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Italy's Renzi wins confidence vote to pass budget in Senate

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ROME - Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi won a confidence vote to get his tax-cutting 2015 budget through the Senate on Saturday and it is expected to be definitively approved by the lower house of parliament next week.

China's Fosun raises offer for Club Med

PARIS - Chinese billionaire Guo Guangchang sweetened his bid for struggling Club Mediterranee at the last minute on Friday, trumping a 24 euro-a-share offer from Italian tycoon Andrea Bonomi in France's longest-running takeover battle.

Deals, 19 Dec 2014

China's Fosun raises offer for Club Med

PARIS - Chinese billionaire Guo Guangchang sweetened his bid for struggling Club Mediterranee at the last minute on Friday, trumping a 24 euro-a-share offer from Italian tycoon Andrea Bonomi in France's longest-running takeover battle.

Deals, 19 Dec 2014

Italy police break up international money laundering ring in Rome

ROME - Italian finance police on Wednesday arrested 17 people accused of running an international money laundering ring through a British-based money transfer services company which was used to shuttle illegal proceeds abroad, mostly to China.

World, 17 Dec 2014

Indian court dismisses marine's plea to extend stay in Italy

NEW DELHI - India's top court on Tuesday dismissed a plea by an Italian marine facing murder charges to stay in his home country for four more months to undergo medical treatment, a decision which angered Italy's president.

World, 16 Dec 2014

'Early Mona Lisa' traced to English country home

GENEVA - Researchers into the provenance of a painting dubbed the "Early Mona Lisa" reported on Monday they had identified an English noble who probably bought it in Italy in the late 18th century and a country house where it was found in 1911.

Arts, 15 Dec 2014

Truffles and turkeys await Christmas tables at 'Belly of Paris'

RUNGIS, France - At the temple to gastronomy outside Paris, Rungis market, Marinette shows off a tray of fat white truffles from Italy, at 1,800 euros a kilo ($1,000 per pound).

15 Dec 2014

Italian PM Renzi calls on factious party to unite for reforms

ROME - Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi called on his ruling party on Sunday to unite behind measures he has pledged to breathe life into the euro zone's third-biggest economy after years in or near recession.

World, 14 Dec 2014

EU's Russia debate a challenge for top diplomat Mogherini

BRUSSELS - Italy's Federica Mogherini pledged as European Union foreign policy chief that the EU would play a stronger role in tackling world crises. Her resolve is about to be tested as the bloc debates whether it is time to mend its relationship with Russia.

World, 14 Dec 2014

Italy's Renzi proposes tougher corruption laws amid Rome scandal

ROME - Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi on Friday proposed tougher laws against corruption amid an investigation in Rome into a mafia-like group that offered bribes to officials in exchange for lucrative public contracts.

World, 12 Dec 2014
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North Korea denies hacking Sony, U.S. stands by its assertion

SEOUL/WASHINGTON - North Korea said on Saturday U.S. accusations that it was involved in a cyberattack on Sony Pictures were "groundless slander" and that it wanted a joint investigation into the incident with the United States. | Video