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French bid to host 2030 Winter Olympics talks with Italy, Netherlands to stage speed skating

Apr. 15, 2024 12:48 PM EDT

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — The favored French candidacy to host the 2030 Winter Olympics is in talks with the Netherlands and Italy to stage speed skating races. The cross-border option was detailed on Monday by International Olympic Committee officials ahead of a visit next week...

Italian fashion designer Roberto Cavalli has died at age 83, his company says

Apr. 12, 2024 17:21 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — Italian fashion designer Roberto Cavalli, known for a flamboyant, glamorous style and textile innovations, has died at age 83, his company announced Friday. “Dear Roberto, you may not be physically here with us anymore but I know I will feel your spirit with me...

Project to shore up Pompeii yields stunning black banquet hall, with frescoes of Trojan War figures

Apr. 12, 2024 08:45 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — Archaeologists excavating new sites in Pompeii have uncovered a sumptuous banquet hall decorated with intricately frescoed mythological characters inspired by the Trojan War, officials said Thursday. The hall, which features a mosaic floor, was uncovered as part of a...

Death toll from Italian hydroelectric plant explosion rises to 7 as the last bodies are recovered

Apr. 12, 2024 05:25 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — Divers in northern Italy have recovered the last two bodies of workers killed by an explosion that collapsed and flooded several levels of an underground hydroelectric plant, bringing to seven the number of confirmed dead, officials said Friday. The explosion Tuesday at...

Italian coast guard rescues 22 shipwrecked people, recovers 9 bodies. Some 15 reported missing

Apr. 11, 2024 21:06 PM EDT

MILAN (AP) — The Italian coast guard rescued 22 people and recovered nine bodies after a smugglers’ boat capsized in a storm about 50 kilometers (30 miles) south of the island of Lampedusa, authorities said Thursday. Survivors indicated that the steel-bottom boat had departed...

Italian wrestler Chamizo claims he rejected $300,000 bribe to throw a match he controversially lost

Apr. 11, 2024 13:07 PM EDT

MILAN (AP) — Two-time world champion and Olympic bronze medalist Frank Chamizo claimed he turned down a bribe of $300,000 to deliberately lose a match at last week’s European wrestling Olympic qualification tournament in Baku, Azerbaijan. Chamizo, who competes for Italy after...

Divers discover 2 more bodies in Italian hydro powerplant explosion. Death toll hits 5

Apr. 11, 2024 09:52 AM EDT

MILAN (AP) — Divers in northern Italy discovered the bodies of two more workers who died in an explosion that collapsed and flooded several levels of an underground hydroelectric plant, bringing to five the number of confirmed dead, officials said Thursday. The explosion Tuesday at...

What to know about the latest trial involving Amanda Knox

Apr. 10, 2024 15:40 PM EDT

FLORENCE, Italy (AP) — Amanda Knox is again defending herself in an Italian court in a slander case that has the potential to remove the last legal stain against her, following her exoneration nine years ago in the 2007 murder of her British roommate, Meredith Kercher. Despite a...

Four are still missing as hopes fade after a deadly explosion at an Italian hydroelectric plant

Apr. 10, 2024 14:36 PM EDT

SUVIANA, Italy (AP) — Search and rescue operations resumed after a brief suspension on Wednesday evening at a hydroelectric plant close to the northern Italian city of Bologna, a day after a devastating blast killed at least three workers, injured five and left four missing. ...

Italy opens new slander trial against Amanda Knox. She was exonerated 9 years ago in friend's murder

Apr. 10, 2024 10:06 AM EDT

FLORENCE, Italy (AP) — Amanda Knox was back on trial for slander Wednesday for wrongly accusing a Congolese man of murdering her roommate while the young women were exchange students in Italy. Knox herself was convicted of the slaying before being exonerated in a case that grabbed the global...