61 additional cases, bringing the national total to 13,091. It...

Red Bull driver Max Verstappen of the Netherlands steers his car followed by Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas of Finland during the qualifying session at the Red Bull Ring racetrack in Spielberg, Austria, Saturday, July 4, 2020. The Austrian Formula One Grand Prix will be held on Sunday. (AP Photo/Darko Bandic)

Hard work for F1 to figure out rest of 2020 calendar

Jul. 4, 2020 10:43 AM EDT

SPIELBERG, Austria (AP) — Figuring out the calendar for the rest of the year is a “day and night” operation for Formula One, the head of motorsport's governing body Jean Todt said on Saturday. After a four-month suspension because of the coronavirus pandemic, the season is kicking off in...