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Acquitted Knox back in Italy for wrongful conviction talk

MILAN (AP) — Amanda Knox, a former American exchange student who became the focus of a sensational murder case, arrived in Italy Thursday for the first time since an appeals court acquitted her in 2011 in the slaying of her British roommate. Knox...

 

New auto giant? Fiat Chrysler wants to merge with Renault

PARIS (AP) — Fiat Chrysler proposed on Monday to merge with France's Renault to create the world's third-biggest automaker, worth $40 billion, and combine forces in the race to make electric and autonomous vehicles. The merged company would...

 

Italy: Bus driver abducts 51 children, sets vehicle on fire

MILAN (AP) — A bus driver in northern Italy abducted 51 children and their school chaperones Wednesday, threatening the hostages' lives for 40 minutes and setting the bus on fire at a Carabinieri blockade. Officers from the national police force br...

 

Europe court orders Italy to pay damages to Amanda Knox

MILAN (AP) — Europe's human rights court on Thursday ordered Italy to pay Amanda Knox financial damages for police failure to provide legal assistance and an independent interpreter during a long night of questioning following the Nov. 1, 2007...

 

Pope defrocks 2 Chilean bishops accused of sex abuse

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis on Saturday defrocked two more Chilean bishops accused of sexually abusing minors, and to show greater transparency about how he's responding to the church's global sex abuse crisis, he publicly explained why they...

 

Paving its future: Ferrari unveils wide-ranging new plans

MARANELLO, Italy (AP) — Ferrari is paving its way to future growth with a look to its roots. The company's new CEO, Louis Camilleri, unveiled a new business plan Tuesday that includes reviving iconic models and embedding them with Formula One...

 

Italian bridge collapse sends cars plunging, killing 26

MILAN (AP) — A 51-year-old highway bridge in the Italian port city of Genoa collapsed in a driving rain Tuesday, killing at least 26 people and injuring 15 others as it sent dozens of vehicles tumbling into a heap of concrete and twisted steel....

 

Real-world debates permeate Venice Biennale on architecture

VENICE, Italy (AP) — Real-world debates permeate this year's Venice Biennale on architecture, from commemorating spaces once part of the U.S. slave trade to maintaining the delicate status quo at religious sites in the Holy Land. The sprawling...

 

Avalanche prompts Italy hotel evacuation, snow blankets Alps

MILAN (AP) — Four helicopters were evacuating some 100 tourists and hotel workers from a four-star mountainside hotel and a nearby guesthouse in northern Italy after an avalanche overnight, civil protection authorities said Tuesday as heavy snow...

 

Milan line offers canine couture for pampered pooches

MILAN (AP) — Milan has long been the world's ready-to-wear fashion leader. Now, dogs are getting in on the Italian city's sartorial scene with a new line of haute couture for canines. Dog a Porter, by the Milan brand Temellini, offers clothing...

 

Shell, Eni face corruption charges in corporate bribery case

MILAN (AP) — Shell and Eni as well as former and current executives will face trial over a $1.1 billion bribery scandal to take control of one of Africa's most lucrative oil blocks in Nigeria, a judge in Milan ruled Wednesday. Anti-corruption...

 

Notorious Mafia 'boss of bosses' Toto Riina dead at 87

ROME (AP) — Cosa Nostra's "boss of bosses," who was serving 26 life sentences as the convicted mastermind of dozens of murders of rivals for power on his Sicilian turf as well as prominent anti-Mafia heroes, died Friday in an Italian hospital priso...

 

Melting Mont Blanc glacier yields remains of dead hikers

MILAN (AP) — Italian mountain rescue crews have recovered the remains of two — or possibly three — hikers on a glacier on Mont Blanc's southern face likely dating from the 1980s or 1990s, officials said Friday. The remains were discovered this...

 

Fact vies with fantasy in 'Black Death' model kidnap case

LONDON (AP) — The man accused of kidnapping a British model in Italy painted a picture of big money, international intrigue and spine-chilling dealings as a member of Black Death, an organization selling drugs, guns and murder on the dark web. The...

 

Model's reps say her ordeal was real despite shoe shopping

MILAN (AP) — A model who claimed she was kidnapped in Italy and held captive in a remote farmhouse was spotted shopping with her alleged captor during the time she said she was being held, according to court documents obtained Tuesday by The Associ...

 

Italian wine harvest begins 10 days early with heat, drought

COCCAGLIO, Italy (AP) — The Italian wine grape harvest is having its earliest start in a decade due to the effects of the summer's heatwave and drought. Producers of bubbly spumante in the Franciacorta area of Lombardy, some 80 kilometers (50...

 

Milano Vice? Palm trees near Milan's cathedral spark debate

MILAN (AP) — The appearance of an oasis of palm trees opposite Milan's gothic-era Duomo Cathedral has spawned a vibrant public debate. Twitter is awash with palm-inspired memes, including pink palms in front of an aquamarine-colored Duomo...

 

Italy: Mafia stronghold of Corleone has new 'godfather' saga

MILAN (AP) — The Mafia stronghold of Corleone has produced another godfather saga, but this one is unlikely to end up as a movie. A bishop in Sicily is contesting a parish priest's decision to allow the son of Italy's most notorious mobster to...

 

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