Italy

Prada says closing Hong Kong shops early when necessary

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MILAN - Italian luxury group Prada said on Wednesday it was monitoring unrest in Hong Kong on a hourly basis and closing shops early when necessary.

EU must put up resources for Mediterranean rescues: Amnesty

BRUSSELS - European Union countries must cough up "considerable" resources for migrant rescues in the Mediterranean Sea before Italy can discontinue its own mission, or else many lives will be lost, human rights group Amnesty International said on Tuesday.

World, 30 Sep 2014

Rights group urges Europe to press Thai leader on rights on Italy trip

BANGKOK - A human rights group on Tuesday urged the European Union to press Thai junta leader Prayuth Chan-ocha to protect human rights and restore democracy quickly when he travels to Italy for a summit of Asian and European leaders. | Video

World, Thailand 30 Sep 2014

Italy's Renzi wins party vote on labor reform

ROME - Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi on Monday overcame fierce opposition from the old guard of his center-left Democratic Party (PD) and got backing for plans to make it easier to fire workers at big companies although he offered little detail on his labor reform.

World, 29 Sep 2014

Bonomi letter keeps French Club Med bid battle alive

PARIS - Italian tycoon Andrea Bonomi has written to directors of his bid target Club Mediterranee asking for updated financial information, a letter seen by Reuters shows, in a sign he still hopes to win control of the French holiday company.

Deals, 29 Sep 2014

Clooney keeps rumor mill whirling after Venice wedding

VENICE - Newly married Hollywood heart-throb George Clooney kept rumor mills whirling in Venice on Sunday as media reported he and his Lebanese-born wife were planning a second ceremony in Italy's floating city. The man once dubbed the world's most eligible bachelor bid goodbye to single life on Saturday and married human rights lawyer Amal Alamuddin in a private ceremony at the 7-star Aman hotel on the Grand Canal, Clooney's representative said. | Video

Entertainment, People, 28 Sep 2014

Telecom Italia says Fintech asks for extension on Argentina deal

MILAN/BUENOS AIRES - Investment company Fintech has asked Telecom Italia to further extend an agreement to buy the Italian group's controlling stake in Telecom Argentina, Telecom Italia said on Thursday, in a last-minute attempt to ensure the sale does not fall apart.

Deals, Argentina, 25 Sep 2014

Italian president to testify in historic mafia case

PALERMO Italy - Italian President Giorgio Napolitano is to testify in a historic trial in which state officials are accused of holding secret talks with the mafia in the early 1990s, a Palermo judge said on Thursday.

World, 25 Sep 2014

Spain's Mapfre to buy Direct Line's German, Italian units for $700 million

MADRID - Spanish insurance company Mapfre is to buy the Italian and German businesses of Direct Line , Britain's largest motor insurer, for 550 million euros ($700 million), in a deal that will immediately boost earnings, Mapfre said on Thursday.

Deals, 25 Sep 2014

Spain's Mapfre to buy Direct Line's German, Italian units for $700 million

MADRID - Spanish insurance company Mapfre is to buy the Italian and German businesses of Direct Line , Britain's largest motor insurer, for 550 million euros ($700 million), in a deal that will immediately boost earnings, Mapfre said on Thursday.

Deals, 25 Sep 2014
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Hong Kong leader plays waiting game, protesters demand he resigns

HONG KONG - Hong Kong's leader is willing to let pro-democracy demonstrations blocking large areas of the city go on for weeks if necessary, a source close to him said, while defiant protesters vowed they would not budge. | Video