Telecom Italia seen planning to bid up to 7 billion euros for GVT: report


MILAN - Telecom Italia is preparing to offer up to 7 billion euros ($9.4 billion) to outbid Spain's Telefonica in the race to acquire Vivendi's Brazilian broadband unit GVT, according to a Bloomberg report on Sunday.

Spain and Morocco break up suspected jihadist recruitment network

MADRID - Moroccan police, working in collaboration with Spanish authorities, have broken up a network suspected of recruiting fighters for the Iraqi-Syrian jihadist group Islamic State, and arrested nine people, Spain said on Thursday.

World, Syria, Iraq, 14 Aug 2014

Special Report - Web of lies: How a Spanish tech star fooled the world

MADRID - For nearly 10 years, Spanish internet company Let’s Gowex SA said it was making money by providing public wi-fi in cities around the world. Most of the contracts, it now emerges, never existed.

14 Aug 2014

Telecom Italia CEO to meet Vivendi's Bollore on GVT bid: sources

ROME - The head of Telecom Italia is set to meet Vivendi chairman Vincent Bollore on Wednesday or Thursday to discuss an offer for the French group's Brazilian broadband unit GVT, two sources with knowledge of the matter said.

Deals, Brazil, 13 Aug 2014

Spain picks up almost 1,000 African migrants in two days

MADRID - Spanish emergency services picked up 755 immigrants traveling in dozens of small boats and makeshift rafts across the Strait of Gibraltar on Tuesday and 227 from the same stretch of water the day before, the Maritime Safety Agency said.

World, 12 Aug 2014

Liberia to give two doctors trial drug, Ebola toll at 1,013

MONROVIA/DAKAR - Liberia said on Tuesday it would treat two infected doctors with the scarce experimental Ebola drug ZMapp, the first Africans to receive the treatment, while authorities in Spain said a 75-year-old priest had died of the disease.

Health, World, Africa, 12 Aug 2014

Telecom Italia in talks to snap up Vivendi's GVT: sources

LONDON - Telecom Italia is in talks with Vivendi to acquire the French media group's Brazilian broadband unit, and trump a recent bid from Spanish rival Telefonica , sources familiar with the situation said.

Deals, Brazil, 07 Aug 2014

Spanish police arrest two young women suspected of heading for jihad

MADRID - Two young Spanish women, one of them under 18, have been arrested in the Spanish North African enclave of Melilla on suspicion of trying to join an Islamic State militant cell in the Middle East, the Interior Ministry said on Monday.

World, Africa 04 Aug 2014

El Salvador detains Spanish priest for smuggling cell phones into jail

SAN SALVADOR - El Salvadoran police detained a Spanish priest known for supporting a fragile gang truce over allegations he smuggled cell phones into jail, police said, a move questioned later on Wednesday by El Salvador's president.

World, 30 Jul 2014

Spanish, Catalan leaders stand ground in independence tussle

MADRID - Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy and Catalan President Artur Mas failed to break the deadlock over Catalonia's independence drive on Wednesday, both standing firm on their positions when they met for the first time in a year.

World, 30 Jul 2014