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Renzi to resign after referendum rout, leaving Italy in limbo

ROME Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi is set to resign on Monday after suffering a resounding defeat in a referendum over constitutional reform, leaving the euro zone's third-largest economy in political limbo. | Video

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South Korean tycoons to take center stage in political scandal

SEOUL The heads of nine of South Korea's top conglomerates controlling revenue equivalent to half the country's economy face an unprecedented televised grilling by lawmakers on Tuesday, as the glare from a widening political scandal falls on Korea Inc.

Russia says to start talks with U.S. on Aleppo rebel withdrawal

BEIRUT/MOSCOW The Russian government said on Monday it would start talks with Washington on a rebel withdrawal from Aleppo this week as Russian-backed Syrian forces fought to seize more territory from rebels who are struggling to avoid a major defeat.

Libyan forces close to securing last Islamic State holdouts in Sirte: officials

MISRATA, Libya Libyan forces said on Monday they were close to securing a final patch of land where Islamic State militants were holding out in their former North African stronghold of Sirte.

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U.N. refugee chief warns EU against carrot-and-stick approach to migration

BRUSSELS Linking aid for countries in the Middle East and Africa to how they manage migration can create dangerous precedents, the United Nations top refugee official warned the European Union on Monday.

Oil hits 16-month high in buying rush after OPEC agreement

NEW YORK Crude rose above $55 a barrel to hit a 16-month high on Monday as rising prospects of a tightening market after last week's OPEC landmark deal to cut production has given speculators impetus to increase bets on higher prices.

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At Dakota pipeline protest, activists gird for fight ahead

CANNON BALL, N.D. Thousands of protesters in North Dakota celebrated the federal government's ruling against a controversial pipeline project but girded for a protracted struggle as president-elect Donald Trump's transition team said on Monday it supports the project and would review it after he takes office. | Video

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Europe suffers Italian blow but bigger tests loom

BERLIN The resounding "no" from Italian voters to Prime Minister Matteo Renzi's referendum on constitutional reform was not a rejection of the European Union and its single currency, as jubilant populists from across the bloc claimed on Monday.