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Verona Arena opera festival reports rise in ticket sales

Sep 13, 2018

The Verona Arena open-air opera festival says it closed the summer season with a 6-percent increase in ticket sales as new management focused on bringing in big singing talent as part of a relaunch

Correction: Ukraine-Holocaust Remembrance story

Sep 12, 2018

Correction: Ukraine-Holocaust Remembrance story

The Latest: Sex abuse: Pope to meet Thursday with US bishops

Sep 11, 2018

The Vatican says Pope Francis will meet Thursday with the head of the U.S. bishops conference and other top U.S. church officials over the sex abuse and cover-up scandal roiling the Catholic Church

UN says more worldwide going hungry, blames climate change

Sep 11, 2018

The United Nations says the number of hungry people in the world is growing and returning to levels from a decade ago, reversing recent trends, in large part due to climate change that is wreaking havoc on crop production in much of the developing world

Italy health authorities investigate pneumonia outbreak

Sep 10, 2018

Health authorities in northern Italy are investigating whether bacteria _ including the one that causes Legionnaires' disease _ inhaled from the water supply is behind an outbreak of pneumonia that has afflicted nearly 150 people

Children rights charity wins $1 million humanitarian prize

Sep 10, 2018

An international children rights charity based in Switzerland has been awarded the 2018 Balzan Prize for humanitarian achievement

Russia blocked from return to biathlon's governing body

Sep 7, 2018

Russia has failed to be reinstated as a full member by biathlon's governing body amid an investigation into bribery to cover up doping cases

Will espresso-loving Italy embrace country's 1st Starbucks?

Sep 6, 2018

Will the country that gave us espresso embrace the company that gave us grande Frappucinos?

Baltic countries want Walmart to remove Soviet-themed shirts

Sep 6, 2018

Three Baltic countries have lashed out at retail giant Walmart for selling online T-shirts and other products with Soviet Union emblems on them, and demanded that the goods be removed.

US cardinal, critic of pope, still waiting for answers

Sep 6, 2018

One of Pope Francis' leading critics says he was "deeply shaken" by accusations of sex abuse cover-up against the pontiff and wants them investigated, but is still pressing Francis to respond to an earlier set of questions about his views on marriage

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