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As the Senate on Wednesday began debating an enabling bill for Premier Matteo Renzi's signature labour reform bill, or Jobs Act, the government remained undecided on whether to file an amendment to its own legislation.

Renzi govt admits 2014 will be year of recession

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Premier Matteo Renzi's government has admitted that 2014 will be a year of recession and said it will not be able to balance the budget in structural terms until 2017, one year later than its previous target.

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Schettino's ex-lover says helicopter took Concordia object

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The former lover of Francesco Schettino said Wednesday that she was told that a helicopter swooped down near the Costa Concordia cruise ship as it was sinking and flew off with "an object" on the night of the January 2012 disaster.

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Pope asks for prayers for bishops synod

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Pope Francis on Wednesday asked the faithful to pray for the success of a two-week extraordinary session of the synod of bishops that opens on Sunday with a focus on the family.
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Naples mayor suspended

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The Naples prefect signed an order suspending Naples Mayor Luigi De Magistris Wednesday.

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'Eternal Totti' hailed in Italy and England

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Media in Britain and Italy hailed AS Roma captain Francesco Totti after the 38-year-old gave a superlative performance and became the oldest player to score in the Champions League in Tuesday's 1-1 draw at Manchester City.




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Oct 1 'Govt will be there if you come up with plan' says Calenda

Lupi opens 54th Genoa Intl Boat Show

The 54th International Boat Show opened Wednesday in the northwestern port city of Genoa to the strains of Italy's national anthem and a raising of the flag.


Oct 1 All Star member Meneghin also signs up for World Fair

Gallinari becomes Milan Expo ambassador

Milan Expo 2015 on Wednesday signed up two of basketball's big names, Danilo Gallinari and Dino Meneghin, as ambassadors for next year's World Fair.


French pavilion to be made of reusable wood

Work well underway on pavilions at Expo

Construction is underway on 41 of the 53 single-nation pavilions for Milan Expo 2015 and work on the rest will start within the next two weeks, says Commissioner Giuseppe Sala.


'Sustainable' display space to cover 3,600 square metres

Construction underway on France's wood-based Expo pavilion

France's Agriculture Minister Stephane Le Foll participated in the groundbreaking on Monday for the French pavilion of Expo Milan 2015, to be constructed almost entirely from wood of the Jura mountains in eastern France.


Annual EC meeting on SMEs to take place in Naples

Expo 2015 and small business growth a focus at assembly

Expo Milan 2015 will be a context for discussion of opportunities for small and medium enterprise (SME) growth at the European Commission SME Assembly, taking place October 1-3 in Naples.


September 26 Research into Milan labour market to coincide with world fair

Drones to transmit images of Expo 2015 final works

Drone-powered aerial videos of construction at the Milan Expo 2015 site will be thrown up regularly on the Web, Expo social media channels, and an Expo promotional centre in downtown Milan, thanks to an agreement signed this week with unmanned aircraft spe...


September 19 Sala not worried on pavilion construction progress

Lupi pledges funds for Milan Expo transport needs

The Italian transport minister this week promised to locate funding necessary to reinforce mass transport during Milan Expo 2015 on off hours.


Average price for visit to Universal Fair to be 22 euros

Milan Expo tickets go on sale to public

Tickets to Milan Expo 2015 went on sale to the general public for the first time on Monday.


Says Renzi 'very convinced', 5.8 million tickets already sold

20 mn visitors 'guaranteed' at Expo 2015

Twenty million visitors will attend Milan's Expo 2015, "guaranteed," Giuseppe Sala, commissioner for Expo 2015, said on Monday in an interview on Radio 24. Sala's forecast is based on the fact that 5.


A rapper, a novelist, and an American TV star join the ranks

Milan Expo 2015 presents three new ambassadors

Milan Expo 2015 has added three new ambassadors to its list of international spokespeople for the food and sustainability-themed world fair taking place from May to October next year.


Turkey and Ukraine may also join line-up of pavilions

Milan Expo makes record with 53 pavilions

A record-breaking 53 countries have pavilions under construction or approved to be built for Expo 2015, with Turkey and Ukraine as possible last-minute additions, participant director Stefano Gatti said on Friday.


September 11 'Data and information for all' tweets premier

Renzi presents Expo transparency website

Italian Premier Matteo Renzi on Thursday presented a new website devoted to news and ongoing work at the Milan Expo 2015 world's fair as part of a transparency drive after a graft probe.


September 5 Ribbon-cutting ceremony held for Chinese pavilion construction

Online sales of Expo tickets to start

Individual tickets for Milan Expo 2015 will go on sale toward the end of September, Expo Commissioner Giuseppe Sala announced Thursday at ceremony kicking off the construction of the Chinese pavilion.


One million Chinese to travel to Milan to visit pavilion in 2015

Expo Chinese pavilion building kicks off

Above-ground work on the Chinese Expo 2015 pavilion kicked off Wednesday with a traditional lion dance to invoke an auspicious beginning to what is the first time China participates in a foreign world fair.


September 1 5 million tickets sold, 1 million in China

Expo looks to CL to muster volunteers

Milan Expo 2015 is looking to a 34-year-old Catholic conference in Rimini as a model for organizing the army of volunteers required by the food-themed world fair taking place May to October in Milan next year.


August 29 Efforts to bring Botticelli's Venus, Riace bronzes

Expo masterpieces cause stir

Milan Expo 2015 will focus on food, but this week efforts - and controversy - aimed at bringing iconic Italian masterpieces to the world fair came to light.


August 26 Darsena Center also illustrates re-styling of old city docks

Milan opens info point dedicated to Expo

An information point dedicated to Milan Expo 2015 and the re-styling of the Darsena, or old city docks, opened in the heart of the building site on Tuesday.


Stakes in major listed companies for geopolitical reasons

China investing in Italy ahead of Expo

An official visit by Chinese president and Communist party chief Xi Jinping has been confirmed, and he will be in Italy in mid-October to take part in the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) alongside 27 EU states and 15 other Asian ones as China looks to raise inv...


'We'll pull it off,' says premier at site of World Fair

Renzi vows Milan Expo 2015 ill-wishers won't prevail

Premier Matteo Renzi said he would not let those who want to see Milan Expo 2015 fail get any satisfaction after visiting the site of next year's World Fair on Wednesday.