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Netanyahu hails Italy's Salvini as 'great friend of Israel'

Dec. 12, 2018 10:26 AM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is hailing Italy's Interior Minister Matteo Salvini as a "great friend of Israel," despite the Italian Jewish community's outcry over his far-right policies and anti-migration views. Salvini met with Netanyahu on Wednesday in Jerusalem before...

Italian police identify IS cell suspected in 2013 kidnapping

Dec. 12, 2018 5:51 AM EST

ROME (AP) — Italian authorities said Wednesday they had identified members of the Islamic State group believed to have been behind the 2013 kidnapping in Syria of Italian aid worker Federico Motka and Briton David Haines, who was later killed. Carabinieri police said they had issued arrest warrants against...

Italy's far-right minister visits Israel, drawing criticism

Dec. 12, 2018 12:40 AM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — One of Europe's most divisive political figures, Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini, opened his visit to Israel Tuesday with warm words of support for his hosts, condemning Hezbollah as a "terrorist" organization and denouncing rising waves of anti-Semitism in Europe. Salvini is in...

Rome's trash troubles turn into emergency after blaze

Dec. 11, 2018 9:11 AM EST

ROME (AP) — Rome's longstanding garbage problems turned into an emergency Tuesday after a huge fire at a waste disposal plant blanketed the Eternal City in smoke and forced authorities to scramble to find alternative facilities to treat the capital's trash. The Salaria plant has been the subject of...

Italy's Salvini says fears about new migrant law 'surreal'

Dec. 10, 2018 5:45 PM EST

ROME (AP) — Italy's interior minister is defending a new government-backed law eliminating the category of "humanitarian protection" for migrants, saying it will actually provide more protections to real refugees. Matteo Salvini dismissed as "fake news of epic proportions" the alarm raised by Amnesty...

Italy: Teen, club owners investigated in fatal stampede

Dec. 10, 2018 2:58 PM EST

ROME (AP) — Italian prosecutors said Monday they have placed eight people, including one minor, under investigation in connection with a stampede at a packed nightclub that killed six people, five of them teenagers. Authorities stressed that the investigation was just beginning. Investigators are seeking...

Italy's Salvini on Bannon: stimulating, but not European

Dec. 10, 2018 1:57 PM EST

ROME (AP) — Italy's right-wing interior minister says former Trump administration adviser Steve Bannon has interesting ideas but that he doesn't understand Europe's complexities. Matteo Salvini met over the summer with Bannon, who is reported to be planning a political consulting strategy to advance...

Outrage after plaques honoring Rome's deported Jews stolen

Dec. 10, 2018 1:17 PM EST

ROME (AP) — Rome's mayor, Catholic groups and politicians of every stripe joined Italy's Jewish community on Monday in denouncing the theft of 20 small bronze plaques honoring a Jewish family deported during the Holocaust. The plaques, affixed to the cobblestones in front of the Di Consiglio family home in...

Pope cites the 'disappeared' among those deprived of rights

Dec. 10, 2018 6:31 AM EST

ROME (AP) — Pope Francis on Monday lamented that the poor, the unborn, those imprisoned and those who have been forcibly "disappeared" do not enjoy the same human rights protections as the wealthy. Francis marked the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights with a message read at the...

Real Madrid far behind top European clubs in women's soccer

Dec. 10, 2018 4:53 AM EST

MADRID (AP) — In a speech during Real Madrid's most recent general assembly, club president Florentino Perez spoke proudly about how esports will be part of the club's future. Perez also talked about plans for a possible Real Madrid theme park to be built in the Spanish capital. The president took his time...