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Renzi to resign as referendum rout tips Italy into turmoil

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

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West Mosul shelled as Iraq steps up fight against Islamic State

BAGHDAD Western-backed Iraqi forces have begun shelling parts of west Mosul, residents said, in preparation for a new front against Islamic State seven weeks into a difficult campaign to drive the militants from the city.

World, United Nations, Iraq 9:35am EST

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 holdout in Sirte: officials

MISRATA, Libya Libyan forces said on Monday they were close to securing a final patch of land where Islamic State have been holding out in their former North African stronghold of Sirte, though there were reports of continuing skirmishes.

World, Libya, Africa 10:07am EST

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 tops $55 for first time in 16 months as OPEC deal fuels buying

LONDON Brent crude oil rose above $55 a barrel on Monday, trading at a 16-month high, on rising prospects of a tightening market after OPEC agreed a landmark deal to cut production last week.

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At Dakota pipeline protest, activists celebrate, mindful fight isn't over

CANNON BALL, N.D. Thousands of protesters in North Dakota celebrated after the federal government ruled against a controversial pipeline project but were mindful the fight is not over, as the company building the line said it had no plans for re-routing the pipe. | Video


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.