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Italy court annuls conviction for Swiss billionaire in asbestos scandal

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ROME - Italy's top court has overturned an 18-year jail sentence for a Swiss billionaire convicted over his role in the country's biggest asbestos scandal, saying too much time had passed since the alleged wrongdoing.

Marlboro HeatSticks on sale in Milan this week

LONDON - Philip Morris International Inc, the world's largest tobacco company, plans to launch its new iQOS smokeless device and Marlboro HeatSticks in Milan, Italy on Thursday following a better-than-expected launch in Nagoya, Japan earlier this month.

Health, 19 Nov 2014

Weary Italy vents its rage in spate of strikes and protest

ROME - Italy's social fabric is fraying. People worn down by years of economic stagnation and austerity are suddenly giving vent to their frustrations with a spate of strikes and spontaneous protests which have taken politicians by surprise.

World, 19 Nov 2014

Germany and Italy to keep up to 1,350 soldiers in Afghanistan

BERLIN - Germany and Italy plan to keep a total of up to 1,350 soldiers in Afghanistan in 2015 to help train local armed forces, their defense ministries said on Tuesday, a slightly larger contingent than had been previously expected.

World, Afghanistan, Germany, 19 Nov 2014

Germany and Italy to keep up to 1,350 soldiers in Afghanistan

BERLIN - Germany and Italy plan to keep a total of up to 1,350 soldiers in Afghanistan in 2015 to help train local armed forces, their defense ministries said on Tuesday, a slightly larger contingent than had been previously expected.

World, Germany, 18 Nov 2014

Japan's Hitachi closes in on Finmeccanica rail assets

MILAN - Italian industrial conglomerate Finmeccanica said on Tuesday Japan's Hitachi had submitted an offer to buy rail assets it has put on the block as part of plans to cut debt.

G20's new growth plans suspiciously long in the tooth

SYDNEY - As leaders of the world's 20 most powerful nations congratulate themselves on plans to boost economic growth, a closer look at their 800-plus policy proposals reveals a catalog of measures that are either old, vague or unlikely to be implemented.

Italy region, island seek 220 million euros in Concordia disaster damages

FLORENCE - Officials for Italy's Tuscany region and the island of Giglio said on Monday they would seek a total of 220 million euros ($274 million) in damages from Costa Cruises, a unit of Carnival Corp, for the 2012 Concordia cruise liner disaster.

World, 17 Nov 2014

Gucci needs new ideas, talents to combat brand fatigue

PARIS - Gucci holds the luxury spending downturn mainly responsible for its poor performance but the Italian fashion brand may also have itself to blame, suggesting it could be time to change strategy and hire fresh talent.

17 Nov 2014

Italy PM Renzi sees slide in approval as headwinds grow

ROME - Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi's government has seen a marked drop in its approval rating as economic difficulties have grown but he remains by far the country's most popular leader, a poll on Sunday showed.

World, 16 Nov 2014
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Iran nuclear talks stuck, deadline may be extended: officials

VIENNA - A deadline for resolving a 12-year-old dispute over Iran's nuclear program may be extended from Monday until March because of sharp disagreements between Tehran and world powers, officials close to the talks said on Thursday.