FRANKFURT - Daimler AG will buy 25 percent of Italian motorcycle maker MV Agusta - the latest sign that motorbike and car technologies are converging, driven by a push to lower emissions and improve safety.
TAIPEI - A consortium of Taiwan's largest private shipbuilder Ching Fu Shipbuilding Co Ltd, U.S. defense firm Lockheed Martin Corp and Italian firm Intermarine SpA have won a contract to supply six mine countermeasure vessels for Taiwan's navy for an undisclosed amount.
ROME - The leader of Italy's largest union accused Prime Minister Matteo Renzi on Thursday of deliberately stoking conflict with the labor movement and ignoring the growing cost of the economic crisis for Italian workers.
PARIS/MILAN - France will cancel a multi-million-euro contract with a consortium led by Italy's Atlantia after scrapping the "ecotax" road toll the consortium was to collect, a junior minister said on Thursday.
FRANKFURT/MADRID - E.ON is asking bidders to submit binding offers for its Spanish business by Nov. 3, in a sale likely to fetch as much as 2.2 billion euros ($2.8 billion) to help Germany's top utility cut debt, three people familiar with the matter said.
BRUSSELS - Etihad Airways and struggling Italian carrier Alitalia have offered concessions in a bid to win European Union antitrust approval for the Abu Dhabi airline's plan to acquire 49 percent of Alitalia.
LONDON - Italians and Americans score worst when it comes to correctly assessing basic facts of modern life, such as what proportion of the population are immigrants or Muslims and what percentage of teenage girls get pregnant.
ROME - Italy's President Giorgio Napolitano testified for more than three hours on Tuesday in an unprecedented appearance in a major trial that accuses the state of holding secret talks with the Sicilian Mafia in the 1990s.
MILAN/LONDON - Italy's Monte dei Paschi di Siena is likely to have to sell assets to fill a capital hole uncovered by European regulators, with shareholders reluctant to stump up cash after a recent fundraising and would-be buyers of the bank holding back.
MILAN/ROME - - Italy's Monte dei Paschi di Siena faces a 2.1 billion euro ($2.7 billion) funding shortfall that could force it to seek a merger, after a European banking review revealed serious weak points in the Italian financial system.
SURUC Turkey/BAGHDAD - U.S.-led air strikes hit Islamic State positions around the Syrian border town of Kobani on Friday in an apparent bid to pave the way for heavily-armed Iraqi Kurdish peshmerga forces to enter from neighboring Turkey.