Tensions rise over bid to rename Italy park for a Mussolini

ROME — A campaign by a right-wing member of the Italian government to rename a park in honor of Benito Mussolini’s younger brother is heating up political tensions. Economy Ministry Undersecretary Claudio Durigon, a lawmaker from the right-wing League party, wants to change the name of the park, which now honors two slain Sicilian anti-Mafia investigators. Durigon wants the park

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France elects regional leaders, preps for presidential vote

PARIS — Marine Le Pen’s far-right party is riding high on her tough-on-security, stop-immigration message as French voters started choosing regional leaders Sunday in an election that many see as a dress rehearsal for next year’s presidential vote. President Emmanuel Macron’s young centrist party is expected to fare poorly in Sunday’s first-round of regional elections, lacking a strong local political

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South's Moon hopes to restart N. Korean diplomacy with Biden

SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea’s leader said Monday he’ll use his upcoming summit with President Joe Biden to push to restart diplomacy with North Korea, saying that Biden favors a diplomatic, phased approach to resolve the North Korean nuclear crisis. The White House recently said officials completed a review of North Korea policy and suggested the Biden administration would

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Russia orders troop pullback, but keeps weapons near Ukraine

MOSCOW — Russia’s defense minister on Thursday ordered troops back to their permanent bases following massive drills amid tensions with Ukraine, but said that they should leave their weapons behind in western Russia for another exercise later this year. After watching the drills, Defense Minister Shoigu declared the maneuvers in Crimea and wide swathes of western Russia over and ordered

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UK watchdog: Police acted correctly at vigil for slain woman

LONDON — A U.K. police watchdog said Tuesday that officers didn’t behave “in a heavy-handed manner” when they broke up a vigil for a London woman whose killing sparked an outcry about women’s safety. Matt Parr, Her Majesty’s Inspector of Constabulary, said officers at the vigil in memory of Sarah Everard acted in “a measured and proportionate way in challenging

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Under-fire Scottish leader defends handling of sex claims

LONDON — Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon on Wednesday strongly denied being part of a plot against her predecessor, as she testified under oath Wednesday in a political saga that is threatening both her leadership and her push for Scottish independence. Sturgeon defended the way her government handled sexual assault claims against former First Minister Alex Salmond, saying the #MeToo

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