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Italy talks up its expansionary budget as clash with EU looms

Oct 16 2018

ROME Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said on Tuesday he was proud of his government's freshly approved expansionary budget while the European Commission warned it may run into opposition from euro zone partners.

Italian government says 2026 Winter Olympic Games bid is 'dead'

Sep 18 2018

ROME The Italian government said on Tuesday it will no longer back a bid to stage the 2026 Winter Olympics jointly in Milan, Turin and Cortina after the mayors of the three cities failed to unite behind the project.

As Sweden swings right, Bannon's anti-EU crusade looks north

Sep 11 2018

CERNOBBIO, Italy/ROME Having found an ally in the south and an admirer in the east, Donald Trump's former political strategist Steve Bannon is now looking north for recruits in his crusade to undermine the European Union.

U.S. President Trump facing a 'coup': Bannon

Sep 09 2018

ROME U.S. President Donald Trump is facing a "coup", former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon told Reuters, pointing to an anonymous column in the New York Times detailing resistance within the Trump administration. | Video

Pope should not resign, but church abuse tribunal needed: Bannon

Sep 09 2018

ROME Pope Francis should not resign over allegations he mishandled a sexual abuse scandal, said Steve Bannon, President Donald Trump's former political strategist who is close to prominent Catholic conservatives.

Fatal crashes reveal plight of Italy's African laborers

Aug 13 2018

FOGGIA, Italy Smears of blood and oil mark the spot on the road where a van full of migrant farm laborers slammed into an oncoming truck and somersaulted across the tarmac on Aug. 6, killing 12 of the men packed inside.

Italy expects financial market attack in August: govt. official

Aug 13 2018

ROME Speculators will probably attack Italian financial markets this month but the country has the resources to defend itself, a senior and highly influential government official said in a newspaper interview on Sunday.

African migrants protest in Italy after road deaths

Aug 08 2018

FOGGIA, Italy Migrant laborers staged a strike on Wednesday to protest at the deaths of 16 colleagues killed this week in two separate traffic accidents in southern Italy.

France confirms Fincantieri-STX shipyard deal, cautious on defense merger

Aug 01 2018

ROME France hopes Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri's takeover of STX France will be wrapped up soon, French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire said on Wednesday, but sounded a more cautious note on any defense naval merger.

Italian far right's Salvini under fire after black athlete hurt in attack

Jul 30 2018

ROME Opposition politicians accused far-right Interior Minister Matteo Salvini on Monday of creating a climate of hate in Italy following a spate of racist attacks that have coincided with his anti-immigration drive.

World News

U.S. gives Saudis more time on Khashoggi; Mnuchin spurns conference

The top U.S. diplomat advised President Donald Trump on Thursday to give Saudi Arabia more time to investigate journalist Jamal Khashoggi's disappearance even as Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin abandoned plans to attend an investor conference in Riyadh, putting the high-profile event in question.