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World 19 Oct 2017 | 8:51 PM

Asylum requests in Switzerland hit seven-year low

ZURICH (Reuters) - Requests for asylum in Switzerland dropped by a third in September, bringing the total for the first nine months to just under 14,000, the lowest since 2010, government data showed.

World 19 Oct 2017 | 7:46 PM

EU investment plan on track, seeks to benefit poorer countries

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - A European Union flagship investment scheme is well on track to attract 315 billion euros (282.77 billion pounds) by the middle of next year and seeks also to benefit poorer members of the 28-nation bloc, European Commission Vice President Jyrki Katainen said.

Football 19 Oct 2017 | 6:04 PM

Napoli fear European hangover ahead of Inter clash

MILAN (Reuters) - Napoli coach Maurizio Sarri is unhappy at facing Inter Milan so soon after visiting Manchester City in the Champions League while his opponents in Saturday's Serie A showdown believe their absence from Europe could prove a blessing.

World 19 Oct 2017 | 2:08 PM

'We're not Catalonia' - Italy's separatists tread softly towards autonomy

MILAN, Italy (Reuters) - As nervous investors retreat from Catalonia, afraid the wealthy region may secede from Spain, another European region whose politicians once campaigned for independence is looking to attract some of them -- by talking of autonomy, not secession.

Football 19 Oct 2017 | 6:09 AM

Juve recover from bizarre own goal to snatch late win

TURIN, Italy (Reuters) - Juventus hit back to snatch a late 2-1 win at home to Sporting after gifting the Portuguese side an early lead with a bizarre own goal by Alex Sandro in their Champions League match on Wednesday.

World 19 Oct 2017 | 2:23 AM

EU looks for 'big pot of money' to handle migration

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European Union leaders will promise during talks in Brussels "sufficient and targeted funding" for migration projects in Africa and elsewhere, according to a draft statement that shows they have yet to put their money where their mouth is.

World 19 Oct 2017 | 12:07 AM

Italy breaks up Libyan fuel smuggling ring involving mafia

ROME (Reuters) - Sicilian police on Wednesday sought the arrest of nine people, including a suspected mobster, for running a Libyan fuel-smuggling ring in which at least 30 million euros (26.55 million pounds) of diesel was sold in gas stations in Italy and Europe.

World 18 Oct 2017 | 10:53 PM

PM praises Italy's migrant policy as U.N. cites humanitarian crisis

ROME (Reuters) - Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni said on Wednesday that Italy was a model for Europe on how to reduce migrant arrivals, a day after U.N. agencies said its policies had trapped tens of thousands of people in dire conditions in Libya.

World 18 Oct 2017 | 10:21 PM

No gladiators vs. lions, but cheap seats now open in Rome's Colosseum

ROME (Reuters) - Visitors to Rome's Colosseum can now see the structure as poor Romans once did - minus the wild animals, gladiators and Christian martyrs.

World 18 Oct 2017 | 3:08 PM

Smugglers offer new routes to Europe for jobless Tunisians

OFF THE TUNISIAN COAST (Reuters) - Tunisian smugglers are offering migrants seeking a fresh start in Europe a new route from Africa to Italy.