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Europe: Bring the digital world down to earth

EU: More tax on digital giants

It is certainly a battle of titans. The European Union, the world’s largest trading bloc, continues to question, oppose and fine business practices by global tech companies that are so dominant several could be called monopolies.

Even in a world of investment angels and unicorns, “disruptive innovation” should pay its fair share of taxes, say ministers.


Signs Italy’s economic recovery is for real

Business news in English

In another indication Italy’s economic recovery is truly gaining traction, business confidence rose to a 10-year high in August, according just-released figures from the country's statistics office ISTAT.

The announcement came as Italy’s economy registered its tenth straight quarter of growth, further boosting optimism that the upswing is sustainable.


Amid refugee crisis, a street corner of hope

Europe refugees

On a street corner near where we live, Johnson Chijioke has created a job of sorts for himself. Every morning he can be found in front of a local supermarket, available to help the elderly with their groceries. He also accepts small contributions from passersby, some of whom donate coins.

The young refugee from Nigeria is a friendly as possible as he tries to make a place for himself in the local community.



Musical tributes and movie honor timeless Pavarotti

Trubutes to Italian great

It is 10 years since Luciano Pavarotti’s passing on September 6, 2007, though his legacy will live on forever.

“I would like to be remembered as man who brought opera to the masses,” the legendary tenor said in an interview. The most beloved and celebrated tenor since Caruso will be remembered for that, but also for his robust and passionate life.



Heavyweight Primo Carnera, Italy’s gentle giant

Primo Carnera

In 1933, Primo Carnera won the world heavyweight boxing title with a surprise knockout of Jack Sharkey. The Italian giant became the heavyweight sensation of the early 1930s. His fame continued both in wresting and in the movies for decades.

The legendary boxer’s daughter is now honoring her father’s life and legacy on the 50th anniversary of his death.