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Italy to sell old prisons to build new ones

ROME Italy plans to sell historic prisons in Rome, Milan, and Naples, which hold more than 3,000 inmates, to pay for modern ones, the justice minister said in a newspaper interview.

More than 2,000 boat migrants rescued off Italy, more deaths feared

ROME More than 2,000 migrants were rescued from boats in the Mediterranean on Friday, Italy's coastguard said, as numbers soared for the third year running in the build up to summer.

World, United Nations, May 27 2016

Italian mayor breaks with PM's party over lack of help for migrants

ROME A mayor and other officials in a Riviera town have suspended their membership of Italy's ruling party in protest at what they view as government neglect of scores of migrants living rough there.

World, May 26 2016

Ukraine bans Gorbachev over support for Crimea annexation

KIEV Ukraine has banned former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev from entry for the next five years over his support for Russia's seizure of Crimea, a spokeswoman for Ukraine's State Security Service (SBU) said on Thursday.

World, Russia, May 26 2016

Italy industry lobby backs PM Renzi on constitutional reform

ROME Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi on Thursday won the backing of the country's biggest employers' lobby for a constitutional reform on which the 41-year-old premier has staked his political future.

World, May 26 2016

Italian marine Girone can head home: India's top court

NEW DELHI India's Supreme Court on Thursday said an Italian marine under investigation for the killing of two fishermen is free to go home while international arbitration into the case goes on.

World, May 26 2016

Italian navy says migrant boat flipped, five dead

ROME A large wooden fishing boat overcrowded with migrants capsized off the coast of Libya, the Italian navy said on Wednesday, with some 562 people rescued and five found dead. | Video

World, Libya, May 25 2016

Bulgari to build hotel in Russia with Magnit minority shareholder

MOSCOW Italian jeweler Bulgari has teamed up with Russian real estate investor Alexei Bogachev to build its first hotel in the country, it said on Wednesday, a day after opening its second Russian store.

Russia, May 25 2016

Enel expected to get nod to buy Metroweb on Wednesday-sources

MILAN Italian state lender Cassa Depositi e Prestiti is set to pick Enel as the buyer of fibre-optic group Metroweb at a board meeting scheduled on Wednesday, three sources familiar with the matter said on Tuesday.

Deals, May 24 2016

Richemont in talks to buy Italian jewelers Buccellati: sources

MILAN/PARIS Cartier owner Richemont is in exclusive talks to buy a controlling stake in Italian jewelers Buccellati from local private equity firm Clessidra, two sources familiar with the matter said.

Deals, May 24 2016

Venezuela government, opposition meet with mediators in Dominican Republic

CARACAS Venezuela's opposition and top government officials said on Saturday they met with a group of mediators in the Dominican Republic to lay the groundwork for a dialogue amid a political standoff and a deepening economic crisis.