PHOTOS: Fascist legacy endures in Rome’s architecture

Europe 05/23/19, 02:46

While Germany systematically wiped out traces of Adolf Hitler's Nazi regime after World War II, the legacy of his Axis ally, Benito Mussolini, remains present in Italy even today.Many monuments and symbols glorifying Mussolini's two-decade rule were removed following the war, but a surprising number remain in plain view in ...

Osaka withdraws from Rome quarters with right hand injury

Tennis 05/17/19, 05:04

Top-ranked Naomi Osaka withdrew from her Italian Open quarterfinal due to a right hand injury on Friday.Osaka was scheduled to meet Kiki Bertens, who advanced to the semifinals via walkover.It wasn't immediately clear how serious the injury was, or if it will affect Osaka's status for the French Open, which ...

Rain delays Federer and Nadal matches at Italian Open

Sports 05/15/19, 09:52

Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal's opening matches at the Italian Open are being delayed by rain.Federer is slated to meet Joao Sousa while eight-time Rome champion Nadal is scheduled to play Jeremy Chardy.Also, top-ranked Naomi Osaka was to play Dominika Cibulkova.Consistent rain at the Foro Italico is threatening to wipe ...

Serena Williams withdraws from Rome with injured knee

Tennis 05/14/19, 10:43

Serena Williams has withdrawn from the Italian Open ahead of her second-round match against sister Venus due to an old left knee injury.Tournament organizers made the announcement on Tuesday, a day after Serena opened her clay-court season with a straight-sets win over Swedish qualifier Rebecca Peterson.It's the third straight tournament ...

Power play: Papal aide’s manhole act angers Italy’s Salvini

Europe 05/13/19, 11:47

Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini has taken aim at a Vatican cardinal who climbed into a utility manhole to restore electricity to squatters in a government-owned building, pitting Pope Francis' humanitarian priorities against far-right Italian politics.Salvini was incensed by Cardinal Konrad Krajewski's actions. A rising force in Europe's far-right politics, ...

Serena Williams opens clay season with routine win in Rome

Sports 05/13/19, 08:29

Serena Williams opened her clay-court season with a routine 6-4, 6-2 win over Swedish qualifier Rebecca Peterson on Monday in the first round of the Italian Open.Williams fell behind 3-1 in the first set but then began to take control with her baseline power on a windy day at the ...

Federer adds Italian Open to his Roland Garros preparation

Tennis 05/11/19, 07:55

Roger Federer has added the Italian Open to his schedule.A day after his three-set loss to Dominic Thiem in the Madrid Open quarterfinals, Federer announced his plans in an Instagram video on Saturday.Federer says, "Hello everybody. Just finished speaking to the team and happy to say I'm coming back to ...

Strife-torn Libya’s UN-backed leader meets Conte in Rome

Europe 05/07/19, 03:27

Strife-torn Libya's UN-backed leader is visiting Rome in a bid to shore up support for his government in Tripoli that is under attack by rival militias.Prime Minister Fayez Sarraj met Tuesday with Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte. It was his first visit to Italy since the self-styled Libyan National Army, ...

American accused of killing Italian clothing store owner

Europe 05/05/19, 10:00

Italian police have arrested a 22-year-old American and accused him of killing a 74-year-old Italian owner of a clothing store in Viterbo, a city near Rome.Police arrested Michael Aaron Pang on Saturday and allege that he killed the Italian storekeeper by striking him with a stool. The body of Norveo ...

Serena Williams set to return from injury at Italian Open

Tennis 05/03/19, 09:12

Serena Williams is set to return from injury at the upcoming Italian Open.Tournament director Sergio Palmieri told The Associated Press on Friday that he spoke with Williams' agent and that Williams "has already reserved her rooms and should be here a few days early" for the May 13-19 event.Williams has ...

Atalanta, the Ajax of Italy, threatening Serie A’s hierarchy

Soccer 05/02/19, 05:17

First came a draw then came domination over Juventus.An away win at another league power followed.Only this wasn't Ajax.Atalanta coach Gian Piero Gasperini celebrates during the Serie A soccer match between Atalanta and Udinese at the Atleti Azzurri d'Italia stadium in Bergamo, Italy, Monday, April 29, 2019. (Paolo Magni ...

Sharapova withdraws from Rome with lingering shoulder injury

Tennis 05/01/19, 14:22

Three-time champion Maria Sharapova has withdrawn from the upcoming Italian Open as she continues to recover from a right shoulder injury.Rome organizers announced Wednesday that Sharapova's spot in the draw for the May 13-19 tournament will be taken by 45th-ranked Viktoria Kuzmova of Slovakia.Sharapova, a five-time Grand Slam champion, hasn't ...

Mancini keeps focus on young players for Italy training camp

Sports 04/26/19, 12:39

Three players born in 2001 and a handful yet to appear in Serie A have been called up for a training camp with Italy's national team.At just 17, Inter Milan striker Eddie Salcedo was the youngest player included by coach Roberto Mancini on Friday.Two 18-year-olds were also selected: Roma midfielder ...

Italy marks liberation anniversary as some glorify Mussolini

Sports 04/25/19, 07:33

Italian leaders on Thursday marked Liberation Day, which celebrates the end of the country's Fascist dictatorship during World War II, with appeals against glorifying dictator Benito Mussolini.The celebrations come a day after a group of hardcore fans of the Lazio soccer club performed fascist salutes and hung a banner that ...

Italy, France aim to chart common strategy on violent Libya

Europe 04/19/19, 13:39

The foreign ministers of Italy and France say their countries are trying to forge a common strategy on Libya. Italy's minster, Enzo Moavero Milanesi, told reporters Friday after the two held talks in Rome that lower-ranking ministry officials will meet next week in the Italian capital "to build the path toward ...

Teen climate activist: I enjoy making a difference

Europe 04/19/19, 08:18

Teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg has told a rally of several thousand young people in Rome's Piazza del Popolo they should aim that when they are older they can say they did everything they could to help the climate.While the rally was part of the Friday school strike-for-climate movement, Italian ...

Pope washes inmates’ feet, says bishops must be servants

Europe 04/18/19, 10:58

Pope Francis washed the feet of 12 prisoners Thursday and urged them to serve one another as brothers, as he ushered in the solemn pre-Easter rituals made more poignant this year following the devastation of Paris' Notre Dame Cathedral. Francis travelled to a prison in Velletri, outside Rome, for the Holy ...

Nero’s opulent, newly restored Domus Transitoria reopens

Europe 04/12/19, 09:14

The first palace built by Rome's most notorious emperor, Nero, has reopened to the public after an extensive renovation.Visitors to Nero's Domus Transitoria (or Transit House), which opened Friday after a decade of structural work and renovations, must descend underground to view the rooms and gardens of the residence, covered ...

Vatican opens its own probe in decades-old missing girl case

Europe 04/10/19, 09:29

The Vatican has for the first time opened its own investigation into the case of Emanuela Orlandi, a 15-year-old Vatican citizen who disappeared in the summer of 1983.The Orlandi family's lawyer, Laura Sgrò, confirmed the probe on Wednesday. She told The Associated Press that "the Secretariat of State has authorized ...

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