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Headstrong Renzi struggles to find political touch as Italian vote nears

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ROME Matteo Renzi is struggling to regain the political initiative after a disastrous spell during which he lost his job as prime minister and his party fractured.

Rome risks water rationing as drought-hit lake set to go offline 22 Jul 2017

ROME Authorities have ordered a halt to pumping water out of a lake near Rome following a prolonged drought, a decision that could force city officials to impose water rationing in the Italian capital.

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Far-right millennials set out to sea to 'defend Europe' from migrants 21 Jul 2017

CATANIA, Italy A dozen far-right millennials from Europe and North America plan to set sail next week to "defend Europe" from what they call a migrant invasion from Africa, using social media as their weapons. | Video

Thousands of Nigerian girls at risk of trafficking as sex workers, IOM says 21 Jul 2017

GENEVA Thousands of Nigerian migrant girls being brought to Italy are in great danger of being forced into prostitution in Europe, often naive about their fate at the hands of traffickers, the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) said on Friday.

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Vodafone beats expectations with 'robust' performance 21 Jul 2017

LONDON Vodafone , the world's second largest mobile operator, reported better-than-expected 2.2 percent revenue growth in its first quarter, reflecting a robust performance in Italy and Spain and an acceleration in demand in Turkey.

Italy demands origin labels for pasta and rice 21 Jul 2017

ROME/WINNIPEG, Manitoba All packets of pasta and rice sold in Italy will have to include labels of origin showing where the produce was grown, the government ruled on Thursday, in a move it said was aimed at protecting local farmers.

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Benetton family seeks to make Ducati motorbikes Italian - sources 20 Jul 2017

LONDON/FRANKFURT/MILAN Italy's Benetton family is vying with motorbike firms and buyout funds for control of Italian motorcycle brand Ducati, which is being sold by Germany's Volkswagen , sources involved in the process told Reuters.

Italian tax police ask Switzerland for details on 10,000 banking clients 20 Jul 2017

MILAN/ZURICH Italy's tax police have asked the Swiss authorities for information regarding Italians that deposited a total of 6.7 billion euros (6.1 billion pounds) in the country.

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One of worst droughts in decades devastates South Europe crops 19 Jul 2017

ROME/MADRID Italian durum wheat and dairy farmer Attilio Tocchi saw warning signs during the winter of the dramatic drought to come at his holding a mile away from the Tuscan coast. | Video

Italian minister quits as election battle lines start to emerge 19 Jul 2017

ROME Italy's regional affairs minister resigned on Wednesday, dealing a blow to his centre-right party, which governs in Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni's coalition, as battle lines begin to be drawn for elections due early next year.

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French President Macron's popularity rating drops

PARIS French President Emmanuel Macron's popularity rating has slumped by 10 percentage points this month, according to an Ifop poll on Sunday - the biggest decline for a new president since 1995.