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Italy gets back looted mosaic from Emperor Caligula's ship

ROME A floor mosaic from one of Roman Emperor Caligula's opulent private ships, which was stolen after World War Two, is on its way back to Italy from the United States where it has been recovered from a private collection.

Telecom Italia and Vivendi's Canal+ agree content joint venture

MILAN The board of Telecom Italia (TIM) has approved the creation of a joint venture with French media group Vivendi's pay-TV unit Canal+, strengthening the link between the Italian phone group and its biggest shareholder.

Tech, Deals, Oct 20 2017

EU leaders seek greater reductions in Africa immigration

BRUSSELS European Union leaders agreed on Thursday to provide "stronger support" to Italy for its work in Libya and replenish their Africa fund to further curb immigration to Europe.

Italy will set conditions for Piaggio Aerospace's asset sales

ROME The Italian government said it would use its so-called "golden power", which allows it to veto or set conditions on asset sales deemed of strategic national importance, over the planned sale of Piaggio Aerospace's executive jet business.

Deals, Aerospace & Defense, Oct 19 2017

Italy's Renzi pledges to hike budget deficit if he wins election

ROME Former Prime Minister Matteo Renzi said on Thursday that if he wins next year's election he will slash taxes and sharply raise Italy's budget deficit rather than lower it as European Union rules require.

World, Oct 19 2017

With the crazy 'Italics', Asterix returns for 37th adventure

PARIS Asterix, the indomitable pint-sized Gaul forever outfoxing the Romans, returns for his 37th comic adventure on Thursday, this time battling his way across Italy in a chariot race. | Video

Entertainment, Oct 19 2017

Abertis pushes Atlantia to improve bid after Hochtief move

MADRID The board of Abertis wants Atlantia to improve its offer for the Spanish toll road group although the Italians have the backing of a key shareholder in a takeover battle.

Deals, Oct 19 2017

Former soccer star Kaladze runs for mayor in Georgia's capital

TBILISI Kakha Kaladze climbed to the top of world soccer as a defender for Italian club AC Milan, and now his career is taking another turn: he wants to become the mayor of the capital city in his native country of Georgia.

World, Oct 19 2017

Exclusive: F2i seeks $3.5 billion in record fundraising by Italian fund

MILAN Italian infrastructure fund F2i is in talks with investors to raise at least 3 billion euros ($3.5 billion) in what would be the biggest ever fundraising by an Italian investment firm, four sources familiar with the matter told Reuters.

Deals, Oct 18 2017

Smugglers offer new routes to Europe for jobless Tunisians

OFF THE TUNISIAN COAST Tunisian smugglers are offering migrants seeking a fresh start in Europe a new route from Africa to Italy. | Video

World, Tunisia, Africa Oct 18 2017
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Catalonia's leaders fight off direct rule from Madrid

MADRID/BARCELONA Catalonia's leaders said on Saturday they would not accept direct rule imposed on the region by the Spanish government, as a political crisis that has rattled the economy and raised fears of prolonged unrest showed no signs of easing. | Video