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09 Mar 2017

Italy strings up safety net for poor; critics say full of holes

ROME Parliament approved on Thursday an anti-poverty package aimed at providing financial relief to the growing number of hard-up Italians battered by years of economic stagnation and high unemployment.

17 Feb 2017

Italy court seeks $4.4 billion from Treasury execs, Morgan Stanley over derivatives

ROME Italian audit court prosecutors said on Friday they are seeking damages of 4.1 billion euros (£3.50 billion) from Treasury officials and U.S. bank Morgan Stanley over derivatives contracts.

15 Feb 2017

Italy pasta labeling plan raises Canadian concerns

WINNIPEG/ROME, Feb 15 Canada has raised concerns with Rome about Italy's plan to require country of origin labels on pasta sold there, Canada's agriculture minister said on Wednesday about a move that is alarming Canadian wheat exporters just as a free trade deal gained European approval.

12 Feb 2017

Italy's Renzi set to trigger leadership race at ruling party meeting

ROME Former Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi looks set to trigger a leadership contest at a meeting of his ruling Democratic Party (PD) on Monday which could delay the early election he has been pushing for since he was toppled as premier last year.

10 Feb 2017

Britain tells Scotland - No need for second independence referendum

ROME/LONDON Britain sees no need for a second Scottish independence referendum and the devolved Scottish government should focus on improving the economy and tacking domestic issues rather than flirting with secession, a senior British minister said.

02 Feb 2017

World food prices hit near two-year high in January

ROME World food prices rose to a near two-year high in January and look set to be higher and more volatile in 2017, the United Nations food agency said on Thursday.

31 Jan 2017

Divisions in Italy's ruling party may crimp chances of early vote

ROME Widening divisions in Italy's ruling Democratic Party (PD) may reduce the chance of the early elections its leader Matteo Renzi has been calling for since he was toppled as prime minister last month.

25 Jan 2017

Rescuers pull more bodies from Italian hotel ruins, protests in Rome

FARINDOLA, Italy Rescuers pulled more bodies on Wednesday from the ruins of an Italian hotel which was flattened by a wall of snow last week, raising the death toll from the avalanche to 25.

18 Jan 2017

Spate of strong earthquakes hit snowbound central Italy, one dead

ROME One man died on Wednesday in a series of strong earthquakes which hit central Italy, a region devastated by deadly tremors last year, while heavy snow raised fears for the safety of others in the region. | Video

17 Jan 2017

After Vatican controversy, McDonald's helps feed homeless in Rome

ROME McDonald's received a lukewarm reception when it opened a new branch just steps from St. Peter's Square last month, but on Monday the fast food giant accepted a challenge to adopt one of Pope Francis's cherished principles - feeding the hungry.

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