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Italy demands answers over reports daughter of North Korea diplomat abducted

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ROME Italy warned on Wednesday there would be consequences to pay if there was any truth to reports that the daughter of a missing North Korean diplomat had been abducted from Rome and whisked to Pyongyang.

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Italy's League, 5-Star deny plans to join forces in EU parliament 9:38am GMT

ROME Italy's far-right League party and its government coalition partner the populist 5-Star Movement denied on Wednesday reports they plan to join forces in the European Parliament after the May vote.

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Italy Senate blocks investigation into Salvini for holding migrants on ship 19 Feb 2019

ROME An Italian Senate committee voted on Tuesday to block an investigation into accusations of kidnapping against Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini over his decision to hold 150 migrants on board a ship for five days last August.

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Italy's 5-Star defends ally Salvini in online vote 18 Feb 2019

ROME Members of Italy's ruling governing party the 5-Star Movement voted on Monday to block a possible kidnapping trial against Matteo Salvini, its coalition ally and leader of the hard-right League party.

Italy starts talks with EU over bank bad loan scheme renewal - source 18 Feb 2019

MILAN Italy has started discussions with the European Union over the renewal of a state guarantee scheme designed to help banks shed bad loans, a government source said on Monday.

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Parents of former Italian premier Renzi under house arrest 18 Feb 2019

FLORENCE, Italy Former Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi said on Monday his parents had been placed under house arrest following an investigation into alleged corruption.

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ECB should have picked some women to run Banca Carige: Enria 18 Feb 2019

FRANKFURT The European Central Bank should have picked "a more gender-balanced team" than the six men it appointed to run struggling Italian lender Banca Carige earlier this year but it was also facing time constraints, the ECB's new top bank supervisor Andrea Enria said on Monday.

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Italy's 5-Star calls online vote amid 'identity crisis' 17 Feb 2019

ROME Italy's ruling 5-Star Movement has called an online vote to decide whether or not to block a possible kidnapping trial against Matteo Salvini, their coalition ally and leader of the hard-right League party.

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French envoy returns to Italy as friendship rekindles 15 Feb 2019

PARIS France's ambassador to Italy returned to Rome on Friday, eight days after his recall by President Emmanuel Macron, as the European neighbours defused their worst diplomatic crisis since World War Two.

Bank stocks, Italy bonds rally as ECB's Coeure paves way for new cash boost for banks 15 Feb 2019

LONDON Euro zone banking shares jumped over three percent, the euro fell and Italy's bond yields tumbled on Friday after the European Central Bank's Benoit Coeure said a new round of cheap multi-year loans to banks was possible.

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North Korea's Kim to travel to Vietnam by train, summit at Government Guesthouse - sources

HANOI Vietnam is preparing for North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to arrive by train for his summit in Hanoi next week with U.S. President Donald Trump, two sources with direct knowledge of security and logistics planning told Reuters on Wednesday.