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Italy's Renzi ready to form breakaway party, complicating new government


ROME Former prime minister Matteo Renzi is poised to break away from the ruling Democratic Party (PD) and set up a new centrist force in an effort to claim the middle ground of Italian politics, two allies said on Sunday.


Benetton holding says dismayed by road probe, hints at action 5:04pm BST

ROME Edizione, the Benetton family holding company which has a controlling stake in Italian infrastructure group Atlantia , said at the weekend it was dismayed by revelations of alleged safety violations in its road operations.


League leader Salvini promises referendums to counter new Italy government 3:42pm BST

PONTIDA, Italy Italy's far-right League will unleash a battery of referendums to try to sink reforms planned by the new government, party leader Matteo Salvini said on Sunday, denouncing his former coalition allies as traitors.


In break with past, Rome lets charity ship head to Italian port 3:55am BST

ROME Italy's new government allowed a French charity ship to bring ashore 82 migrants on Saturday in an apparent reversal of the uncompromising, closed-door policy of the previous administration.


Germany ready to take one in four migrants rescued off Italy-minister 13 Sep 2019

BERLIN Germany is ready to take in a quarter of migrants who reach Italy by sea, Interior Minister Horst Seehofer said in remarks published on Friday, signalling a goodwill gesture to a southern neighbour ahead of EU talks on immigration later this month.


EU, Italy unlikely to clash over 2020 draft budget - officials 13 Sep 2019

HELSINKI Italy is unlikely to clash with the European Union over its draft budget for next year because the new government in Rome is more likely to play by EU fiscal rules than the previous one and Brussels does not want it to fail, officials said on Friday.


Timeline: LSE - A story of failed mega-mergers 13 Sep 2019

The London Stock Exchange emphatically rejected a $39 billion takeover offer from the Hong Kong bourse on Friday, opting to stick with its planned purchase of data and analytics group Refinitiv.

New Italian government reaches EU deal on migrant rescue boat 12 Sep 2019

ROME Italy said on Thursday it had done a deal with EU countries to share out migrants aboard a charity ship at sea in the Mediterranean, resolving the first of what may be repeated episodes that will test the new government in Rome.


Italy's new executive makes old pleas to EU on budget, migration 11 Sep 2019

BRUSSELS The European Union should give Italy more time to cut debt and support a plan to reinvigorate investment, Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said on Wednesday after a meeting in Brussels with the president-designate of the European Commission.

Timeline: LSE - A story of failed mega mergers 11 Sep 2019

Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing made an unsolicited $39 billion (31.5 billion pounds) takeover bid for the London Stock Exchange , an offer contingent on the LSE ditching its planned acquisition of data company Refinitiv.


Evidence from Saudi oil attack points to Iran, not Yemen - U.S. official

WASHINGTON/DUBAI The attack on Saudi Arabia's oil facilities on Saturday that has threatened global oil supplies came from a direction indicating that Iran was behind it, and cruise missiles may have been the weapon of choice, according to a senior U.S. official.