ROME Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi vowed to resign after suffering a crushing defeat on Sunday in a referendum on constitutional reform, tipping the euro zone's third-largest economy into political turmoil. | Video
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WELLINGTON New Zealand Prime Minister John Key, who won praise for his economic stewardship after the global financial crisis, unexpectedly announced his resignation on Monday after eight years in power, backing his finance minister to take the helm. | Video
ABOARD A US MILITARY AIRCRAFT The United States is satisfied with Japan's contribution to the alliance between the two countries, U.S. Defence Secretary Ash Carter said on Monday, looking to ease concern in the region about the direction President-elect Donald Trump may take.
TEL AVIV Nochi Dankner, once one of Israel's most powerful businessmen who lost his business empire in the global financial crisis, was sentenced on Monday to two years in jail after being found guilty in July of manipulating share prices.
PARIS France's Socialist Prime Minister Manuel Valls will announce on Monday he is standing for the presidency in next year's election, French media reported.
BEIRUT Gunmen killed a soldier and wounded another in northern Lebanon early on Monday when they opened fire on a military installation, the army said.