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Italy approves 900 million euro rescue for ailing bank Pop Bari

By Giuseppe Fonte ROME (Reuters) - Italy's government approved late on Sunday an emergency decree granting a lifeline of up to 900 million euros (773.19 million pounds) to cooperative bank Popolare di Bari, in the latest state bailout of an ailing lender. The bank, which...


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Hallmark same-sex couple ad controversy prompts reaction from Netflix, comedian DeGeneres

By Helen Coster (Reuters) - A decision by Hallmark Channel last week to pull advertisements featuring same-sex couples has prompted reactions from thousands of Twitter users as well as comedian Ellen DeGeneres, California Governor Gavin Newsom and streaming company Netflix <NFLX.O&...


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Inter go top despite brilliant late Fiorentina equaliser

(Reuters) - Inter Milan returned to the top of Serie A with a 1-1 draw at Fiorentina on Sunday but were denied victory by a superb late Dusan Vlahovic equaliser. Former Fiorentina midfielder Borja Valero fired Inter in front after eight minutes, but Vlahovic carried the ball from ins...


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Disney+ to debut late March in France in exclusive deal with Canal+

PARIS (Reuters) - Walt Disney Co <DIS.N> will launch its Disney+ streaming service on Vivendi SA's <VIV.PA> pay-TV business Canal+ platform by the end of March next year, executives of the two groups said in a joint interview released in the daily Les Echos on Sunday. Trad...


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Real snatch draw at Valencia with helping header from Courtois

VALENCIA (Reuters) - Real Madrid showed fighting spirit to snatch a 1-1 draw at Valencia in La Liga on Sunday thanks to a strike from Karim Benzema which came about after his goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois joined the efforts to find an equaliser. The draw allowed second-placed Real to go...


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Welcoming new lawmakers, Johnson vows a speedy Brexit

LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will welcome 109 new Conservative lawmakers to parliament on Monday, promising to honour his election pledges to get Brexit done as soon as possible and boost funding to the state health service. After winning a commanding majori...


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Benzema grabs draw for Real at Valencia

VALENCIA (Reuters) - Real Madrid snatched a 1-1 draw away to Valencia in La Liga on Sunday thanks to a strike from Karim Benzema deep in stoppage time which came about after a header from his goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois was saved. The equaliser allowed second-placed Real to go level o...


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Mbappe, Icardi strike again as PSG beat St Etienne

PARIS (Reuters) - Paris St Germain's serial goal-getters Kylian Mbappe and Mauro Icardi were at it again as the Ligue 1 leaders extended their advantage to seven points with a 4-0 victory at 10-man St Etienne on Sunday. Leandro Paredes struck early before Mbappe netted either side of...


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Italy govt approves rescue of Popolare di Bari bank - source

ROME (Reuters) - An Italian cabinet meeting approved an emergency decree on Sunday night to bail out ailing cooperative lender Banca Popolare di Bari, a government source said. The bank, the biggest lender in Italy's underdeveloped south, was placed under special administration by the...


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Stokes voted BBC Sports Personality of the Year

LONDON (Reuters) - Cricketer Ben Stokes was voted the 2019 BBC Sports Personality of the Year on Sunday for his World Cup-winning and Ashes heroics during the summer. The all-rounder won the prestigious award, which is voted for annually by the British public, for his incredible feats...