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Italy breaks up Chinese crime ring involved in drugs, prostitution

FLORENCE, Italy Italy ordered the arrest of 33 people on Thursday on suspicion of running a Chinese mafia group involved in gambling, prostitution and drugs, and which dominated the transport of Chinese goods across Europe.

Italy's Berlusconi says he is ready to be premier if European court lifts ban

ROME Former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi said on Thursday he was ready to lead Italy again if the European Court of Human Rights scrapped a ban on him holding public office.

World, 11:47am EST

BNP Paribas frontrunner to buy Banco BPM's depositary banking business: sources

MILAN France's BNP Paribas is the frontrunner to buy the depositary banking business of Italy's Banco BPM , which could be worth around 200 million euros ($245 million), two sources close to the matter said.

France, 11:46am EST

Thursday Morning Briefing

Turkey flexes its muscles on the Syrian border, Apple plans a new U.S. campus and in an exclusive interview Trump talks NAFTA, Jerusalem’s embassy and his exercise schedule.

Italy approves military mission in Niger, more troops to North Africa

ROME Italy's parliament approved on Wednesday an increased military presence in Libya and the deployment of up to 470 troops in Niger to combat migration and the trafficking of people toward Europe, many of whom wash up on Italian shores.

World, Libya, Africa Jan 17 2018

Health-conscious Nestle sells U.S. candy to Ferrero for $2.8 billion

LONDON/MILAN Swiss food group Nestle has agreed to sell its U.S. confectionery business to Italy's Ferrero for $2.8 billion, it said on Tuesday, marking CEO Mark Schneider's first big sale and a small step on its path towards healthier products. | Video

Jan 17 2018

Some 1,400 migrants rescued at sea, two bodies recovered: Italy coastguard

ROME Some 1,400 migrants were plucked from overcrowded boats off the coast of Libya on Tuesday, Italy's coastguard said, and two bodies were recovered.

World, Libya Jan 16 2018

What's up with Italy's Renzi, asks Fiat chief Marchionne

ROME Italy's center-left leader Matteo Renzi is no longer the politician he once was, the chief executive of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles said on Tuesday, indicating their once strong ties had withered.

World, Jan 16 2018

Italy police report suspicious elements in AC Milan sale - sources

MILAN A report by Italy's finance police points to potentially suspicious elements in the sale of AC Milan soccer club by Silvio Berlusconi's holding company to a Chinese group last year, two sources close to the matter said on Monday.

World, Jan 15 2018

Northern League leader says Italian society threatened by Islam

ROME Italian culture and society risk being eradicated by Islam, Northern League leader Matteo Salvini, an ally of former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi, said on Monday as he vowed to halt a migrant "invasion".

World, Jan 15 2018

Russia accuses Washington of leaking diplomats' bank details

MOSCOW Russia's foreign ministry on Thursday accused U.S. officials of leaking to the media confidential financial details of Russian diplomats working in the United States, and demanded that those responsible be punished.