Italian court investigates whether smugglers finance rescue boats

By Antonella Cinelli and Steve Scherer ROME, Feb 17 : The chief prosecutor of a Sicilian court said on Friday that a task force is looking into whether people smugglers may be financing rescue boats run by humanitarian groups that operate off the coast of Libya. A court task force is conducting “an analysis” – […]

US Vice President Pence heads to Europe on reassurance tour

By Roberta Rampton WASHINGTON, Feb 17 : US Vice President Mike Pence will seek on Saturday to soothe allies unnerved by his boss’ unorthodox statements on Russia and NATO as he stresses America’s commitment to Europe during the first major foreign address for the Trump administration. Pence will tell the annual Munich Security Conference that […]

European shares retreat after 7 sessions of gains, Cobham plunges

By Atul Prakash LONDON, Feb 16 : European equities fell on Thursday after seven straight sessions of gains, with weaker metal prices weighing on miners and a poor update battering shares in engineering group Cobham. Companies like NN Group and Drax also dragged the market lower after their disappointing updates. The pan-European STOXX 600 fell […]

Pence’s mission in Europe: clarify Trump’s foreign policy vision

By Roberta Rampton and Noah Barkin WASHINGTON/BERLIN, Feb 15 : US Vice President Mike Pence heads to Europe this week to meet with allies seeking clarity on the Trump administration’s foreign policy strategy and its stance toward Russia after the resignation of the top White House national security aide. Pence, who has hewn more closely […]

Italy wins backing by Libyan mayors to fight people smuggling

By Steve Scherer ROME, Feb 15 : – Italy won the backing of 10 mayors from towns in the desert south of Libya this week to fight people smuggling as part of an agreement signed earlier this month between Rome and the U.N.-backed government in Tripoli. The mayors secretly flew to Rome on Monday, where […]