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Italy fails to elect president in first round of voting

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ROME - Italian lawmakers failed to elect a new president in a first round of voting on Thursday, leaving Prime Minister Matteo Renzi hoping to push through his candidate only in a fourth round when the required threshold of votes is lower. | Video

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Italy fails to elect president in first round of voting 29 Jan 2015

ROME - Italian lawmakers failed to elect a new president in a first round of voting on Thursday, leaving Prime Minister Matteo Renzi hoping to push through his candidate only in a fourth round when the required threshold of votes is lower.

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Lagardere enters race for Benetton's World Duty Free - sources 29 Jan 2015

LONDON/MILAN - France's Lagardère has joined the race to acquire a majority of Italy's airport retailer World Duty Free , which belongs to the Benetton family, sources familiar with the situation said.

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Moscow-hosted Syria talks end, sides agree only to meet again 29 Jan 2015

MOSCOW - Representatives of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and opposition figures agreed at talks on Thursday to hold another round in Moscow, moderator Vitaly Naumkin said on Thursday, but no date was set.

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Italy's Renzi proposes judge as president, irking Berlusconi 29 Jan 2015

ROME - Prime Minister Matteo Renzi proposed a senior judge to be Italy's next president on Thursday in a move which may strain his government's alliance on reforms with opposition rival Silvio Berlusconi.

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Shoppers help euro zone confidence improve in January 29 Jan 2015

BRUSSELS - Economic morale in the euro zone rose slightly at the start of this year as shoppers appeared more optimistic in Germany, Spain and Italy, but the divisions in the weak economy were underscored by a fall in overall sentiment in France.

Colombia investigates Italian firm over bribes to guerrillas 28 Jan 2015

BOGOTA - Colombia is investigating Italian construction company SICIM over bribes to Marxist guerrilla groups to guarantee the security of its workers and machinery and plans to make arrests, the Attorney General's office said on Wednesday.

Italy police strike blow against Calabrian mob in north 28 Jan 2015

BOLOGNA, Italy - Police conducted a huge dragnet against a Calabrian mafia clan operating in northern Italy on Wednesday, arresting 110 people and seizing more than 100 million euros (85 million pounds), underlining the mob's spread to the wealthy north.

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Finmeccanica approves new business plan, rail units sale talks continue 27 Jan 2015

MILAN - Finmeccanica lifted its 2014 targets for orders, sales and profits on Tuesday and approved a new multi-year business plan as the Italian industrial conglomerate seeks to transform itself into a leaner aerospace and defence group.

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Renzi-Berlusconi pact under fire as Italian vote reform progresses 27 Jan 2015

ROME - Italy's Senate approved Matteo Renzi's electoral reforms on Tuesday, giving the prime minister a boost as he faces criticism from the left of his party over his pact with Silvio Berlusconi.

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Japan, Jordan working closely on fate of captive Japanese journalist

AMMAN/TOKYO - Japan was working closely with Jordan on Friday to find out what was happening to a Japanese journalist held by Islamic State militants after a deadline passed for the release of an Iraqi would-be suicide bomber on death-row in Jordan. | Video