Italy to begin relocating Eritrean refugees this week

ZAGREB - Italy will begin relocating refugees this week under a European Union plan that aims to spread the burden of the continent's biggest migrant crisis since World War Two, the EU's migration commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos said on Tuesday.


Vivendi raises stake in Telecom Italia to 19.9 percent 06 Oct 2015

MILAN - French media group Vivendi confirmed on Tuesday that it has raised its stake in Telecom Italia to 19.9 percent, in a move that brings its overall investment in Italy's former monopoly network operator to more than 3 billion euros ($3.4 billion).


Italy leaves gay couples waiting at the altar 05 Oct 2015

ROME - Rosario Murdica and Gianni Finocchietti always wanted to get married in Italy, but after 30 years together they lost hope of ever tying the knot in their home country and instead said their vows in Portugal.

EU's border protection agency asks for 775 more guards to handle migrants 05 Oct 2015

WARSAW - The European Union's border protection agency Frontex has requested 775 more guards from member states to help Italy, Greece and other countries register migrants arriving from Libya and Turkey, almost doubling the size of the operation.

Italian consumers group presents Volkswagen class action case 30 Sep 2015

ROME - An Italian consumer group said on Wednesday it had presented a class action lawsuit against Volkswagen , accusing the company of deceiving car owners and potentially harming the environment.


Italy's Renzi faces uphill struggle over Google Tax plan 30 Sep 2015

ROME - Under pressure to find resources for his promises of sweeping tax cuts, Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi is hoping to raise billions of euros by forcing multinational Internet firms to pay taxes on profits generated in Italy.

Italy says hotspots to focus on fingerprinting migrants 30 Sep 2015

ROME - Italy will step up efforts to fingerprint migrants, even if it means using force, at immigration centres to be run jointly by European officials and local police, according to the official in charge of implementing national immigration policy.

Envoys in Bangladesh limit movements after Islamic State claims attack 29 Sep 2015

DHAKA - Western embassies in Bangladesh have restricted their diplomats' movements amid concern more foreigners might be targeted after an Italian was shot dead in the first attack in the country claimed by Islamic State.

Italian man shot dead in Bangladesh capital 28 Sep 2015

DHAKA - An Italian citizen was shot dead by unidentified assailants in the Bangladeshi capital on Monday, police said.


Italy's Berlusconi says Crimea split from Ukraine was democratic 28 Sep 2015

ROME - Four-time Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi said on Sunday the Crimean people had made a democratic choice to split from Ukraine and hailed Russian President Vladimir Putin as the world's greatest political leader.


Syrian army and Russian jets target rebels in western Syria

BEIRUT - The Syrian army and allied militia carried out ground attacks on insurgent positions in Syria on Wednesday backed by Russian air strikes, in what appeared to be their first major coordinated assault since Moscow intervened last week, a monitor said.