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Premier Matteo Renzi on Friday confirmed a 10-billion euro income-tax cut for lower-income earners, funded in part through permanent spending reductions to defence, while insisting that health-care budgets would not be touched.

Sollecito takes girlfriend to Kercher murder flat

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Raffaele Sollecito on Thursday took his girlfriend to the Perugia house where he was convicted with Amanda Knox of murdering Meredith Kercher in 2007, local dailies reported Friday.

Raffaele Sollecito (ANSA) Raffaele Sollecito


Lupi suggests Alitalia-Etihad deal 'annoyance' for some

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Transport Minister Maurizio Lupi complained Friday that rumours of a breakdown in talks between Italian carrier Alitalia and potential investor Etihad Airways seemed designed to create trouble.

Transport Minister Maurizio Lupi (ANSA) Transport Minister Maurizio Lupi

Seven Veneto separatists released

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Judges in northern Italy on Friday ordered the release of seven separatists from the Veneto region around Venice, while releasing five others to house arrest.

A bulldozer Veneto separatists are accused of trying to turn into a makeshift tank. (ANSA) A bulldozer Veneto separatists are accused of trying to turn into a makeshift tank.

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Celebrity chefs in novel cultural project with Catholic Church

Ambrosian Refectory to serve Milan Expo leftovers

The Milan branch of the Catholic charity Caritas this week announced an initiative to serve leftovers culled daily from the pavilions of Milan Expo 2015 to needy people and students through a novel food culture project.

Ambrosian Refectory to serve Milan Expo leftovers

Light-sensitive, marble-like cement to be used in Italy pavilion

Smog-eating sculpture at Milan Expo

A six-metre sculptural installation made from a new, biodynamic "smog-eating" cement at the University of Milan this week gave viewers a glimpse of the Italy pavilion planned for the landmark centrepiece of Milan Expo 2015, the food-themed Universal Exposi...


Becomes first country to begin construction on site

Germany breaks ground for Milan Expo

Germany began digging the foundation of its Milan Expo 2015 pavilion this week, marking the first of the world fair's 147 participants to break ground on site, an area of more than 100 hectares near Milan's massive Rho Pero trade fair exhibition centre.


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American food goes 2.0 at Milan Expo

United States President Barack Obama this week declared the US has signed on to participate in Milan Expo 2015, the next World's Fair.


Italian tour follows concerts in Netherlands

Rolling Stones return to Rome 47 years after first visit

The Rolling Stones will play at Rome's Circus Maximus, a huge venue that used to be a chariot-racing stadium in ancient Roman times, on June 22 as part of their upcoming European tour, organisers in the Italian capital, PostePay Rock, said Friday.


Mediterrean Diet brand is one of Italy UNESCO products, rep says

Campania to plug Med Diet at Expo

The Southern Italian Campania region will plug the so-called Mediterrean Diet that Italy is famous for at the upcoming Expo 2015. "We will barge into the event with the Mediterranean Diet, which is our UNESCO asset", said Campania Governor Stefano Caldoro.


20+ mn visitors will help reboot economy

Milano expo 2015 to deliver

Organizers of Expo Milano 2015, as well as local and national politicians, sounded an optimistic tone Thursday, suggesting that the event - to be held from May to October next year - will help jumpstart Italy's economy and beat the organizers' own expectat...

Accords for world fairs in Lombardy capital, Dubai

UAE Expo deals

Italian Premier Enrico Letta on visits to Abu Dhabi and Dubai struck a bundle of agreements with authorities in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) for progress in upcoming world fairs in the two countries, trade, tourism and energy.