Italy

Rome airport fully operational after forest fire affects flights

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ROME - Rome's Fiumicino airport resumed full operations after smoke from a forest fire on Wednesday forced Italy's busiest hub to suspend takeoffs and restrict landings.

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New Italian opposition group pledges support for Renzi reform 29 Jul 2015

ROME - A new Italian opposition splinter group said at its debut on Wednesday that it would back Prime Minister Matteo Renzi's plan to make Italy more politically stable by changing the constitution to streamline the lawmaking process.

HeidelbergCement agrees to buy 45 percent stake in Italcementi 28 Jul 2015

FRANKFURT/MILAN - German cement maker HeidelbergCement is buying control of rival Italcementi in a deal that values the smaller Italian company at around 6.7 billion euros ($7.40 billion) to bolster its position in growing markets as consolidation in the sector picks up.

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Italy's Padoan calls for tighter euro zone integration - FT 26 Jul 2015

MILAN - The euro zone needs deeper integration to remove the risk of a member country leaving the single currency, Italian Economy Minister Pier Carlo Padoan told the Financial Times in an interview on Sunday.

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Pope calls for release of priest, bishops abducted in Syria 26 Jul 2015

VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis on Sunday appealed for the release of an Italian Jesuit priest and two Orthodox bishops kidnapped in Syria two years ago, asking leaders to work for the freedom of all those abducted there.

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Pearson says in talks to sell its 50 percent stake in The Economist 25 Jul 2015

LONDON/MILAN - Pearson is in talks to sell its 50 percent stake in The Economist to the other shareholders of the weekly newspaper, with one, Italy's Agnelli family, confirming it wants to increase its stake.

Up to 40 migrants feared drowned off Libyan coast - U.N. 23 Jul 2015

ROME - Up to 40 African migrants were feared drowned after their inflatable boat sank near the Libyan coast, survivors told the United Nations refugee agency on Thursday after reaching Italy.

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Luxury sportscar maker Ferrari files for New York listing 23 Jul 2015

MILAN - Italian sportscar maker Ferrari has taken a step closer to a stock market listing in New York, as its parent Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) seeks to boost its own coffers to fund an ambitious 48 billion euro (33.98 billion pounds)investment plan.

Italy's Saras says in contact with Iran over oil imports 23 Jul 2015

MILAN - Italian refiner Saras said on Thursday it was in contact with Iran and would be ready to restart importing its crude oil once sanctions are lifted.

Coffee maker Lavazza to buy Carte Noire for 800 million euros - sources 22 Jul 2015

MILAN - Lavazza, the world's seventh-biggest coffee roaster, has offered to buy French brand Carte Noire for around 800 million euros (£557.7 million) in a deal that would treble the Italian company's turnover in France, sources close to the matter said.

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Calais migrants undaunted by extra French riot police

CALAIS, France - Migrants massed around the entrance to the Channel Tunnel said on Thursday they would keep trying to sneak across to Britain, undaunted by the arrival of 120 extra riot police on the French side.