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Burberry is to take over one of its leather goods suppliers in Italy as the British group seeks to boost its handbag business in a drive to take its brand more upmarket.

Britain's Johanna Konta beat Magdalena Rybarikova in the first round of the Italian Open to register her second win in eight days over the Slovak.

After a long weekend in Israel, and a couple of appetisers in Sicily, the Giro d’Italia - professional cycling’s second most prestigious stage race after the Tour de France - begins in earnest today with a brutal slog up the slopes of Mount Etna.

Over the coming weeks viewers will be treated to more beautiful Italian landscapes – the 2018 route also features the sun-soaked Amalfi Coast (stage eight), the dramatic Dolomites (stage 15), Lake Garda and Lake Iseo (stage 17), and the beautiful Aosta Valley (stage 20). If the action leaves you itching to explore the country on two wheels, here are some fine options.

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The Iran accord’s fate, breaking gridlock in Italy, and Cannes revs up. Here’s the latest:

Tuesday afternoon. That’s the deadline President Trump set for himself to announce the fate of the Iran nuclear agreement, one of the most consequential decisions of his presidency.

The leaders of Iran and Israel have issued opposing warnings of increasing urgency, alternately pressuring the U.S. president to affirm or abandon the deal. But European officials have quietly indicated they failed to convince the Trump administration that walking away from the accord would be an enormous diplomatic error.

Chain will launch its first Italian branch in September situated in historic post-office building.

Starbucks will make its first foray into the home of the espresso with the coffee shop chain announcing it will open an Italian branch in September.

The first Italian Starbucks will be situated in the historic post-office building overlooking Piazza Cordusio in central Milan, a stone’s throw from the Duomo, and will be one of the company’s more high-end establishments.

More than 100 flights between the UK and Italy have been grounded on Tuesday ahead of a strike by air-traffic controllers and ground staff. Over 20,000 passengers have seen their journeys cancelled.

The controllers are walking out between 10am and 6pm, Italian time, in protest against privatisation plans. At the same time, a wider series of stoppages are taking place at airports across the country. Ground staff are engaged in a long-running pay dispute.

ROME—Italy edged closer to fresh national elections, as the Italian president launched a last-ditch call for parties to support a short-term government in an attempt to break a two-month political deadlock.

President Sergio Mattarella concluded the fifth unsuccessful round of formal talks among parties Monday, his latest effort to cajole the groups into bridging their differences and forming a new government. The talks come more than two months after national elections produced a hung parliament.

Italian assets are being hit by a brisk sell-off, with the growing prospect of a second general election within months leaving Milan stocks looking distinctly out of fashion with investors and the country’s bond yields rising. Italy’s main stocks benchmark, the FTSE Mib, is down 2.2 per cent, a significantly sharper fall than the 0.2 per cent slip on the Europe-wide Stoxx 600. Financial stocks are taking the biggest toll on the Milan index. UniCredit is down by more than 3 per cent, with Intesa Sanpaolo weaker by almost 2 per cent.

For the past year, small jars of cannabis flowers have been flying off the shelves of Italian specialty shops: a phenomenon that’s described as a “green gold rush”.

Less than a year after criticizing Marla Maples for competing on "Dancing with the Stars," Ivana Trump, the President's first wife, made a guest appearance on the Italian version of the show.

Trump, 69, appeared in a skintight, see-through red sequined dress with ex-husband Rossano Rubicondi during the ninth episode of "Ballando Con Le Stelle" Saturday night.

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