Italy

U.N. peace envoy criticizes Israeli Easter security in Jerusalem

JERUSALEM - Israeli police refused to let the U.N.'s peace envoy to the Middle East, other diplomats and a crowd of Palestinians pass through a barricade to attend a pre-Easter ritual in the Jerusalem church that Christians revere as the burial site of Jesus, the U.N. official said on Saturday.

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Italy gives wife, daughter of wanted Kazakh banker refugee status 19 Apr 2014

ROME - The wife and daughter of a Kazakh tycoon who is wanted in three countries for alleged fraud have been granted refugee status in Italy, their lawyer said on Friday.

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Italy PM Renzi cuts taxes for 10 million low earners 19 Apr 2014

ROME - Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi on Friday cut taxes for 10 million low earners to try to boost household spending after a two-year recession, making good on a promise he made after taking office two months ago.

Italy gives wife, daughter, of wanted Kazakh banker refugee status 18 Apr 2014

ROME - The wife and daughter of a Kazakh tycoon who is wanted in three countries for alleged fraud have been granted refugee status in Italy, their lawyer said on Friday.

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Italy government prepares to approve tax cuts 18 Apr 2014

ROME - Italy is due to get the income tax cuts promised by Prime Minister Matteo Renzi as a way to boost stagnant domestic demand.

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Monte Paschi approves plan to increase cash call to 5 billion euros 18 Apr 2014

MILAN - The board of Italian bank Monte dei Paschi di Siena on Friday approved a proposal to boost the size of a share sale it is planning to 5 billion euros (4.1 billion pounds) to help cover any gaps a Europe-wide bank check might find in its finances.

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Exclusive: 'Leopard King' Cavalli nears 450 million euro sale to Permira - sources 17 Apr 2014

LONDON - Italian designer Roberto Cavalli is in advanced talks to sell a majority stake in his eponymous fashion house to London-based buyout firm Permira in a sale worth about 450 million euros (369 million pounds), four sources close to the deal told Reuters.

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Monte Paschi set to approve bigger capital increase 17 Apr 2014

MILAN - Italian lender Monte dei Paschi di Siena looks likely to increase a planned share sale to 5 billion euros (4.1 billion pounds), two billion euros more than first planned, to help it pass a Europe-wide bank health check and repay state aid.

Italy parliament approves delay in balancing budget 17 Apr 2014

ROME - Italy's parliament approved slower debt reduction and a delay in balancing the public budget on Thursday in a vote on the government's multi-year economic forecasts.

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Etihad toughens stance on Alitalia deal but talks continue - sources 17 Apr 2014

ROME - Etihad Airways has toughened its stance on conditions for investing in Italy's struggling Alitalia airline but talks are continuing, sources said on Thursday.

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Deadly gun attack in eastern Ukraine shakes fragile Geneva accord

SLAVIANSK, Ukraine - At least three people were killed in a gunfight in the early hours of Sunday near a Ukrainian city controlled by pro-Russian separatists, shaking an already fragile international accord that was designed to avert a wider conflict. | Video