Activist writer's trial tests freedom of expression in Italy


ROME - When he lent his support to a fight against a high-speed train line through the mountains between France and Italy, Erri De Luca never expected to face jail.

Catholics and Jews pan film defending wartime Pope Pius XII

VATICAN CITY - A new Italian film that attempts to defend wartime Pope Pius XII against accusations he turned a blind eye to the Holocaust has been panned by the Vatican as well as Catholic and Jewish media.

Entertainment, Film, 11:08am EST

Ferragamo CEO sees higher 2015 sales after 'excellent' February

MILAN - Italian luxury group Salvatore Ferragamo expects its sales to grow this year after the Chinese New Year contributed to an "excellent" performance in February, Chief Executive Michele Norsa said on Sunday.

01 Mar 2015

Italy to begin naval exercises off Libya

ROME - Italy will begin annual naval exercises this week near the coast of Libya, where a breakdown in order has allowed tens of thousands of migrants to try to reach Europe by boat and increased fears of attacks by Islamist militants.

World, Libya 01 Mar 2015

Orange potentially interested in deal with Telecom Italia, CEO tells paper

PARIS - France's Orange and Italy's telecom operator Telecom Italia have been discussing a possible alliance between the former monopolies, Orange's chief executive told the Journal de Dimanche.

Deals, France, Tech 01 Mar 2015

Italy minister rules out talks with Mediaset over Rai Way bid

ROME - Italy's Economy Minister ruled out talking to Mediaset about any renewed bid for Rai Way, the transmission towers unit of state broadcaster Rai [RAI.UL], reiterating that the government intended to keep its majority stake.

Deals, 01 Mar 2015

Italy anti-immigrant Northern League rallies against Renzi

ROME - Thousands of supporters of Italy's anti-euro Northern League filled one of the biggest squares in Rome on Saturday, accusing the government of Prime Minister Matteo Renzi of selling the country out to faceless powers in Brussels.

World, 28 Feb 2015

Italian lawmakers urge recognition of Palestinian state

ROME - Italian lawmakers on Friday backed a non-binding resolution that encourages the government to recognize Palestine as a state, a move that underlines European frustration over stalled Middle East peace negotiations.

World, 27 Feb 2015

Italian e-cigarette firms say new tax benefits tobacco

LONDON - Electronic cigarette firms in Italy say a new levy that doubles the price of e-liquid refills unfairly helps tobacco giants like Philip Morris International and will hurt their industry.

Health, 27 Feb 2015

Cyberonics, Italy's Sorin merge to create medical technology leader

MILAN - Italian medical device maker Sorin and its smaller U.S. peer Cyberonics Inc announced a merger on Thursday to create a global leader in cardiac surgery and neuromodulation with an equity value of $2.7 billion.

Deals, 26 Feb 2015

Israel's Netanyahu warns Obama against Iran nuclear deal

WASHINGTON - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned U.S. President Barack Obama on Tuesday against accepting a nuclear deal with Iran that would be a "countdown to a potential nuclear nightmare" by a country that "will always be an enemy of America". | Video