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  • ROME, June 25- Italy's center-right parties performed strongly in mayoral elections on Sunday, early results showed, in a vote likely to put pressure on the center-left government ahead of national elections due in less than a year. The candidate backed by the anti-immigrant Northern League and Silvio Berlusconi's Forza Italia party will get around 54...

  • ROME, June 25- Italy's centre-right parties performed strongly in mayoral elections on Sunday, early results showed, in a vote likely to put pressure on the centre-left government ahead of national elections due in less than a year. The candidate backed by the anti-immigrant Northern League and Silvio Berlusconi's Forza Italia party will get around 54...

  • *Intesa says Veneto banks crisis would have hit whole industry. MILAN/ ROME, June 25- Italy began winding up two failed regional banks on Sunday in a deal that could cost the state up to 17 billion euros and will leave the lenders' good assets in the hands of the nation's biggest retail bank, Intesa Sanpaolo. The deal, approved by the European Commission, allows Italy to...

  • LOS ANGELES— The Latest on a satellite launch from California:. The rocket lifted off from Vandenberg Air Force Base at 1:25 p.m. Sunday, carrying 10 satellites for Iridium Communications. A SpaceX rocket has lifted off from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, in the second half of a weekend double-launch for the company.

  • A VW spokeswoman said workers will get a 4.7 percent wage rise from this month, another 4.7 percent increase from January 2018 and a further 4.1 percent boost from November 2018 plus a 500 euro ( $560) one-off bonus. VW produced 388,687 cars in Slovakia in 2016, including the Volkswagen, Audi, Seat and Skoda marques. The company pays its Slovak employees, excluding...

  • TIRANA, June 25- Albania's Socialist Party looked set to win Sunday's parliamentary vote, an exit poll showed, which would give the ruling party a mandate to push judicial reforms vital for membership of the European Union. Both the Socialists of Prime Minister Edi Rama and the rival Democratic Party led by Lulzim Basha are seeking a majority as neither party won...

  • A VW spokeswoman said workers will get a 4.7 percent wage rise from this month, another 4.7 percent increase from January 2018 and a further 4.1 percent boost from November 2018 plus a 500 euro one-off bonus. VW produced 388,687 cars in Slovakia in 2016, including the Volkswagen, Audi, Seat and Skoda marques. The company pays its Slovak employees, excluding top...

  • COLUMBUS, Ohio— Government websites, many of them in Ohio, were hacked Sunday with a message that purports to be supportive of the Islamic State terrorist group. Several other government websites were hacked in Ohio, including that of first lady Karen Kasich, Medicaid, the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction and the Casino Control Commission.

  • TIRANA, June 25- Albania's ruling Socialist Party looked set to win Sunday's parliamentary election with between 45 and 49 percent of votes, an exit poll by Italy's IPR Marketing showed. The opposition Democratic Party is projected to win up to 34 percent of the vote. "The Socialist Party might have won more than 71 seats, but this is still an opinion not a certainty,"...

  • June 25- British lender Royal Bank of Scotland is planning to cut 443 jobs dealing with business loans and many of them will move to India, the bank said. The Edinburgh- based bank said the cuts were part of a restructuring aimed at becoming a smaller bank. "All roles which require customer contact will remain in the UK."

  • June 25- British lender Royal Bank of Scotland is planning to cut 443 jobs dealing with business loans and many of them will move to India, the bank said. The Edinburgh- based bank said the cuts were part of a restructuring aimed at becoming a smaller bank. "All roles which require customer contact will remain in the UK."

  • LONDON— The Latest on the response to deadly tower-block fire in London that killed at least 79 people:. The samples that failed safety tests came from buildings all over England, from London to cities that included Norwich, Doncaster, Manchester and Plymouth. Hundreds of northwest London residents face up to four weeks in temporary accommodations as workers...

  • CAMARILLO, Calif.— The average price of a gallon of regular-grade gasoline dropped 7 cents nationally over the past two weeks, to $2.32. Industry analyst Trilby Lundberg of the Lundberg Survey said Sunday that the drop reflects lower costs for crude oil. Gas in San Francisco was the highest in the contiguous United States at an average of $3.06 a gallon.

  • TIRANA, June 25- Albanians voted in a parliamentary election on Sunday with the ruling Socialists and rival Democrats seeking a majority to push through judicial reforms vital for membership of the European Union. The race pits Socialist Prime Minister Edi Rama against the centre-right Democratic Party of Lulzim Basha. The state election commission...

  • DORTMUND/ BERLIN, Germany, June 25- Germany's Social Democrats rallied behind their leader on Sunday, agreeing policies on investment, social justice and Europe that they hope will reverse a slump in opinion polls and end Angela Merkel's 12- year hold on power in a September vote. At a' feel-good' party conference, leader Martin Schulz accused Merkel of silencing...

  • BERLIN, June 25- Germany's Social Democrats agreed on their policy platform for a Sept. 24 election in which they want to deny conservative Chancellor Angela Merkel a fourth term in office despite polls showing them trailing by around 15 percentage points. Reduce burden for low and medium earners by about 15 billion euros a year. Raise top income tax rate to 45...

  • BERLIN, June 25- Germany's Social Democrats agreed on their policy platform for a Sept. 24 election in which they want to deny conservative Chancellor Angela Merkel a fourth term in office despite polls showing them trailing by around 15 percentage points. Reduce burden for low and medium earners by about 15 billion euros a year. Raise top income tax rate to 45...

  • DORTMUND/ BERLIN, Germany, June 25- Germany's Social Democrats rallied behind their leader on Sunday, agreeing policies on investment, social justice and Europe that they hope will reverse a slump in opinion polls and end Angela Merkel's 12- year hold on power in a September vote. At a' feel-good' party conference, leader Martin Schulz accused Merkel of silencing...

  • But they're still big in China. Michael Bay's "Transformers: The Last Knight," the fifth installment in the Hasbro series, scored a franchise-low domestic debut with an estimated $43.5 million in ticket sales over the weekend and a five-day total of $69.1 million since opening Wednesday. It took in $196.2 million internationally, including an impressive $123.4...

  • That's a franchise low for the sequel from Paramount and Hasbro, behind the first in the modern series, which earned $70.5 million in 2007. "The Last Knight" carries an estimated $217 million production budget. "The Last Knight" comes at a time when Paramount could have used an all-around hit, following recent misses "Baywatch" and "Ghost in the Shell."