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A policeman wearing a sanitary masks controls with a metal detector a reveler in Venice, Sunday, Feb. 23, 2020. Italian authorities have announced they are shutting down Venice's famed carnival events in a bid to stop the spread of the novel virus, as numbers of infected persons in the country have soared to at least 133, the largest amount of cases outside Asia. (AP Photo/Luigi Costantini)

Italy rushes to contain Europe's first major virus outbreak

Feb. 23, 2020 6:02 PM EST

CODOGNO, Italy (AP) — Italy scrambled Sunday to check the spread of Europe's first major outbreak of the new viral disease amid rapidly rising numbers of infections and a third death, calling off the popular Venice Carnival, scrapping major league soccer matches in the stricken area and shuttering...

Police inspect an overturned carriage of a high-speed train after the train derailed in the countryside near the town of Lodi, northern Italy, Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020. A high-speed passenger train derailed in northern Italy before dawn on Thursday on the heavily used Milan-Bologna line, with the motor car completely detaching, killing two railway workers and injuring 27 people, authorities said. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)

Experts ponder human error in Italian high-speed train crash

Feb. 6, 2020 12:05 PM EST

OSPEDALETTO LODIGIANO, Italy (AP) — A high-speed passenger train derailed in northern Italy before dawn Thursday, killing two railway workers and injuring 28 other people as its engine broke off and careened into a work vehicle on a adjacent track. Authorities are looking into human error linked to track...

Pope Francis meets with US Vice President Mike Pence, left, on the occasion of their private audience, at the Vatican, Friday, Jan. 24, 2020. Pence told Pope Francis, “You made me a hero

US Vice President Pence to Pope Francis: You made me a hero

Jan. 24, 2020 1:03 PM EST

VATICAN CITY (AP) — U.S. Vice President Mike Pence met with Pope Francis at the Vatican on Friday, discussing the anti-abortion march in Washington and telling the pontiff, "You made me a hero" back home by granting him a private audience. The pope and the vice president had a private hour-long...

Italy's premier Giuseppe Conte speaks during his year-end press conference at Villa Madama, in Rome, Saturday, Dec. 28, 2019. Conte insists his squabbling coalition will last three more years, even after a minister recently quit in protest. (Giuseppe Lami/ANSA via AP)

Italy's premier: Squabbling coalition will last 3 more years

Dec. 28, 2019 10:58 AM EST

ROME (AP) — Italy's premier insisted Saturday his squabbling coalition will last three more years, even after a minister quit in protest and despite nervousness over a regional election that could help the popularity of right-wing forces. Premier Giuseppe Conte brushed off concerns that his government,...