Tag: Italy

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Sports

Italian gymnastics body condemns racism after spat

Gold medallist Simone Biles of the U.S. competes to win the floor exercise during the apparatus final at the Artistic Gymnastics World Championships in Antwerp, Belgium on Sunday, Oct. 6, 2013. (AP Photo/Yves Logghe) ROME (AP) – The head of Italy’s gymnastics federation Thursday condemned “every form of racism and discrimination” following offensive comments by one of the country’s gymnasts. The president of USA Gymnastics considers the matter closed.

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National

US adults score below average on worldwide test

AP Graphic shows how countries scored in international adult literacy test by Kimberly Hefling Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — It’s long been known that America’s school kids haven’t measured well compared with international peers. Now, there’s a new twist: Adults don’t either.

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International

Italy politician under fire for racist slur

Italian Integration Minister Cecile Kashetu Kyenge listens to a question during a press conference at the Foreign Press Club in Rome. (AP Photo/Domenico Stinellis) ROME (AP) – Calls mounted Monday for the Senate vice president to resign after he compared Italy’s first Black Cabinet minister to an orangutan, with the Italian premier lamenting that the country had been “shamed” by such insults and demanding they stop immediately.

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Entertainment

‘The Sopranos’ star James Gandolfini dies in Italy at age 51

This 1999 file photo provided by HBO, shows James Gandolfini as mob boss Tony Soprano, in an episode from the first season of the HBO cable television mob series, “The Sopranos.” HBO and the managers for Gandolfini say the actor died Wednesday, June 19, 2013, in Italy. He was 51. (AP Photo/HBO, Anthony Neste, File) by Lynn ElebrAP Television Writer LOS ANGELES (AP) — James Gandolfini, whose portrayal of a brutal, emotionally delicate mob boss in HBO’s “The Sopranos” helped create one of TV’s greatest drama series and turned the mobster stereotype on its head, died Wednesday in Italy. He was 51. Gandolfini died while on holiday in Rome, the cable channel and Gandolfini’s managers Mark Armstrong and Nancy Sanders said in a joint statement. No cause of death was given.