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Afghan translator safe in Italy, worries for family he left

Aug. 31, 2021 15:16 PM EDT

AVEZZANO, Italy (AP) — A 39-year-old man who served as a translator for the Italian military and embassy in Afghanistan says he is relieved to be safe in Italy but worries about his wife and four young children back in Kabul. He said before he left the Afghan capital,...

Decrepit smuggling boat with 539 migrants nears Italy

Aug. 28, 2021 09:38 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — Italian military vessels on Saturday aided a decrepit fishing boat crammed with 539 migrants that was approaching the tiny southern Italian island of Lampedusa. Alida Serrachieri, a nurse who runs the Doctors Without Borders’ operation on Lampedusa, said...

The Latest: US strikes at IS in retaliation for bombing

Aug. 27, 2021 21:38 PM EDT

WASHINGTON — The United States military struck back at the Islamic State on Saturday, bombing an IS member in Afghanistan less than 48 hours after a devastating suicide bombing claimed by the group killed as many as 169 Afghans and 13 American service members at the Kabul airport. ...

Red handkerchiefs, inked palms speeding Afghans to safety

Aug. 24, 2021 11:58 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — The Afghan worker for an Italian charity tried twice to enter Kabul’s chaotic airport, to secure her promised seat on an evacuation flight. The crush was too much, and on her second attempt she feared she would die in the stampede. Getting the attention of Western troops,...

US WWII veteran reunites with Italians he saved as children

Aug. 24, 2021 02:07 AM EDT

BOLOGNA, Italy (AP) — For more than seven decades, Martin Adler treasured a black-and-white photo of himself as a young American soldier with a broad smile with three impeccably dressed Italian children he is credited with saving as the Nazis retreated northward in 1944. ...

The Latest: Food agency warns of hunger in Afghan conflict

Aug. 18, 2021 20:28 PM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — UNITED NATIONS — The head of the U.N. food agency in Afghanistan says a humanitarian crisis is unfolding with 14 million people facing severe hunger following the Taliban takeover of the country. Mary Ellen McGroarty, the World Food...

Italian police nab woman reputed to be Naples crime boss

Aug. 07, 2021 10:42 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — A reputed top Naples crime syndicate boss was arrested Saturday as she was about to board a flight to Spain. Italian authorities said. Interior Minister Luciana Lamorgese praised the arrest of Maria Licciardi, 70, by Carabinieri officers on orders of Naples...

Italian man identified as top crime boss arrested in Madrid

Aug. 05, 2021 09:10 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — A fugitive Italian man identified as a leader of what is believed to be one of the world’s wealthiest criminal organizations has been arrested in Madrid, Spanish and Italian police said Thursday. Italy’s Carabinieri identified the man as Domenico...

Italian lawyers group slams court review of US trial defense

Jul. 21, 2021 13:22 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — Several professional associations representing Italian criminal defense lawyers have slammed a Rome court’s written attack on the team which defended two U.S. young men in their trial for the murder of an Italian police officer. Last week, the court...