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Italy's biggest Chinese community clashes with police near Florence

FLORENCE, Italy Violent clashes broke out this week between police and the Chinese community in a suburb of Prato, near Florence, in central Italy, home to one of the largest concentrations of Chinese-run industry in Europe.

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Rome shows off cleaned up Colosseum 01 Jul 2016

ROME Rome's Colosseum was visibly cleaner on Friday as Italy showed off the latest phase of restoration of one of its most famous landmarks.

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In memoirs, ex Pope Benedict says Vatican 'gay lobby' tried to wield power - report 01 Jul 2016

VATICAN CITY Former Pope Benedict says in his memoirs that no-one pressured him to resign but alleges that a "gay lobby" in the Vatican had tried to influence decisions, a leading Italian newspaper reported on Friday.

Croatia receives first group of migrants under EU quota 01 Jul 2016

ZAGREB Croatia received on Friday the first group of migrants - four Eritreans arriving from Italy - under a European Union relocation scheme which has prompted criticism and resistance from some ex-communist member states of the bloc.

Italy elected to U.N. council for 2017 in deal with Netherlands 30 Jun 2016

UNITED NATIONS The United Nations General Assembly elected Italy to fill the final U.N. Security Council seat for 2017 on Wednesday after voting between Italy and The Netherlands was deadlocked and the pair agreed to split the two-year term on the council.

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EU approves Italian contingency plan to guarantee bank liquidity 30 Jun 2016

BRUSSELS The European Commission has authorised an Italian government plan to guarantee liquidity for banks in the event of a financial crisis in the euro zone's third-largest economy, an EU executive spokeswoman said on Thursday.

Ten migrants die in sinking boat off Libya - Italian coastguard 30 Jun 2016

ROME Ten women died in a sinking rubber boat off the coast of Libya on Thursday and an Italian ship rescued hundreds of other migrants, the Italian coastguard said.

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Italy raises wreck of migrant boat that sank, killing hundreds, in 2015 30 Jun 2016

ROME Italy has begun raising the wreck of a fishing boat that sank in April 2015, drowning hundreds of migrants packed on board, its navy said on Wednesday. | Video

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ECB to hold fire after Brexit vote as markets regain poise - officials 29 Jun 2016

SINTRA, Portugal The European Central Bank is in no rush to ease monetary policy in response to Britain's vote to leave the European Union, taking comfort in a calmer-than-feared market reaction, bank officials said on Wednesday.

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Follow the rules on banks, EU tells Italy, Brexit no excuse 29 Jun 2016

BRUSSELS Germany and the European Commission told Italy on Wednesday to follow the rules after Italy made preliminary plans to prop up its banks in the wake of volatility caused by Britain's vote to leave the European Union.

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Bangladesh police storm restaurant to rescue hostages, gunfight on

NEW DELHI Bangladeshi police stormed a Dhaka restaurant on Saturday to free 20 hostages, including several foreigners, that were trapped inside after gunmen had launched an attack on the upscale eatery late on Friday night, an official said. | Video