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Rising poverty gnaws at Italian social fabric as election nears

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HERCULANEUM, Italy Roberto Biondi's 89-year-old mother has Alzheimer's, is housebound and no longer recognises her son. She is also the family's main breadwinner.

Refiner goes belly-up after big payouts to Carlyle Group

NEW YORK Throughout 2016 and 2017, a rail terminal built to accept crude oil for the largest East Coast refinery often sat idle, with few trains showing up to unload.

20 Feb 2018

Poland spares forest to win EU favour, but damage already done

BIALOWIEZA, Poland When Poland sought to ease tensions with the European Union by declaring a halt to logging in the ancient Bialowieza forest, it did not announce how many trees it had already cut down.

19 Feb 2018

Insight: Eyes wide shut - the $1.8 billion Indian bank fraud that went unnoticed

By Krishna N. Das, Aditya Kalra, Devidutta Tripathy and Tom Lasseter

19 Feb 2018

Lost in translation? GM plant shutdown shocks South Korea

SEOUL Only weeks into a new job heading General Motors Co's international operations, Barry Engle flew into a frigid South Korea in January and held a series of meetings with government officials to discuss the future of GM's loss-making local unit. | Video

16 Feb 2018

Pot Pharm - Booming Canada weed sector plots next-wave medicines

TORONTO Canopy Growth Corp, one of the world's biggest medical marijuana producers, now wants to take on the world's pharmaceutical giants. | Video

16 Feb 2018

Data overload: commodity hedge funds close as computers dominate

LONDON "Chocfinger" made his name and his money by taking bold bets on cocoa markets. But after nearly four decades of trading, sometimes winning, sometimes losing, Anthony Ward threw in the towel.

12 Feb 2018

Russian toll in Syria battle was 300 killed and wounded: sources

MOSCOW About 300 men working for a Kremlin-linked Russian private military firm were either killed or injured in Syria last week, according to three sources familiar with the matter. | Video

16 Feb 2018

Giving up control of Brussels mosque, Saudi Arabia sends a signal

BRUSSELS/RIYADH Saudi Arabia has agreed to give up control of Belgium's largest mosque in a sign that it is trying to shed its reputation as a global exporter of an ultra-conservative brand of Islam. | Video

12 Feb 2018

Criminal code revamp plan sends chill through Indonesia's LGBT community

JAKARTA Zulfikar Fahd, an openly gay man, says he flew from Indonesia to Canada late last month and claimed asylum on grounds that he faced discrimination and persecution in his home country, which is poised to criminalise same-sex relations and consensual sex outside marriage. 

10 Feb 2018