Italy

Proxy advisor Glass Lewis advises vote for Fiat cross-border merger

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MILAN - Proxy adviser Glass Lewis has recommended that Fiat investors vote in favor of a cross-border merger of the Italian carmaker and its U.S. unit Chrysler, saying its benefits outweighed concerns over potential increase in voting power of its main shareholder.

Costa Concordia completes its voyage to the scrap yard

GENOA Italy - The wrecked Costa Concordia cruise liner limped into its last port on Sunday, when it was towed to the northern Italian city of Genoa to be broken up for scrap, two-and-a-half years after running aground and sinking with the loss of 32 lives. | Video

World, 27 Jul 2014

Pope Francis renews attack on mafia in region scarred by toxic waste

ROME - Pope Francis called for nature to be protected from criminal abuse on Saturday during a visit in the southern Italian town of Caserta, near Naples, in a region long blighted by illegal toxic waste dumps and the pervasive grip of the Camorra mafia. | Video

26 Jul 2014

Pope Francis renews attack on mafia in region scarred by toxic waste

ROME - Pope Francis called for nature to be protected from criminal abuse on Saturday during a visit in the southern Italian town of Caserta, near Naples, in a region long blighted by illegal toxic waste dumps and the pervasive grip of the Camorra mafia.

26 Jul 2014

Club Med board recommends shareholders back Bonomi's offer

PARIS - Club Mediterranee's board of directors on Friday advised that a 790 million euro ($1.1 billion) takeover offer for the holiday group from Italian financier and top shareholder Andrea Bonomi was in shareholders' interest.

Deals, 26 Jul 2014

BSkyB to pay $9 billion to create Sky Europe

LONDON/PARIS - Britain's BSkyB has agreed to pay $9 billion to buy the Rupert Murdoch's pay-TV companies in Germany and Italy, taking its hunt for growth into Europe by creating a media powerhouse with 20 million customers. | Video

Death row Christian woman flies out of Sudan, meets Pope

ROME/KHARTOUM - A Sudanese woman who was sentenced to death for converting from Islam to Christianity, then detained after her conviction was quashed, flew into Rome on an Italian government plane on Thursday and hours later met the Pope. Mariam Yahya Ibrahim, whose sentence and detention triggered international outrage, walked off the aircraft cradling her baby and was greeted by Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi.

World, 24 Jul 2014

Italy PM Renzi's reform plans hit resistance in Senate

ROME - Prime Minister Matteo Renzi's plans to slash the powers of Italy's Senate, a key element of his reform agenda, have run into trouble, with opposition politicians submitting nearly 8,000 amendments to delay its approval.

World, 24 Jul 2014

BSkyB to unveil 'Sky Europe' deal on Friday

LONDON - Britain's pay-TV group BSkyB will on Friday unveil its multi-billion euro deal to buy Rupert Murdoch's assets in Italy and Germany, sealing a plan to create a pan-European giant with almost 20 million customers.

Deals, Germany, 24 Jul 2014

Italy backs more Russia sanctions, says foreign minister

SARAJEVO - Italian Foreign Minister Federica Mogherini, a candidate to become the European Union's next foreign policy chief, reiterated on Thursday that she supports additional sanctions against Russia over the crisis in Ukraine.

World, Russia, 24 Jul 2014
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Israel strikes house of Hamas Gaza leader, digs in for long fight

GAZA/JERUSALEM - Israel knocked out Gaza's only power plant, flattened the home of its Islamist Hamas political leader and pounded dozens of other high-profile targets in the enclave on Tuesday, with no end in sight to more than three weeks of conflict. | Video