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Benetton makes its Milan runway debut with Lagerfeld tribute

Feb. 19, 2019 5:04 PM EST

MILAN (AP) — Milan Fashion Week promised to be a running tribute to Karl Lagerfeld, who died Tuesday as collateral events got unde way. French designer Jean Charles de Castelbajac, who made his debut as creative director for the iconic Italian knitwear fashion company Benetton, said he hoped to emulate at...

Jim Harbaugh taking Michigan team to South Africa in May

Feb. 19, 2019 3:03 PM EST

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Jim Harbaugh is taking Michigan's football team to South Africa in May. Director of football operations Mark Taurisani tweeted about the trip Tuesday. Like last year's visit to France , the Wolverines will not practice in South Africa. Harbaugh did have practices in Italy in 2017....

The Latest: Casino company to complete Macau Lagerfeld hotel

Feb. 19, 2019 1:12 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — The Latest on the death of fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld (all times local): 7 p.m. Macau casino company SJM, which is building a hotel in the Chinese casino capital designed by Karl Lagerfeld, says it's "deeply saddened" by news of his death. SJM Holdings Ltd. said in a statement that it was...

Tech could unite Europe's populists ahead of EU vote in May

Feb. 19, 2019 11:05 AM EST

PARIS (AP) — The web platform was named for a revered French populist philosopher and created by an Italian internet entrepreneur to transform common grievances into proposals and activists into political candidates. When Italy's deputy prime minister offered the populist 5-Star Movement's Rousseau...

Ancient site linked to Caesar's murder to open to public

Feb. 18, 2019 12:30 PM EST

ROME (AP) — A complex of ancient temples in Rome that are linked to the scene of Julius Caesar's murder will be opened to the public. The below-street-level temple ruins at Largo Argentina in downtown Rome is visible to pedestrians peering from above but closed to visitors. For decades, access was enjoyed...

Sex abuse survivors to meet with Vatican summit organizers

Feb. 18, 2019 8:30 AM EST

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The organizers of Pope Francis' summit on preventing clergy sex abuse will meet this week with a dozen abuse victims who have descended on Rome to protest the Catholic Church's response to the crisis and demand an end to decades of cover-up by church leaders, officials said Monday....

Vote on minister's immunity puts Italian populists in bind

Feb. 17, 2019 4:10 PM EST

ROME (AP) — Should senators from Italy's anti-establishment 5-Star Movement strip the firebrand leader of the far-right League of his immunity from criminal prosecution, possibly jeopardizing the populist government in which the two parties are coalition partners? The decision has them in a bind. If they...

Italian soccer team loses 20-0 after fielding only 7 players

Feb. 17, 2019 12:54 PM EST

CUNEO, Italy (AP) — A third-tier Italian soccer team had a day to forget when it lost 20-0 after being able to field only seven players, all of them teenagers. Pro Piacenza, which has financial problems, had already forfeited three matches and not playing a fourth on Sunday would have seen it thrown out of...

Libyans, to varying degrees, celebrate 2011 uprising

Feb. 17, 2019 12:51 PM EST

BENGHAZI, Libya (AP) — Libyans on Sunday celebrated the eighth anniversary of their 2011 uprising that led to the overthrow and killing of longtime ruler Moammar Gadhafi, with a varying intensity of festivities underscoring the split between the country's east and west. Thousands of people reveled in the...

From Bogart to millennials: Italian hat maker tries new look

Feb. 17, 2019 5:12 AM EST

SPINETTA MARENGO, Italy (AP) — Hats off, Bogie. The traditional Italian hat maker Borsalino, whose fedora has defined the rough-and-tumble images of Robert Redford, Frank Sinatra and Humphrey Bogart, has a plan to appeal more to women and millennials by pushing into high-end fashion, streetwear and even...