Deepa Babington

Italy quake toll rises, 50 000 left homeless

A powerful earthquake struck central Italy as residents slept on Monday morning, killing more than 90 people and making up to 50 000 homeless.

Strong earthquake jolts Italy, deaths reported

A strong earthquake rocked a large swathe of central Italy on Monday, killing at least 10 people and causing houses and churches to collapse.

Libya eyes major deals with Italian companies

Libya is in talks to invest in five or six Italian companies, with some of those deals ''more important'' than its purchase of a nearly 5% of Unicredit.

Ceasefire will be observed, says Sudan president

Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir said on Friday that his government would observe a ceasefire in Darfur after peace talks start next month, on a visit to Rome that has drawn criticism in Italy and abroad. He urged Europe to pressure rebel leaders to attend talks with Khartoum due to start on October 27 in Libya.

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