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Trial opens in deadly collapse of Italy's Morandi Bridge

Jul. 07, 2022 07:22 AM EDT

GENOA, Italy (AP) — Fifty-nine people went on trial Thursday for the 2018 collapse of Genoa’s Morandi bridge, accused of manslaughter and other charges in the deaths of 43 people. The defendants include former executives and experts of the company that manages many of Italy’s...

EU warns of dire climate season ahead with droughts, fires

Jul. 07, 2022 07:13 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union's executive warned on Thursday that the continent is facing one of its toughest years when it comes to natural disasters like droughts and wildfires because of increasing climate change. With extremely dry weather hitting several Mediterranean...

Drones spot 2 more bodies from Italy avalanche, toll at 9

Jul. 06, 2022 13:57 PM EDT

CANAZEI, Italy (AP) — Authorities said conditions downslope from a glacier in the Italian Alps were too unstable for searchers and dogs to work on the mountain where a chunk of ice the size of an apartment building broke loose at the weekend, killing several hikers. But with the aid of drones,...

Italian govt staves off immediate prospect of early election

Jul. 06, 2022 12:32 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — Italian Premier Mario Draghi's government on Wednesday staved off the immediate prospect of an early election after a key ally indicated he would remain in the coalition for now. Draghi met with former Premier Giuseppe Conte, now the leader of the populist 5-Star...

EXPLAINER: Fears of a natural gas emergency stalk Europe

Jul. 06, 2022 12:13 PM EDT

It’s not a summer heat wave that's making European leaders and businesses sweat. It's fear that Russia's manipulation of natural gas supplies will lead to an economic and political crisis next winter. Or, in the worst case, even sooner if Russia suddenly cuts off the gas. Here are...

Italy's No. 2 most-wanted mobster is extradited from Brazil

Jul. 06, 2022 08:48 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — A convicted mobster who was one of Italy's most-wanted fugitives and reputedly one of the world's most powerful drug brokers, arrived in Rome Wednesday, extradited by Brazil after 28 years on the lam. Rocco Morabito held the No. 2 position on the list of Italy’s most...

Italian singer Raffaella Carrà honored with square in Madrid

Jul. 06, 2022 08:16 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Italian singer Raffaella Carrà, a 20th-century pop icon both at home and in many Spanish-speaking countries, has had a square in Spain's capital named in her honor one year after her death. Madrid’s town hall held a ceremony Wednesday to inaugurate the square with...

Warming world creates hazard for Alpine glaciers

Jul. 05, 2022 17:16 PM EDT

Italy was enduring a prolonged heat wave before a massive piece of Alpine glacier broke off and killed hikers on Sunday and experts say climate change will make those hot, destabilizing conditions more common. Seven hikers died and several others are unaccounted for after large...

Body parts, gear found on Italian glacier after avalanche

Jul. 05, 2022 15:52 PM EDT

CANAZEI, Italy (AP) — Rescuers found body parts and equipment as they searched Tuesday for hikers missing following a powerful avalanche that killed at least seven people and was blamed in large part on rising temperatures that are melting glaciers. Officials initially feared 13...

Drought emergency declared for northern Italy, frees up aid

Jul. 04, 2022 15:18 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — The Italian government on Monday declared a state of emergency for much of the rain-parched north amid a drought, freeing up 36.5 million euros (about $38 million) in funds for the heavily agricultural regions. The aid was approved at a late evening Cabinet meeting. ...