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Uncertainty reigns in final polls ahead of Italy election


ROME Silvio Berlusconi's center-right bloc has a clear lead ahead of Italy's parliamentary election on March 4 but is unlikely to win a working majority, a batch of final opinion polls showed on Friday, pointing to possible political deadlock.

Italy heading for post-election deal, but don't tell the voters

ROME Italy's election is just two weeks away and political rivals insist they will not strike a deal to form a government in the case of a hung parliament, which the final polls suggest will be the most likely result.

World, Feb 16 2018

Vivendi-Mediaset agreement unlikely before Italy's March 4 vote: source

PARIS/MILAN An out-of-court agreement between French media group Vivendi and Italian broadcasting company Mediaset over a pay-TV dispute is unlikely to be reached before Italy's March 4 general elections, said a source close to the matter.

Feb 16 2018

Italy's Berlusconi takes credit for ending the Cold War

ROME Former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi has made many claims in the course of Italy's rough-and-tumble election campaign, and on Thursday he added another: he was the key architect behind the end of the Cold War.

World, Feb 15 2018

Italy's election pledges are a debt time bomb, economists warn

ROME "Every promise is debt - think about it," screams the message below a huge, ticking "debt clock" that greets passengers at the main train stations in Rome and Milan.

World, Feb 15 2018

Italy's Northern League dangles EU exit in election campaign

ROME The Northern League, a key partner in the coalition expected to win next month's parliamentary election, would aim to pull Italy out of the European Union if Brussels refused to re-negotiate fiscal and immigration rules, its economics chief said.

World, Feb 13 2018

Italy's 5-Star Movement under fire over missing funds

ROME Italy's anti-establishment 5-Star Movement came under fire from opponents on Tuesday following media reports that some of its parliamentarians had broken party rules obliging them to give half their salaries to a fund to help small businesses.

World, Feb 13 2018

Erdogan tells Cyprus not to test Turkey over gas standoff

ANKARA Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday warned Cyprus not to "overstep the mark" in the eastern Mediterranean, after Greek Cypriots accused the Turkish military of obstructing an Italian vessel exploring for natural gas over the weekend.

World, Greece, Feb 13 2018

Italians march against racism after shooting spree against migrants

MACERATA, Italy Thousands of Italians marched against racism on Saturday in the city of Macerata where a man opened fire on African migrants a week ago, injuring six people in what police said was a racially motivated attack.

World, Africa Feb 10 2018

Mayhoola, Fosun vie for control of French fashion label Lanvin: sources

PARIS Qatari investment fund Mayhoola, which owns Italian fashion house Valentino, and Chinese conglomerate Fosun, the company behind French tourism group Club Med, are vying to acquire a majority stake in struggling French fashion house Lanvin, two sources familiar with the talks said. 

Feb 10 2018

U.S. charges Russians with 2016 U.S. election tampering to boost Trump

WASHINGTON A Russian propaganda arm oversaw a criminal and espionage conspiracy to tamper in the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign to support Donald Trump and disparage Hillary Clinton, said an indictment released on Friday that revealed more details than previously known about Moscow's purported effort to interfere. | Video