Italy

Italy's Northern League founder Bossi saddened by Scottish vote

ROME - The founder of Italy's pro-devolution, anti-immigrant Northern League expressed bitter disappointment at the result of the Scottish independence referendum and said voters had been intimidated by the media.

Sophia Loren, Italy's national icon, turns 80 with book of memoirs

ROME - Sophia Loren, Italy's national cinema icon and eternal diva, turns 80 this week and is marking the milestone with a book of memoirs revealing details of her rags-to-riches life. | Video

Entertainment, People, 19 Sep 2014

Fiat to suspend output at Italian plant as demand falls: union

MILAN - Italian automaker Fiat will temporarily suspend production at its Pomigliano plant in southern Italy from Oct. 16-27 amid weak demand, a union representative said on Friday.

19 Sep 2014

Sophia Loren, Italy's national icon, turns 80 with book of memoirs

ROME - Sophia Loren, Italy's national cinema icon and eternal diva, turns 80 this week and is marking the milestone with a book of memoirs revealing details of her rags-to-riches life.

People, Entertainment, 18 Sep 2014

Secure Italian military lab to grow medical marijuana

ROME - Italy said on Thursday it would grow medical marijuana at a secure military lab outside Florence and distribute it through pharmacies to slash costs and make it more easily available to the sick.

Health, 18 Sep 2014

Italy's Furla plans sales push to cash in on affordable luxury boom

SAN LAZZARO DI SAVENA Italy - Italian handbag maker Furla plans to more than double sales in the next five years, stepping up investment in new shops as it taps consumers' growing appetite for accessible luxury goods.

17 Sep 2014

China's Fosun fights back with counterbid for Club Med

PARIS - Chinese conglomerate Fosun launched a last-minute counter offer for holiday group Club Mediterranee on Friday, outbidding Italian tycoon Andrea Bonomi hours before the deadline on a takeover saga that dates back to May last year.

Deals, 12 Sep 2014

UniCredit likely to choose talks partner for Pioneer on Friday: source

MILAN - Italian lender Unicredit is likely to choose a partner for exclusive talks to buy a stake of up to 50 percent in its asset management division Pioneer on Friday, a source familiar with the matter said.

Deals, 12 Sep 2014

Enel makes 8.25 billion euro offer for Endesa's stake in Enersis

MILAN - Italian utility Enel said on Thursday it had made a binding offer to buy a 60.62 percent stake in Chile's Enersis from its own Spanish unit Endesa for 8.25 billion euros ($10.66 billion) in a move to simplify operations.

Deals, 11 Sep 2014

EU regulators clear BSkyB's $9 billion German, Italian pay-TV deals

BRUSSELS - European Union antitrust regulators approved on Thursday British broadcaster BSkyB's planned $9 billion takeover of Rupert Murdoch's pay-TV companies in Germany and Italy, which will make it the biggest pay-TV provider in Europe.

Deals, Germany, 11 Sep 2014
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Taliban reject Afghan unity government pact as U.S. 'sham'

KABUL - Afghanistan's Taliban militants on Monday decried a pact by rival election candidates to form a government of national unity as a "sham" orchestrated by the United States and unacceptable to the Afghan people.