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Italy PM Renzi facing big referendum defeat - exit polls

ROME Prime Minister Matteo Renzi has lost a referendum on constitutional reform by a wide margin, exit polls showed on Sunday, throwing his future into doubt and opening the door to renewed political instability in Italy.

Austrians roundly reject far right in presidential election

VIENNA Austrian voters roundly rejected on Sunday a candidate vying to become the first freely elected far-right head of state in Europe since World War Two, halting at least temporarily the wave of populism sweeping Western democracies.

Soccer plane crashed without fuel, officials investigating

MEDELLIN, Colombia The plane that crashed in Colombia killing 71 people including most of a Brazilian soccer team had no fuel on impact, according to initial findings by aviation officials, prompting an investigation into why the plane flew under those conditions.

Islamic State strikes back to slow Iraqi forces in Mosul

BAGHDAD/BARTELLA, Iraq Islamic State fighters retreating in the face of a seven-week Iraqi military assault on their Mosul stronghold have hit back in the last two days, exploiting cloudy skies which hampered U.S.-led air support and highlighting the fragile army gains.

Death toll in California loft fire rises to 30

OAKLAND, Calif. The death toll in a fire that devastated a California loft building during a weekend dance party has climbed to 30 people and will likely rise further as recovery teams push deeper into the charred ruin, authorities said on Sunday.

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