Italy

Concordia finally heads for scrapyard after massive salvage operation

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GIGLIO ISLAND Italy - The rusty hulk of the Costa Concordia began its journey to the scrapyard on Wednesday, after a two-year salvage operation off the Italian island where the cruise liner capsized two years ago, killing 32 people. | Video

Russian ties, trade lie behind EU sanctions rift 23 Jul 2014

BRUSSELS - Germany and Italy have most to lose if the European Union makes good on its threat to impose harsher sanctions on Moscow, while Britain's overseas territories are soaking up the lion's share of capital streaming out of Russia.

Italian bank lending drops the least in two years in June 22 Jul 2014

MILAN - Bank lending to Italian households and businesses shrank last month at the slowest pace in two years, an industry report showed on Tuesday, pointing to an easing in a credit crunch that has stifled the country's economic recovery.

Italy arrests five for mass murder during boat crossing 22 Jul 2014

ROME - Italian police arrested five men on Tuesday on suspicion of murdering and throwing overboard dozens of migrants crossing from Libya. Another three were charged with smuggling the migrants.

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Italy parliament votes to allow arrest of Berlusconi ally 22 Jul 2014

ROME - The Italian parliament voted on Tuesday to lift immunity from arrest for one of former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi's oldest associates, implicated in a massive bribery scandal linked to a flood barrier project in Venice.

Germany, France, Italy condemn anti-Semitism in anti-Israel protests 22 Jul 2014

BERLIN - The foreign ministers of Germany, France and Italy on Tuesday condemned anti-Semitism, racism and xenophobia that have marred rallies against Israel's role in its conflict with Hamas in which about 600 Palestinians, mostly civilians, have died.

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BSkyB prepares to roll the dice again with European expansion 21 Jul 2014

(This July 18 story was refiled to correct name in para 25 to Sullivan from Williams)

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Costa Concordia almost ready for final voyage 21 Jul 2014

(This story was refiled to correct euro-pound conversion in penultimate paragraph on story published on Sunday)

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Italy rescues 1,800 migrants over weekend, five bodies recovered 21 Jul 2014

ROME - Italy's navy said it rescued nearly 1,800 migrants in overcrowded boats in the Mediterranean over the weekend, and a merchant ship recovered five bodies from a sinking rubber raft off the coast of Libya.

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Costa Concordia almost ready for final voyage 20 Jul 2014

GIGLIO Italy - The massive hulk of the Costa Concordia is nearly ready to be towed away from the Italian island where it struck a rock and capsized two-and-a-half years ago, killing 32 people, officials said on Sunday.

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Gaza bloodshed deepens as airlines shun Israel

GAZA/JERUSALEM - Gaza fighting raged on Wednesday, displacing thousands more Palestinians in the battered territory as U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said efforts to secure a truce between Israel and Hamas had made some progress. | Video