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Italy to hold referendum on constitutional reform on December 4

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ROME A referendum over Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi's flagship constitutional reform will be held on Dec. 4, the government said on Monday, with the fate of his administration likely to hinge on the outcome.

Carige eyeing state guarantee in 900 million euro bad loan sale - sources 10:41am BST

MILAN Banca Carige is considering using a state guarantee to sell 900 million euros ($1 billion) in bad loans, two sources close to the matter said on Monday, as Italian banks seek to tackle a major source of weakness for their balance sheets.

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Vivendi hopes to make Mediaset new pay-TV offer next week - source 23 Sep 2016

PARIS/MILAN Vivendi hopes to make a new offer for Mediaset's pay-TV business by the end of next week to try to end a dispute between the French and Italian media groups that erupted in July, a source close to matter said.

Sweden charges three over smuggling of 170 migrants through Europe 23 Sep 2016

STOCKHOLM Sweden has charged three men with organising the smuggling of 170 migrants in minibuses from northern Italy across the EU's open-border zone to Scandinavia, prosecutors said on Friday.

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Italy's Renzi says August quake caused at least 4 billion euros of damage 23 Sep 2016

ROME An earthquake that killed 297 people in central Italy last month caused damage worth at least 4 billion euros (£3.4 billion), Prime Minister Matteo Renzi said on Friday.

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Pope says journalism based on fear-mongering, gossip is form of 'terrorism' 22 Sep 2016

VATICAN CITY Journalism based on gossip or rumours is a form of "terrorism" and media that stereotype entire populations or foment fear of migrants are acting destructively, Pope Francis said on Thursday.

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Exclusive - Regulators expect Monte dei Paschi to ask Italy for help: sources 22 Sep 2016

LONDON European regulators expect Italian bank Monte dei Paschi di Siena will have to turn to the government for support, three euro zone officials with knowledge of the matter said, although Rome would strongly resist such a move if bondholders suffered losses.

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Italian minister under renewed fire for Fertility Day campaign 22 Sep 2016

ROME Italian Health Minister Beatrice Lorenzin came under renewed fire on Thursday as she hosted a "Fertility Day" conference aimed at persuading couples to have more children.

Italian govt signals ready to revise election law ahead of referendum 21 Sep 2016

ROME Italy's government said on Wednesday it was ready to change an electoral law that was only ratified last year, hoping its offer would win over some opponents to a referendum on constitutional reform.

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Libya exports first oil cargo from Ras Lanuf since 2014 21 Sep 2016

BENGHAZI, Libya An oil tanker left the Libyan port of Ras Lanuf for Italy early on Wednesday with the first crude export cargo from the terminal since at least late 2014, boosting hopes of reviving Libya's oil output.

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Clinton and Trump to square off in highly anticipated debate

HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump will face off for the first time on Monday in a presidential debate that could rank as one of the most watched, highly anticipated political showdowns in U.S. history.