Italy

Italy's Renzi clears hurdle in parliament on labour law

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ROME - Italy's lower house of parliament voted on Tuesday to pass Prime Minister Matteo Renzi's Jobs Act, clearing the way for final approval in the Senate next month of a law aimed at making hiring and firing rules simpler.

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Italy's first Ebola patient is stable and being treated in Rome 25 Nov 2014

ROME - Italy's first Ebola patient is in stable condition in Rome after arriving on Tuesday from Sierra Leone where he contracted the disease while treating the sick there, his doctor said.

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Italy's Intesa eyes Coutts International - source 25 Nov 2014

MILAN - Intesa SanPaolo is interested in buying Coutts International, the wealth management arm of Royal Bank of Scotland , a source close to the matter said as Italy's biggest retail lender seeks to expand into private banking.

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Multi-national crew reaches space station 24 Nov 2014

- A Russian Soyuz rocket blasted off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazahkstan on Sunday to deliver three new crew members to the International Space Station, including Italy's first female astronaut. | Video

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Italy's Renzi wins regional vote, low turnout sends warning 24 Nov 2014

ROME - Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi's centre-left Democratic Party (PD) won regional elections in Calabria and Emilia Romagna on Sunday but an exceptionally low turnout suggested growing disillusion among many voters.

Over 800 seaborne migrants saved in Italy, northern Cyprus 24 Nov 2014

ROME/NICOSIA - Italy's coastguard said it has rescued more than 600 migrants in the Mediterranean Sea between Sicily and North Africa this weekend and started a search for one man feared drowned during the passage. | Video

Italian media say EU to approve Rome's 2015 budget 23 Nov 2014

ROME - The European Commission will give the green light to Italy's 2015 budget and re-examine in March whether promised reforms have been made to boost the ailing economy, main Italian news outlets said on Sunday.

Over 800 seaborne migrants saved in Italy, northern Cyprus 23 Nov 2014

ROME/NICOSIA - Italy's coastguard said it has rescued more than 600 migrants in the Mediterranean Sea between Sicily and North Africa this weekend and started a search for one man feared drowned during the passage.

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Italy regional votes to test public mood on Renzi 23 Nov 2014

ROME - Italians voted on Sunday in regional ballots which will test whether the country, tired of economic stagnation and austerity, is also wearying of Matteo Renzi's nine-month old coalition government.

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Italy expects no further EU demands to correct budget 22 Nov 2014

FLORENCE Italy - Italy does not expect any more requests from the European Commission to change its 2015 budget to meet European rules on debt reduction, Italy's top official on EU policy said on Saturday.

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Hong Kong student leaders arrested as police clear protest site

HONG KONG - Hong Kong police cleared activists from one of the largest protest sites in the city on Wednesday and arrested Joshua Wong and Lester Shum, two of the student leaders at the heart of the pro-democracy movement that has shaken the Asian financial hub.