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Crowds returned to Milan Furniture Fair after 2-year hiatus

MILAN (AP) — Italy’s furniture and design industry embraced the Milan Furniture Fair after a two-year pandemic delay with unapologetic, over-the-top statement pieces, multi-purpose furnishings adapted...

Italy seizes 4 tons of cocaine linked to Colombian Gulf Clan

MILAN (AP) — Italian agents on Tuesday confiscated 4.3 tons of cocaine with a street value of nearly a quarter-billion euros (dollars) in the northeastern port city of Trieste, dealing a blow to Colom...

Russian opera 'Boris Godunov' to open next La Scala season

MILAN (AP) — Milan’s famed La Scala opera house on Monday announced the celebration of next season’s gala premiere with the Russian opera “Boris Godunov,″ a move it hopes will underline the separation...

Ukraine band favored in Eurovision Song Contest final

MILAN (AP) — Ukrainian band Kalush Orchestra and its members' folk-hip hop anthem to their war-torn nation is the oddsmaker's favorite to win the Eurovision Song Contest, an event intended to celebrat...

US, Italy united on Ukraine, with slightly different tones

MILAN (AP) — Italian Premier Mario Draghi meets with U.S. President Joe Biden this week in Washington as Europe faces another “whatever it takes” moment with Russia's war in Ukraine raging on its eas...

A song with power: Ukraine's Eurovision entry unites nation

TURIN, Italy (AP) — Ukrainian band Kalush Orchestra’s upbeat, melodic entry for this month’s Eurovision Song Contest was written as a tribute to the frontman’s mother. Since the Ru...

Female artists dominate the Venice Biennale for 1st time

VENICE, Italy (AP) — For the first time in the 127-year history of the Venice Biennale, the world’s oldest and most important contemporary art fair features a majority of female and gender non-conform...

US artist Leigh recasts colonial imagery at Venice Biennale

VENICE, Italy (AP) — Simone Leigh’s sculptures are making a monumental impression at the Venice Biennale contemporary art exhibition. The first Black woman to headline the U.S. Pavil...

Ukrainian artist makes cultural stand at Venice Biennale

VENICE, Italy (AP) — Artist Pavlo Makov’s role representing Ukraine at the Venice Biennale has become an act of defiance against the Russian invaders, whose attacks on his adopted hometown of Kharkiv ...

Italian leader, coalition partner clash on military spending

MILAN (AP) — Italian Premier Mario Draghi has met with Italy’s president after a key party in Italy's governing coalition has put in question its support for Italy’s commitment to raise its military s...

Italy seizes $156 million in oligarch wealth, pressing Putin

MILAN (AP) — European governments are moving against Russian oligarchs to pressure Russian President Vladimir Putin to back down on his war in Ukraine, seizing superyachts and other luxury properties ...

Greece: 2 trapped in burning ferry, 11 others missing

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Firefighters and rescuers raced to free two truck drivers still trapped in a burning ferry off northwestern Greece Friday after most of the nearly 300 people on board were evacua...

Ukraine-Russia crisis: What to know as tensions hit new high

MILAN (AP) — Tensions spiked anew over Ukraine on Thursday with conflicting claims over whether Russia had drawn down troops it has been massing for weeks around Ukraine, escalating hostilities in Ukr...

European companies' Russian ties could make sanctions tough

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Europe is contemplating sanctions against Russia if it invades Ukraine — and the work is far from simple. Sanctions would seek to maximize the pain for the ...

Italian minister: Climate talks include fund governance

MILAN (AP) — Government officials and diplomats from the world’s most climate-polluting nations are grappling with the issue of how to govern the vast funds being pledged to fight global warming, Ital...